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Finding Work Abroad

[ 1 ] December 6, 2009 |

Looking for a job abroad can be a very daunting task.  There are many great programs and sites that are designed to make finding work and setting up temporary home in another country a breeze. Many of these programs make it possible to secure your job before you leave home making the whole process a lot less stressful.

Alternatively you can obtain a visa and look for jobs once you arrive in the country.  A great place to start is local newspapers and expat publications.

Anywork Anywhere is a fantastic job search site that lists jobs from all over the world across a huge range of industries you simply choose where you would like to work and what kind of jobs you’re after.

Global Work & Travel is a fantastic company that is dedicated to taking the stress out of finding work abroad.  They have exclusive deals with employers across a huge range of industries.  Not only do they help you land a job before you leave they also provide on going support once your there, help you find accommodation and provide fantastic travel packages and discounts.

International Exchange Programs (IEP) is a non-profit organisation that can help with all areas of a working holiday or volunteer trip. From visas, insurance and travel advice before you leave to jobs, housing, bank accounts, tax file numbers and social events when you’re living overseas. With programs in Canada, the UK, the USA, Ireland and a range of volunteer destinations, this is an affordable way to get your trip sorted.


Check out these other great working holiday programs…


Student Placement Australia

What kinds of jobs are out there?



Hospitality is one on the most popular industries for working holiday makers with jobs easy to come by with little or no experience required.  There are lots of opportunities to work in pubs, hotels, resorts and on cruise ships.  The downside with hospitality jobs is that they often pay low wages with long working hours, however they are great for travelling with most positions requiring you to be contracted for no more than 3 to 6 months.

Find Hospitality Jobs


Work at a Summer Camp

Working at a summer camp as a camp counsellor is a great job for active people who love to work with children.  As a counsellor you are responsible for a group of children as well as numerous camp activities.  There are an abundance of camp jobs in the USA and Canada, there are also a select few in Europe available to EU passport holders.  Placements typically last from 2 to 3 months and accommodations, meals and insurance is usually included.  It most cases they will require you to have previous experience working with children in a leadership role whether it be as a team captain or sports coach or volunteering with community projects. Having this type of job will allow you to visit neighboring cities and countries when you don’t work. For instance, if you are doing a summer camp in the Netherlands, you will have the opportunity to look for Amsterdam city breaks that are cheap and affordable since your room and board are already paid for.

Find Summer Camp Jobs

Au Pair

As an Au Pair you will work for a family caring for their children.  Jobs are widely available throughout Europe and the USA and there are many professional placements services that work to find the most suitable match for you and a family.

Find Au Pair Jobs

International Au Pair Association


Seasonal Work

Seasonal Work as the name suggests is short term work based on seasons.  The most common seasonal jobs are working at ski resorts, summer resorts, fruit picking and agriculture.

Find Seasonal Work


Teaching English

There are lots of opportunities to teach English abroad.  In developing nations English teachers are sought after and highly valued.  To get a paid teaching placement most schools with require you to have a TEFL or TESOL qualification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). There are a great range of these courses available including weekend courses and online courses.  Check out i-to-i for a fantastic range of online and combined TEFL courses and organised teaching placements and internships.

Find TEFL Jobs

Teachers Assistant with Letz Live

Working as a teacher’s assistant in a top boarding school is a great way to gain valuable experience that looks great on your CV.  Letz Live run a placement service placing recent school leavers and University graduates in schools throughout the UK, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and more.  You will get paid a weekly allowance, enough to fund much of your travels and will receive free accommodation and meals at the school where you are placed.  If your lucky enough you may even get to go on an all expenses paid trip with the school!!!

For more info on working abroad check out Working Abroad Magazine.

Don’t let finding work abroad stress you out!!!  If you line up a job before you leave you can focus on transitioning into your new life abroad.

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include,, and now View author profile.

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