By Andrea Moran, Director of Teach Abroad at GoOverseas.com
Whether it’s a short, summer stint or a “gap year” after graduation, working overseas is a great way to travel and save money. Why not give your resume an international boost, pick up a new language and explore the world during this unique time of your life? Here are five common jobs for the wanderlust-stricken:
Teaching jobs abroad
This is by far the easiest and most popular way of working abroad. It doesn’t matter what you studied in college (I know physics majors who did this.) Whether you want live near a beach in southern Thailand or the hills of Granada, Spain, you can find English language schools all over the world. As long as you’re a native speaker and have a university degree, you’re good to go. Some schools might require a special certificate for teaching English to foreigners. It’s called a TESOL/TESL, and you can take the classes over the course of a few months. New teaching jobs abroad are posted every day, so start checking out the schools and then apply to the ones you like.
This is great if you love kids. You basically live with a host family and help take care of their children in exchange for room and board and a monthly allowance. A lot of families want their children to learn English, so this job is in high demand. Check out the International Au Pair Association online to find a family.
Um, what? It stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic farms. You can volunteer on a sustainable farm anywhere in the world — from the rustic, French countryside to rugged New Zealand. In return, your host gives you meals and place to stay for free. Register on their website and start browsing where you can go.
All right, so you’re not actually being paid, but “voluntourism” is a great way to travel and give back to the world. You can find projects in almost anything — from working with sea turtles in Costa Rica to helping out at orphanages in India. Sometimes these programs have fees, which cover your housing, meals, etc. during the trip. Check out organizations like Cross Cultural Solutions to find a wide range of programs.
If you have an adventurous streak and love people, this could be a great match. Many youth development organizations or high school travel programs need guides for their summer excursions. This looks great on a resume because it shows your awesome leadership skills as well.
[Picture from VISIONS Service Adventures]