to the 2017 Expatriate and Work Abroad Travel Writing Contest Winners!
We wish to thank the authors for the fine eclectic submissions on Mexico, Morocco, South Korea, and Egypt ranging from excellent essays and narratives on being an expatriate to very useful practical guides on living and working abroad.
to Find Your First Paid Job Overseas by
I understand the dilemma of the first time
international job seeker: You cannot get
a job overseas unless you have experience.
But how do you get experience if you cannot
get a job? I will share five proven strategies
to break out of this Catch-22.
||How to Spend Four Years Living Abroad by Tim Leffel
If you are looking for a great place to move and live abroad for four or more years, here are some ideas by the respected author of "A Better Life for Half the Price."
||Under the Spell of Bustling Shanghai, Hotspot of Modern China by Senior Contributing Editor Lies Ouwerkerk
Shanghai is perhaps the most bustling city in modern China, with endless spellbinding attractions to see and things to do, and a very eclectic mixture of the old and the new.
||An Insider's Guide to What You Need to Know to Move, Live and Work in Mexico by Ted Campbell
A long-term expatriate, author, and teacher describes all that is involved in moving, finding work, and living in Mexico in his Transitions Abroad Expatriate Writing Contest winning article.
||How to Find a Job with an International Non-Profit (NGO)
If you are looking for work in a field where you can make a difference in people's lives, here is what you need to know.
Programs Offering Internships Abroad by
Now is a good time to look into an internship abroad. Participating in a international internship
offers a travel experience like no other,
since you are both a foreigner and live the
life of a local. Now more
than ever, internships are a key to gain experience and earn
credibility with future employers.
an Internship in China Can Lead to
a Dream Job by Rebecca
An internship in exciting Shanghai,
China proves to be fruitful as a career
path, just as it is rewarding educationally
and culturally. More young people are going
to China to study and intern, and more employers
value such work experience. The author highlights
the short- and long-term personal and professional
||A Guide to Landing Your First Job Teaching English Abroad by John Clites
You have completed college and want to explore the world. Our TEFL Abroad Columnist explores how to land your (first) job teaching English, and why preparing the appropriate resume is critical. Here is a detailed guide explaining how to do so, complete with detailed examples.
||10 Reasons Why High School Teens Should Volunteer Abroad by Dr. Jessica Voigts
The words and images of young volunteers demonstrate the many facets and rewards of their experience abroad.
||Andy Steves’ Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget
An interview with Andy Steves on his book based on his extensive independent experience as well as while leading group tours. He offers advice on how to explore and get the most out of visits to 13 great cities in Europe.
||How to Volunteer Overseas to Protect Wildlife Effectively by Amy E. Robertson
With so many options to volunteer this summer helping to care for wildlife, which projects to choose, where, how long, and what are the considerations?
||How to Get Jobs with the United Nations:
The Unauthorized Guide by Amy E. Robertson
A guide to the many ways to get a job at the United Nations. Explanations of the many and varied UN organizations and a plethora of resources are provided.
||Why I Travel: The Impact of Exploring the World by Lies Ouwerkerk
An illustrated essay by a long-time traveler on what motivates her endless voyages to all regions of the earth.
a Virtual Job is the Best Job for Working
Abroad by Tim Leffel
In an extract from his fine new book,
"A Better Life at Half the Price," Leffel
explores the many options for virtual jobs
abroad, an increasingly popular combination
of work, long-term travel, and living abroad
offering incredible flexibility.
||9 Sensational Ways to Live Overseas by Amy E. Robertson
An experienced expat, author, and long-time traveler provides realistic examples of popular and interesting ways to live overseas, including some you may not have considered.
in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Nathan Edgerton
Expat life in the lively and beautiful city of Chiang Mai, including snapshots of living, studying and working.
||Cooking Lessons in Italy: Mamma Knows Best by Amy E. Robertson
A review of some of the top cooking schools across regions in Italy, where food is prepared with love in classes, markets are explored, and local accommodations are often available.
Your Teen High School Student Should
Go Abroad: Parents' Guide by
Dr. Jessica Voigts
A guide to the many short- and long-term advantages of going abroad to study, volunteer, travel, and learn languages for teen high school students—an investment that will provide returns many times over.
||Congratulations to the Winners of the Student Writing Contest!
Students and recent graduates have written articles describing what are almost always life-changing experiences abroad with long-term impact. The essays also provide insightful advice and inside tips for others contemplating spending time in countries worldwide.
Questions to Ask Before Accepting
a Job Abroad by Matt Scott
A practical and realistic look at what is
involved in seeking and finding rewarding
work overseas from one experienced
in doing so worldwide,
in Mexico: The Why, How, and Where by
Inside tips from an experienced expat and author of a fine book on living abroad for half the price who researched moving to Mexico
and made it happen successfully.
||How to Find Work Abroad: 6 Key Questions to Ask Before a Successful Job Search by
A practical and no-nonsense guide regarding the keys to consider before seeking paid work abroad.
to Live and Work Abroad for Less by
The author, who has managed to live overseas since 2007,
writes in detail about her year-over-year
income and expenses while working and living
abroad in a location-independent manner.
Volunteer Overseas? Top 10 Reasons
to Volunteer for Any Age by
An experienced volunteer, teacher, and author
of a book on the subject explores
the important activity.
English in China: Work and Live in
a Great Location
Nick and Dariece provide a guide to help
you find the right location in China for
you, be it big city or smaller town, to teach
English and live.
to Plan an Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation
in Latin America by Amy E. Robertson
If you are making summer plans, read this piece by an expert author on the diverse options for volunteer work and meaningful vacations in Latin America. Prepare a turtle hatchery in Costa Rica. Teach English
in Mexico. Build a home in Brazil. There are important and interesting projects where you can make a difference.
50 and Volunteering Overseas by
Well over 50 and still volunteering overseas,
Editor on Senior Volunteer Service, describes
his vast and unusual experience. This honorable man offers
volunteers of all ages advice
and resources. John joined the
Peace Corps in 1991 at age 56 to make a difference and his service since has been invaluable and inspiring.
English and Living in Bangkok by
Bangkok has a high demand for English teachers
in many different types of schools, from
corporate training centers to small private
schools to public schools with 50 students
per class. There are opportunities for beginning
teachers as well as those with more experience.
Featured Organizations and Programs
English Through InterExchange — No
Teaching Certificate Required
InterExchange Working Abroad
offers a wide variety of Teach English
programs in every corner of the world,
from teaching in formal classroom settings
to private family tutoring as a Conversation
Coach. Some programs allow you to earn
a certificate in Teaching English as a
Foreign Language (TEFL). Our current programs
include Austria, Chile, China, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.
||International TEFL and TESOL Training
With in-class courses available at over 30
locations worldwide and a wide range of online
courses, ITTT prepares you to teach, travel
and live abroad.
||Internships Abroad with Experiential Learning International
Get a head start on your career through an international internship! ELI works with a variety of private companies, NGOs, and governmental organizations worldwide. Interns can work in the fields of healthcare, legal aid, human rights, engineering, IT, communications, wildlife and range management, microcredit, fashion, economic development, marketing, tourism, law, finance, and more. Working in another country challenges interns to develop cross-cultural competencies, independence, self assurance, and flexibility—all traits desired by employers.
||WorldTeach Teaching Worldwide
WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that has sent thousands of volunteers to teach in countries all around the world. Summer placements are available in Ecuador, South Africa, Nepal, Namibia, and Morocco. Longer placements are available in Ecuador, Namibia, the Marshall Islands, American Samoa, and China. Volunteers teach a broad range of subjects, including English, math, science, computers skills, and HIV/AIDS education.
School Volunteering Programs and Teen
Leadership with GLA
Like Peace Corps for Teens. Programs are
offered in 12 countries throughout Africa,
Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore
historic and natural sites in different countries
while they learn the local culture and history,
and serve the community through meaningful
volunteer efforts. GLA’s goal is to provide
life-changing experiences that will cultivate
a global perspective and open-mindedness
in students that will ultimately inspire
them to become great leaders and global thinkers
who will seek positive change in their own
in Argentina, China, Ireland, South
Africa and Spain!
Connect-123 helps you find career-related
international internships in business,
human rights, education, health care and
many other fields. From your first days
on the job, roll up your sleeves and dive
in, working on projects that make a real
contribution to local organizations and
add real-world experience to your resume.
Both start dates and durations are flexible
and all programs include 24/7 support.
Teacher in South Korea with Geovisions
Gain international experience while enriching
the lives of students in South Korea.
As a native speaker you can become an
asset to educational establishments by
improving the standard of English in South
Korea. Teaching can be an amazing opportunity
to make a difference in the lives of others,
while experiencing the rich culture of
the Eastern world.
The Language Immersion Experts
Language Vacation offers short- or long-term
language courses and total cultural immersion
abroad. Studying abroad in the country a
language is spoken is the most effective
way to learn another language. Enjoy year-round
language programs worldwide for adults and
junior summer language camps and programs
for Teenagers. We will provide help in choosing
the right type of language course abroad
to match your needs and requirements.
||Via Lingua International TEFL Programs
Via Lingua is a worldwide educational organization with schools in numerous locations. Our goal is to equip students with English language teaching skills in a professional, supportive environment. We provide students with teaching opportunities throughout their TEFL career thanks to comprehensive training.