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The Essential Guide to Articles, Programs, and Resources for Finding Work Abroad!

There have never been so many great reasons to work abroad. TransitionsAbroad.com offers expert advice, inspirational first-hand experiences, and practical resources for any student, freelancer or professional who wish to take the plunge. Teaching English, career internships, volunteering, and freelance jobs of all types are increasingly attractive options to extend your time overseas in a meaningful way while building your international resume.

 Featured Article Index
 Work Abroad Preparation
Finding Your First Job Abroad
How to Find Your First Paid Job Overseas by Zahara Heckscher
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...and provide a worksheet.
Finding Work Networking
The Networking Manifesto for International Employment by Zahara Heckscher
This guide is targeted to people who seek their first international job. The tips can be used to find short-term or long-term assignments, and will be helpful for recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retired people eager for new adventures...
15 questions to ask for a job abroad
15 Important 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 who is experienced in doing so worldwide, and continues to do so in France at this very moment...
Living and Working Abroad
Jean-Marc Hachey shares his insights into international employment trends and offers inspirational advice to short- and long-term job seekers in an interview. In Build an International Employment Profile, Jean-Marc walks through the key steps — which include study abroad, volunteering, internships, or cultural immersion travel — leading to an international career. Our International Careers advisor describes how to Create an International Resume in order to optimize your options to find jobs abroad.
What it Takes to Live and Work Abroad
Celeste Heiter on the assets and attributes which are essential for a successful and rewarding experience.
Student Work Overseas Overview
William Nolting writes that the best time to seek and find work overseas and to prepare for an international career is while you are a student or soon after graduation.
The Low Down on Work Permits Abroad
Volker Poelzl offers inside tips and an overview of the common steps worldwide—though each country overseas has its unique requirements—to acquire a the elusive permit.
 
 International Jobs and Careers
How to Find Positions in Your International Career
Leslie Strazzullo, as part of 5-part series, offers excellent practical advice from as one who has long been working in Italy.
Work Abroad as a Nurse
Caroline A. Polt, RN, describes her experience as a nurse in Saudi Arabia and documents the many jobs available.
How to Start a Business in Europe
The core issues and resources relating to visas, work permits, legal requirements, and the best countries and cities to start a business.
Information Technology Work in India
Siddharth Srivastava describes a new phenomenon; the international migration of jobs in Information Technology from the U.S. to India.
 Internships and Student Work Abroad
How to Find an Internship Abroad
Expert William Nolting provides a comprehensive overview of the process for finding the type of work upon which to build your resume. A great resource for the student seeking their first job overseas.
Top Internship Programs Abroad Top Programs Offering Internships Abroad by Chelsea Baldwin
Participating in a international internship offers a travel experience like no other as you are both a foreigner and live the life of a local. Internships are the key to gain experience and earn credibility with future employers...
Internships with AIESEC What is the Value of an International Internship in Today's Job Market?
An Interview by Carly Vandergriendt for TransitionsAbroad.com
In an interview with AIESEC, the largest internship internship organization in the world, we ask senior members the key questions and receive useful answers.
Study Abroad to find work Study Abroad Increases Professional Job Prospects by Isabel Eva Bohrer
In 2012, IES Abroad surveyed 1,008 study abroad alumni in order to determine the impact of their experience on the ability of a recent graduates to find work after completion of a college degree. The findings strongly indicate that study abroad leads to international employment...
ESL Jobs Abroad For Students After College
After graduating from college, one option is to go abroad to see the world and work teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Jonathan Engels is pleased to continue to do so after many years.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Guadalajara, Mexico
Student Emily Miner discusses issues to consider when working as an English teacher abroad. In her case she chose Mexico and provides many useful inside tips and qualifications.
Why College Graduates Should Consider Teaching English in South Korea
A college graduate in South Korea describes her work and living experience while recommending the experience highly.
How to Find Business Internships Abroad: Work at Cold Calling and Networking
Mike Kerlin describes in practical terms how to find prime business internship jobs abroad in the private sector — as he did in both Mexico and Brazil.
 Short-Term Jobs Abroad
Freelance Work on the Web How to Live and Work Overseas While Freelancing on the Web by Nora Dunn
Many people dream of a life working abroad, with scarcely a care in the world besides finding an Internet connection...That life is not as hard to achieve as it might seem at first blush.
Market in Barcelona The Realities of Au Pair Life Abroad: Combine Long-Term Budget Travel and Work by Rachel Ward
I lived in uptown Barcelona for seven months without writing a single rent check or mailing one utility bill. I did not even pay for groceries. Before that I spent two months free of charge in a medieval town by Oxford. How did I manage to stay so long in Europe gratis? I was an au pair...
Rowing in New Zealand lake How to Spend a Year Living and Working in New Zealand by Lydia Horrex
At this time two years ago, I would not have been able to tell you a great deal about New Zealand. In fact, I had never really given the place a second thought until the day I discovered it was the only westernized country where I could both legally live and work.
Working on a Ship in Alaska How to Work and Travel on a Small Cruise Ship by Becky Timbers
If I had a dollar every time I heard somebody exclaim that I had their dream job, I would be a far richer woman than I am today. Working on a National Geographic cruise ship as a massage therapist was, in many ways, my dream job...
Work on a Cruise Ship and Get Paid
Kristin Carter describes travel to beautiful areas overseas while taking a variety of cruise ship jobs.
Summer and Seasonal Work in Australia
Lisa Ponefract finds that the best travel jobs in Australia are off-the-beaten-path and offers her inside tips and prime resources for a variety of options.
 Teaching English Abroad (ESL Training and Jobs)
Teaching English Abroad
Randall Davis offers his expertise and selected resources for starting a career as an ESL teacher overseas. He also offers practical tips on preparation and training as a student for this most popular form of employment.
Teaching Abroad: The Recession-Proof Employment Option
Michael G. Hines describes in practical terms why teaching is one of the most recession-proof jobs available in these troubled economic times as part of a series, by region, on this most common form of work overseas.
Teach English in Europe
Susan Griffith offers inside tips and resources to succeed in the difficult task of securing jobs teaching English in Europe.
Taking a test in classroom The Best Places to Teach English in Asia by Michael Hines
In addition to sharing chunks of the world's largest continent, quite a number of nations in Asia are also sharing another striking similarity: most are experiencing a rather acute demand for English teachers. From South Korea to Vietnam, Asian countries are in high gear towards getting their population to learn the lingua franca of globalization...
Temple in Bangkok Teaching English and Living in Bangkok by Nathan Edgerton
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.
Teaching English to kindergarden in China Teaching English and Living in Yangzhou, China by Nick and Dariece
Nick and Dariece spent a memorable year of complete immersion teaching English to kindergarteners and living in Yangzhou, and describe their experience. They also managed to make lasting friends, create many memories, and save quite a bit of money in the process.
Vietnam language school Teaching English and Living in Vietnam: A Southeast Asia Giant by Nathan Edgerton
The guide to teaching English and living in Vietnam—where the options are almost endless—by an expert and author.
Afternoon in Oaxaca Teaching English and Living in Mexico by Jonathan Clark
...I was still looking for a job. I had long thought about trying to live overseas and I knew that teaching English was a good vehicle for doing so, so I enrolled in a 1-month crash course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to figure out how to do it...
Brazilian sea Teaching English and Living in Brazil by John Clites
There is a very high demand for English teachers in Brazil, and that demand will only increase in the foreseeable future. Demand is fueled by a number of factors: flourishing tourism, expanding international trade, a burgeoning oil and gas industry, and the looming World Cup and Olympic Games...
 Teaching Jobs Abroad: K-12 and University
Teach as an International Career 
Tamara Studniski and Peter Burnside provide tips and resources on how to teach a subject matter other than English based upon their own extensive experience working abroad.
Teach at K-12 Schools in the U.K.: How to Find the Right Job
Jo-Anne Woodward provides ten valuable tips to help you find the many available teaching jobs in the U.K..
International School Jobs: How to Plan a Successful Interview
Jarett Emert, who is working as a teacher of literature at an American school in Italy, describes how to research and prepare for international teaching.
 Volunteer Work Abroad
Why Volunteer Abroad?
An interview with the co-author of How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas, Zahara Hecksher—our Volunteer Abroad editor. As always, Zahara goes to the core of the subject and offers very subtle and invaluable advice for prospective volunteers of all ages, from college students to seniors.
The Changing Face of International Volunteering
Volker Poelzl provides both an overview of trends in international volunteering and a selection of the best resources for those considering volunteer work, service or vacations abroad.
Leveraging Your Volunteer Experience To Find Paid Work
Strategies and tips offered by Zahara Heckscher on how to transform your volunteer experience into international employment in the solar panel industry, for example.
House in Mexico built for poor Casita Linda: Building Houses for Mexican Families in San Miguel de Allende by Sandra Kennedy
A volunteer organization founded by expatriates providing essential new free homes for the poor, who also participate in work on the construction. Many families, who previously lived in shanties, have inherited their land through generations due to Mexican laws.
 Best Work Abroad Resources
International Careers and Long-Term International Jobs
William Nolting provides a comprehensive list of resources for finding work leading to an international career.
Short-Term Jobs Abroad: The Key Employers
Susan Griffith lists the most likely employers for short-term jobs by region and country.
Student Work Resources
William Nolting presents a review of publications, organizations, and websites to help you locate a variety of jobs abroad.
 Work Abroad Programs
Teach English Abroad: ESL Training and Job Placement Programs
If you lack experience or credentials, you may want some formal study before heading overseas in search of work as an English language teacher, but it is still the very best way to find teaching work overseas. Many ESL programs provide training for jobs in the host country. Please see our featured articles on teaching English written by experts in the field and participants who teach around the globe.
Volunteer Programs Abroad
Volunteer opportunities — from Antarctica to Costa Rica to Zimbabwe — for all ages and interests.
Internship Programs Abroad
Our collection of internship programs, listed by region, offers students an opportunity to study while gaining work experience overseas. In addition, we provide featured articles from both our experts and students who have had first-hand experience.
 Featured Work Abroad Programs
Volunteer Work Teaching with Worldteach Volunteer Work Teaching in Colombia, Costa Rica or Namibia with WorldTeach
"If you are looking for an experience that will push you to discover who you are and what you are made of, do WorldTeach. Even if you don’t plan on being a teacher, I would still highly suggest this program. They will teach and train you to be an amazing teacher, you just have to have the guts to try.” Apply now to teach in underserved communities. Depart in Dec & Jan for Colombia, Costa Rica or Namibia.
Global Vision International Volunteer WorkTeach with ITTOCross-Cultural SolutionsWorldteachTEFLWORLDWIDE PragueUnited PlanetTEFLCorps ELIVolunteer with Projects AbroadTIEOnline Teaching Jobs Overseas Au Pair in New ZealandTeach English with DisneyGeovisions
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