There have never been so many great reasons to work abroad. www.TransitionsAbroad.com offers expert advice, inspirational first-hand experiences, and practical resources for any student, freelancer or professional who is wishes 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.
Living and Working Abroad
Author of the bible on work abroad, The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas, 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.
The Networking Manifesto for International Employment by Zahara Heckscher
This guide is targeted to people who seek their first international job. Most of the examples will be taken from the nonprofit, journalism, and educational sectors, although the principles apply to business and government as well. 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. We will cover virtual networking as well as in-person strategies...
Student Work Abroad 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
Searching for International Jobs
Leslie Strazzullo, as part of 5-part series, offers some excellent practical advice on how to plan and execute a search for an international career and make it happen
How to Find an Internship Abroad
Work 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.
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...
Top Programs Offering Internships Abroad Participating in a international internship offers a travel experience like no other. On the weekends, you can be a foreign traveler, but throughout the week you live the life of a local. Internships are key tools for students and recent graduates to gain experience in their respective fields and to earn credibility with future employers...
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.
Paid Software Internships in India
From our correspondent in India, TransitionsAbroad.com offers a glimpse of what could be your next summer job in India’s dream software company, based in Bangalore, South India — a fascinating new opportunity for technical experience overseas pursued by students from top universities worldwide.
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—an unfamiliar concept I have struggled to explain to my friends and family in the United States...
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 my partner and I could both legally live and work.
Work and Travel on a Small National Geographic Cruise Shipby 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...
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 for summer and seasonal work.
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. Susan also provides a detailed overview of the more plentiful options teaching English in Asia and Latin America.
The Best Places to Teach English in Asiaby 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...
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.
Not long after I completed my course I came across a posting on the Web for a university English teaching job in Oaxaca. I had heard that Oaxaca was a beautiful and fascinating place, plus I already spoke a little Spanish. So I sent in my resume, completed a phone interview, accepted the job, and got on a plane to Mexico all in the span of about ten days...
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...
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.
Student Work Abroad 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.
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.