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The Ultimate Guide to Articles, Programs, and Resources for Jobs Overseas

There have never been so many great reasons to work overseas. Transitions Abroad offers expert advice, inspirational first-hand experiences, and practical resources for anyone who wishes to explore the possibilities.

Internships leading to careers, teaching English, volunteering, seasonal 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 Articles
 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.
Build International Employment Profile
How to Build an International Employment Profile by Jean-Marc Hachey
A practical overview of the steps you need to take as part of the process of preparing for and finding jobs or careers abroad.
Create international resume
How to Write an Effective International Resume by Jean-Marc Hachey
Creating a resume for work abroad is significantly different in kind from those you create domestically. Here is an overview on how to do so successfully, with all the primary criteria to consider in this key document.
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.
Networking to find a new international job
How to Network for International Jobs While Working in Your Current Country by Troy Erstling
How to successfully transition from work abroad such as teaching English to other types of international jobs that are closer to your long-term goals. Extensive strategies and tips, with a strong emphasis on the power of networking, to make it happen.
Student international career preparation
Student Work Overseas: Preparation for an International Career by William Nolting
The best time to seek work overseas and prepare for an international career is while you are a student or right after graduation.
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.
Why and How to Get Work Permits Abroad
Inside tips and an overview of the common steps—each country also has its unique requirements—to acquire a desired work permit.
 International Jobs and Careers
Networking Manifesto for International Employment
How to Search and Find International Jobs
Leslie Strazzullo, as part of 5-part series, offers excellent practical advice as one who has long been working in Italy.
Get work at the United Nations 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.
Virtual jobs Why a Virtual Job is the Best Job for Working Abroad
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.
Work at web development
How to Work Overseas as a Freelance Web Developer
Brett Dvoretz describes how he has developed a freelance web development business while living as an expatriate in Cambodia, and made it flourish even as he enjoys life in a personal paradise.
Work Abroad as a Nurse
Caroline A. Polt, RN, describes her experience as a nurse and provides resources for the many jobs available worldwide.
 Internships and Student Work Abroad Programs
How to Find Internship 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 greater credibility with future employers...
ESL Jobs in Guatemala Jobs Overseas for Students After College by Jonathon Engels
After graduating from college, one option is to go abroad to see the world and work teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Internship in China How an Internship in China Can Lead to a Dream Job by Rebecca Shapiro
An internship in exciting Shanghai, China proves to be very fruitful as a career path, just as it is rewarding educationally and culturally. As more young people are going to China to study and intern, and more employers valuing such work experience, the author highlights the short- and long-term personal and professional investment.
Study Abroad to find work Study Abroad Increases Professional Job Prospects by Isabel Eva Bohrer
IES Abroad surveyed over 1,000 study abroad alumni in order to determine the impact of such experience on the ability of recent graduates to find work after completion of a college degree. The findings strongly indicate that study abroad leads to international employment.
Internships with AIESEC What is the Value of an International Internship in Today's Job Market?
An Interview by Carly Vandergriendt for
In an interview with AIESEC, the largest internship internship organization in the world, we ask senior members the key questions and receive useful answers.
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
A guide to finding prime business internship jobs abroad in the private sector — as the author did in both Mexico and Brazil.
 Short-Term Jobs Abroad
Top Jobs Abroad for Travelers Top Jobs Abroad for Long-Term Travelers by Jonathon Engels
17 short-term jobs available to those who wish to extend their long-term travels indefinitely.
Location Independent Work 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. Such a location-independent life is not as hard to achieve as it might seem at first blush.
Work and Live for Less How to Live and Work Abroad for Less by Nora Dunn
To many people, the dream of traveling the world and earning a living while doing so seems impossible; common excuses for not living and working abroad include a lack of career options or an having an overly expensive lifestyle. I had those same excuses myself, until I proved myself wrong.
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.
Market in Barcelona 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...
Trampoline job in Australia Adventures Working Abroad in Australia by Lauren Fitzpatrick
Working in Australia, in this case through the BUNAC program, can be a truly memorable year-long adventure. Here are one such series of experiences.
Work on cruise ship venice Work on a Cruise Ship and Get Paid
Kristin Carter describes travel to beautiful areas overseas while taking a variety of cruise ship jobs.
 Teaching English Abroad (ESL Training and Jobs)
Teaching english resume How to Create a Great Resume for Teaching English Abroad: A Guide to Landing Your First Job by John Clites
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 examples.
Teaching jobs recession-proof 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.
Teaching English abroad Teaching English Abroad: What to Expect, How to Prepare by Randall Davis
Expertise and selected resources for starting a career as an ESL teacher overseas. Randall also offers practical tips on preparation and training as a student for this most popular form of employment.
Teaching in Spain How and Where to Find Jobs Teaching English in Europe: An Overview by Susan Griffith
The author of many classic books on working and teaching abroad offers inside tips and resources to succeed in the difficult task of securing jobs in Europe.
Teach English in China with Worldteach The Best Places for Teaching English in Asia by Michael Hines
In addition to sharing large areas of the world's largest continent, many nations in Asia are also sharing another striking similarity: most are experiencing strong 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.
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. Many factors create the demand, including: flourishing tourism, expanding international trade, a burgeoning oil and gas industry, and the Olympic Games.
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 China location Teaching English in China: Work and Live in an Ideal 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.
Teaching English children in China A Practical Guide to Finding an English Teaching Job in China
Dominic Woodman describes clearly and realistically the steps involved in finding the major types of English teaching jobs in China, the processes involved, including a discussion of the all-important Z visa.
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.
 Teaching Jobs Abroad: K-12 and University
International teachers Teachers and International Schools by Kathy Fritts
Everything you need to know to find an adventurous new job or career at an international school as described by experienced teachers.
Teaching at an international school Teaching at an International School — Five Key Facts You Should Know by Cynthia Nagrath
An exploration of perception versus reality regarding work at international schools. Here are five key reasons that misconceptions should not keep you from great job opportunities worldwide.
Job at school in France The International School Route: The Facts on Starting an Overseas Teaching Career by Cory Scott
The author has found international work as a teacher, and provides inside tips and resources about the very best ways to pursue an overseas teaching career.
 Volunteer Work Abroad
Finding Your First Job Abroad Why Volunteer Overseas? Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer for Any Age by Zahara Heckscher
Co-author of the classic book How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas as well as a Volunteer Abroad editor, Zahara is an experienced volunteer, activist, teacher, and author. She explores the subject, motives, and activity in a unique and no-nonsense manner.
Volunteer vacation in Latin America How to Plan an Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation in Latin America by Amy E. Robertson
Prepare a turtle hatchery in Costa Rica. Teach English in Mexico. Build a home in Brazil. Whether you call it a volunteer vacation, a service trip, or voluntourism, combining travel and volunteer work is an increasingly popular way to see the world.
Worthwhile volunteering abroad How to Volunteer Overseas to Protect Wildlife Effectively by Amy E. Robertson
With so many great options to volunteer helping to care for wildlife, which projects to choose, where, how long, and what are the considerations?
Volunteer for endangered animals Ten Projects for Volunteers to Help Endangered Animals Abroad by Lavanya Sunkara
An overview of ten important projects to volunteer help for the many endangered animals in countries abroad.
Volunteer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Volunteer in San Miguel de Allende: Building Houses for Mexican Families 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.
 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 Programs and Resources
William Nolting presents a review of publications, organizations, and websites to help you locate a variety of programs and 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 worldwide Geovisions: Volunteer Worldwide
Gain a new outlook on the world. Experience a unique opportunity to live and volunteer in Argentina while learning about the culture and language of the country. Project areas include community development, health care, education, and childcare. Volunteer work available in Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Jordan, Peru, Russia, Spain, Thailand or Turkey.
InterExchange Teach English with 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, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.
Global Vision International Volunteer Work
Volunteer Abroad with GO ECO
Volunteer with CCS
International TEFL Corporation
Volunteer with Projects Abroad
Volunteer with WorldTeach
TIEOnline Teaching Jobs Overseas
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