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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. 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 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. The International Careers advisor describes how to Create an International Resume in order to optimize your options to find the best jobs abroad.
What it Takes to Work and Live 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 and provides resources for the many jobs available worldwide.
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 IT Professional
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 his personal paradise.
 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
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 Overseas 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
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 against living and working abroad include a lack of career options or an overly expensive lifestyle. I had those same excuses myself, until I proved myself wrong...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
 Teaching English Abroad (ESL Training and Jobs)
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.
Taking a test in classroom The Best Places for Teaching English in Asia by Michael Hines
In addition to sharing large areas of the world's largest continent, quite a number of nations in Asia are also sharing another striking similarity: most are experiencing a 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...
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.
Teaching English to kindergarden in China Teaching English and Living in Yangzhou, China by Nick and Dariece
The authors 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.
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 Olympic Games...
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
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.
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
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.
Nicholas Kristof A Path Appears A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
An Interview with Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof discusses an important new book cowritten with his wife, "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity," with John Dwyer. Nicholas goes on to discuss related issues such as volunteering abroad, and other ways individuals can make a positive impact around the world in terms of changing lives and tackling inequality.
Why volunteer overseas 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.
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.
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 teaching English in Thailand

Volunteer Work Teaching in Thailand
Join WorldTeach as a Volunteer English Teacher in Thailand for one year, departing April 2015.

“I will forever be blown away by the people I have met in Thailand.”

Volunteer Worldwide Projects Abroad Worldwide
The world's leading short-term international volunteer organization. Live and work in 29 exciting countries around the world: Argentina, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Vietnam. Volunteer projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, conservation, community development, medicine, human rights, journalism, international development, language courses, and more! Programs are for ages 16+.
Global Vision International Volunteer Work
Volunteer with CCS
United Planet
International TEFL Corporation
Volunteer with Projects Abroad
TIEOnline Teaching Jobs OverseasVolunteer Abroad with GO ECO
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