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Gap Year Jobs Abroad
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Photo by Thor Hanson

See work abroad editor Susan Griffith's discussion of the Gap Year for more on why short-term jobs abroad, long-term travel, and summer study are part of an important trend which has spread from England to the U.S. In an interview with Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson, Transitions Abroad discusses the options for U.S. students with the authors of The Gap-Year Advantage.

In these very tough economic times it is likely that Exploring Your Gap Year Options may prove to be one possible path in life you may well wish to take.

Please note that many European jobs—many of which are listed here for the U.K. audience—require a visa, which are often not easy to obtain for U.S. citizens. Information on how to obtain such permits can be found at www.workpermit.com. See William Nolting's article on the subject: An Introduction to Short-term Paid Work Programs for Students and Recent Graduates for the programs which exist abroad to help address and bypass the issue of work permit requirements for Americans.

Acorn Adventure Ltd., Acorn House, Prospect Rd., Halesowen, Birmingham B62 8DU, England; 011-44-121-504-2066; www.acorntravelgroup.co.uk. Activity holiday centers in North Wales and the Lake District of England that need instructors and catering staff for full season (Apr.-Sep.). Must already have permission to work in Europe.

Aillwee Cave Co., Ltd., Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland; 011-353-65-7077036; www.aillweecave.ie. Cave tour guides and catering/sales staff taken on for a minimum of two months at this busy tourist attraction open year-round. Non-European applicants must have permission to work in Ireland and health insurance. Hostel accommodation provided for 50 euros a week.

Anywork Anywhere; www.anyworkanywhere.com. Resources for work, adventure and travel throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Many opportunities provide accommodations and are full-time temporary positions, with contracts running from 1 week to 12 months; permanent vacancies are also advertised.

CIEE, 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101; 1.800.40.STUDY; hsabroad@ciee.org; www.ciee.org/gap. Gap years or gap semesters for pre-university students arranged in six countries. Program includes language classes, housing and meals with local host families, and community service, arrival orientation and excursions, insurance, and 24 hour support. Paid semester and year Teach Abroad programs in six countries for university graduates. 1.800.407.8839; teach@ciee.org; www.ciee.org/teach.

Easy Way Association, Calle Gran Via 80, planta 10 oficina 1017, 28013 Madrid, Spain; 011-34-91-548 86 79; www.easywayspain.com/ingles/employment.htm. Youth agency which can help students to find work in the hospitality industry provided they know at least elementary Spanish. Most programs include Spanish tuition.

GAP SPORTS, www.sportingopportunities.com. Coach sports and join community development projects in Africa and Latin America . Become a ski / snowboard instructor with work experience in Canada or learn to scuba dive and obtain PADI qualifications in South Africa.

GapGuru, www.gapguru.com, is an ethical gap year provider. Create your perfect gap year to Africa, South America, Asia or Eastern Europe—whether you want to work, volunteer or travel GapGuru has a programme for you!

Gapwork.com, www.gapwork.com, is an independent information and educational provider. Gapwork does not send people on gap years— Gapwork just tells them what they can do, where they can go and how to make the most of it!

GapYear.com, www.gapyear.com, is a fine site billed as the 'the complete guide to taking time out' (and the largest gapyear community in the UK), built to help people take time out in their life.

Global Choices, www.globalchoices.co.uk, offers working holiday programs in Argentina, Austria, Australia, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, the U.K., and the U.S.A.

hCareers.co.uk, www.hcareers.co.uk, is a job posting board and portal with an extensive database of short-term hospitality jobs in Europe.

InterExchange, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013, USA. Tel. 212-924-0446; fax: 212-924-0575; info@interexchange.org, www.InterExchange.org. InterExchange, a nonprofit organization, works with young people from more than 60 countries to connect them with cultural exchange opportunities in the U.S through Au Pair, Work & Travel, Career Training and Camp programs. We also offer programs for U.S. and Canadian citizens who want to work or volunteer in 20 different countries outside the U.S. Interexchange Working Abroad offers Teaching English, Volunteering, Au Pair, and Work & Travel programs. Cost: Varies. Dates: Year-Round.

International Cooperative Education, 15 Spiros Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025; 650-323-4944; info@icemenlo.com, www.icemenlo.com. Arranges paid summer work for 2-3 months in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and Sputh America. Jobs include retail sales, banking, computer technology, hotels and restaurants, offices, etc.; most require knowledge of relevant language.

Jobs.ie, 35 Wicklow St., Dublin 2, Ireland; 011-353-1-6703891; www.jobs.ie. Online employment listings in hotels, restaurants, bars and leisure centers, sales, etc. in Ireland. Chefs and experienced hotel receptionists are particularly in demand.

Kingsbrook USA Inc., PMB 117, 303 B Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080; 904-461-4291; Kbamericainc@aol.com; www.kingsbrookusa.com. Hotel jobs (6-12 months) and unpaid business internships lasting 2-3 months in Brighton, southern England as well as London. Must have European nationality or prior permission to work in the U.K.

L'Hotellerie International, www.lhotellerie.com, provides job listings, advice and active forums for those seeking hospitality jobs around the world, though much of the site is in French.

Launchpad Australia, www.launchpadaustralia.com, offers work, study and volunteer abroad programs for gap years. Choose from a range of gap year programs, including volunteering abroad, working holiday starter packs and language courses.

LEAPNOW: Transforming Education. LEAPNOW offers group and individual programs bringing together academic credit, strong intentional focus on personal evolution, and a database of 6,000+ ways to travel, study, and work in 126 countries for ages 17-24. Contact: info@leapnow.org, www.leapnow.org.

Real Gap Experience, 1st Fl., Zurich House, Meadow Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2YG, U.K.; 011-44-1892 701881; www.realgap.co.uk. Sister company called Gap Year for Grown ups (www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk.) Range of travel, volunteer, and work programs includes short-term conservation volunteering in Australia, working with wildlife in Southern Africa, paid teaching in China, and volunteer placements in Latin America.

Sani Beach Holiday Resort, Sani SA, 63077 Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece; www.saniresort.gr. Hospitality industry interns aged 18-20 needed to train and work at this luxurious eco-resort south of Thessaloniki for at least 5 months between mid-May and end of October.

Seasonal Jobs New Zealand, www.seasonaljobs.co.nz, has compliled many travel jobs from all over New Zealand and from many industries, such as fruit picking on farms and hospitality just to name a few. We have jobs in great locations and resort towns around New Zealand like Queenstown, Wanaka, Kaikoura, Taupo, Rotorua and many more.

Seasonworkers.com, www.seasonworkers.com, a U.K. site, provides a very diverse listing of jobs for all seasons around the globe. This excellent site also provides tools by which those who have such work experience may stay in touch and network with past co-workers via their active messageboard.

Serlac Service and Logistics Andalucia Coast. Serlac Job and Travel Company provides an independent work and cultural experience in Spain, language courses, Au Pair, Internships Abroad and other student resources. Visit: www.serlacexperience.com.

Sport Lived, sportlived.co.uk, is a sporting gap year company which offers you the chance to live and work in Australia or New Zealand and combine this with playing or coaching sport.

Supercamps Ltd., www.supercamps.co.uk. Children’s holiday company with many seasonal vacancies.

Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP) administered by the Canadian Federation of Students, www.swap.ca. Co-ordinates a working holiday program for Canadian students and non-students in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Africa.

TravelJobs.com, www.traveljobs.com.au, is an Australian site which offers many jobs but require a visa, as do most European jobs.

Troys Hospitality Staff, Ste. 1, Level 11, 89 York St, Sydney 2000, Australia; www.troys.com.au. Places casual staff in the hospitality industry in Sydney. /

Visitoz Scheme, Springbrook Farm, MS188, Goomeri, Queensland 4601, Australia; 011-61-7-4168-6106; www.visitoz.org. Station (i.e. ranch) which runs 5-day courses in outback working techniques and then directs participants with working holiday visas to one of nearly 1,000 employers offering paid jobs on the land and in the hospitality industry.

Youth Hostels Association, England & Wales Recruitment Dept., P.O. Box 6030, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3XA, U.K; 011-44-1629- 592650; jobopportunities@yha.org.uk, www.yha.org.uk. Seasonal assistant youth hostel wardens for U.K. hostels. Interviews required.