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"The employment resources in this section represent a broad spectrum of opportunities; while most are short-term or summer jobs, some are for a minimum of a year. Whereas some jobs are paid, many others involve volunteer work. Paid work is available, for example, in the field of English language teaching, for native speakers of English with a university degree or TEFL qualification (or both). The other fields of employment that sometimes rely on transient labor are the tourist industry and agriculture. In Europe and Australasia there are positions as au pairs, which will allow live-in child carers to learn a language and earn their keep by living with a family and helping to care for the children.

The distinction between paid and volunteer work is often blurred when considering work abroad. Internships arranged in companies in Europe, for instance, seldom pay a salary, and the agencies that mediate such job placements normally charge substantial fees. Similarly, many people are willing to subsidize themselves in order to join interesting volunteer projects abroad, a number of which are included here.

U.S. citizens may need special visas or work permits to work, volunteer, or intern legally in other countries. The officially recognized work exchanges programs listed in this resource section may be able to help."

Susan Griffith is the author of classic and constantly updated books, including Work Your Way Around the World, Teaching English Abroad, Your Gap Year, and Gap Years for Grown Ups.

 Jobs by Region  Jobs by Country
Worldwide France
Africa Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Asia Greece and the Mediterranean
Australasia Italy
Europe (Central and Eastern) Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Europe (Western) Scandinavia
Latin America Spain
Middle East U.K. and Ireland

Featured Short-Term and Summer Jobs Abroad
Work and Travel in Australia and New Zealand through Working Abroad
Au Pair Jobs in France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the USA with Working Abroad
Student Work Abroad Placements through Working Abroad
Au Pair Jobs in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, and The Netherlands with Geovisions
Become an Au Pair in Australia. Improve your English and have the time of your life
Work in Spain with Instituto Hemingway
Au Pair Jobs in China with HHS
Spanish-English Translator and Proofreader with Ameritranslations

 Jobs Abroad Advisor
An Introduction to Short-Term Paid Work Programs for Students and Recent Graduates
William Nolting provides a concise overview for students who seek jobs abroad after graduation.
Experience a Foreign Culture From the Inside
Susan Griffth's outlines motives and possibilities for a whole world of short-term jobs abroad.
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...
Finding Work in Europe 
Volker Poelzl offers an overview of work opportunities in Europe, from summer to seasonal, and describes regulations to consider when seeking jobs in the EU.
To Work Abroad Successfully, Put Down Roots
Tim Leffel draws from his own experience working overseas and interviews others to illustrate how taking the plunge and living as a local is often the best path to interesting and fulfilling jobs abroad.
Creating a Freelance Job Building Your Professional Travel Blog
Professional writer and travel blogger Matt Gibson offers practical tips on one of the few mobile travel jobs which can help sustain you abroad.
Why So Many Americans Are Seeking Work Abroad
Alexa Hackbarth describes a recent trend as Amercians living in an insecure economy seek jobs abroad in order to broaden horizons and build resumes while providing for themselves.
How to Work Abroad After College
Katie Kreuger tells the story of a transition from college study towards her goal to travel and support herself via short-term jobs abroad.
EFL Jobs Abroad 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). Jonathon Engels is pleased to continue to do so after many years.
Finding Jobs Abroad After Graduation
Tamara Hughes explores the reasons to seek work abroad after graduation and the primary job resources for students.
Work Abroad Leading Adventure Tours 
Tariq El Kashef describes realistically the many advantages and disadvantages of jobs in the booming field of leading adventure tours abroad.
Work Abroad as an Au Pair or Nanny
Susan Griffith, who has updated her classic book on the subject, provides advice and a plethora of websites to help you find jobs abroad where the demand is huge.
Freelance Jobs Can Be Your Ticket to Living Overseas 
Adam Bray describes the pros and cons of freelance work abroad and provides practical tips which have made for a positive and liberating experience.
Living and Working Overseas While Freelancing on the Web: How to Create Jobs Abroad to Finance Your Travels
Nora Dunn provides practical advice, descriptions based upon experience, and resources to inspire you to create jobs and enjoy the freedom possible as a freelancer on the Web.
Caretaking Jobs Abroad: Some Creative Ways to Travel the World Long-Term
Nora Dunn provides advice, descriptions, and resources for the many jobs abroad available as a caretaker. Such short-term work allows for long-term travel.
The Working Nomad 
Andy Page outlines some of the many possibilities for jobs abroad, a choice he has made in order to combine work, travel, and living overseas while running his profitable websites.
Work as a Freelance Foreign Correspondent
Jason Motlagh describes the opportunities as a foreign correspondent as jobs abroad for freelance journalists grow in demand.

 Participant Reports

 Paid Travel Jobs from Au Pairing in Italy to Crewing a Yacht in the South Pacific to Summer Farm Work in Australia

Ship in Alaska Work and Travel on a Small Cruise Ship by Becky Timbers
If I had a dollar every time I heard somebody exclaim "that's my dream job!" I'd 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...
Around the World by Sailboat Around the World by Sailboat: How to Find the Jobs by Andy Schell
...Amazingly, I was along for this trip of a lifetime as volunteer crew—the owner had paid my way, provided the food onboard, and would pay for a return ticket from Tortola upon our successful delivery of his yacht to the islands, where he planned to use it over the winter months.
Around the World by Sailboat 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.
Fishing in Australia Seasonal Fishing Jobs Abroad in Australia: Big Dollars and Big Adventures Down Under by Amy Knapp
A little-known fact is that an industry in Australia exists for the adventurous traveler that is quite lucrative...The average season of Tiger Prawns (four months) will earn you about $10,000, potentially a little more or a little less. Banana Prawns, on the other hand, are far more lucrative. On average you'll take home about $15,000 for a ten-week season, but that figure could be as high as $20,000, if you get a good catch.
Waking Up at Work: A Personal Odyssey of Jobs Abroad 
Caroline Nye has written a series of articles on the many eclectic short-term and seasonal jobs overseas that she has taken over the years—including work in ski resort hotels, campsites, entertainment, eco-lodges, caregiving, volunteering, etc.—while providing resources and advice for others who wish to folllow her adventurous lead.
Work, Study, and Travel: The Combination Allows You to Live Abroad as a Local
Jen Swanson has traveled round-the-globe sustaining herself with short-term jobs, while also finding time to study. Her second article, Working to Travel Is Worth It, continues the description of her own personal odyssey — where she finds work in Greece.
Finding Summer and Seasonal Jobs in Australia
Lisa Ponefract finds that the best jobs in Australia are off-the-beaten-path and offers her inside tips and prime resources for summer and seasonal work.
Work in Australia’s Tropical North
Laurie Pritchard suggests finding jobs in Australia's tropical north in order to take advantage of the country's new working visa for Americans and offers practical tips.
A Seasonal Job in New Zealand 
Jules Bass describes her experience on an appie-picking seasonal job in New Zealand—where the pleasures far exceeded the pains.
Summer Tour Jobs in Europe
Heather Wynn describes how to go about finding summer jobs in Europe leading tours.
Work on a Cruise Ship and Get Paid
Kristin Carter on seeing beautiful areas of the world while taking a variety of cruise ship jobs.
Cruise Ship Jobs: The Right Way to Get Hired
Renee Ruggero offers inside tips and key resources to help you seek and procure cruise ship jobs.
Networking for Jobs in Italy
Emma Bird provides inside tips for finding work in Italy, where networking for jobs can be as important as your credentials, according to a woman who has found  work abroad as a journalist, an English teacher, and a freelancer. She follows up with practical and inspirational advice in Work in Italy Creatively.
Jobs in Italy: Work in Tuscany and Umbria
Lucia Mancini describes practical options for work in two of the most beautiful regions in Italy.
Au Pair Jobs in Italy: Immerse Yourself in the Culture Without the Stress of Living Alone
Kylie Groombridge describes her cultural immersion experience while providing practical and legal details necessary to find such jobs.
Extend Your Travels Abroad: How to Find Work at Hostels in South America
Isabel Bohrer describes her experience, as well as that of others, in Latin America working at various jobs at youth hostels.
Short-Term Jobs in Barcelona
Alexandra Kain describes how she found a variety of jobs in Barcelona, Spain, and provides advice and resources for others to do the same.
Working in France With or Without a Work Visa
Expatriate Narelle Lewis provides inside tips and resources for finding jobs in France.
Jobs Leading Nature Trips Abroad: Summer Programs Seek Experienced Leaders
Erica Rounsefell describes the many jobs available for those who wish to work abroad leading summer camp programs which emphasize nature tours and activities.
Leading Student Groups: Rewarding Summer and Adventure Jobs Abroad
Slawka G. Scarso describes a variety of programs which provide jobs to qualified teachers to lead students abroad.
Leading Educational Tours Abroad as a Teacher
Jennifer M. Eisenlau on jobs leading summer student educational travel tours.
Work as a PADI Divemaster
Anna Marie Davis on her training for an extraordinary job in Vietnam.
How to Work as a Journalist at an English Language Newspaper Overseas
Eric Thiel writes: "Do you love writing? Do you want to travel the world? Here are my top tips for getting your foot in the door working for an English language paper overseas.
...With English the lingua franca of international commerce, development aid, and diplomacy, almost every country has an English language publication of some sort. Businessmen, tourists, aid workers and other visitors rely on English publications for everything from new commercial regulations and business opportunities to events featuring local artists and musicians..."
Theater Jobs Abroad
Kristen Carter on how her experience abroad provided a chance to see many countries and get to know the locals.
Acting Jobs in Germany
Katreen Hardt describes her work experience acting in Germany, where well-rounded American performers are being called on stage.
Finding Jobs In Prague as an Expat: You Do Not Have to Teach English
Suchi Rudra describes the optiions for finding jobs as an expat in Prague — a shining jewel in the Czech Republic and still a happening city.
Backpacker's Turkey: Jobs Abound
Dan Eldridge reports on the types of work he discovered while traveling through Turkey.
Jobs in West Africa
Daniel Morris describes the job opportunities in West Africa, and notes that it is far better to already be there before searching..
Jobs in the Cayman Islands
Christine Casale provides the inside scoop.
Jobs Available at Language Schools in Guatemala
Gabe Stein describes the rewards, including learning a new language.
Work in Brazil as an Artisan
Sonya Angelica Diehn describes how freelance artisanal jobs in Brazil offer both financial and cultural rewards.
Working in Australia
Judy Van Rhijn on the seasonal job opportunities in Australia—in her case picking grapes.
Working for Travel in New Zealand
Matt Kaiel reports that seasonal jobs are plentiful and other programs provide longer-term work.
Seasonal Jobs in New Zealand
Emma Pownall describes the trials and tributations of work in New Zealand as a fruitpicker.
How to Find Work on SuperYachts
Matt Brown provides an overview, tips, and many resources to find an exciting jobs which can be short and long-term.
Jobs Crewing a Yacht
Claire Rogers provides many resources to find one of the most demanding yet exotic jobs available.
Crewing a Yacht in the South Pacific
Robert Hein, a man with many years of experience, reports that there are many jobs available on private yachts.
Crewing a Boat: Follow the Seasons and Ride the Wind
Julia Bartlett describes jobs on sailboats and yachts worldwide.
Jobs on Cruise Ships
Margie Davis reports that working on cruise ships is hard but rewarding work.
Jobs in Antarctica
Benjamin Murray tells you how to find work in one of the most exotic regions on earth. In Camping for Cash: Live and Work in Antartica, David Devere provides his own perspective.
Summer Jobs in Alaska
Judith A. Ballard  describes an unusual yet rewarding summer job destination.
 
Au Pair Jobs abroad with GeovisionsStudent Summer Jobs with InterexchangeVolunteer Worldwide with ELIAu Pair in New Zealand