Summer and Student Work Overseas
Abroad: The Key Employers
employment resources in this section represent a broad spectrum
of opportunities; while most are short-term, seasonal 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
Griffith is the author of many classic and constantly
updated books, including Work Your Way Around
the World and Teaching English Abroad.
Featured Student and Summer
and Travel in Australia, Canada and New Zealand through InterExchange
Pair Jobs in Australia, France, Germany, The Netherlands,
New Zealand and Spain with InterExchange Working
Pair Jobs in France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New
Zealand, Spain, Turkey, and The Netherlands with Geovisions
in Spain with Instituto Hemingway
| Internships in Argentina with Road2Argentina
Introduction to Short-Term Paid Work
Programs for Students and Recent Graduates by
A concise overview for students provided
by a long-time advisor for those who seek
jobs abroad after graduation.
to Find Your First Paid Job Overseas
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.
||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.
a Virtual Job is the Best Job for Working
Abroad by Tim Leffel
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
Jobs Abroad for Long-Term Travelers by
17 short-term jobs available to those who
wish to extend their long-term travels indefinitely.
to Live and Work Abroad for Less by
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...
Critical Questions to Ask Before Accepting
a Job Abroad
A practical and realistic look at what is
involved in seeking and finding rewarding
work overseas from one experienced
in doing so worldwide,
to Live and Work Overseas While Freelancing
on the Web
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.
||Work Abroad Leading Adventure Travel Tours
If you are a born leader in search of work, here is a realistic view of various types of jobs leading adventure tours abroad, with resources.
and Working as a Tour Leader
Jobs overseas as a tour guide can be both
exhilarating and challenging, and there
are some pros and cons, but it is very
flexible way of living offering great
|| Student Jobs
Overseas as Teachers After College
After college, one option
for graduating students is to go abroad to see the world and work
teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
||Why and Where to Work Abroad in Europe as an Au Pair or Nanny
A prolific author on classic books used by more than a generation of students and people of all ages, Susan Griffith provides advice and a plethora
of websites to help you find jobs abroad, especially in Europe, where the
demand remains huge.
Keys to Au Pair Work Abroad
Au pair work abroad allows for full cultural
immersion since you live with a local family
and generally have time to explore the adopted
An author and experienced expert
provides advice, descriptions, and resources
for jobs abroad available as a house-sitter.
Such enriching long-term living stretches your
travel budget. In a similar and overlapping
Jobs Abroad: Some Creative Ways to Travel the
World Long-Term often involves
a bit more work in exchange for free shelter.
Work in Europe
An overview of work opportunities
in Europe, from summer to seasonal, describing
what is involved when seeking paid jobs in the EU.
||Teaching English to Children in a Summer Camp or Homestay Abroad
A great option for a summer job abroad is to English to children and teens at a camp, homestay program, or learn through a language exchange.
as a Freelance Foreign Correspondent by Jason Motlagh
Opportunities exist as a foreign
correspondent as jobs abroad for freelance journalists
grow in demand.
Jobs, Sustainable Living and Endless Travel by
Over the past decade, there has been an enormous
growth in interest and activities relating
to permaculture jobs as a means of farming
abroad, sustainable living, and the endless
travel this enables for people of all ages.
Work Abroad Successfully, Put Down Roots
Travel writer, and entrepreneur 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.
| A Student Guide to Paid Work Abroad After College
The story of a transition from
life as college student towards the author's goal to travel and derive income via paid jobs abroad.
| Stories of Working Adventures
Travel Jobs from Summer Au Pairing while a Student in Italy to Crewing
a Yacht in the South Pacific to Seasonal Farm Work
Up to New Jobs Abroad: A Personal
A series of articles on the many
seasonal jobs overseas
the author has taken over the years—including
work in ski resort hotels, campsites, entertainment,
eco-lodges, caregiving, volunteering, etc.—providing
resources and ideas for others who wish
to follow her adventurous lead.
Year Living and Working in New Zealand
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.
Working Abroad in Australia
Working in Australia, in this case through
the BUNAC program, can be a truly memorable
on a Cruise Ship and Get Paid
Travel to beautiful
areas overseas while taking a variety of
cruise ship jobs.
Pair Life Abroad: Combine Long-Term
Budget Travel and Work
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.
the World by Sailboat: How to Find
...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.
||How to Find Jobs on Yachts and Superyachts by
A thorough overview of what it takes to work on yachts and superyachts worldwide from either the U.S. or Europe
Fishing Jobs Abroad in Australia:
Big Dollars and Big Adventures Down
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 will earn you
about $10,000... 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.
||Summer and Seasonal Internships at an Organic Farm in Tuscany
A unique internship program in idyllic Tuscany, Italy, where participants work on a traditional and organic farm in exchange for food and shelter.
and Travel on a Small Cruise Ship
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
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.
|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.
as a PADI Divemaster
Anna Marie Davis on her training for an extraordinary
job in Vietnam.
|Summer Jobs Leading Nature Trips Abroad
Many summer jobs exist for those who wish to work abroad leading nature activity camps and tours.
Guide to Volunteer Farm Work Abroad While Your Travel
A great way to extend your travels in the summer or seasonally, as a student and beyond, is to exchange your farm work for food and shelter.
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.
Summer and Seasonal Jobs in Australia
The best jobs in Australia
are often off-the-beaten-path and the author offers her inside tips
and prime resources for summer and seasonal 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
Seasonal Job in New Zealand
job in a beautiful land.
Tour Jobs in Europe
How to go about finding summer
jobs in Europe leading tours.
Ship Jobs: The Right Way to Get Hired
Inside tips and key resources
to help you seek and procure cruise ship jobs.
in Italy: Work in Tuscany and Umbria
Lucia Mancini describes practical options for work
in two of the most beautiful regions in Italy.
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
continuing to be a student.
Your Travels Abroad: How to Find Work at Hostels
in South America
Isabel Eva Bohrer describes her experience in Latin America working at various
jobs at youth hostels.
Student Groups: Rewarding Summer and Adventure
Slawka G. Scarso describes a variety of
programs which provide jobs to qualified teachers
to lead students abroad.
to Work as a Journalist at an English Language
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..."
Kristen Carter on how her experience abroad provided
a chance to see many countries and get to know the
Jobs in Germany
Katreen Hardt describes her work experience acting
in Germany, where well-rounded American performers
are being called on stage.
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.
in the Cayman Islands
Christine Casale provides the inside scoop.
Judy Van Rhijn on the seasonal job opportunities in
Australia—in her case picking grapes.
Crewing a Yacht
Resources to find one of the most demanding yet exotic
a Yacht in the South Pacific
A man with many years of experience reports that there
are many jobs available on private yachts.