Short-Term and Summer Jobs Worldwide
The Key Employers
|Student Work Abroad Programs from InterExchange
InterExchange, a nonprofit organization with more than 40 years of cultural exchange experience, offers work and volunteer programs for U.S. & Canadian citizens in 20 countries, including Au Pair, Teach English, Volunteer and Work & Travel programs through InterExchange Working Abroad.
For non-U.S. citizens, InterExchange offers several inbound cultural exchange programs, including sponsorship and support services foring international interns and trainees hosted by U.S. businesses; au pair placements across the United States; U.S. summer camp jobs; and work and travel programs in the U.S. Visit our website for more information.
|| Cost: Varies
Dates: Year-Round, Placements last 1 week to 2 years, depending on the program
Contact: Interexchange, Inc., 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013, USA.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.
WorldTeach offers opportunities for volunteers to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and teaching in developing countries. All programs include: full-time in-country coordinator; intensive in-country orientation including language and TESOL training; room and board with host families/apartments. Requires: native level of English fluency; BA or equivalent for year-long programs. Fee covers program costs, including health insurance, airfare, housing, teaching placement, and in-country support.
Dates and locations: Year-long program departures depend on local school calendars; summer programs: June-Aug (7-10 weeks).
Cost: Year-long: American Samoa no fee; Bangladesh no fee; Chile $4,190; Chile Patagonia no fee; China $1,000; Colombia $1,500; Costa Rica $4,990; Ecuador $4,990; Guyana $2,000; Marshal Islands no fee; Micronesia no fee; Namibia $5,990**; Rwanda $5,990; Tanzania $5,990; Thailand $4,990. Semester: Chile $3,990; Namibia $4,990. Summer: China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Poland $3,990; Namibia $4,490. (**some matching funds available for this program) .
Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
| Experiential Learning International
Experience a cultural immersion while participating in a meaningful volunteer program! ELI partners with hundreds of local organizations in countries on five continents to provide volunteer opportunities for anyone looking for an international volunteer experience. Whether you would like to devote your time to caring for orphans in the Philippines, teaching in a rural school in Ghana, breeding tortoises in the Galapagos, working at a health camp in India, planting trees in rural Tanzania, they can set up the right program for you. Volunteer programs can last any length of time from a week to a year.
||Dates: Programs are available throughout the year and dates are flexible.
Costs: Program fees start at $185. The cost will depend on the country and duration of the program.
Contact: ELI, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218
AFS Intercultural Programs, www.afs.org. Students and volunteers aged 18-29 spend 4, 6, or 12 months in one of 14 countries (Belgium, U.K., Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, and six Latin American countries). Most programs include language training prior to volunteer placement, homestay accommodations, and participation in local projects. Participants must fundraise before program begins.
Agriventure (International Agricultural Exchange Association), #105, 7710-5th St. SE, Calgary, Alta T2H 2L9, Canada; 403-255-7799; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.agriventure.com. Farm placements of agricultural trainees for 4-12 months in Scandinavia, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, plus Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
AidCamps International, 5 Simone Ct., Dartmouth Rd., London SE26 4RP, England; 011-44-20-8291 6181; www.aidcamps.org. Small non-profit organization that sends teams of volunteers of all ages to various projects (e.g. Three weeks renovating a school for disabled children in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, or Cameroon).
AIESEC (International Association for Students in Economics and Business Management), 127 W. 26th St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10001; 212-757-3774, fax 212-757-4062; email@example.com; www.aiesecus.org. Business, engineering, and IT work placements available in 90 countries. Interns must apply through a university-based AIESEC chapter in the U.S.
Alliances Abroad, 3 Barton Skwy., Ste. 250, 1221 South Mopac Expressway, Austin, TX 78746; 512-457-8062 or 888-6-ABROAD; www.allianceabroadgroup.com. Variety of overseas placements including work placements in the U.K. and Australia, teaching in Spain, China, Chile, and Argentina; volunteer placements in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Peru. Participants pay fees to cover placement, accommodations, and emergency insurance.
Academic Study Associates is recruiting residential staff for its high school summer programs in the U.K., Spain, Italy and France. Please visit jobs.asaprograms.com for a detailed list of available positions in Florence, Barcelona, Nice, Oxford, and Cambridge.
Association for International Practical Training, 10400 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Ste 250, Columbia, MD 21044-3510; 410-997-2200, fax 410-992-3924; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, www.aipt.org or www.iaesteunitedstates.org. Short- and long-term placements in more than 80 countries through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) available to university students aged 19-30 in science, engineering, math, computer science, agriculture, or architecture.
Biosphere Expeditions, Sprat’s Water, Nr. Carlton Colville, The Broads National Park, Suffolk NR33 8BP, U.K.; 011-44-1502-583085, fax. 011-44-1502-587414; info@biosphere- expeditions.org, www.biosphere-expeditions.org. Volunteers of all backgrounds help scientists working on wildlife conservation projects lasting 2-8 weeks (e.g. in the Peruvian Amazon, the Altai Republic of Central Asia, Oman, Slovakia, Namibia, Sri Lanka, and the Azores)
BUNAC Working Adventures Worldwide, [for working in Australia (18-30), Canada (18-30), France (18-35), Ireland (18+), New Zealand (18-35), and volunteering in Cambodia (18+), Peru (18+), and South Africa (18+)]. Contact; www.bunac.org. Work and volunteer abroad organization provides a work permit and job-hunting assistance. U.S. college students and recent graduates (within 1 semester) eligible for internships in Britain. Also has programs for those who live in the UK or live in neither the UK nor the USA.
CCUSA, 2330 Marinship Way, Suite 250, Sausalito, CA 94965; 415-339-2740; www.ccusa.com. Work experience programs in Australia/New Zealand and summer camp counselors in U.K., Russia, and Croatia; plus a summer or year teaching English in China.
Center for INTERIM Programs, LLC, P.O. 195 Nassau Street, #5, Princeton, NJ 08542; 609-683-4300; www.interimprograms.com. Consulting service based in Princeton NJ and Cambridge MA aimed primarily at pre-university and university students looking to arrange a worthwhile experience in the US or abroad, including room and board internships and volunteer work. Database with 5,000+ options. Consulting fee.
CIEE, 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101; 1.800.407.8839; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ciee.org/teach. Paid Teach Abroad programs in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand for university graduates seeking to teach English internationally for a semester or a year.
Communicating for Agriculture Exchange Program (CAEP), 112 East Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0677; 218-739-3241, www.caep.org. Work abroad program in a range of countries for people aged 18-30 (some programs vary) with at least two years of practical experience in agriculture, horticulture, or equine husbandry. For winemaking, exchange participants must be aged 21-35 and have experience of at least one grape harvest.
Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10801; 800-380-4777 or 914-632-0022; www.crossculturalsolutions.org. Volunteer or Intern Abroad program for 1-12+ weeks in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Earthwatch Institute, 3 Clocktower Pl., Ste. 100, P.O. Box 75, Maynard, MA 01754; 800-776-0188; www.earthwatch.org. International environmental charity that recruits over 4,000 volunteers a year to assist professional, scientific field research expeditions around the world.
ELS Language Centers, 400 Alexander Pk., Princeton, NJ 08540; 609-750-3512; www.els.edu. The International Division oversees ELS’s 45 overseas franchises but is not directly involved in teacher recruitment. The minimum requirements for overseas placement are a BA in any subject and, ideally, a 130-hour TEFL or TESL certificate. Locations most likely to have teacher vacancies and provide airfare and assistance with accommodation are those in Korea and the Middle East. Berlitz, at the same address, has frequent EFL teacher vacancies worldwide. Berlitz teachers must be university graduates and willing to be trained in the Berlitz method. Contact: www.berlitz.com.
ELTAP (English Language Teaching Assistant Program), Univ. of Minnesota, Morris, MN 56267; 320-589-6406; email@example.com, www.eltap.org. Participants sent to 25 countries on four continents to teach English for 4-10 weeks throughout the year. Placement fee, course fee, and travel expenses. Accommodation and board provided by host schools. Available to students and non-credit certificate option for adults.
Experience International, P.O. Box 680, Everson, WA 98247; 360-966-3876, fax. 360-966-4131; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.expint.org. Training and work experience placements in countries worldwide for candidates over 21 with at least two years work experience in field related to agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or natural resource management. Placement fee.
Experiential Learning International, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218; 303-321-8278; email@example.com; www.eliabroad.com. ELI partners with hundreds of local organizations in countries on five continents to provide volunteer opportunities to meet the goals of anyone looking for an international volunteer experience. Whether you would like to devote your time to caring for orphans in the Philippines, teaching in a rural school in Ghana, breeding tortoises in the Galapagos, working at a health camp in India, planting trees in rural Tanzania, or any of the hundreds of other options available, they can set up the right program for you. Volunteer programs can last any length of time from a week to a year.
Explorations in Travel, 2458 River Rd., Guilford, VT 05301; 802-257-0152; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.volunteertravel.com. Conservation, teaching, wildlife rehabilitation, animal rescue, and environmental work placements and internships for students and adults in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nepal, Australia, and New Zealand. Placement fees.
Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD):
International Development Internship. FSD provides capacity building, funding, and human resources to over 300 grassroots organizations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Our programs provide comprehensive development training, immersion, and the opportunity for participants to design and implement collaborative projects with the help of a Site Team and their host organization. With our partner organizations, we implement solutions that improve social, environmental, educational, and economic conditions at the community level..Contact: 517 Potrero Ave. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110 USA; email@example.com, www.fsdinternational.org.
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.
Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Europe e.V., c/o ZEGG Community, Rosa-Luxemburg Str. 89, D-14806 Belzig, Germany; 011-49-33841-44766; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, gen.ecovillage.org. GEN functions as the umbrella organization for a wide range of intentional communities and eco-villages all over the world, many of which welcome guests and volunteers. Volunteering for GEN works in a similar way to the WWOOF exchange).
Global Experiences, www.globalexperiences.com. Professional international internships (especially in Australia and Italy but also France and Spain), volunteer abroad programs, immersion foreign language training, etc.
Global Routes, 1 Short St., Northampton, MA 01060; 413-585-8895, www.globalroutes.org. Teaching internships for volunteers over 17 years of age in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Thailand, Kenya, Ghana, and India. Experienced leaders aged 24+ needed for travel programs.
Global Vision International, www.gviusa.com. Tel. USA: Call toll free 888-653-6028. Tel. in UK: 01727 250250. Sends thousands of volunteers per year on conservation expeditions and community development projects worldwide.
Global Volunteer Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.globalvolunteernetwork.org. Volunteer projects including English teaching, environmental work, animal welfare, health and sanitation, and cultural homestays in 20+ countries worldwide including Costa Rica, Ecuador, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Vietnam.
Greenforce USA, 30 Public Sq., Nelsonville, OH 45764; 800-710-6065; email@example.com, www.greenforce.org. U.S. contact office for British organization Greenforce. Recruits volunteers for conservation and other projects worldwide, including marine conservation in Bahamas and Fiji for up to 6 months; combined community service and adventure programs in India, Nepal, Ecuador, Brazil and internships in Spain.
Horizon Cosmopolite, 3011 Notre Dame West, Montréal, Quebec, H4C 1N9, Canada; 514-935-8436; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.horizoncosmopolite.com. Maintains database of volunteer and internship opportunities abroad. Tries to match clients with suitable placements. Registration fee (CAN$350-$500 before tax) plus varying placement fees according to project. Guaranteed placement. Also recruits Canadians aged 19-30 for 6-month remunerated internships starting Aug./Sept., teaching English in Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador and Thailand, and doing HIV/AIDS work in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Ghana, and the Philippines.
Institute for Cultural Ecology, P.O. Box 991, Hilo, HI 96721; 808-640-2333; email@example.com, www.cultural-ecology.com. Academic internships in Fiji, Thailand, Hawaii, Nepal, Australia, and New Zealand, working on marine biology projects, environmental advocacy, or custom-designed projects in participant’s field of interest. Four, 8, or 12 weeks.
International Cooperative Education, 15 Spiros Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025; 650-323-4944; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.icemenlo.com. Arranges paid and unpaid summer internships for American and other students in many countries: England, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia, Ghana, Mongolia, and Argentina. Jobs include retail sales, banking, computer technology, hotels and restaurants, offices, etc.; most require knowledge of relevant language.
International Cultural Adventures, 81 Jewett St., #2, Newton, MA 02458; 888-339-0460 or 617-431-4597; info@ICAdventures.com; www.ICAdventures.com. Cultural, educational, and volunteer service experiences in Peru and Sikkim (India) mainly for 16-18 year olds.
International House, ihworld.com. New address from March 2007: 16 Stukeley St., London WC2B 5LQ, U.K. With 130 schools in about 40 countries, IH is one of the world's largest English teaching organizations. The Recruitment Services department hires most of the teachers, who must have at least a TEFL certificate after completing a 4-week Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or Trinity College London Certificate TESOL course.
International Schools Services. P.O. Box 5910, Princeton, NJ 08543; 609-452-0990; fax 609-452-2690; email@example.com, www.iss.edu. Applicants for overseas teaching positions in private American international schools are able to interview in the states at one of ISS’s U.S.-based International Recruitment Centers. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, two years of current K-12 teaching experience, and in most cases teaching certification.
Internships International, 1612 Oberlin Rd., #5, Raleigh, NC 27608; 919-832-1575, Jan-May; P.O. Box 480, 23 Reed Rd., Woolwich, ME 04579; tel./fax.207-442-7942, June-Dec.; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.internshipsinternational.org. Internships (unpaid) in range of fields lasting 2 to 3 months arranged in London, Glasgow/Edinburgh, Paris, Bilbao/Madrid, Florence, Budapest, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Cape Town, Morocco, Kenya, India, Ecuador, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Must be rising college senior or graduate. Application fee plus interns pay all travel, accommodation, and living costs.
i-to-i North America, www.onlinetefl.com. Teaching and conservation volunteer placements in Africa, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
LanguageCorps, email@example.com, www.languagecorps.com. TESOL training programs offered in many countries, including Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Chile. Flagship programs offered in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam include TESOL certification, guaranteed paid jobs, regional excursions, host country language instruction, a prepaid cell phone, visa preparation, and pre-departure and re-entry packages.
Language Link, 21 Harrington Rd., London SW7 3EU, England; 011-44-20-7225-1065; www.languagelink.co.uk. Places TEFL Certificate holders in its network of affiliated schools in Slovakia, Russia, Vietnam, and China.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.leapnow.org.
Peace Corps, 1111 20th St. NW., Washington, D.C. 20526; 800-424-8580, www.peacecorps.gov. Sends U.S. citizens (minimum age of 18) on 2-year volunteer assignments. Volunteers serve in 71 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.
Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004; 888-839-3535; email@example.com, www.projects-abroad.org. Short-term unpaid teaching and other voluntary positions in business, medicine, conservation, etc. in 19 countries, including Cambodia and Ethiopia.
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.
Right to Play, 65 Queen St. W, Thomson Building, Ste. 1900, Box 64, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M5, Canada; 416-498-1922, fax. 416-498-1942; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.righttoplay.com. NGO that sends suitably qualified coaches to 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for 1 year to implement sport and play activities for children in villages, urban centers, and refugee camps.
Scotia Personnel, 6045 Cherry St., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2K4, Canada; 902-422-1455; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scotia-personnel-ltd.com. Agency arranges au pair positions in Europe and Australia, hospitality jobs (6+ months) in the U.K., summer camp work in Italy, and teaching in Korea.
Search Associates, www.search-associates.com. Tries to match qualified teachers and interns (who must be university graduates) with vacancies in international schools worldwide via its website and also teacher/recruiter job fairs held in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Dubai, London, Toronto, Massachusetts, California and others between January and July. Registration fee.
SWAP (Student Work Abroad Program) administered by the Canadian Federation of Students, 45 Charles St. E., Ste. 100 & 200, ON, M4Y 1S2, Canada; 416-996-2887, email@example.com, www.swap.ca. Coordinates a working holiday program for Canadian students and non-students in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and South Africa. Non-Canadian students can participate in Work Canada for 6 months.
Taking Off, 12 Marlborough St., Boston, MA 02116; 617-424-1606, fax. 617-344-0481; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.takingoff.net. Gives clients (aged 16-25) access to a database with 2,500 options worldwide including volunteer work and internships but not paying jobs. Fee for short-term consultations and a flat fee for ongoing personalized assistance.
United Planet, 11 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116; 800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763; email@example.com, www.unitedplanet.org. Quest program consists of long-term volunteering (6-12 months) in more than 35 countries starting in January or August. Short-term quests last 1-12 weeks and are open to people of all ages in 16 countries. U.S. partner of international organization ICYE (Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange). Participants live with a host family and undertake voluntary work placements in social work, conservation, health, or teaching.
Wall Street Institute International, www.wallstreetinstitute.com. Chain of franchised language institutes for adults. Employs about 1,000 full-time EFL teachers in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Website includes current vacancies with country contact emails. Teachers must be university graduates and be willing to work within the framework of the well-defined WSI method and system.
World Challenge Expeditions, Black Arrow House, 2 Chandos Rd., London NW10 6NF, U.K.; 011-44-8704 873173; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.world-challenge.co.uk. 400 expedition leaders for summer schools’ educational expeditions to Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. Four-week period of work between late June and late August. Usual minimum age 24 and minimum qualification mountain leader training and experience of working with 14-18 year olds.
World Endeavors, worldendeavors.com. Volunteer, internship, and study programs lasting 2 weeks to 2 months or more in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Philippines, Nepal, and Thailand. Some internships in Europe.
Workcamps around the world accept unskilled short-term labor for 2 to 4 weeks, mainly in the summer. There is a massive effort to coordinate workcamp programs; however, for now interested volunteers should apply to a partner organization in their own country, principally Volunteers for Peace, 1034 Tiffany Rd., Belmont, VT 05730, 802-259-2759, email@example.com, www.vfp.org, and SCI-IVS, Service Civil International-International Voluntary Service. Visit www.sci-ivs.org for an application.). Registration for most workcamps is between $235 and $500, which covers simple accommodation and food but not travel expenses.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), www.wwoofinternational.org. Global website has links to the national offices in the countries that have a WWOOF coordinator. National WWOOF coordinators compile a list of their member farmers willing to provide free room and board to volunteers who want to help and are interested in furthering the aims of the organic movement. Currently there are WWOOF branches in the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Ghana, Uganda, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, and U.S. An online list of organic farms in all other countries (known as WWOOF Independents) can be obtained from WWOOF-UK (P.O. Box 2675, Lewes, Sussex BN7 1RB, England); cost $30.
YMCA International, YMCA Go Global Program, 5 West 63rd St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10023; 212-727-8800 or 888-477-9622; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.internationalymca.org. Go Global International Volunteer Program to YMCAs and other organizations around the world. Current programs in Australia, Chile, China, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Panama, Peru, Thailand, and Trinidad. Work may consist of camping, childcare, sports instruction, health and environmental education, community development, or English or computer teaching for 2 to 12 months.