The idea of saving thousands of dollars to travel around the world is a challenge for most individuals. So, if you do not have the resources to fly as much as you would like to, consider working abroad. Not only is it life-changing but also opens the doors to new opportunities around the world, giving you a new professional perspective. Your vocabulary and knowledge will skyrocket, and all those other soft skills would go through the roof with your cross-cultural qualifications. To top all of this, you end up making lifetime connections with people from around the world and make lifelong memories.
Here are 9 ways to work overseas.
Several organisations allow you to travel around the world to help other people. Although you’re not going to be compensated, you can have ample opportunity that benefits families, practise cross-cultural interaction and resolve issues. Working with kids, animals, building, healthcare or environmental activities provide volunteer employment opportunities overseas. You learn valuable skills which might turn into a paying job later, relying on the volunteer programme you select.
2. Get Seasonal Jobs
Travel with the seasons and operate in ski resorts, as a camping guide, on boats, in restaurants or bars! There is a huge demand for temporary labour in every tourist-centric country. Make sure to apply for these jobs as early as you can, to get the spot before anyone else does.
Australia, Canada, Norway, Austria, and New Zealand are great options for seasonal jobs.
3. Try a work exchange
This can be a budget-friendly way to work abroad and fly to participate in job exchanges. You could work for a person, organisation or corporation that has unique tasks for you. Your food and lodging are usually free, and you only have to take care of your visa and other documents. Food production, housekeeping, marketing, video editing, photography or working in a hostel are the kinds of work you get for a job exchange.
4. Become an au pair
If you have a passion for childcare, it might be the correct option for you to become an au pair. You usually get housing, food and a weekly paycheck to work as an au pair for 5 days/week. Utilize the weekends to travel across the country or nearby countries.
5. Become a Scuba Driving instructor
There are hundreds of scuba destinations across the globe, where you can quickly obtain work if you are a professional diver and want to become a coach (including Thailand, Bali, the Caribbean, and Cambodia). A great place to begin is to search the dive company’s website for vacancies, but requesting directly at their agency is the easiest way to identify if there are career opportunities available. Further, bear in mind that cruise ships often need dive trainers too and you’re only starting up and searching for exposure when you go abroad, there will be loads of dive centres in North America.
6. Get a working holiday visa
If you do not want to stay abroad, you can consider obtaining a temporary visa/ working holiday visa, that enables people to work and travel for up to two years in certain countries. A work holiday visa does decide in where you can work and live. However, there are no restrictions on travelling in that country.
7. Work in a restaurant
Particularly in common backpacking and party locations, as well as big towns, such jobs are convenient to get. You can work as a waitstaff, restaurant workers, or dishwasher.
Also, tourists are becoming the cornerstone of the service industry in countries that have been operating holiday visas, and employment can also be easy to get. Likewise, consider applying to popular restaurants if you can speak the local language. Your linguistic talents are going to come in useful.
8. Move overseas and search for a job
Until you find a decent job, moving to another country can be a challenge. Before you can get to the country of your choice, you can immediately apply for roles and maybe set up some interviews for when you return. If you are comfortable to experience unemployment for a month or so, this choice is fine.
9. Leverage your existing skills
Do not neglect your talents when you go abroad. If you are a singer, educate people on how to sing. If you are a dancer, give classes. Teach mindfulness, be a hairstylist, do counselling, cook etc; leverage your skill sets and monetize them. Do not be afraid to try out new things. Somewhere in your journey, there is an individual who wishes to acquire the skills you possess. Educate them and receive money for it.