Summer Jobs Abroad

When it comes to summer jobs, there are infinite opportunities, both in your hometown, as well as in more exotic locations. This article aims to inspire you with some ideas for where to go and what to do for summer work. Whether it be summer jobs for students or a work and travel holiday, we have listed some of the best options for summer jobs.


Bar and Hospitality work

Some of the best student summer jobs involve bar and hospitality work. This is for a number of reasons, but generally students do well in a party atmosphere, where alcohol is plentiful.

It is a fantastic experience to work in a bar or in hospitality, allowing one to learn a wide range of skills. Not only that, but these jobs provide you with plenty of opportunity to meet others with similar interests and of a similar age. It also makes for an easy way to explore the local area, as you will quickly get to know the locals and tourists alike.

This kind of work is a great method for reducing expenses when travelling.

Aceworking holidays provides a great portal for discovering summer jobs, from hospitality to more focussed work such as tattoo artists.


Summer camps

Another choice for those looking to find summer work abroad, is working at a summer camp. With such a wide variety of camp types, becoming a camp counsellor is a great way to learn new skills and earn some income to supplement your vacation.

Another added advantage of working at summer camps is that many provide you with food and board for the duration of your stay. This means that you will not need to pay for accommodation nor the majority of your meals. This is dependent on the summer camp, however, and should not be taken as a given. Provided, these summer camps do offer food and board, you are able to save a lot of money for your vacation as well. Summer camps that provide this sometimes have reduced wages (due to the cost of hosting you), but it is sometimes still worth considering (especially when you consider the price of accommodation in some places).

Summer camps are also a great option for summer jobs for students.


Work & Travel holidays

For those looking for a longer term vacation, work and travel holidays might be the solution. These types of holidays are particularly popular in places where seasonal work is common. Whether it be fruit picking in New Zealand, ranch work in Australia, or helping with the harvest in Canada, these types of holidays are popular amongst the further flung destinations of the World.

The way that this kind of holiday works is that one will usually get a visa for a longer period of time than your standard holiday visa. This will usually be 3 months to 1 year, depending on the issuing country and your country of origin.

You then look for work for the first part of your holiday (3 to 6 months is the usual timeframe, particularly for seasonal work). After you have completed your work, you then have the chance to explore the country that you are visiting.

One of the major benefits of this, is that thanks to the work you had done previously, you will have plenty of disposable income for the second part of your trip. Moreover, you will also have already become accustomed to the culture and lifestyle that exists in these places.


Freelance work and Digital Nomads

For those who have already established themselves in a career path, summer jobs aren’t always the most viable option. In fact, many contracts don’t even allow you to take another job while working somewhere.

There is still a chance for you, though.

Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, working from home has become much more common. This has resulted in a new trend, known as digital nomad work. This is where those that are able to do their work remotely, take their work with them on the road. Those who have worked as freelancers are likely already familiar with this type of work.

Particularly common in places like Bali, workers will continue to work as they normally do, but in a totally different location.

If you are interested in doing this, however, you need to check with your boss and with tax regulations. You don’t want to be accidentally avoiding paying the correct taxes.

In addition, it is recommended to work from somewhere that is in a similar time zone to your home. You don’t want to be up at 3 am answering emails and phone calls, while the rest of the World sleeps around you.


So there you have it, there are plenty of ways to find work during the summer months. Whether short-term or long-term, young or old, there are lots of choices for those looking to escape for the summer, but maintain a steady flow of income. So, don’t feel like you are trapped this summer, it’s time to look for summer jobs abroad!

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We are Jacob and Taylor. Travel is our passion and we love sharing our experiences here at The Travelling Souk. Our hope is that you would be inspired by this little blog to try something new, embrace an adventure, and live life to the fullest. 

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