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Are you thinking about working abroad, but unsure where to start looking? Or are you worried that the only jobs available are in teaching? Or that most opportunities are geared towards recent grads? Then checkout our list of top work abroad opportunities! You’ll find a diverse range of roles across multiple countries and industries, with many age groups in mind. Many companies these days are truly global, and looking for candidates happy to embark on a mid-career shift - it’s never too late or too early to experience working life abroad!
Working abroad is a dream for many - you can earn a decent salary while working in a beautiful location, gaining valuable experience that would be hard to come by in your home country.
The processes involved with working abroad largely depend on where you want to go, who you want to work for, and the length of time you plan to stay overseas. Due to the number of different factors and all the small details involved, many people use an international travel organisation which has dedicated work abroad programs or a recruitment firm.
These companies act as an intermediary between companies looking for overseas staff, and job applicants. They can help by imparting useful advice and feedback, so you can work out if a role is the right fit for you. That being said, we scoured the internet for some of the most well known and trusted agencies, to help us put together our list.
In no particular order, our top work abroad opportunities for the summer/autumn of 2020 are:
GoAbroad.com is a big name when it comes to work abroad programs. The company first got its start filling in the information gap between students who wanted to head overseas and companies who offered international programs. GoAbroad has expanded a great deal in recent years, offering a wide variety of resources and travel opportunities to applicants of all ages and backgrounds. As of July 2020, there were more than 14,000 verified programs listed on their site!
In addition, they often advertise internship positions at their office in the Philippines, open to candidates who love to write about travel or want to get started in digital media. If this sounds like something of interest, we recommend keeping an eye on their careers page.
Working abroad doesn’t always have to be about earning - it’s also a great way to do something positive with your skills and help the less fortunate. Oyster have partnered with a range of foreign medical units, in countries such as India and Romania, to partner pre-med, medical students, registered nurses, doctors, and dentists, with organisations that can offer them hands-on work experience. The perfect way to learn more about medical systems around the world, Oyster’s medicinal work abroad programs can help you to either improve the strength of your university application, or allow you to put your degree in medicine or dentistry into practice by actively contributing to the care of the patients.
You can check out the current range of volunteer experiences available on Oyster’s website, or chat to one of their experienced project managers before applying. Many of the experiences are ideal for first time travellers, as they offer an unparalleled degree of care and assistance. The staff at both the company’s head and in-country offices will be responsible for your safety and welfare, from the moment you’re picked up at the airport to the moment you’re dropped back there.
Do you enjoy working with children? Why not become an au pair in China? With LoPair, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Chinese children, live with a Chinese family, learn Mandarin, and explore some of the nation’s most interesting cities.
During LoPair’s three to six month long program, au pairs will be required to provide educational assistance such as language tutoring to the child in their care, alongside childcare, some light household duties (up to 30 hours per week). In return, they are provided with visa assistance, return flights, travel, health, accident, and liability insurance, a certificate of completion, and 1,500 RMB monthly pocket money.
The company has already connected participants from around 20 different countries with families in 10 major Chinese cities, and provided them with ample help to get settled, including orientation and training camps, reinforced au pair educational courses, and local coordinator support. To find out more about the au pair opportunities currently available in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, head to the LoPair website.
Ever fancied working onboard a yacht? How about learning more about villa and chalet management, providing housekeeping services, or even chef services for holidaymakers? If you’re interested in working in the hospitality industry, there are plenty of summer jobs waiting for you in France. You can wake up each morning in one of the most stunning and scenic corners of the world, while earning a fair wage, and developing new skill sets to enhance your career.
If you’re unsure of how to take the plunge, Silver Swan Recruitment can help you to find the right placement. Whether you’re a student, traveller, or a current hospitality worker, Silver Swan Recruitment can help match you to your perfect summer job, provided that you can prove that you have at least a basic level of catering or hospitality experience. As soon as you’re offered your placement, Silver Swan Recruitment will ensure that you’re looked after. Their contracts often come with free travel, accommodation, food, a weekly salary, plus time off for sightseeing.
To browse through Silver Swan Recruitment’s open summer job vacancies in France or get in touch with their recruitment team, you can head to their website.
If you’re considering a ski career, becoming a ski or snowboard instructor in one of New Zealand’s top resorts is one of the best ways to enjoy the mountains and develop your abilities. Most newbie ski instructors will start out teaching beginner group lessons, with small groups of children. You’ll spend much of your time on the bunny hill, the easiest terrain on the mountain, playing games with youngsters, instructing them how to stop, get up again off the snow, and how to control their speed.
After you’ve learnt the basics and got a good handle on teaching, you’ll be able to take older clients out on the hill, to cruise the groomers and explore the blues. But regardless of which group you teach, spending your day on the slopes is not a bad way to earn some extra income! Instructors make around $18.90 NZD per hour, and certified veterans can bring in around $60.00 per hour – plus tips.
If you’re curious about working as a ski or snowboard instructor in New Zealand, you can check out the NZSki careers page as a starting point. NZSki owns and operates Mount Hutt, Coronet Peak, and The Remarkables, employing about 1,200 seasonal staff every winter. They employ people with a diverse range of skills, including those that are looking for their first ever seasonal role.
And there you have it! Our list of top work abroad opportunities for the summer/autumn of 2020. Did we miss a great overseas work experience or volunteer program? Get in touch with us to let our writers know. We’re happy to feature businesses on our list that offer verified, reputable work abroad programs, which will be of interest to our readers.
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.