Travel for less – How to find a job abroad

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Want to travel the world? Don’t have a trust fund? Then you are going to need to find a job abroad. Working abroad is the perfect way to travel and experience other cultures, whilst still earning money and building your CV. In this post, I’m going to talk you through some of the best ways to find work abroad.

 

Search Jobs Abroad

Search Jobs Abroad are one of best and easiest to use worldwide jobs boards it is also the largest. You can find every kind of job from short-term holiday work, volunteer positions, part-time and full-time jobs. Sign up for their Jobs Bulletins do searches based on your skills or the country you want to go to. You can also submit your CV so potential employers can even find you. The best bit is, it’s completely free to use!

 

LinkedIn

Now I’m still a little unsure of LinkedIn. But I have a profile which I keep up to date and makes sure my current CV is always up on there. I have been contacted by employers and they also have some great jobs boards. So it’s worth spending some time on creating a profile and signing up for their jobs alerts.

 

Teach English – TEFL Job Search

The number 1 job that most English speakers do abroad is teaching English. There are so many jobs available to qualified English teachers, and some that will employ you even if you aren’t qualified. Although having done my TEFL course and taught English I really wouldn’t recommend taking on a teaching job without any training at all. To get you TEFL is pretty easy, not too expensive and there are some courses you can do 100% online! I personally did a 150 course with 3 days in a classroom with other students.

If you think you want to go down this route then I would highly recommend doing a course with Premier TEFL. The not only have a great range of courses including some blended courses where you study online and in a classroom. But they also have a whole range of internships you can apply for all over the world and their own jobs board where you can search for jobs.

 

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Workaway

I love Workaway and although you do have to pay a small annual fee to be a member it is worth it as there are so many great opportunities listed. I have met some of my best travel buddies doing work away. Some of my friends have found incredible deals when in exchange for a few hours work a day they have lived in a jungle retreat with 3 meals and day, accommodation and free tours. You may not get paid but if you have some income or savings volunteering with Workaway care really make your money go far. I wrote a whole post on Workaway you can read here.

 

Adventure Tour Companies

Love the outdoors? Think you would make a good tour guide? Tour companies, especially are always looking for English speaking guides. The best way to find out about opportunities is to stalk the company on Facebook and social media and send them an email with your CV and a covering letter about why you would make a great guide. Companies like OX Expeditions are always looking for guides. Take a look at this video they produced.

Social Media

If in doubt check Facebook! There are so many groups you can join from TEFL jobs abroad, to Digital Nomad Jobs. Whatever kind of work you are looking for I’m sure you can find a facebook group for it! Just type some keywords in and do a search.

 

Hit the Streets

If you are already on the road the best way to find a local job is to take a walk around the town, look out for help wanted or volunteer wanted signs outside hostels. Or go in and ask! A lot of companies struggle to find volunteers through schemes like Workaway and they love it when people just show up. This is because when people are backpacking things change all the time. So even though someone will tell them they are arriving on a certain date, they often change their mind and don’t show up at all or show up late. So when someone turns up at their door they will likely snap up your offer to help.

People will also often not make any firm offers until you are physically there. I have recently been trying to find work as a Massage and Reiki practitioner at the next place I’m traveling to. Everyone I have emailed has told me to just come and find them when I get in town and they will see if they have anything.

Learning the Language 

One thing to keep in mind is you will likely need to know some of the local languages. In addition, most places ask for a commitment of 1-3 months. This is mostly because they have to take the time to train you up so they prefer it when people stick around for a little bit longer.

 

If you need a cheap flight to anywhere check Skyscanner first! Or download their App here, and don’t forget your insurance!

 

19 Replies to “Travel for less – How to find a job abroad”

  1. Thanks for sharing – I’ve had several friends travel abroad by taking jobs along the way. One, a chef, got free room and board in Sri Lanka and the Bahamas for months at a time as such. Another friend went to Taiwan to teach English, and 8 years later still has yet to return because he loves it so much!

    1. Wow that sounds amazing! I’ve been so lucky being away doing lots of exchanges! I’ve also been doing a lot of house/dog sitting!

  2. Great tips! I know a few people who teach English abroad and they love it. I totally agree that the best way to get a job is in person. And of course, knowing the language of the country you’re in is very helpful too!

    1. Thank you! Teaching English is a great way to experience living and working in another country.

  3. I would have had no idea of how to search for a job abroad, I’ll definitely check out the Search Jobs Abroad website. I do use Linked In, about a little unsure of it too though. Workaway looks like another very useful website, I’ll also check this one out. My languages skills are good, my Spanish and Thai are very strong so I guess I have an advantage in countries that speak these languages.

    1. After 3 weeks in Thailand, I could say hello and thank you! I find languages so difficult! My Spanish is getting better though. I’m at a point where I’m starting to dream in Spanish, which is apparently a good thing haha

  4. Awesome tips. Thank you!! I am considering teaching abroad since I’m a teacher here in the states and was wondering how to get started!

    1. My pleasure! Best of luck. I have a guest post coming soon written by someone who has been teaching abroad for a few years which I’m sure would be interesting for you.

  5. I have never worked abroad but have met plenty of people on my travels that are working as a way to fund their own adventures. Generally people I have met have ‘hit the streets’ as you have mentioned, getting jobs in hostels or bars. Hostels in particular are good for short term employment as you get some money while also getting free accommodation – plus, you get to meet loads of fellow travellers!

    1. I loved my 2 months in a hostel. Met some incredible people there who I’m still in touch with now. By the end of the 2 months I was more than ready to move on. But great experience.

  6. Shared! I have several friends actively looking right now, thank you I sent this to them. I wish I had read this 20 years ago when I was actively looking for a job abroad:-) But of course most of these venues weren’t around back then wow times have changed!

    1. Thank you! I wish them all the best of luck 🙂

  7. Pretty useful posts. Most of my digital nomad friends are more or less doing the same. Goes there to teach english and then do social media or freelancing for adventure companies side wise. Makes good money.

    1. If you want to travel and need to keep working its a pretty perfect set up!

  8. Oh such a great list of ways to make money. It’s amaizng to see how the digital nomad community is changing the way we can work. I’m going to see if any of these work for me on our upcoming Sth America trip!

    1. I really hope they do! Have the best time. I can’t wait to get down that way in October!

  9. One day I hope to transition to a nomadic life, so I’ve been looking into jobs I can do online and remotely! I used to be interested in teaching English abroad though. So teaching English is definitely something I’d still consider if I needed to make money while traveling.

    1. It’s so easy to get a job, especially in China. They are crying out for people!

  10. What a great post. I am always looking for ways to make money when travelling. I swear by Workaway but as you said it doesn’t actually pay. I had never thought about approaching companies to become a guide. I might try that in the future.

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