5 Great Work Abroad Jobs to Consider for Your Gap Year
by Peter Manley
If you just recently graduated from college and are planning to take a gap year living in another country, good for you! A gap year is an experience that is truly life-changing, helping you to learn about a completely different culture while helping others and growing as a person.
Naturally, unless you have a lot of money that you have been saving through the years for this purpose, you’ll have to find some work while abroad. Indeed, one of the biggest concerns that people have when considering a gap year is how they will be able to afford it all.
People on social media tend to make working abroad seem like a breeze, posting photos of them lounging on the beach with their laptop and pina colada. Sure, there might be some folks who actually get to live this kind of gap year, but chances are they either saved up a lot of money beforehand or had some financial help.
If you don’t have money saved and know you’ll need to work while overseas, don’t fret––there are actually quite a few options available that will pay our bills and help you build connections with the people around you.
If you don’t know where to begin, this list is a great start. Let’s take a look at 5 great work abroad jobs to consider for your gap year. Get ready to have an amazing and fruitful gap year experience!
#1: Teaching English
Teaching the English language is arguably one of the easiest and best ways to get paid while living overseas in your gap year. And, because you already speak English fluently, the barrier to entry is slim to none!
Most programs do require that you have at least a bachelor’s degree, but you can get even more work opportunities if you obtain a TEFL certificate as well. In many countries, such as South Korea, many programs even offer to pay for your accommodation, making this a great and fun way to make money and save in the process.
#2: Technical Positions
If you have experience with coding or know how to build hardware systems, then you’re in luck––these skills are always in demand, no matter which country you decide to run away to. Working in a tech position abroad is also a great thing to add to your resume, so you’ll be more than qualified for the job when you return home.
What better way to find work abroad than to work at the place where you lay your head? Many businesses in the hospitality industry––such as hostels and hotels––are looking for employees to fill a number of positions, such as front desk, housekeeping, entertainment, and even bartending. The great thing about working in the hospitality industry abroad is that you get to meet so many people along the way, making for great stories and connections.
Do you have experience with babysitting or at least taking care of children while their parents are away? If so, babysitting may be the way to go. There are many online platforms to find babysitting/nanny opportunities abroad, and some even offer you a place to stay (with the family).
#5: Freelance Work
Especially in today’s society, freelance culture is at an all-time high. If you have a skill or set of skills that are in demand (such as writing, social media management, photo editing, etc.), you can easily turn those skills into your source of income. There are several online platforms that help you find work, no matter where you are in this world.
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