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 Jobs Abroad: Employers and Self-Employment

Explore a diverse range of jobs, from short-term gigs to year-long positions.
  • For native English speakers with a degree and TEFL certification, there are paid opportunities in English teaching.

  • Seasonal work abounds in tourism, hospitality, and agriculture businesses. You can even become an au pair in Europe or other parts of the globe, combining language learning with room and board.

  • Internships may not always pay, but they offer invaluable experience. Some STEM interns may receive stipends. Look into work exchange programs for visa support.

  • Networking can open doors to longer-term international careers.

  • Become a digital nomad within your visa limits and travel to new locations, now with 11 countries having special extended visas for this rapidly increasing way of working.
Discover your path to working abroad!

Read advice below from experts and stories by those who have taken the plunge.

  Jobs Abroad: Ideas and Expert Advice

Transitions Abroad has always been about finding the best possibilities and exploring new ideas. Here are some suggestions in the form of in-depth articles by insiders who offer ideas for short- and longer-term jobs overseas.
Virtual jobs Why a Virtual Job is the Best Job for Working Abroad by Tim Leffel
Digital nomads enjoy increasing options for location-independence. Choose your favorite destinations — explore the world while being paid for using your talents!
Teaching English online, teaching on laptop outside in front of pond. Teach English Online: Be a Digital Nomad by John Clites
Enjoy the flexibility of earning income from home or on the road as a digital nomad by teaching English online.
Work leading adventure tours Paid Travel Jobs Leading Adventure Tours
If you are a born leader in search of work, here is a realistic view on various types of paid travel jobs leading adventure tours abroad, with resources.
Freelance work on the Web How to Live and Work Overseas While Freelancing on the Web by Nora Dunn
Many people dream of a life working abroad, with scarcely a care in the world besides finding an internet connection...That life is not as hard to achieve as it might seem at first blush.
Questions to ask for a job abroad 15 Critical Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job Abroad by Matt Scott
A practical look at what is involved in seeking and finding rewarding paid work overseas from someone with tons of experience doing so worldwide.
Finding a paid job overseas How to Find a Paid Job Overseas by Zahara Heckscher
I understand the dilemma of the first-time international job seeker: You cannot get a paid job abroad unless you have experience. But how do you get experience if you cannot get a job? I will share five proven strategies to break out of this Catch-22...and provide a worksheet.
Working as foreign correspondent Work as a Freelance Foreign Correspondent by Jason Motlagh
Many opportunities for exciting jobs as a freelance foreign correspondents are available as demand grows.
How to Find Internships Abroad How to Find Student Jobs and Internships Abroad by William Nolting
A long-time expert and student advisor provides a comprehensive overview of the process for finding the type of work to build your resume. A great resource for the student seeking their first job overseas.
Work and Live for Less How to Live and Work Abroad for Less by Nora Dunn
To many people, the dream of traveling the world and earning a living while doing so seems impossible; common excuses against living and working abroad include a lack of career options or an overly expensive lifestyle. I had those same excuses myself, until I proved myself wrong...
New jobs abroad Waking Up to New Jobs Abroad: A Personal Odyssey by Carolyne Nye
A series of articles on the many seasonal jobs overseas the author has taken over the years — including work in ski resort hotels, campsites, entertainment, eco-lodges, care-giving, volunteering, etc. — providing resources and ideas for others who wish to follow her adventurous lead.
Top jobs for travelers Top Jobs for Creative Long-Term Travelers by Jonathon Engels
17 short-term jobs available to those who wish to extend their long-term travels indefinitely, often in creative ways.
Around the world by Sailboat Around the World by Sailboat: How to Find the Jobs
...Amazingly, I was along for this trip of a lifetime as volunteer crew — the owner had paid my way, provided the food on-board, and would pay for a return ticket from Tortola upon our successful delivery of his yacht to the islands, where he planned to use it over the winter months.
Living as a tour guide Living and Working as a Tour Leader by Lies Ouwerkerk
Paid travel jobs overseas as a tour guide can be both exhilarating and challenging, and there are some pros and cons, but it is very flexible way of living offering great rewards.
Finding work in Europe Finding Work in Europe
An overview of work opportunities in Europe, from summer to seasonal, describing what is involved when seeking jobs in the EU.
Guide to teaching English abroad Guide to Teaching English as a Second Language Abroad by Ted Campbell
10 practical tips in an essential guide, including key job resources provided by an experienced expat who has taught extensively in South Korea, China, and Mexico.
ESL Jobs in Gautemala Student Jobs Overseas as Teachers After College by Jonathon Engels
After college, one option for graduating students is to go abroad to see the world and work teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Work as an au pair in Europe Why and Where to Work in Europe as an Au Pair or Nanny by Susan Griffith
A prolific author on classic books used by more than a generation of students and people of all ages provides advice and a plethora of websites to help you find jobs abroad, especially in Europe, where the demand remains huge.
Au pair work abroad 7 Keys to Au Pair Work Abroad 
Au pair work allows for full cultural immersion since you live with a local family, learn a language, and generally have time to explore the adopted culture.
Get work at the United Nations How to Get Jobs with the United Nations: The Unauthorized Guide by Amy E. Robertson
A guide to the many ways to get a job at the United Nations. Explanations of the many and varied UN organizations and a plethora of resources are provided.
Language exchange Teaching English to Children in a Summer Camp or Homestay Abroad
A great option for a summer job abroad is to English to children and teens at a camp, homestay program, or learn through a language exchange.
Leading nature trips Summer Jobs Leading Nature Trips
Many summer jobs exist for those who wish to work overseas leading nature activity camps and tours.
South Korea To Work Abroad Successfully, Put Down Roots by Tim Leffel
A prolific travel writer and freelancer draws from his own experience working overseas and interviews others to illustrate how taking the plunge and living as a local is often the best path to interesting and fulfilling jobs.
Yacht jobs How to Find Jobs on Yachts and Super-Yachts
A thorough overview of what it takes to work on yachts and super yachts worldwide from either the U.S. or Europe
House-sitting jobs abroad House-sitting Abroad by Nora Dunn
An author and experienced expert provides advice, descriptions, and resources for jobs abroad available as a house-sitter. Such enriching long-term living stretches your travel budget. In a similar and overlapping way, Caretaking Abroad: Some Creative Ways to Travel the World Long-Term often involves a bit more work in exchange for free shelter.
Farm jobs abroad Permaculture Jobs, Responsible Living and Endless Travel by Jonathon Engels
Over the past decade, there has been an enormous growth in interest and activities relating to permaculture jobs as a means of farming abroad, sustainable living, and the endless travel this enables for people of all ages.

  Stories About Jobs Abroad

  • Discover paid travel jobs worldwide, from summer au pairing in Italy to crewing yachts in the Pacific, teaching English in Spain, seasonal farm work in Australia, to STEM internships.

  • Experience working holidays in select countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, seasonal or lasting up to a year.

  • Embrace the Digital Nomad Lifestyle: Live as a digital nomad within your visa limits, then travel to new locations.

  • Pursue Sponsored Transfers: Consider well-paid, long-term work opportunities sponsored by European corporate branches, with international finance, marketing, and STEM as popular options.
Teaching English abroad in France Inside the Paid Teaching Assistant Program in France
A rare opportunity for Americans to find work abroad teaching English in France. Use your stipend to travel, explore the culture and learn French.
Teaching Assistant in France - Avignon Paid Jobs as a Teaching Assistant in France 
A unique opportunity to find paid work teaching English in France and certain French-speaking countries while becoming immersed in the French language.
A toucan in a rainforest in Costa Rica seen while working at an eco-lodge. Finding Jobs Overseas on the Spot:
Working in an Eco-Lodge and Guiding Tours in Costa Rica
 
The story of a long-term traveler who finds work on the spot at an eco-lodge in Costa Rica, as part of her odyssey working in countries worldwide, complete with practical advice.
Around the World by Sailboat A Year Living and Working in New Zealand 
At this time two years ago, I would not have been able to tell you a great deal about New Zealand. In fact, I had never really given the place a second thought until the day I discovered it was the only westernized country where my partner and I could both legally live and work.
A job teaching English in Spain A Job Teaching English in Spain
An experience on the Teach in Spain program with CIEE transformed the life of Sagan Pope, led her to 5 years in the country, and to success thereafter.
Internship in Madrid Life on an Internship in Madrid
Gain insights into working as an intern in a private hospital in Madrid, improving your knowledge of Spanish while contributing to your career. Explore the city and culture with your homestay and new friends.
Trampoline job in Australia Adventures Working in Australia 
Working in Australia, in this case through the BUNAC program, can be a truly memorable year-long adventure.
Internship on farm in Italy Summer and Seasonal Internships at an Organic Farm in Tuscany 
A unique internship program in idyllic Tuscany, Italy, where participants work on a traditional and organic farm in exchange for food and shelter.
Arezzo, Italy Jobs in Italy: Work in Tuscany and Umbria
Lucia Mancini describes practical options for work in two of the most beautiful regions in Italy.
Jobs in Bangkok as an English teacher Teaching English in Bangkok: The Guide to Finding Paid Jobs Fast
An insider's guide to finding work upon arriving in Bangkok, Thailand, along with tips and key resources.
Farm work in Australia Finding Summer and Seasonal Jobs in Australia
Jobs in Australia are often off-the-beaten-path and the author offers her inside tips and prime resources for summer and seasonal work.
New Zealand farm A Seasonal Job in New Zealand 
A story about an experience apple-picking on a farm in beautiful New Zealand, where the pleasure far exceeded the necessary effort.
Prague working as an expat Finding Jobs In Prague as an Expat: You Do Not Have to Teach English
Options for finding jobs as an expat in Prague — a shining jewel in the Czech Republic and still a happening city.
Cayman Islands Paid Work in the Cayman Islands
There are many short-term jobs on a unique Caribbean island where the money flows freely, ideal for a working vacation. Extending your time beyond a month is not easy, but possible.


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