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Jobs Abroad: Key Employers

You will find here a wide spectrum of employment opportunities; while many are paid short-term, seasonal or summer jobs, others are for a minimum of a year.

Paid jobs abroad are available in English language teaching for native speakers of English with a university degree and a TEFL certificate. Other types of jobs rely on seasonal labor, including the tourism and hospitality industry, and farm work. In Europe and Australasia you can easily find gigs as au pairs, which allows child carers to learn a language and earn their keep while living with a family.

The distinction between first-time paid and volunteer work is sometimes blurred when considering jobs abroad. Internships arranged in companies in Europe, for instance, seldom pay a salary, and the agencies that mediate such job placements normally charge fees. Interns with STEM skills are more likely to receive a stipend. The top work exchange programs help you get visas and find jobs for a small fee.

You can also network your way to some of the best jobs abroad that are longer-term and expand into international careers.

 Jobs by Region  Jobs by Country
Worldwide France
Africa Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Asia Greece and the Mediterranean
Australasia Italy
Europe (Central and Eastern) Spain
Europe (Western) U.K. and Ireland
Latin America
Middle East

 Paid 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 long-term jobs overseas.
Teaching English online Teach English Online, from Anywhere by John Clites
A very experienced expat and successful teacher of English, our ESL columnist for years, has developed an online course allowing you to earn income while living abroad or at home. Multi-media guides help you through the steps necessary to build a client base that will pay you to teach conversational English from any location you choose using online tools such as Skype.
Virtual jobs Why a Virtual Job is the Best Job for Working Abroad by Tim Leffel
In an extract from his fine book, "A Better Life at Half the Price," Leffel explores the many options for virtual jobs abroad (many from any location), an increasingly popular combination of work, long-term travel, and living abroad offering incredible flexibility.
Top jobs for travelers Top Jobs for Long-Term Travelers by Jonathon Engels
17 short-term jobs available to those who wish to extend their long-term travels indefinitely.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 Mexico and South Korea.
Jobs for students Work Programs for Students and Recent Graduates by William Nolting
An overview of the short-term job options provided by a long-time advisor.
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).
Paris, France How to Find Jobs Abroad as a Post-Grad
The successful story of a transition from life as college student towards the goal to travel and derive income through paid work.
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 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.
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.
Housesitting jobs abroad Housesitting 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.
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.
Working as foreign correspondent Work as a Freelance Foreign Correspondent by Jason Motlagh
Opportunities exist as a foreign correspondent as jobs abroad for freelance journalists grow in demand.
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
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.
New jobs abroad Waking Up to New Jobs Abroad: A Personal Odyssey 
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.
Farm jobs abroad Permaculture Jobs, Sustainable 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 Paid Jobs Abroad

  • Paid travel jobs exist from summer au pairing in Italy to crewing a yacht in the Pacific to teaching English in Spain to seasonal farm work in Australia to internships worldwide in STEM.
  • Please note that work exchange programs exist in certain countries—such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc.—allowing working holidays lasting up to a year.
  • Being a digital nomad can last as long as your visa allows in a given country, then you can move on to a new destination.
  • Of course, getting a transfer sponsored by a European corporate branch is a great way to be paid well for your work while remaining abroad long-term. International finance is one such common route.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in China How an Internship in China Can Lead to a Dream Job
An internship in exciting Shanghai, China proves to be very fruitful in terms of the author's career, just as it is rewarding educationally and culturally. In a period when more young people are going to China to study and intern, and more employers are valuing such internships, the author points out how interning is a great short- and long-term personal and professional experience investment.
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.
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.
Jobs teaching English in Spain Teach English in Spain: Open Up Opportunities
An experience on the Teach in Spain program with CIEE transformed the life of the Sagan Pope, led her to 5 years in the country and to success thereafter.
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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