Gap year jobs abroad


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This guide will help you get over those post-travel blues
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A few hints and tips on working and teaching abroad
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Use your gap year to do an internship abroad
Working in Australia
We've got all the info you need to know about working Down Under
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Why Do It?

Getting a job abroad is the best way to keep you travelling for longer, or in some cases at all. You’re basically getting paid to travel; that’s the dream right?

There are plenty of jobs overseas to choose from here in the jobs section. Whether you want to work abroad fruit picking in Australia, as a sky-diving instructor in New Zealand, or teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea, we’ve got opportunities for all, and every trade in between. There are plenty of ways to make money on your gap year.

Working abroad on a gap year

Working abroad on your gap year gives you the rare opportunity to really live as a local and experience life as they do, if only for a short while. You’ll get roots, make friends, and in the future get to talk about ‘that time you worked on the volcanoes in Hawaii’ or similarly impressive. Overseas employment is your chance to get to know a destination inside out and create a solid base somewhere other than home.

Working abroad is also a great way to gain international work experience – you may be entrusted with things you never would at home – help your savings go further and gain new skills in tasks you never thought little old you would be capable of. So take a look at the opportunities abroad now!  

Great Job Opportunities with PGL

PGL is the UK’s leading outdoor education provider, delivering inspirational learning through adventure. The company has heaps of great jobs available in lots of different categories, including house keeping, tour leadership and activity instruction.

Become an Activity Instructor...

Combine instructing duties with pastoral care to ensure PGL’s guests have the best time possible.

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Become a Catering Assistant...

Prepare and serve meals for PGL’s guests. Fantastic training opportunities available to start a catering career.

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Become a Housekeeping Assistant...

Prepare and maintain accommodation and communal areas to create a great first impression for PGL’s guests.

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Become a Group Co-ordinator

Immerse yourself in French culture and share your passion for languages and all things French with PGL’s guests as you accompany them to France's most iconic attractions and famous markets.

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Become a Tour Leader...

Inspire PGL’s guests as they indulge themselves in French culture - accompanying them on trips to iconic Parisian landmarks and tourist attractions.

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Where Can I Work Abroad?

Where you can get a job on your gap year depends on where you come from. The restrictions are different in every country and you will need to talk to the corresponding visa office to check your eligibility for any particular country. Generally speaking the relationship between the UK and Oz is very good and the UK and the USA, so long as you have a sponsor (don’t worry, we know someone who can help you out with that, legit).

Work abroad in New Zealand maybe?

Different countries offer different prospects in the job market, so make the most of the unique opportunities in your chosen destination and try to get something you’d never do at home. Something outside and in the sun maybe?  

The most popular work abroad destinations for Brits are Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe in general. Europe is easier when it comes to the visa, as you can work anywhere within the European Union, but it’s more difficult when it comes to the language barrier. Perfect of course for anyone wanting to learn a new language though, or someone who just enjoys the feeling of not knowing what the hell is going on around them.

Anyone between the ages of 18-30 can apply for a working holiday visa for Australasia, and the same goes for Canada. More than 10,000 Brits a year are granted a working holiday visa for Australia and New Zealand, making it the most popular partnership around. 


Jobs Abroad: How to Find One

We can help with finding a job abroad before you go. Having a job secured can help you budget and plan you trip better, and can be a great first stepping stone into the world of travel. There are bound to be more people travelling solo in your place of work, who are also on the look out for travel buddies and will have started out with the same idea as you. 

  • Think about what skills you have to offer. 
  • Then where you want to go. 
  • Browse our jobs abroad listings to reesarch the opportunities. 
  • Match it all up into a shortlist.
  • Click 'enquire' on the ones you're interested in. 
  • The company will get back to you with more details. 
  • Then it's down to you to land that awesome job. 

Keep an eye on our message boards to chat to past, present and future gappers full of advice. 

Teaching TEFL on a gap year

Of course, we can help with finding you a job while you’re abroad too. When you’re settled and you’ve found somewhere you want to stay for a while, you can browse through our overseas jobs listings and find the perfect one for you. At this point you’ll be much better informed as to where you’d be best to go and what you want to do there.

Take a look at working as a holiday rep and working on a cruise ship for starters to see if either float your boat (joke, sorry).


Most Popular Jobs Abroad

There are a few jobs that remain ever popular among our gappers. Whether it’s for the social, financial, or fun aspect, these are the most popular jobs for anyone looking for work abroad.


There are certain destinations that will pay quite a bit for you to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL). Japan, South Korea and China are three of them. You can get a healthy salary as well as your flight and accommodation included, provided you stay a year.

Check out our guide to teaching in Japan or teaching in China for more information.

Au pair

Working as an au pair abroad is another way to get your accommodation paid for, and in some cases you’ll even get to go on more holidays with the family you’re working with. You’ll also get food included, and possibly a flight. There are au pairing jobs all around the world, but Australia and New Zealand are two of the most popular destinations, thanks to the salary and ease of organising.

Take a look at our post on working as an au pair in New Zealand to see how it's done.

Ski resorts

Any powder monkeys will love a season spent on the slopes. Ski and snow jobs are another good choice for short gappers as the season in most places will only last a few months. Work is available for chalet girls, snowboard instructors, ski instructors, chefs, drivers, childcare workers, bar staff and shop staff.

Check out Josh’s working holiday in Canada for more information.

Work on a ski resort on your gap year

Camp counselor

Working as a camp counselor in the States is a great job for aspiring childcare workers. It’s also a top choice for anyone looking for a summer job, or who has only a short gap to travel in. You get paid, free accommodation, food and fun for a whole summer, and all you have to do is act like a kid again (you will have to be a grown up occasionally though).

Read more on how to be a camp counselor and the confessions of a camp counselor.

Anything in Australia

There are loads of jobs you can do in Australia. From bar work, picking fruit and waitressing to beach work and anything to do with your field of study. The opportunities are out there, you just have to find them, and that's why we're here to help.

Click through for advice on generally working in Australia and working holidays to send you on your way. 

Jobs Articles and Advice

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Rusja Foster

"Before I first worked abroad I didn't realise how much it was going to change, well, everything. Over the last two years I have worked in various countries, from the USA to Thailand to France, and soon I'm heading off to Australia on a WHV.

"Between the new friends, the new skills and the new travel experiences, working abroad is just an awesome way to get out and see the world, and it's something that everyone should try at least once in their lives. It alters the way you view work and travel, and ultimately it changes your perspective on life and who you are as a person."