Gap Year Jobs Abroad

Fund your travels with working holidays

Working abroad is the best way to keep your travels going for as long as you want. Gap year jobs essentially mean you’re being paid to travel; that’s the dream, right?

There are all kinds of jobs abroad that a backpacker can work, making it easy to fit some gainful employment into your travel plans. You might work abroad for a year in a specific role, such as teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), or you might blend work and travel by working for a month or two to raise the cash for the next leg of your trip. Take a working holiday in Australia and you can work as much or as little as you like. Whatever your skills or interests, there’s plenty of paid work abroad.

Below are ten frequently asked questions about gap year jobs, covering everything from how to find the right job to visas and more.

Earn money for travelling with these jobs abroad

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Teach English in Madrid, Spain

from £1

240 - 270 days

Spain

Apply for our inspiring and rewarding opportunities to teach English in Spain. Get paid, teach, and live in Madrid (Spain)....

Adventure Guide Internship

from £5000

90 days

New Zealand

Enjoy a 3 month activity-based tour, gain globally recognised guiding qualifications and land an adventure tourism job based in Queenstown,...

Teach English in Madrid, Spain

from £1

240 - 270 days

Spain

Apply for our inspiring and rewarding opportunities to teach English in Spain. Get paid, teach, and live in Madrid (Spain)....

Cashier in New Zealand

from £549

182 - 365 days

New Zealand

Accelerate your adrenaline and launch your working holiday in New Zealand. Gap year jobs don’t come much better.

Au Pair in Australia

from £100

From 180 days

Australia

Au Pair with amazing families in Australia and have the experience of a lifetime. Live with a family, offer a...

Swimming Coach at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Work as a Swimming Instructor in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages....

Be an Au Pair in Spain

90 - 365 days

Spain

Make new friends, learn a new language, discover a new culture. Become an au pair in Spain. Find your host...

Au Pair in China

from £435

60 days

China

Travel to China and earn money as an Au Pair for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 months. This is...

Work as a Ski Instructor in Romania

from £3695

98 days

Romania

Train up as a ski instructor and work a ski season in Romania's largest ski resort

School Assistant in Canada

from £2500

300 days

Canada

Whether you love living in large cities or prefer a more rural setting, you’re bound to find something that suits...

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Cycle Tanzania

from £2460

Brimming with mighty predators and birds, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are must-visits for any Tanzania trip, but safaris are...

Italy Uncovered

from £2135

From the romance of Venice to the laidback charm of the Amalfi Coast, take time to experience the true delights...

Bamboo Trail

That’s right, we’re talking the Bamboo Trail. This adventure has it all. Think: The Great Wall of China (obvs), tick...

Sailing Cuba

from £899

We’ve always found it odd that they call them “all-inclusive resorts,” yet exclude the best parts. Hop over the wall...

Egypt & Jordan Adventure

from £1699

A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, offering the perfect combination of guided excursions and free...

La Selva Lodge – 5 Day Independent Adventure

from £1319

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon...

South Africa & Swazi Quest

from £1461

The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent’s most diverse...

Best of Central America

from £1631

From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America – on a shoestring....

Vic Falls Short Break

from £580

Take a short break to the biggest waterfall in the world by height and length; the stunning Victoria Falls (also...

Best of Colombia

from £2335

Discover South America's best-kept secret on this adventure through the verdant mountains and powdery beaches of Colombia. Head into the...

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Where can I find work abroad?

Your ability to find jobs abroad depends where you’re from, as restrictions in every country are different. The most popular work abroad destinations for Brits are Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, and Europe. Europe is generally easier when it comes to getting a visa, as you can work anywhere within the European Union (something likely to change after Brexit), including Spain and France. It’s also generally straightforward to apply for a working holiday visa for Australia and Canada, and South Africa.

It’s definitely possible to work elsewhere in the world – there are loads of TEFL jobs in Asia and Europe – but be aware it’s usually a bit more work to get the necessary visas and permission.

Can I get a job if I'm already abroad?

Definitely! We understand it can be difficult to decide to work abroad somewhere if you haven’t actually been there yet. You can travel first, take your time to settle down somewhere you like, and then browse through our overseas job listings to find the perfect one for you. At that point you’ll be much better informed about where to take a temporary job and want you want to do while you’re there. There’s no reason jobs abroad can’t be made to fit your trip, including work starter packs for when you first arrive in a new country. However, you should be aware that to work in other countries, you usually need a working holiday visa, and these usually need to be obtained before you arrive in the country in which you want to work.

Why do I have to pay a fee to get some of these jobs?

It might seem strange to pay a fee for a job where you are going to be working hard and earning money. The reason for a fee will depend on which job you choose. The fee for teaching jobs abroad will often cover your travel, visa fees, accommodation, and other administrative costs, for example. For other jobs it might simply be a way to demonstrate that you are serious about taking the role and to secure your place. All the jobs here, whether ski season, nanny work, hospitality roles or summer camp placements, provide a great chance to gain experience or qualifications which may lead to a future career. We recommend you read each job listing carefully, and if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How long do I have to work for?

The duration of gap year jobs will depend on which job you choose. Some jobs abroad may last no more than a month or two, while some are year-long placements. A working holiday visa in Australia means you can stay in a job for almost as long as you like. The duration of any job should be clear when you apply, and it’s important to make sure you can commit to that length of time before you take the work. Leaving a job early means you can’t get a reference or put it on your CV, and in many teaching positions in Asia leaving early will make you responsible for paying your own way home.

Am I eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa?

Anyone between the ages of 18-30 can apply for a working holiday visa for Australia and New Zealand. All applicants will be subject to a criminal record check. More than 10,000 Brits a year are granted a working holiday visa for Australia and New Zealand, making it the most popular way to work abroad. You’ll be in good company!

Do I need a sponsor to work in the USA?

If you do not have a US passport or green card, you will need a visa that allows you to work. Some visas require you to be highly skilled in a profession, while there are others designed for young people and students to gain work experience in the USA. To obtain one of these you will need a designated company to act as your legal sponsor. We have numerous listings for employers that will sponsor you to work for them in the USA, whether as a summer camp counsellor or even on a ranch. Another option open to university students and graduates is the J1 visa, a work-and-study based exchange program. You can contact your embassy for a list of designated sponsors for this visa.

Can I travel at the same time as working?

Of course! While most gap year jobs will keep you busy, they will also offer the chance to travel on your days off. Many backpackers working abroad will make friends in the course of their employment, and go travelling together around their host country whenever possible. This is a great way to see more of your chosen destination, and to feel more like a local. Working in a country gives you access to the best local knowledge, so you won’t miss out on the best experiences. You may also have the option of travelling before and after your placement.

Can I put paid work abroad on my CV?

You definitely should! Work experience is valid wherever in the world you completed it. If you’ve been travelling and spent some time earning money, it will definitely be of interest to any potential employer, even if it wasn’t directly related to your application. Working abroad demonstrates that your whole time travelling wasn’t spent sitting on a beach with a cocktail in hand (although hopefully you did that at least once). Job experience overseas can really make you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs, so don’t be afraid to show it off.

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