Gap Year Jobs Abroad

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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)....

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...

Au Pair/Homestay Tutor Adventure in China

from £500

90 - 365 days

China

Seeking 18-30 yr olds to tutor English to Chinese kids. Live with a Chinese family, learn Mandarin & experience a...

Au Pair in New Zealand

from £450

90 - 360 days

New Zealand

Discover our enchanting landscapes and famous hospitality as you experience life in one of the world's most popular travel destinations....

Welcome To Travel: Melbourne

from £495

8 days

Australia

Heading to Australia? Is it your first time travelling? Want to experience the world's most liveable city and have unique...

UltimateOz Gap Year

from £520

8 days

Australia

The ultimate way to start your gap year in Australia! Whether for a working holiday or year of backpacking around...

Special Needs Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Summer camp in America provides limitless opportunities for campers to step outside their comfort zone. It is the setting for...

Jobs in China with TEFL training

from £549

120 - 330 days

China

Positions all over China, including in Shanghai & Beijing, Monthly salary of £650-£1650 depending on location, Online TEFL course &...

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

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...

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Cycle Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand)

from £1372

What’s the best way to explore Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand? From a bicycle, of course, with the wind in your...

North & South Thailand Highlights

The perfect mix of culture and beach, activities and relaxation, this 15-day adventure hits all the highlights. In the north,...

The French Connection

from £1115

Connect the best cities together in Europe with this all-in-one trip. Have your own Under The Tuscan Sun moment as...

Machu Picchu by Train Independent Adventure

Magnificent Machu Picchu should be on every traveller's lifetime must-see list. Spend a day in Cusco exploring its Spanish, indigenous,...

Greek Island Hopper

from £1229

The mere mention of a Greek island holiday is enough to conjure up images of endless beaches with impossibly blue...

Sydney Discovery

from £548

All the glam. Much sparkle. Sure Sydney has a lot to offer, but get out of the urban jungle and...

Morocco Expedition – Walking with Berber Nomads

from £765

Each year, thousands of people migrate into the High Atlas Mountains to escape the heat of the lower valleys. Following...

Madagascar: Hike & Bike

from £2014

Off the coast of East Africa lies a magical island of spectacular mountains, lush rainforests and unique wildlife – a...

Tibet Adventure

from £2159

Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain in the markets. From modern Beijing, travel back in time across...

Pronto Italia

from £1025

As you travel from the romantic beauty of Florence to the ancient sites of Rome by way of the fashionable...

Travel articles about working abroad

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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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