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)....

Japan Ski Instructor Job & Training

from £5743

120 - 150 days

Japan

With EA, you will get a guaranteed job offer, professional instructor training, a guaranteed salary, food and accommodation for the...

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...

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...

Hotel Front Desk 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.

Hotel Work in the Canadian Rockies

from £1995

112 - 180 days

Canada

Get a guaranteed job in the hospitality industry organised before you leave home. Work in a hotel in the Canadian...

Teach English in Shanghai

from £400

330 days

China

The state school programme in Shanghai is the ideal way to gain international work experience and have endless travel opportunities!

Archery Jobs at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Become an Archery Instructor in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain...

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

Get Paid to Ski or Snowboard in New Zealand

from £4579

120 - 150 days

New Zealand

We offer the ultimate ski and snowboard instructor courses. Working with the world’s top ski resorts the program provides full...

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Japan Express

from £1076

Home to sumo wrestling, sake, geishas, karaoke and onsens, Japan is an extraordinary land. Here you can expect a frenetic...

Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar

from £2411

Cruise aboard the comfortable Estrella as you cast your net around the southern islands of the Galápagos. Meet marine iguanas...

Southern Comfort USA – New Orleans Jazz Festival

from £2346

Enjoy classic architecture, history, music and food on this adventure through the southern states of the USA. Kick things off...

Lima to La Paz

from £2248

Travel through the awesome Andes on this Overland adventure. Unlock the secrets of many mystical sights as you explore the...

Rio to Buenos Aires

from £1584

Get a taste of the infectious rhythm of Brazil and Argentina on this awesome tour from Rio to Buenos Aires....

Colombia through the Andes–Cartagena to La Paz

from £3734

An epic South America trip ought to be on everyone’s bucket list – so why not tick this one off...

Best of Cuba

from £1334

From Cuba's historical streets of Havana to the pristine shores of the Caribbean, stroll through World Heritage cities, relive a...

Highlights of Chile & Argentina

from £1385

Looking to discover the best of Chile AND Argentina in one unforgettable experience? These 10 days travelling through gorgeous landscapes...

Sail Ko Phi Phi to Phuket

from £510

Set sail for gorgeous beaches amongst the warm tropical waters of Thailand's spectacular west coast. We island-hop with the wind...

Trek Mt Kinabalu

from £719

If the idea of conquering a mountain while travelling excites you, then this five-day round trip journey from Kota Kinabalu...

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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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