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)....

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...

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,...

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.

Hospitality Job and Learn French

from £2055

91 - 150 days

Canada

Earn a wage whilst improving your French. Work in the ski resort of Mont Tremblant and ski/board on your days...

Homestay Programme in China

from £550

30 - 90 days

China

Placements in Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, or Shenzhen, gain tutoring experience & live with a Chinese family, learn Mandarin.

Lifeguard Roles Summer Camp USA

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Paid Lifeguard opportunities in America! Work in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all...

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 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....

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!

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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

from £3419

Similar to our "Realm of the Polar Bear" tour, but with three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and...

Jordan Multisport

from £1069

Jordan is famed for its ancient past but its present is pretty darn compelling, too. The natural and man-made wonders...

Hawaii Highlights

from £1899

Dreaming of poolside cocktails? Endless sunshine? More than beachside antics than you can shake a pineapple at? Step into tropical...

Tapas Trail

from £1029

Food connoisseurs unite to share a love of both French cuisine and Mediterranean food: fresh seafood, roasted vegetables, tapas and...

Uluru Adventure – Basix (French speaking Guide)

from £455

This 3 Day Uluru (Ayres Rock) Adventure is the perfect short trip for those wanting to experience icons of the...

Ecuador Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

If you're short on time but still want to experience the awe-inspiring majesty of hot springs and volcanos, look no...

Philippines Palawan Island Getaway

from £973

Be mesmerised by the magic of the Philippines on this nine-day tour from Manila to Palawan. Explore one of the...

Kilimanjaro – Machame Route & Serengeti Adventure

from £3599

From the soaring heights of Africa's highest peak to the endless plains of the Serengeti, discover the best of Tanzania....

Iconic Japan

from £3499

Japan delights in contrasts, revering the past while embracing the future. Begin your 12-day adventure in glittering, massive Tokyo, then...

Democracy Road Winter

from £1129

Strip back the former ‘Iron Curtain’ on this insightful trip from Budapest to London and take a peek at some...

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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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