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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Become an Instructor with Ski and Snowboard Training

from £4579

100 - 150 days

Canada, United States of America

When you join an EA Internship you will get trained, certified and receive a guaranteed job offer as a ski...

Work and Travel in New Zealand

from £945

365 days

New Zealand

Head to NZ to live and work as a local!Our team will assist you with necessary paperwork, job finding and...

Chinese State School Teaching Placement

from £549

330 days

China

Teach in a Chinese state school for a year and get a taste of what life is like in this...

Performing Arts Jobs at Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Teach Performing Arts in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over...

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Ultimate African Overlander

from £1640

Introducing the grandest of all African safaris. From big skies and big plains to big game and big smiles, everything...

Morocco Unplugged

Welcome to the complete Morocco travel experience. Rock the kasbahs of Marrakech, get high in the Atlas Mountains, and sleep...

Australia Encompassed

from £2639

Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in all things Australia starts now. For 25 days, you’ll...

Pad Thai In Paradise

Uncover the best parts of Thailand while squeezing in as many servings of saucey pad thai noodles as possible. Make...

Greek Island Chaser

from £1099

Welcome to your unforgettable sailing adventure in Greece, where bronzing under the eternal Mediterranean sun need only be interrupted by...

Sri Lanka Land & Sea

from £1899

We can’t blame you if you want to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer – the history, the beaches,...

Thailand Full Moon Party

from £539

Picture this: you’re dancing on a beach in the middle of the night with your newest friends, surrounded by some...

Discover Kruger & Namibia

from £3449

Delve into the wildernesses of South Africa and Namibia on an unforgettable 16-day adventure. Search for the “big five” with...

Eastern Exposure

from £1070

Come tour Eastern Europe with us and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about. Since the political Iron...

Balkan Adventurer

from £849

Travelling from Sofia to Budapest, come and check out what this awesome part of the world has to offer. We’re...

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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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