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)....

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...

Lifeguard Jobs at Camp in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Being a lifeguard is arguably the best job you could ever have at camp! The ultimate tan, full access to...

School Assistant in Australia

from £2700

150 - 330 days

Australia

Our schools assistants in Australia provide classroom help to day and boarding schools and have the choice between traditional and...

Horse Riding Jobs at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

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

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.

Study and Teach in China Program

365 days

China

We are recruiting native English teachers in Chengdu, Chongqing and other major beautiful cities in the Sichuan province starting September...

Become a Ski Instructor

from £380

5 - 56 days

France

Snoworks GAP offer a range of BASI endorsed Ski Instructor Training Courses in Tignes, France. Expert tuition from BASI trainers...

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.

Work and Travel from Sydney

from £995

7 days

Australia

Fantastic landing package for those wanting to see the sights of one of the most iconic cities in the world....

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Canadian Rockies & Northern Lights

from £2960

Go in search of the elusive ‘northern lights in the night skies of Alberta. Watch for moose, white-tailed deer and...

Paris to Sofia by Rail

from £2872

This 3-week tour will leave you wondering why you waited to explore Europe's Eastern rails less travelled in the first...

Botswana & Victoria Falls Adventure

from £1349

This Classic trip showcases some of the best that Africa has to offer. Journey from Namibia, across Botswana and on...

Oktoberfest Festmeister

from £215

Officially the world’s biggest party, Oktoberfest draws a crowd of seven million people every year to celebrate the three best...

Ski Austria

Hit the slopes running (or should we say, boarding) on this awesome ski and snowboard trip in the Austrian Alps....

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam – South to North

from £4150

Vietnam’s idyllic coastline is enjoyed mostly by local fisherman, with many travellers delving no deeper than the drawcards of Ha...

Treasures of Italy

Artists have always travelled to Italy to lift their spirits, and this 2-week adventure offers you the same opportunity. Connect...

4 Day Cape Town Short Break

Home to the soaring Table Mountain, flawless beaches and vineyards galore, it’s easy to see why everyone falls in love...

Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland

from £6100

Dramatic coastlines, glimmering fjords, wild creatures that take your breath away – the three Arctic islands of this 13-day trip...

Rome to Lisbon on a Shoestring

from £1439

Thought Mediterranean Europe was out of your reach? Think again. Take two weeks to voyage through France, Italy, Monaco, Spain,...

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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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