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 £1050

240 - 270 days

Apply for our inspiring and rewarding opportunities to teach English in Spain. Get paid, teach, and live in Madrid (Spain)....

School Assistant in New Zealand

from £1900

150 - 330 days

Schools Assistants in New Zealand have varied and exciting roles working in either a day or boarding school, as you...

Summer Teaching Programme in China

from £350

14 - 49 days

Positions in Haining, Huzhou and Xuzhou, for 2 or 7 weeks, open to all students, no degree required.

School Assistant in Canada

from £2500

300 days

Whether you love living in large cities or prefer a more rural setting, you’re bound to find something that suits...

Sports Coaching Jobs at Camp

from £249

56 - 84 days

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic and motivated staff to teach various sports at some amazing summer camps in the...

Line Cook in New Zealand

from £549

182 - 365 days

Accelerate your adrenaline and launch your working holiday in New Zealand. Gap year jobs don’t come much better.

TEFL Nicaragua With Job Placement

from £700

28 days

TEFL Certification in the land of Lakes and Volcanoes. A 4 week accredited course with teaching practice, fully preparing you...

Adventure Guide Internship – New Zealand

from £5000

90 days

Enjoy a 3 month activity-based tour, gain globally recognised guiding qualifications and land an adventure tourism job based in Queenstown,...

Tennis Coaching Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

Coach tennis in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over 800...

UltimateOz Gap Year

from £520

8 days

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

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Explore Peru, Argentina and Brazil

from £3410

Peru

There are many sides to South America, from the energy of the cities, the beauty of the lansdcapes and the...

Morocco Real Food Adventure

from £830

Morocco

Clear your plate for flavour-filled Morocco, where Berber, Arabic and European influences mix to create an adventurous culinary cocktail. Follow...

Mexico Food & Culture

Mexico

Somehow, Mexico has become synonymous with boring resorts and crowded beaches. That’s not the Mexico we know. Come and experience...

Hola Cuba – People to People for US citizens

from £2120

Cuba

Experience the splendor of Cuba – a cobblestoned Caribbean gem where the rum is plentiful, the smiles infectious and dancing...

Sydney to Brisbane Northbound

from £1360

Australia

Explore Australia’s stunning east coast, taking in the iconic sights of Byron Bay, as you make your way from continental...

Galapagos Santa Cruz and around

from £1925

Ecuador

Relax and unwind on this week-long tour from Ecuador’s beguiling capital to the Galapagos Islands. Be charmed by Quito, learn...

Quintessential Burgundy

from £1294

France

There may be no more beautiful way to explore the countryside villages of timeless Burgundy than from a river barge...

Best of Italy

from £2095

Italy

La dolce vita - the good life - is exactly what the Best of Italy trip is all about. Starting...

Pyramids & Beaches

from £785

As value-for-money tours of Egypt go, Topdeck's Pyramids & Beaches is up there with the best. Starting and ending in...

Tropical Trails

from £3515

18 - 22 days

Costa Rica

With 23 days on the clock, get ready and...go! Starting off in the party paradise of Cancun, this trip will...

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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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