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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Hotel Front Desk 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.

Au Pair in Australia

from £100

From 180 days

Au Pair with amazing families in Australia and have the experience of a lifetime. Live with a family, offer a...

Ski or Snowboard Instructor Training Course

from £4000

30 - 120 days

Training courses are the perfect way to improve your skiing ability, gain international certifications and a fun way to spend your...

Au Pair/Homestay Tutor Adventure in China

from £500

90 - 365 days

Seeking 18-30 yr olds to tutor English to Chinese kids. Live with a Chinese family, learn Mandarin & experience a...

Work and Travel in New Zealand

from £945

365 days

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

Work as a Ski Instructor in Romania

from £3695

98 days

Train up as a ski instructor and work a ski season in Romania's largest ski resort

Cashier 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.

Homestay Programme in China

from £550

30 - 90 days

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

School Assistant in Australia

from £2700

150 - 330 days

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

Teach English in Thailand

from £900

180 - 360 days

Get paid to teach English in Thailand & 80 countries worldwide with an accredited TEFL certification & lifetime job placement...

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Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland

from £6100

Norway

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

Iceland Explorer

Iceland

When it comes to environmental wonders, there’s simply nowhere in the world like the top of the world. This trip...

Central American Journey

from £1529

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hondur...

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit seven countries on this adventure and experience mighty ruins,...

Eastern Pathways

from £1736

To trip around Eastern Europe is to take the road less travelled. However, it is an exciting and vibrant road...

Iberian Coast

from £1151

Come with us and explore the beautiful and the intriguing as we tour Spain and Portugal's enticing Iberian Coast as...

Northern India Family Holiday Comfort

from £1705

India

Take a moment to imagine India. If you pictured a land bursting with colour, thronging with people and heady with...

Panama Experience

from £679

Costa Rica, Panama

From San José, hit the beach and mountain retreats on your way to the locks of the world-famous Panama Canal...

Broome to the Bungle Bungles (Original)

from £1145

Australia

A region of astounding natural beauty and great spiritual significance, Western Australia's Kimberley region is Australia untamed. And while the...

La Selva Lodge – 5 Day Independent Adventure

from £1319

Ecuador

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon...

Burgundy & Normandy Highlights

France

From our once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge voyage to a deep dive into the rich history of Paris and the WWII...

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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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