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 Spain

from £760

240 - 270 days

Spain

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

Teach English in Spain

from £760

240 - 270 days

Spain

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

School Assistant in New Zealand

from £1900

150 - 330 days

New Zealand

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

Paid Work in Outback Australia

from £1645

90 - 365 days

Australia

Work in rural Australia and find a job suited to your skills and interests. Get off the beaten tourist track...

Watersports Jobs at Summer Camp

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

Work in the aquatics program at a summer camp in America in June. Have an amazing summer teaching swimming or...

USA Camp Jobs

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

Complete our free application form today to work at summer camp in the USA from June to August. Have fun...

Tennis Coaching Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

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

Summer Teaching Programme in China

from £350

14 - 49 days

China

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

Sports Coaching Jobs at Camp

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

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

US Camp Staff

from £295

56 - 84 days

United States of America

Go to the USA and spend your summer working with disadvantaged children in some of the most amazing and inspiring...

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Bali and Java Explorer

If you’re looking to free your spiritual side–with a backdrop of stunning beaches and jungles–Bali and Java are waiting. Travel...

Tour northeast America and eastern Canada on this fun Topdeck USA and Canada road trip

from £1488

Ah, the US of A. Its anthem echoes, “land of the free”, and freedom is certainly what you’ll experience on...

La Paz to Lima

from £2236

Journey through the Andes on this Overland adventure into ancient Inca heartlands. Unlock the secrets of the many mystic sights...

The Falklands and South Georgia

from £11050

Reaching Antarctica is the ultimate achievement so if you have the time, you’ll want to explore comprehensively. Spanning 23 days,...

London to Rome Adventure

from £799

Crisscrossing four countries, this whirlwind tour of Europe’s most celebrated capitals squeezes unique culture, delectable food and drink, stunning scenery,...

London to Sofia by Rail

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

Costa Rica Active Adventure

from £975

Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining. Costa Rica really is the "Adventure Capital of the Americas." Thrill-seekers will find more...

Thailand on a Shoestring

from £730

Perfect for those looking to experience northern Thailand’s cultural treasures and the natural beauty of its southern islands. This 15-day...

Bagan Short Break

from £205

There’s more to Bagan than ancient temples, beautiful as they are. Maximise your time in the city on this action-packed...

Chi-Town to New York

from £620

Three major cities, three very different worlds. Head out on an all-American road trip that gets under the skin of...

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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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