How To Find Work Abroad
Ahoy Pirates! Who amongst ye dreams of travelling forever? To throw your pack upon your back and hit the road, finding paid work abroad on the way! Forever living, partying and enjoying yourself in Backpackistan... it's easier than you think, you simply need to find work abroad upon the way!Content
- Work Abroad and PICK FRUIT!
- TEACH ENGLISH
- PROMOTE OR WORK IN A BAR
- VOLUNTEER ABROAD!
- OFFER MASSAGES!
Many backpackers end up running out of money faster than they expected upon their travels but, if you have a few skills, you don't need to go home, you can simply get some work abroad to keep yourself going! In fact, you don't even really need any skills to find paid work abroad... just perseverance! Not only can working abroad be surprisingly well paid but it can also be a lot of fun!
Here's our list of the Top Five Ways To Stretch Your Pounds and Find Paid Work Abroad!
Many travelers head to Australia, New Zealand or Canada to take advantage of the high minimum wage, plentiful bar work and fruit picking opportunities. If you want to travel but have no money, a great idea is to book a flight away and find summer work abroad. Many brits work in Australia for six months as you will be able to save far more than you could doing unskilled labour in the UK. Before you go you will need to make sure you are eligible for entrance to the country under the working holiday visa program. There are a few (constantly changing) rules you must make sure you follow if you wish to work abroad. Obviously you must have the right visa as well as having a certain amount of funds available to support yourself when you arrive. Finding work in Australia, in particular, is extremely easy and as the minimum wage is a whopping $17 an hour, with most jobs (even bar work, fruit picking and cleaning down tables) paying more than this anyway, you can be sure to save a decent bit of money. In general, paid work abroad, can offer a much better pay-check then in the UK!
Teaching English abroad can be surprisingly well paid and is usually a relatively easy to job to get as long as you are a native English speaker and have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification (TEFL). It's quick and easy to get a TEFL certificate online or, if you want to go for a really well paid job, you can go for a more advanced TEFL course which involves face to face lessons. In some countries, such as China, Thailand or Colombia you can expect to get a job teaching english very quickly if you simply send a few introduction emails out. There are special schools in many countries where all of the lessons are taught in English and children are discouraged from speaking in their mother tongue in an attempt to gain English fluency as quickly as possible. If your planning a life of being on the road, getting a TEFL certificate is well worth the investment - it opens a huge number of opportunities worldwide.
Upon the backpacker circuit, it is extremely easy to find casual, cash in hand, jobs such as flyering, bar work and 'being a backpacker in a bar' - seriously, in the past I have been paid to be in a bar to make it seem like said bar had a bit more of an atmosphere than it actually did. My job was to drink and play pool and chat to people who came in... it was a rather awesome job. Many of these jobs offer free food, booze and accommodation in exchange for around 4 hours work a day.
Volunteering is another fantastic way to travel without spending much money. There are many volunteer programs available where, in exchange for your hard work, you can expect free food and accommodation. Finding volunteer work abroad is extremely easy although finding GOOD volunteer work abroad can be a tad harder; be careful to choose a project which has reviews from past volunteers. A great place to find projects such as this is Workaway or Helpx - both of these grass-roots companies offer a cheap basic membership plan which enables you to view and contact hundreds of hosts worldwide. Unfortunately, there a lot of evil companies out there which will try to charge you a vast sum of money in order for you to volunteer, I strongly recommend doing some research and finding a volunteer program yourself rather than simply signing up with a company / charity. I also recommend avoiding volunteer work abroad which is centered around children; A recent study in Cambodia found that 75% of ‘orphans’ actually had parents and that the children were being used as a source of revenue from altruistic tourists. In general, it really is best to leave volunteering with children to the experts, those who have experience with children and are able to volunteer long-term. There is nothing worse than a child forming a connection with a volunteer only for that volunteer to leave and be replaced by someone new, week on week.
As I mentioned before, one of the best options for volunteer work abroad is Workaway which is effectively an online community which can be joined for just eleven euros a year. Once you have joined you are able to contact thousands of hosts all over the world who are offering all kinds of projects from building barns or learning falconry. There is literally a project for everybody here as the range of hosts is so wide. It is always worth checking out your host properly before deciding to visit them, like Couchsurfing this website works on a reference system. You could also look into WWOFFing: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is all about volunteering specifically on organic farms. I have done it a couple of times and really enjoyed it however unlike the other websites listed above you have to pay a fee for EVERY country you wish to see the database for, this is extremely frustrating and unless you are only going to one place not particularly helpful. Workaway already has organic farming opportunities and therefore I would suggest checking those out first.
If you fancy finding charity work abroad through an established company, why not check out Love Volunteers which receives solid online reviews and is not as expensive as some of the other companies out there. Be sure to check the visa situation for whichever country you hope to volunteer in; those of you looking for paid charity work abroad will probably not be able to work in a foreign country under a tourist visa, even if it is for a charity.
This isn't really as solid an option as actually getting a job whilst working abroad but if you have some skills, such as giving Thai massage, you can make money off of backpackers themselves through offering your services. You can busk, teach yoga, cut hair, ,sell hand-made jewellery, give massages or, if you have the skills, even do street magic - it's a great way to ensure a steady stream of coins in your pocket and I've met plenty of backpackers who have successfully managed to fund a life of travel just through offering a variety of services to other backpackers they meet upon the road.
So, pirates, what are you waiting for, get your TEFL certificate, sign up to Workaway, learn how to give the perfect massage, apply for your Australian working holiday visa and prepare to hit the road, find work abroad and earn your fortunes!
As always, be sure to keep checking in with us for the best flight details, package holidays and tips around!