For those seeking to live an exciting life abroad, working is often the only option to realize these dreams and maintain a comfortable lifestyle. But not only does working abroad create an income on which to survive, but it often provides a great opportunity to understand the surrounding culture and really feel a part of the country. Plenty of people move abroad, take a TEFL (English teaching) course and are then certified to teach English to children and adults, which is one great option for work abroad. However, it’s not the only option! There are plenty of ways to make money internationally, and send some of those international payments home for savings. Here are a few other great options for those wanting to work abroad without teaching English:

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WWOOF/Environmental Jobs WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is technically a workshare program, meaning that enthusiastic globetrotters can contact a host (usually a farm of some kind), correspond with the hosts and come to an agreement on some amount of work to be done in exchange for food and housing. Most hosts usually require 4-6 hours of work per day, and you’ll often get to learn some new skills such as viticulture if you work at a vineyard, gardening, sustainable food production and animal care. You’ll also make great connections with your hosts and other volunteers working at the same time, enabling future globetrotting connections!

Au Pair There are many websites out there to connect you with an au pair job- that is, caring for one or more children in exchange for food, accommodation and usually a small salary. Hours are usually before and after school, so you’ll have the daytime free to take language classes and explore your area. Families often bring the au pair with them on holidays and activities, so you’ll get a unique traveling experience. Au pairing is great if you’re looking to learn a language, love kids and want an authentic experience immersed in the culture with a local family.

Hospitality If you’re unsure what kind of work to set up in advance of your move, try taking a chance and looking for a job in hospitality on arrival. Hostels are often looking for English speakers to help with reception and cleaning in exchange for a bed and sometimes a stipend. You can work in a restaurant, bar or café- a great way to meet locals and make pocket money for your travels.


Remember, dealing with finances can be tough overseas can be tough but you can try an international bank like Lloyds TBS International to put aside some cash when working abroad. Problem solved, happy travels!


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