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Ideas for Paid Jobs Abroad

Finding paid work abroad is the ideal way to earn money and have an unmissable experience on your gap year. Travel abroad instantly broadens your horizons, and getting work experience in other countries means your job prospects will be wider and your skills more diverse. The types of jobs available on your gap year can be quite different from what you would be looking at in the U.K, and can offer scope to try exciting new challenges in thrilling locations. Top destinations to find paid work include Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Asia. Here are some exciting ideas for paid work abroad:

Paid work packages

General paid work packages are a great place to start searching for paid jobs abroad. Offering travellers the ideal combination of fun activities, paid work advice and support and access to jobs databases, on a working holiday you can seek out paid work in some of the world's top work and travel destinations. Our most popular work package is our Absolute Oz jobs package in Australia, where you can find an incredible range of paid work opportunities Down Under. Our Absolute NZ Jobs package comes in a close second, giving travellers access to exciting jobs across New Zealand.

Paid jobs abroad

Get brilliant bar or hospitality jobs

If you want to work and travel, earning money as you go, then bar and hospitality jobs are one of the most popular ways to earn money abroad. Our bestselling Absolute Oz jobs package is perfect if you want to find bar or hospitality jobs in Australia! If you have previous hospitality experience, you could work in some of Sydney's high-end hotels, bars and restaurants and get a hospitality job in Australia. Or seek out sun and beach life in America as you get hunting for a hospitality job in the USA.

Get a paid teaching position abroad

If paid teaching appeals to you and you see yourself passing on your passion to pupils across the planet, then signing up for a paid teaching programme that pays you to live and work as a teacher abroad could be the perfect choice. Paid teaching programmes include TEFL training, your pass to teach all around the world. Paid teaching placements in Asia allow you to fully immerse yourself in the culture and see all the sights off the beaten track in your time out. Paid teaching in Thailand is our most popular teaching programme, but you can also sign up to do paid teaching in China, South Korea or Myanmar (Burma).

Find farm or ranch jobs abroad

Finding a farm or ranch job abroad allows you to enjoy the great outdoors on your gap trip. There are lots of farm jobs and fruit picking jobs on offer in Australia and New Zealand. If you want to channel your inner cowboy and love nothing more than going walkabout in the wilderness, then you might fancy an unusual paid work challenge on your gap year. Become a fully-fledged ranch hand and work your way round the outback on a ranch job in Australia! Hop on for some horseback skills and get some freedom on the farm with some impressive agricultural work that will suit any intrepid explorer.

Become an Au Pair in the USA

If you are aged 18-26 and have previous childcare experience, why not take on the amazing experience of becoming an Au Pair in the USA? You can live with a US host family for 12 months, help out with their kids, get brilliant childcare experience and explore the land of freedom and opportunity in your free time. You will also earn over USD10,000, plus free flights & health insurance, and all accommodation and meals included - what's not to like?

Get a professional paid job abroad

If you want to gain professional work experience abroad, there are lots of opportunities to work in specific industries or find a suitable paid office job in stunning destinations. If you want to add professional working skills to your CV and improve your future job prospects, a professional work package is for you. Our most popular programme is our professional jobs in Australia trip, perfect for budding professionals.

Seek out a skilled labour job

If you are a skilled labourer or have qualifications as a carpenter, plumber, electrician or construction worker then there are some great job opportunities on offer, especially under the Australian or New Zealand working holiday schemes. Take your skills around the world and earn money in a skilled labour job abroad.

Land a sailing job in Australia

Why not spend you gap year working on the ocean wave? Land a sailing job in Australia and get your international yacht master training qualification then join the crew and take to the high seas.

Train to become a ski or snowboard instructor

If you are seeking the perfect snowy slopes abroad and want to work as a ski or snowboard instructor abroad, then look no further! Train in some of the world's most stunning mountain areas, such as the peaks of Colorado, USA or the snowy heights of New Zealand and then get to work as a ski or snowboard instructor.

Bright ideas

With so many incredible ideas for paid jobs abroad, your gap year can be the greatest work experience you'll ever have, with paid work opportunities bursting with possibility around the world. Become a brilliant bright young thing and head off on a job hunt that will help you pave the way to future greatness. Get going on a working gap year today!

Up to 12 months

Aged 18-30? Expect to earn £10 to £15 an hour with paid work in Oz! Start with 8 days of fun in Sydney plus 12 months of expert job offers, advice and support - awesome!

from £599

12 months

Work as an Au Pair in the USA for a year. Earn over USD10,000 and gain amazing childcare experience abroad. Flights, accommodation, meals and insurance included, plus a 3-night orientation in New York!

from £449

Up to 12 months job support

Aged 18-30? Earn money with paid work in New Zealand! Start with 7 days of fun, adventure and Maori culture in Auckland and the Bay of Islands, plus 12 months of job advice and support. Wages are typically between £7 and £11 an hour, so get out there and start earning!

from £799

Up to 12 months

Aged 18-30 and looking for paid ranch work in Australia? This 9-day package includes 4 days relaxing in the beautiful beach resort of Noosa, 5 days ranch training and a guaranteed paid ranch job in the Oz outback, with wages typically £8.50 to £15 an hour!

from £1,729

Up to 12 months or longer

Explore the world & even earn money as you go on this awesome 360 trip for the budget backpacker! Explore Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA on this round-the-world adventure!

from £2,329

Up to 12 months

Combine travel and paid work in awesome New Zealand with this 2 or 7-night comprehensive working holiday package. Experience the wonders of this incredible country whilst earning typical New Zealand wages of between £7 and £11 an hour and making friends!

from £409

Up to 12 months

Work and travel in New Zealand! This paid work and travel package includes a week of fun in Auckland & the Bay of Islands, 12 months of job support and a brilliant, flexible bus pass! Expect to earn between £7 and £11 an hour, and then spend that well-earned cash on the road!

from £1,389

Up to 12 months

Combine our top two gap travel programmes in one unforgettable trip! Go on a 18 day or 29 day Thai Adventure, followed by our Absolute Oz paid work package in Australia, which includes one week of fun in Sydney, and the chance to typically earn £10 to £15 an hour!

from £1,639

Up to 12 months

Travel and work on Australia's East Coast on our Big Aussie Adventure. Includes awesome travel along the East Coast from Cairns to Sydney, plus a paid work package so you can earn on average £10 to £15 an hour in Oz – amazing!

from £2,259

Up to 12 months or longer

Fund your travels by working abroad: See the globe on a shoestring, and pay your way with amazing jobs Down Under. The ultimate gold-digging gap year!

from £1,999