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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Paid work + fun tours in Australia & New Zealand
Aged 18-30? Combine our Absolute Oz paid work package in Australia with an awesome 14-day tour along the stunning Aussie East Coast. Add in a 18-day tour in New Zealand to max out the fun!
Up to 24 months
Work, live, travel Canada!
Experience the best of Canada as you work and wander around the country for up to two years on an epic travel adventure!
6 or 12 months
Take a TEFL course then earn $1200 a month!
Take 120 hours of TEFL training in the beautiful beach resort of Hua Hin in Thailand before taking on a paid teaching role in schools across Thailand and earning up to USD1200 per month!
Up to 12 months
Paid work + flexible travel in Australia and New Zealand
Aged 18-30? This trip combines our Absolute Oz Jobs paid work programme in Australia with fantastic flexible travel passes in Australia and New Zealand! You could earn between £10 to £15 an hour, and then spend that cash exploring these beautiful countries - Perfect!
Up to 12 months
Earn top dollar in Australia's Northern Territory!
Find paid work in Australia’s amazing Northern Territory and enjoy gorgeous landscapes, buzzing nightlife and incredible culture! Expect to earn a whopping AUD18-35 an hour!
6 or 11 months
Become a “gappie” at an Aussie boarding school.
Become a ‘gappie’ assistant in an Australian boarding school. Spend 6 months or more gaining amazing work experience abroad and discover Australia at the same time! You could expect to earn between AUD75 to AUD200 a week PLUS enjoy all-inclusive accomodation and meals during term time!
Earn over USD20,000 plus free flights & accommodation!
Aged 21-35? Got a degree? Earn at least USD 20,000 per year as a paid teacher in South Korea, plus a TEFL Course, cultural course, cultural excursion weekends and accommodation included!
Up to 12 months
Take a TEFL course & be a paid teacher in Myanmar!
Get a paid teaching job guaranteed before you travel to beautiful Burma (Myanmar): Earn up to USD1200 a month, and gain that all-important TEFL qualification too!
Up to 12 months or longer
Our most popular round-the-world trip – in reverse!
Head west across the globe and explore 5 fantastic countries. See the USA, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and Thailand in one perfect round-the-world package!