One of the most amazing ways of spending your gap year is to find paid work and get a job abroad. Getting work experience in an exotic destination is a gap year dream come true - earning money and seeing the world is an unbeatable combination!
The range of amazing job opportunities abroad is enough to tempt any traveller to take a gap year. You can head Down under and find paid work in Australia, one of the world's most popular destinations to get paid jobs abroad, and then take in all the sights and sounds of Oz in your time off. Head off around the world and find hospitality jobs in bars, restaurants or hotels abroad. Seek out skilled labour jobs and earn money using your existing skills and qualifications. Take on a professional job in your chosen field and boost your career skills in exciting locations while getting paid for the privilege. Maybe you fancy getting some valuable paid teaching experience on your gap year? Or do you want to get childcare experience as an Au Pair in the USA? Whatever paid work opportunities you want, you'll find jobs waiting for you all around the world!
When you're planning your perfect gap year, one of the major concerns most potential travellers have is worrying about financing their gap travel. If you are trying to save up some money you might find that funds are tight, so many gap travellers look to find a paid job abroad and fund further travel this way. Seeking employment while you are abroad is a convenient means of financing your travel while ensuring that you get the most out of your trip. There are loads of great ideas for paid jobs abroad and some marvellous ways of making a mint on your gap year.
Participating in paid work on your gap year is also a great way to meet fun and interesting people and make long and lasting friendships. Paid work is an excellent way to immerse yourself in a new culture, engage with the locals and discover parts of the country that are unlikely to be visited by your typical short-stay tourist. If you are travelling independently, you'll have no problem settling in if you have an established group of work mates from the get-go - you'll be bonding with your work buddies before you know it.
To top it off, engaging in paid work on your gap year can boost your CV by helping you to gain valuable work experience and making your CV stand out from the crowd in those all important job applications, university admission and interviews. For more top tips on why get paid work experience is a great career move see 'why will a gap year help my career?'
Want some top tips on how to find paid work abroad? In order to help you choose from the hundreds of paid jobs abroad available out there, we at Gap 360 have gathered together ten of the most popular and exciting paid work opportunities:
Put your professional expertise to work in the land of opportunity. Getting a position as an Au Pair is an amazing American opportunity; you get to stay with a host family, get some spending money and immerse yourself in everything American. The USA is a fantastically dynamic country, a home away from home where everything seems to be larger than life, and a great place to visit if you're a first time gapper.
Australia and New Zealand are two of the most popular destinations to find paid work, boasting the largest variety of jobs to choose from. Working in one of these countries is once-in-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity to gain worthwhile skills while discovering the country and meeting some great new friends along the way. The similarity to British culture means you don't feel too far away from home, despite being on the opposite side of the globe. You can go on a fun work and travel jobs package, such as our popular Absolute Oz Jobs programme, and find paid work across a wide range of job areas, plus you have fun in Sydney and beach camp too.
If you're looking to get work experience and earn money in a professional field, then sign up for a professional work programme and add skills to your CV. Australia is one of the best locations in which to find paid professional jobs, and you can earn good wages and get industry experience or learn more about an area of work you want to consider in the future. If you want to find an office or administration job or want to work in a professional field, this is the travel and work option for you!
If you love working with and caring for children, then becoming an Au Pair abroad is a valuable and deeply satisfying experience. An ideal way of immersing yourself in a country's culture and getting to know your host family, becoming an Au Pair is also a great way to get childcare and work experience. Landing an Au Pair job abroad will mean experiencing a different way of life with your new family while exploring the country in your free time. America is the top Au Pair travel destination, so if you want to work with kids abroad, take a look at our Au Pair in the USA opportunities.
Taking off on the high seas is a highly desirable position for any budding sailor, as sailing jobs are a fun and adventurous form of paid work that is unlike anything you'd find at home. If you're energetic, love the sea air and you think you've got what it takes to work in a sailing job then this unique and interesting experience could be just the thing for you. Combine a watersports job with an RYI course and you'll be sure to sail through any outdoor career. Australia has the ideal sailing job opportunities!
There are a whole range of paid hospitality jobs to choose from in a number of different countries. Whether you want to find a brilliant bar job in buzzing cities abroad, wish to work in a high-end hotel or wait tables and earn tips in lively restaurants abroad, then a hospitality job will be right up your street! Find a high-quality hospitality job in Australia and earn money as you work in some of Australia's most stylish hospitality establishments.
Fruit picking or farm work is an excellent way to earn money quickly, and there are so many paid farm or ranch jobs available, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. Many of the farms and ranches in Australia are close to the country's best-loved attractions, meaning that you can scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef in your free time or explore the outback and see Uluru. Farm work provides a fabulous opportunity if you enjoy working with animals or you favour the outdoors. The most popular way of finding farm work abroad is to head into the outback and find a ranch job in Australia. If you want fresh air & hard work and want to work with animals or pick fruit, a farm or ranch job is the ideal outdoors work abroad.
Teaching English as a foreign language is a favourite among travellers, and for good reason, as paid teaching is a truly beneficial experience likely to open up a whole array of doors for future jobs both in the UK and abroad. Most countries will provide paid teachers with a good wage, offering travellers a great way to gain first-hand experience of a culture whilst earning money and learning a new skill. The most popular destination for paid teaching is Asia, with paid teaching in Thailand one of the top choices for travellers looking for teaching experience abroad. Or become a school gap assistant in Australia and get an allowance, plus accommodation and meals as part of a working package!
Many travellers seek out skilled labour jobs abroad as a way of transferring their existing work skills to another country, and funding their travel adventures. If you are skilled in a trade, and are a qualified electrician, plumber, carpenter, construction worker, to name just a few skilled trades, then you can find a paid labour job in exciting destinations. Australia and New Zealand offer the best skilled labour job opportunities, under their 18-30 Working Holiday Visa schemes. Get a carpentry job in Australia or share your skills in a job in New Zealand. Sign up for a jobs package and land a skilled labour job around the world!
Fantastic if you love to hit the slopes but can't afford the expense of a ski holiday. A paid resort package will provide you with accommodation, food; lift pass, ski rental and a set wage. It may not be the biggest or best wage you've ever had but you'll still be able to save a lot of money, allowing you to fund any continued travel that you may wish to do. Many of those who decide on a ski resort job find themselves returning to the slopes again and again. It really is a great way to play hard, gain work experience and make long lasting friendships. Got loads of ski experience? Why not consider training as a ski instructor?
Travellers find working in a paid job abroad a great way to combine travel with learning new skills and gaining work experience to enhance your CV. For more top work and travel advice, check out our list of types of jobs abroad for further inspiration!
Up to 12 months
Adventure travel + paid work on the Aussie East Coast
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!
Up to 12 months job support
Find paid work, earn, travel and explore Down Under!
Work and travel in Australia! This paid work and travel package includes 1 week of fun in Sydney, 12 months of job support and a travel pass along the East Coast. Expect to earn between £10 to £15 an hour!
35 days minimum
A massive combo of top Aussie adventures!
Explore Australia's East Coast on this ultimate tour, which includes some of our most popular Aussie programmes: Have fun in Sydney, learn to surf, travel with hop-on-hop-off pass and enjoy adrenaline adventures in Cairns!
Up to 12 months or longer
Party in Thailand, work in Australia & tour New Zealand in one top trip!
Explore Thailand, Australia and New Zealand on our awesome Adventure, Work & Party programme. Enjoy a Thai Adventure, find paid work in Oz and tour New Zealand - don’t miss it!
Up to 12 months or longer
Our multi-stop round the world adventure!
Our amazing Global 360 trip is packed with all our favourite programmes! Choose from four awesome round-the-world packages or design your own Global 360 and add in your dream destinations or activities.
Up to 12 months
Land a paid carpentry job Down Under with this paid work package!
If you are a qualified carpenter aged 18-30, find a paid carpentry job in Australia and expect to earn £10 to £20 an hour! Includes 1 week of fun in Sydney followed by a carpentry job trial and the opportunity for up to 6 months of paid carpentry work in Oz!
Up to 12 months
Paid work for up to a year
A 5 day jobs and orientation package for 18-30 year olds, helping you to find work in Australia in no time! Get advice and the essential job support you'll need to secure an Aussie job. Typical wages are £10 to £15 an hour!
Up to 12 months
A 12-day tour in beautiful Bali + paid work in Australia
Spend 12 days touring around beautiful Bali before settling into Aussie life with a week of fun activities and up to 12 months of awesome paid work. Have a blast Down Under!
Up to 12 months
Paid work in Australia + a fun 8-day tour in Fiji!
Aged 18-30? Head off on our paid work & travel combo adventure! Find a paid job with our Absolute Oz jobs package in Australia, followed by a fabulous 8 days of island exploration in Fiji!