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
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!