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Where to Find Paid Work Abroad

Wish you were working abroad but don't know where to go on your gap year? Picking your perfect destination is an important part of your plans to get a paid job abroad, as your choice of destination will influence your gap year plans. You'll need to know which country offers the best paid work opportunities and which meet your job requirements. Here are our top tips for finding paid work abroad:

Decide on your dream destinations

If you've always longed to visit a particular destination then you might want to fit your paid work plans around seeing your country of choice. There might be some particular activities that are top of your list, or stunning sights you've always wanted to see. With so many destinations offering great opportunities to get a paid job, why not combine your ideal job with your perfect location and really make the most of your chance to travel?

Where to find paid jobs abroad

What do you want from your gap year?

Ask yourself if you want all-year-round sunshine or want to work in a winter wonderland? Do you want to work in a home-from-home English-speaking country, or do you want to go somewhere with a different culture? There are enough great paid work opportunities out there around the world for you to find the perfect harmony between location and job, so you have an all-round working adventure you'll never forget.

Find paid work in Australia

Australia is the original gap year destination and is still an immensely popular choice for any gap year traveller wanting to find paid work abroad. Not only do the Australians speak English and share a familiar culture, but the Aussies have year round sun and barbies on the beach - what's not to like? With some of the most exciting gap year adventures to be had in the land Down Under, why not make it top of your destination list?

Australia is the perfect place to get a paid job as the working holiday visa scheme allows travellers aged 18-30 to get a pass to work in Australia for up to a year. Our popular Absolute Oz jobs package offers one week of fun in Sydney and Beach Camp and 12 months of job advice and support. You can also find paid professional work in Australia, or work in some of Sydney's high-end hotels, bars and restaurants in a hospitality job in Oz.

If you are looking for skilled labour jobs, get a carpentry job in Oz. Want to work in the Aussie outback? Get a guaranteed ranch job and work on a farm in the great outdoors. Want to get out and work on the open seas? Land a sailing job in Australia. The possibilities for paid work in Australia are endless and that's part of the draw for all gap year travellers in search of the ideal job abroad.

Find paid work in New Zealand

Another favourite gap year working destination is New Zealand, land of the Lord of the Rings and home to some great job opportunities! With the same working holiday scheme as Australia, travellers can work and earn money for up to a year, while making the most of the adrenaline thrills on offer in the adventure capital of the world. Our Absolute NZ jobs trip is a great gap year programme, which make it easy and effortless to kick start your job search in New Zealand. If you love hitting the slopes, then training to become a ski/snowboard instructor in New Zealand's stunning mountains is the ideal way to land a ski job abroad. Find paid work in the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'.

Find paid work in the USA

Take off to the land of the free and score yourself a hot job in one of the world's super-powered economies. With so many stunning states to explore you'll be winging your way from Washington to the buzz of the Big Apple in no time! Getting paid work as an Au Pair is a must for any aspiring nanny, and if childcare is your dream job then living and working with a US family is the way to see the world!

Find paid work in Asia 

Thailand is a backpacker's paradise and going on your gap year to this amazing Asian destination is still top of many travellers to-do list. Try out some paid teaching in Thailand and gain your TEFL among the tempting Thai landscape. Or find paid teaching work in China and take time to explore the fascinating culture, history and lifestyle of this super-powered country. Make tracks for Myanmar (Burma) for paid teaching opportunities, or earn a mint with a paid teaching job in South Korea. Gain your TEFL qualification and earn money as a teacher in Asia!

What's stopping you?

Don't be sucked in to staying in your safety net, it's time to take that first step over the threshold, let the wind take you where it will and see all the working world has to offer. The awesome range of diverse destinations is an undeniable draw for any traveller and once you've decided on your location there'll be no stopping you!

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 £599.00

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 £449.00

Up to 24 months

Experience the best of Canada as you work and wander around the country for up to two years on an epic travel adventure!

from £359.00

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 £799.00

8 days

Enjoy awesome activities on this group tour through Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula. Visit Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, New Chums Beach, Kauri Forests and much more on this awesome intro week in New Zealand!

from £599.00

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 £1,729.00

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 £409.00

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 £1,389.00

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 £1,639.00

Up to 12 months or longer

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! 

from £5,639.00
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