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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

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 £2,209.00

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 £1,949.00

Up to 12 months job support

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!

from £1,129.00

35 days minimum

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!

from £2,319.00

Up to 12 months or longer

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!

from £2,269.00

Up to 12 months or longer

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.

from £4,199.00

Up to 12 months

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!

from £619.00

Up to 12 months

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!

from £309.00

Up to 12 months

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!

from £1,299.00

Up to 12 months

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!

from £1,489.00
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