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:
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?
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.
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.
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'.
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!
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!
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
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!