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When it comes to working abroad, you have several options. Some popular student choices include short-term work abroad through a fee program and teaching abroad. Others choose to research and apply for a position directly. Below are some tips and resources for finding a job abroad.
Short-Term Work Abroad
Short-term work abroad (less than one year; typically a summer) usually involves working in an unskilled job, where you can earn enough to cover your food, lodging and day-to-day living expenses. This type of job probably will not pay enough to cover air transportation, but it may help provide some extra money for travel after you leave your job. Short-term work experiences include positions such as "au pairs" (a person who does domestic work for a family possibly taking care of children in exchange for room and board and a chance to learn the family's language), farm workers, typists, waitpersons, and youth camp leaders. If you are a full-time student or a recent graduate, the work abroad programs through the British Universities North American Club (BUNAC) or the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) are some of the easiest ways for you to secure legal employment overseas.
BUNAC Well respected program sends students and recent graduates on short-term work abroad programs.
CIEE Another fee based program which sends students and recent graduates on short-term work abroad programs.
There are many opportunities to teach English abroad through established programs. Most programs prefer a commitment of one academic year, though some offer summer or semester possibilities. In general, a bachelor's degree is required, although in most cases you do not need to be an English major. Organizations are more interested in your ability to speak native and fluent English. Volunteer and paid teaching opportunities can be found throughout the world.
CIEE Fee based program which sends students and recent graduates on teach abroad programs.
Dave's ESL Cafe Easy-to-navigate website for current and potential English teachers abroad.
Teach Abroad Extensive website features job listings in several countries.
EduFind Jobs Jobs and resources for TESOL professionals.
TEFL Jobs and resources for TEFL professionals.