Working Oveseas

This is always a great idea, not only to supplement you dwindling finances, but also as a way to set down some temporary roots and get to know the local area better. However, many backpackers work “under the table” or illegally in other countries. If you are caught, it is a good way to get deported. Don’t take the risk, you are there to travel and explore. You have all the opportunity in the world to work when you get back to your own country.

Unfortunately, I have never worked overseas. Everything in this guide is based on my experiences so this section is going to be a little brief. I have come across several backpackers who were working odd jobs at hostels and restaurants. There were work permits, visas, and bureaucracy red tape to go through for them to work there. Most of the jobs I was offered while travelling were under the table work but my focus was on traveling instead of working.

There are a lot of opportunities to work overseas. Here is a quick list to get you started:

Your Government: Many governments have already laid the ground work for their citizens to work overseas. These special work programs are usually for anyone between the age of 18 and 30. They provide the legal framework for you to find work in a number of countries while you provide everything else: transportation, day to day costs, finding a place to stay, etc.

Internet Keyword Search: {your country} + work programs overseas

Private agencies: There are numerous private agencies that specialize in finding temporary job placements overseas. They work in conjunction with various governments to find and place prospective candidates.

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Internet Keyword Search: work abroad

Teaching English: This is probably the first thing someone thinks of when first considering about working overseas. We know the language and teaching something that we are already good at should be an easy way to make money. There are a lot of resources that are offered to assist you in this. You can check into the TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. These are two highly regarded Certifications to help placement agencies find you a job overseas.

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Wwoofing: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is the international organization to helping those who would like to volunteer on organic farms internationally. I have met a lot of travellers on the road who do this. They would apply to volunteer to work on a farm in exchange for free room and board. Some farms are great where they feed you a lot, the rooms are clean and spacious and have a lot of free time, and others are not so hot. You always have the option of leaving at any time.

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