Tips on how to find work abroad

I’m Ditch the homebound 9-5 and work while travelling with these jobs:

1.  Work as an Aupair

What is an “Aupair”?
An au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, aupairs look after children and assist with housework like cleaning, laundry & ironing. Aupairs live with the host family therefore they don’t pay for food and accommodation. Aupairs also receive a weekly “wage”.

How it works?
You sign up with an Aupair agency in your home country and they will pair you with a family of your choice. The agency will need a membership fee, your medical records, child care and character references and police clearance certificate from you. After matching with a family the agency assists you with your visa application and the family pays for your return flights.

Au pairs in America usually make about $200 a week and in Europe you receive a minimum of 400€ a month.

Here is a list of accredited agencies to get you started:
• YDP Work & Travel: ydp.co.za
• Africa2Italy: HERE
• STA Travel: statravel.co.za
• Cultural Care – www.culturalcare.co.za

Free Listing Websites:
With these websites you create a profile and find your own family. It’s free but not 100% safe. If you plan on making use of these website:

1. Don’t send any money to “secure ” a job.
2. Always Skype with the host family at least 5 times.
3. Ask for the host families home address and make use of Google Earth.
4. Have a work contract : with information about your duties, wage, days off etc.
5. Be very cautious!

• www.aupairworld.com

2. Teach English (or any other language)

English teachers are in high demand in foreign-language countries like Turkey,  Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea.

Most jobs require any bachelor degree from a native english speaker or a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate.

These certificates can be obtained through online courses or you can sign up for in-class programs.

Here are some useful websites:
• Wits Language School: witslanguageschool.com
Footprints Recruitment

3. Work as a flight attendant

The life of a flight attendant may seem amazing. Working in the clouds, partying it up in different cities, experiencing different cultures, discounted airline tickets & hotel. But it’s hard work too. The training is tough, the hours are long, and all the moving around can get lonely. However for those with a case of wanderlust, it can help you travel the world.

Sign up HERE:
• Emirates: emiratesgroupcareers.com
• South African Airways: flysaa.com/za/
• Etihad Airways: careers.etihad.com
• Comair Airways Limited: comair.co.za/careers

4. Work on a cruise

You do get to see the world from an ocean perspective plus you make good money and live rent free. I have two friends who do this.

For specialised jobs such as chefs or working as a beautician you will need a qualification. If you don’t have any experience you can work as stewardess, which involves cleaning as well as serving food and looking after the guests or a nanny looking after kids who are on these cruises. Salaries are tax-free and you can make up to $2000 a month.

Where to go:

• Norwegian Cruise Line: ncl.com
• MSC Cruises: careers.msccruises.com
• Safety at Sea: stcw.co.za
• Wilson Halligan Yacht Recruitment wilsonhalligan.com

5. Volunteer

Are you passionate about helping children in need or planting trees and saving animals? This might be the job for you! Keep in mind that most volunteer programmes don’t pay but you are required to pay a joining fee which covers your food and accommodation.

Useful resources:

• International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) offers affordable and responsibly-run volunteer abroad programs that enable you to make a sustainable contribution to projects in more than 40 countries. : www.volunteerhq.org
• ISV: International Volunteer Abroad Programs for Students: isvolunteers.org
• Green Peace Africa: www.greenpeace.org/africa/en/Volunteer/
• The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA): volunteerinternational.org
• UNESCO World Heritage Volunteer Programme whvolunteers.org
• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: gatesfoundation.org

Update: If you love traveling and giving back – Join WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). They offer travellers a free stay in exchange for help on farms + you get paid. More info HERE

6. Travel Writer

Honestly speaking. This isn’t a quick way to make money. If you are a creative person you can start a travel blog and document your travels and also submit to other publications and ask them to publish your work. You can also sell you pictures to publications. It’s important to network and have a lot of contacts to be successful in this career.

My favourite travel blogs:
• The Spice Goddess: www.spicegoddess.co.za
• While I’m Young and Skinny: whileimyoungandskinny.com

7. Work at a Consulate
I actually really want to do this! Hello South African Consulate in the US – I know it’s not glamorous but it’s something I’d love to do. If you love travel and you are interested in international relations you can work in foreign affairs and trade at your countries consulate. You need a degree to do this and generally these positions can lead to wide travel opportunities, however you’re likely to be posted anywhere in the world without a say in where it is you will be stationed.

Visit www.saembassy.org

Are you travelling and working? Share your tips in the comments section


  • Lerato B
    04/08/2016 at 4:06 AM

    Good Luck ☺

  • Melissa Adams
    04/05/2016 at 6:38 AM

    I contacted OVC. I have my interview next week. So nervous

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