The Four Jobs You Can Find ABROAD
When I was 22 my interest about traveling abroad has reached its Tipping Point and I moved to Poland to teach English.
I have spent three years’ prior putting my bachelor’s degree in journalism to go to use building the beginnings of a career in the world of public affairs.
I thoroughly enjoyed my work as a writer for a small blog in the peaceful city of Orlando, which I called home. But as I watched friends around me settle into their chosen career paths, apartments and relationships, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wasn’t quite ready to settle down and something deep inside me begged me to get out of there and see the world instead of spending my life dreaming about it.
I knew that going for a vacation somewhere in Mexico wouldn’t cut it and it’s not even something that I desired. Studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia had told me that the best way to truly get to know the world is to live somewhere else for an extended period of time. I spent about three months researching different job opportunities and I was saving up as much as I could before deciding to go off to Poland. However, the sad reality is that if you’re not experienced and you don’t have a lot of knowledge about the field you’re going work in, it’s going to be pretty hard to find a job abroad. Especially when it comes to a 20 something year old with very little Real World Experience compared to the greater Workforce that can be hard.
For sure my teaching experience in Europe has been one of the best experiences ever because I was able to travel to 25 countries and I was able to grow as a person, getting valuable skills that have helped me in general and as a professional also. Here’s a look at the five most common but awesome jobs you can find abroad.
Teaching English Abroad
Of course, teaching English is probably the most common of all awesome jobs you can find abroad. English language has been gaining popularity ever more. English language is being taught all over the world in any country you can think off because it is still one of the most dominant languages in the world. as globalization makes the planet seem smaller and smaller, it becomes increasingly important in countries where English is not the native language of their citizens learn how to read, write and speak in English.
Another great side of teaching English is that it is a pretty well paid job considering other opportunities. in the developed countries such as South Korea Japan Taiwan in Asia in general you can get paid as low as $15 an hour to $18 or even $25, $30 in some cases even $50 an hour depending on a language school and on your work experience, your teaching experience, your certificates and your education background. Teaching English is an awesome job because it truly allows you to connect with the local culture and people. Read more about Benefits of Teaching English Abroad in 21 Century.
If you have a lot of experience working in a creative field such as journalism, copywriting, graphic design or even art you’re in luck.
In this case you are your own boss and you got to call the shots on where you live and what you do.
Supporting yourself as a freelancer isn’t a set job you can land overnight. This is likely something you’ll need to work up to as you support yourself and gain more experience. Let’s take journalism for instance.
There are different contexts you should be aware of based on where you are located. There is a huge difference in being a journalist somewhere in Europe writing amongst free societies, and social democracies. Or being a journalist in some countries with strict rules about expressing your own opinions or sharing opinions and information that is not encouraged by the government. China is a great example of such country that doesn’t really appreciate when some foreign journalists, write about the negative sides of their society. This means you should be very careful what you do and what you’re writing.
However, if you happen to be in a very free-speech-friendly country, just enjoy your time, new culture and new people as well! I am pretty sure it’s going to be a great experience for you overall.
These days Thailand, Cambodia, and Philippines are some of the most popular Southeast Asian countries to stay in and to work as a freelancer not to be bothered by anyone or anything.
Being extra careful has not killed or hurt anyone. These days there are a lot of great platforms that allow you to work remotely, remote writing gigs that go anywhere from 1 to 5 cents per word. China is not the only place where one should be careful. Many countries in Middle East, Africa as well as Central Asia are still quiet old school when it comes to foreign journalists or writers coming in the country and the writing. Old soviet-era vibes are still alive in Central Asia and in some cases are even getting worse.
And by the way it doesn’t have to be journalism. The beauty of freelance jobs is that you could go nearly anywhere in the world and still get to see the world. Honestly your freelance skill could be anything: a digital marketer, a programmer, graphic designer, YouTuber, blogger and many other occupations.
As you might have guessed joining a nonprofit organization is another great way of working in a new country. However, in this case it’s going to be a bit different because you’re probably not going to get a job on the spot when you arrive there. Most likely you would have to apply for a job back in your home before you leave your country, and only if you get approved and make sure that your stay there is legal and allows you to work in that particular country.
Helping people has always been an honorable thing to do. There are many nonprofit organizations that are looking for volunteers as well as people who are able and want to help them out. these organizations are involved in various work, and it is up to you to decide which one of them you want to join.
No, you won’t be working on ant farms…
There are a lot of organic farms around the world looking for volunteers and part-time workers. One of such organizations is WWOOF, World Wide Opportunity on Organic Farms. As a Wwoofer you’re technically a volunteer, working on an organic farm for four to six hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation. Typical work duties include planting seeds, plants or trees, picking crops and harvesting, making compost, feeding livestock or mending/constructing fencing.
WWOOF tends to attract like-minded people and many participants say it is a great way to make new friends and meaningful connections with people from around the world.
As a worker there you also get to be outside for large portions of the day, ditching the office setting for fresh air and beautiful sunshine.
In the end it doesn’t really matter what you do. The end.
no I’m just joking of course it matters what you do.
No matter what type of work you’re doing, there will be a way to apply the skills you gain to something else down the road.
This is something I know from personal experience as I was able to parlay my experience teaching in Warsaw into a job in marketing in Costa Rica, another awesome job that I surely would never get had I not taken the first leap and move to Poland. I wish you all good luck and safe travels!