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When You Don’t Want The Holiday To Stop: Options For Working Abroad

Submitted by on 14/10/2016 – 16:59


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The world is more open to us than it has ever been. We can travel from country to country, holidaying and soaking up life far away from the things we know. For most, holidays are their most valued time of the year. It’s the very essence of getting away from it all, finding something different and behaving in ways you wouldn’t normally.


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Nevertheless, holidays can’t ever really give you a sense of what a country is like. Even if you return to the same place year after year, you are only ever there as a visitor. You never get the chance to know what it’s like to live there. While some do try living in another country, for most of us, it’s a far off dream.

If you’re at a point in your life prior to bringing up a family, you do still have the opportunity to live abroad. It doesn’t need to be a permanent change, but it can give you an incredible well-rounded perspective. If you’re not sure if your skills can translate to being employed abroad, you do have options – and you can arrive in a country already employed.

If you’re willing to work hard at a job you might not otherwise take at home, you can find ways to experience a different culture for longer than a few weeks.


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Jobs in the Hospitality Industry

The idea of living somewhere tends to cross our minds when we have already visited somewhere as a tourist. The very reason that you’re there provides a way to work there also, and extend your stay for as long as you wish. If there is tourism, then there is staff needed to work amongst the tourists.

Look for jobs in your chosen location in the industry. Think holiday reps and hotel staff; these are generally transitory, so they are easier to pick up. Many will even come with living arrangements; this applies especially to hotel work.


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Also, think of seasonal activities. You have the option of beach and bars in countries like Greece, Spain, and Portugal. Or if you’re an experienced skier, offer your skills in Canada or Slovenia – just ensure your Official Canadian ETA application permits you to work.

If the idea doesn’t appeal, there is always the second option. It’s a little trickier, but the rewards stand to be greater too.

Teaching English


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You do need to have some basis in the native language of the country you wish to live in, though this can vary. English is the most-spoken language in the world, and your knowledge of it is prized.

This can range from teaching in schools to offering one-on-one classes with businesses. It can be formal teaching through an agency, or working on a level with people who just wish to practice their conversation skills.

One such example of an organised programme is JET, which provides opportunities for English speakers in Japan. It is a renowned program that helps with everything from taxation to where you will live, so it’s perfect to dip a toe in the water.

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