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Working While Travelling

Working While TravellingPublished: 26 October 2017

Author: Zak Samuels

A common feeling after coming back from a holiday, or even towards the end of it, is: ‘why couldn’t this go on for longer?’ Unfortunately for most of us, the pressures of day to day life mean that travel is an occasional treat, however this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many ways that we can see the world while working.

Teaching English as a foreign language

This is a great job for those who want to move to a new town/city overseas. There are plenty of job opportunities around the world, both working for schools, or private tutoring. Accommodation is quite often included as part of a school contract, which is one of the many benefits. TEFL qualifications are fairly easy to obtain, and you can normally be qualified within a few months. However, do be on the lookout for fake TEFL qualifications, there are numerous companies offering courses that have no actual validity (this is coming from personal experience of buying a Groupon TEFL course). Make sure that it’s a valid international qualification before you sign up to it, and as an easy way of ruling out some the fakes: if there’s no classroom based assessment element, it’s probably not a valid teaching qualification. CELTA or Tefl.org are the more reputable options, do your research first as there is a lot of variety between different courses.

Au Pairing

Au pairing is a great opportunity if you’re looking to stay in one particular location. If you’re wanting to travel around, then this is probably not the option for you, as contracts are typically quite lengthy - from six months upwards. It seems like an obvious point, but you must enjoy working with children as well as performing some household tasks like cleaning and cooking. As long as you’re ok with all of this then au pairing is a great way to visit a country and be taken in by a local family. There are plenty of opportunities the world over, so start having a look through, you can find loads of information at the IAPA website.

Scuba-diving instructor

It’s expensive to get qualified for this, and will require a lot of dedication to get to this point. But a PADI instructor qualification will open up work at diving sites all around the world. Qualifications to become certified as an instructor can take up to a few months to complete, but at the end of it you are getting to work at some of the most beautiful locations around the world, and spend your days looking at all of the incredible marine life in those locations. Teaching the open water courses tend to be a very social experience as well, so if you like meeting new people constantly (and aren’t afraid of swimming) this could be a great option for you! You can find more information on courses for becoming dive certified at the PADI website

Help Exchange

Although not technically paid, volunteering can be a great way to base yourself in a location for a short period. You can help on locations such as farms in exchange for a room and a couple of meals. The work schedules are often flexible so that if desired you can work one day and take the next day off, giving you a chance to explore the local area. If you’re averse to manual labour don’t go for this option! Activities such as fruit picking are actually quite tiring by the end of the day so be prepared to put the work in! There are various websites such as Help Exchange that act as a hub for the hosts, so you can browse through and start looking for an opportunity that is right for you.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the opportunities available for working whilst travelling; these are just a few of the more easily accessible opportunities available. I hope that some of these are helpful if you’re considering becoming a full-time traveller!



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