Short-Term Work Abroad

Going Abroad Again

There are a variety of ways to go abroad again after you have graduated. Even on a tight budget, work, volunteer and independent study opportunities are readily available. The information below is intended to provide an overview of some of the options.

Before researching any opportunity, you should consider the following:

  • What you hope to gain from the experience?
  • Where do you prefer to go?
  • Would you like to utilize any language skills? Are you proficient enough to work in that language?
  • How long would you like to stay abroad?
  • How important is it to be paid? Can you support yourself financially?
  • How will the experience relate to longer-term academic or career goals?

Short-Term Work Abroad

Short-term work abroad (less than one year; typically a summer) usually involves working in an unskilled job, where you can earn enough to cover your food, lodging and day-to-day living expenses. This type of job probably will not pay enough to cover air transportation, but it may help provide some extra money for travel after you leave your job. Short-term work experiences include positions such as "au pairs" (a person who does domestic work for a family possibly taking care of children in exchange for room and board and a chance to learn the family's language), farm workers, typists, waitpersons, and youth camp leaders. If you are a full-time student or a recent graduate, the work abroad programs through the British Universities North American Club (BUNAC) or the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) are some of the easiest ways for you to secure legal employment overseas.

Through BUNAC and CIEE, you can cut through some red tape and obtain documentation that allows you to work from three months to one year in another country. No special skills are required, but you must speak the language of the country (only applicable to French Canada). BUNAC and CIEE do not find employment or housing for you, but rather offer in-country support and resources to help you with your search. If you're resourceful and willing to be flexible in the type of job that you do, you should be able to find a position within a week or two.

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