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So you want to work abroad but don’t know what to do, eh? Well it’s a big world so we have put together a big article to match the sheer number of diverse things you could find yourself doing to make a greenback in Grenoble or save one in Grenada.

Read on for hundreds more ideas for getting paid to travel or save money as a volunteer

Do you want to spend your summer in exotic locations, sailing and meeting new friends? Are you people oriented, outgoing, helpful and love cooking? Join and pass The Yacht Week’s skipper and hostess academy and there may be work when clients hire their yachts for destinations including the British Virgin Islands, Turkey and Thailand. Unpaid internships in Croatia for event staff are also sometimes offered.

Baby boomer prosperity and a continent sized nation uncluttered with twisty country lanes and narrowed ancient town streets combine to make the United States an ideal place for Recreational Vehicles and the lifestyle that comes with them. Most RVers are retired, supplementing their incomes by working at campgrounds, either for pay or a pitch. The phenomenon is known as workamping. It’s often spelt that way thanks to the Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) Work Kamper program, aimed at attracting seasonal workers to fill positions at nearly 500 KOA locations, including food services, housekeeping, groundswork, and retail sales. Other helpful sites include Workers on Wheels, Workamper News, Snowbird RV Trails,, and RRM.

If you know the right end of a cow and are not afraid to get a little dirty, can commit to at least three months and have a working holiday visa for New Zealand, FRENZ Recruitment provide accommodation and a wage to dairy farm assistants joining their team. They also hire construction workers.

For free travel HF Holidays provide accommodation and expenses to their volunteer walk leaders in the UK and around the world.

Live and work in Yellowstone National Park, 2.2 million acres of designated wilderness area. Xanterra Parks & Resorts owns Yellowstone National Park Lodges where seasonal jobs include campground staff, cooks, housekeeping and retail. International students are employed on J-1 and F-1 visas.

Keen motorcyclists are often welcomed to join team Hochalmspitze, a 22 room gasthof and restaurant in the southern Austria. They have used our boards before to recruit a chef to cater to their international customer base and we have seen mention on their site about needing a replacement for their British waitress. Staff are rewarded with a chance to learn or improve your German, paid flight there, board and lodging, monthly pocket money and a share of the tips.

It’s been a while since we were in Kavos, the lairy resort at the bottom tip of Corfu. We spotted loads of jobs vacant signs outside bars and clubs while we were there and despite the economic downturn confident and approachable Brits with strong livers will still find plenty of work PRing if they are on the spot at the right time. The busy Rolling Stone is a definite place to approach. This site has some advice on working in Kavos, while Kavos Nightlife has a small jobs page worth browsing though.

Dollywood is the most visited attraction in Tennessee after the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Along with jobs in the theme park, they audition singers, actors, dancers, specialty performers, small bluegrass bands and Southern Gospel groups to be a part of Dollywood’s award-winning shows. The newly opened DreamMore Resort is next door.

Singapore’s Camp Challenge welcome you to join them in a flexible work arrangement allowing you to experience the city-state and travel around Asia while maintaining a stable source of income. They pay SGD$500 for working ten days in a month, with basic accommodation provided. Applicants should be undergraduates or fresh graduates with a degree in any discipline, able to commit for six months, at least 19 years old and eligible for Singapore’s Working Holiday Pass.

When Daniel Beaumont travelled 7,500 miles for free by hooking up with women through Tinder, he became a great example of thinking outside the box to utilise a wifi signal and an online service to pay his way from A to B.

Steiner has operated spas on board luxury cruise ships for over 50 years, each year hiring over 2000 massage and beauty therapists, fitness instructors, physicians, acupuncturists, hairdressers, nail technicians and receptionists. Interviews are held in the UK every fortnight with less frequent interview dates in other countries. The Queen Mary 2, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Celebrity Cruises all have Canyon Ranch spas on their ships.

600 kilometres of piste make the Three Valleys the largest ski area in the world, and a happy hunting ground for ski job seekers. Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens are the biggest resorts in the area but La Tania and St Martin de Belleville might also be worth a look-see. Consensio needs employees to staff their luxury chalets in both Courchevel, Meribel, and two other resorts elsewhere in the French Alps, while Meriski focuses its efforts on the one resort. Fill in the online application to be considered for a job with them. This accommodation directory with contact details and locations in Val Thorens might divvy up a few leads there. Courchnet has both advice on working and a jobs page for those hoping to join the 4000 season workers that make Courchevel their home each year. Powder White, Alpine Escape, Ski Magic and Supertravel are some of the employers that might be paying your wages there next season.

Along with gap year program leaders, Rustic Pathways hire program leaders for their student tours, and airport coordinators. Experience as a teacher or camp counsellor will aid your application for any of these roles. Outlook Expeditions and Where There Be Dragons are two more companies to investigate.

The Comenius Assistants Programme is an EU trainee teacher placement to help participants improve their language skills and gain an insight into another European education system. Placements can be made in all the countries of the EU and their dependent territories around the world and in a handful of other countries with strong EU links such as Switzerland and Norway and EU candidates Turkey and Croatia. Find more information from the British Council.

Can you drive? And edit videos? If yes, Voyager Adventure offers this unusual role incorporating driving a nine seat minibus and boat trailer with editing customer videos. More conventional outdoor activity centre type jobs can be had with their centres in both France and Spain.

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The Canadian Camping Association (CCA) is a non-profit, national federation of nine provincial camping associations, seven of which have a page of summer camp job postings: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick. We couldn’t find any jobs for Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island but a list of camps can be found here. A few job listings for camps in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia can also be found on this page.

If you are particularly comfortable on a bicycle saddle, try applying to Trek Travel or French Cycling Holidays.

Just as Hollywood and American television welcomes an influx of British talent, American summer camps are staffed partly thanks to a substantial congregation of foreign workers, facilitated by the J-1 Cultural Exchange Visa.

Funded by the US Congress and German Bundestag, The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The scholarship includes a round trip transatlantic flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, insurance and programme related travel costs while in Germany.

Join the 50 great people and two jerks who keep Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago comedy club running. On stage and behind the scenes roles, such as wait staff and runners, are offered to English speakers. A little Dutch is helpful for the job of distributing promotion material throughout the city.

A while ago Brandon Fralic emailed from his cave room in Cappadocia to say he had scored a volunteer position we had mentioned on our other site, the Jobs Abroad Bulletin. We told him how the hotel cat gets into his room and, in exchange, he tells us more about his job.

Geared mostly towards Americans – whether they are globetrekkers or expats – in the US or abroad, Modern Day Nomads provides seasonal and contract work-to-travel listings, arts residencies and study programmes. If you are looking for writing and other creative arts positions you will find yourself particularly well catered for.

The renowned Dick’s Tea Bar will be familiar to anyone that has worked a season in Val d'Isere. The club and bar has been popular with the resort’s season workers since it opened in 1979 and hires staff from around the world to serve their international clientele. Interviews are usually held in London each September, however for candidates based outside the UK, interviews will be conducted over Skype. Successful candidates will be required in Val d'Isere from December.

Camp Suisse recruit a talented photographer, able to build great rapport with children and adults alike, to create a comprehensive library of great imagery for their next Camp Suisse brochure.

Getting paid for laying around in your dressing gown munching pizza after being pumped full of drugs sounds a little too good to be true but this is what His Dudeness Ralf Kreuze does to finance his travels. This post on participating in medical trials in The Working Traveller is a few years old now but some valid leads might still be found there.

Bilingual German and English speaking hairdressers can find work on Europe’s waterways with Lueftner Cruises. The job also involves staffing the onboard shop. Waiters, chefs, managers and cruise directors may find work here too. Bar tenders, bar and restaurant stewards, and chefs should also investigate G & P.

Despite the name International Summer Camp Montana is in Switzerland. They give you money if you do their laundry.

Residential volunteers from abroad play an important part in the Camphill Communities of Ireland, part of an international charitable trust working with people with intellectual disabilities and other kinds of special needs. Pioneered by war refugees in Scotland almost 70 years ago, Camphill today numbers over 100 communities in 20 countries. In the Republic of Ireland, 18 communities of varying sizes and settings are home to around 500 people.

Alpadia Language Schools hires a train travel chaperone to accompany their students to and from Zurich Airport.

Adventurous, fun loving, outgoing people who can cope with the challenges of working and living within a close knit environment should apply for work within the Carnival Corporation Casino Division, which oversees ten cruise brands. Dealers, aged over 21, with a minimum of one years’ experience in a licensed casino, in Blackjack and Roulette are sought, along with experience cashiers. Mandarin and English speakers are most in demand.

Canvas Holidays offer the role of campsite courier in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. They require a minimum of one year in a customer service role, preferably with previous tour operator or camping experience. They employ both individuals and couples for the position. Venue Holidays, Matthews Holidays and Questen France offer similar positions. A tell it how it is free PDF book dedicated to campsite couriers working in Europe can be had from

Caravan Jobfinder lists vacancies for campsite assistants, wardens, bar staff, cleaners and other positions found on caravan parks and campsites in the UK. Scroll through the jobs page on too. Both sites also have a smattering of jobs in Europe; mostly France. Alan Rogers does not list jobs but campsites in Europe can be found via their pages to approach on spec. 

Canada’s working holiday visa programme is called International Experience Canada and is available to citizens of countries with bilateral youth mobility agreements with Canada. Click the link above to see if like Mexico, Ukraine and Hong Kong your country qualifies.

Soul and Surf tries to hire locally in India but will employ both experienced qualified surf instructors and assistants from anywhere in the world with a can-do positive attitude. Some paid catering positions might be going too, plus they also offer a bed and food to travellers already in India to volunteer in their café from March to May. Spanish speaking volunteer surf instructors are taken on by Los Cardones Surf lodge in Nicaragua.

Ski Armadillo is an independent company, privately owned since 2001 that, to deliver the bespoke product they offer in Verbier, look for enthusiastic, motivated individuals with a passion for customer service. Hard working chefs, hosts and drivers should also consider working for CK Verbier. The Nevai Hotel might also have a few jobs needing filled and Pub Mont Fort invites you to download an application form for the next season. Inghams is one large tour operator that might send you to Verbier to be their resort representative. More vacancies in the resort can be found listed on Verbinet. Elsewhere in the region Hidden Dragon are a luxury mountain hideaway that recruits hospitality professionals, or make enquiries to Mira Chalet Services, who are known to hire a gardener and resort assistant.

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