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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 buck in Berlin or save one in Bangkok.

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

British Columbia’s Camp Summit hires mountain bike instructors, outdoor education instructors, childcare staff and a winter site manager. More information on recruitment, including the application timeline, typical days at camp and a full list of positions can be found in a comprehensive PDF document.

The Local is firmly in your corner when hunting for work in France with a job search and articles such as The jobs in France where you don't need French, Top Ten: Dream jobs in France for expats, and Working in Paris: Making a career out of odd jobs.

Live-in positions are available from April to September to happy souls who enjoy travelling and camping. Simply Strawberries travel across the UK shows and sporting events, selling strawberries and cream from carts and trays. Basic English language essential, drivers are preferred.

The activities provided to children at Manor Adventure‘s UK and French centres are land based. Staff are on 11 month contracts and have the opportunity to gain up to five National Governing Body qualifications including British Canoe Union UKCC level 1 Kayaking & Canoeing, National Small-bore Rifle Association, Grand National Archery Association Leader Award, British Fencing Association Teaching Award, Mountain Leader Training and SPAT, Fire Marshall Award and First Aid Certificate. Their multi activity instructors live on site, are fed three hot meals per day and earn £12,100 per annum (aged 18-20), or £15,200 per annum if you are aged 21.

A couple of hundred vacancies, information about working, living or studying in Finland, and career advice can be found on the English language site, Work in Finland. This site also has information on studying and working in Finland.

Get involved in some of the projects hosted by Spanish Naturally and you can stay in Spain for free.

There are good reasons to apply to summer camp via an agency, in particular the job fairs where it is quite easy to show up and be placed with a camp straight away with a minimum of fuss. Even I got a job offer this way. CCUSA, Camp America, BUNAC, Inter-Exchange, Camp Leaders, Americamp, USA Summer Camp, Camp Staff USA, 3adventures, and IENA will each take British applicants through every step of the way from initial application to in country orientation. Nationals of other countries may also be sponsored by some of these organisations. Try replacing .co.uk with .com for some of them, otherwise use a search engine in your local language to find an organisation appropriate for you. A comparison of the costs and benefits of being placed with some these organisations can be found here.

King, princess, torturer and rat catcher are some of the characters that bring Warwick Castle to life. Keep an eye on their vacancies section to see when they are next holding auditions and accepting applications for actors and performers. Warehouse, kitchen and ground staff are some of the more conventional positions that can be found here too.

Of all the watersports qualifications becoming a scuba diving instructor is the most likely to be a decision first made on the road. Almost literally dipping your toe in the water in some of the world’s great dive spots and backpacker destinations, such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Central America or Thailand, can ultimately lead to a change of career.

Riverland’s 1,300 vineyards and farms are both a major contributor of the grapes used to produce exported ‘critter wine’ - the term given to labels inspired by Australia’s indigenous animals – and harvest employment for backpackers.

Accommodation gets scarce during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. One way to keep the costs down is to ensure a volunteer job with Paradise Green, a non profit founded in 1997 run venues at the Fringe. Meals and tickets are provided long with accommodation in one of their flats.

While a gap year can be all about living in the moment it can also be a chance to venture into the past. Past Horizons lists numerous archaeological digs around the world where volunteers are welcomed.

The Little Mermaid at Sea shares her life as a nanny on superyachts.

An organisation we first heard of when they posted an advert to JAB is Vietnam’s American Paradise Camp. They pay their counsellors US$180 a week plus room and board and return transportation from Ho Chi Minh City.  Energetic individuals make up the counselling, administrative and support staff at Camp Taiwan. Applicants for the position of camp counsellor should, among other things, be native English speakers, enrolled or graduated from university, and experienced in teaching or assisting in one of their camp activities. These include archery, outdoor living skills; crafts, music, surfing and kayaking.

Teachers looking for a free trip can get one - with training in advance in Paris, Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Barcelona or Beijing - courtesy of EF Educational Tours by enrolling six students.

The Disaway Trust is a registered charity that since 1982 have organised group holidays with physically disabled people. Volunteer helpers are needed to assist the disabled holidaymakers. Disaway make an effort to match helpers and holidaymakers with similar interests, and inexperienced helpers will where possible be assigned to a holidaymaker needing minimal care. A part contribution to your holiday is required.

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A family run luxury holiday company, Simply Morzine recruit chefs, hosts and guides for winter and summer season employment with the promise you will be treated as an individual not a number. More chalet staff can earn their living with AliKats Mountain Holidays, Riders Refuge and Mountain Spaces. Restaurant Le Clin d’Oeil might also have a few vacancies for chefs. Jack and Jill Holidays look for look for mature candidates with a bit of life experience. More ski accommodation and a list of the tour operators in the resort are given here. Morznet can also be used to research the resort, or just go direct to these jobs or this Facebook page.

Frontier, who state they are always looking for great staff to work in its offices in London and California as well as on their projects around the world, post their current vacancies on their site.

A riverside activity site on the banks of the dramatic Ardèche river in the forests of the sun drenched South of France could be your home for a week in July. Apply online to Village Camps if you are interested. Village Camps also organise international summer camp programmes in England, Austria, Switzerland, Cyprus, China, USA and Canada.

The English-Speaking Union runs a parliamentary exchange programme between Westminster and Paris, offering UK university undergraduates the opportunity to intern in the Assemblée Nationale.

Talon Windwalker is a traveller that caught the scuba diving bug. Leaving the US with his son Tigger and $900 he had hoped to pick up some work teaching English but instead he took his diving qualifications in Utila, Honduras, where he earned a living for eight months. Speaking to Around the World in 80 Jobs he passes on his advice for becoming a scuba diving instructor on the island, reputed to be one of the best and cheapest places to get qualified.

Greycoat Lumleys have been providing catering staff of the highest calibre since 1972, and staff are rigorously interviewed prior to appointment. The agency also recruits household or estate staff, nannies, ski chalet staff and yacht crew for the UK and internationally. Blues, Book a Cook and Lovat Cooking Agency are also always interested to hear from talented individuals who feel they can lend their expertise.

Chalet accommodation is sparser in the upmarket Austrian ski resort of Kitzbuhel, Austria. Guests are more likely to stay in hotels such as the Grand Tirolia. Ski Austria lists more hotels in the resort and, while you are there, read this article on the realities of looking for work in an Austrian ski resort. A few situations vacant are listed here too.

The Chalets Direct Job forum is mostly jobs wanted ads but a few jobs offered can be found too, mostly posted by smaller businesses. We found the idyllic looking Chalet La Giettaz hunting for a couple of people with good kitchen experience and able to drive to help run their French chalet in the summer. I would expect they need help in the winter too.

Suncare Central provide a suncare advisors to British tour operators, hotels and resorts in Spain, Cyprus, Portugal, Mexico and Mexico. Advisors teach holidaymakers the best methods to avoid sunburn and other sun related conditions, while promoting their natural skin care, sun protection, and tanning products. More information is available from Suncare’s recruitment website.

A few years ago the Daily Telegraph ran a few articles on doing a season in Val d’Isere, officially the number one ski resort for British skiers, and home to the biggest presence of British tour operators in the world. These include Scott Dunn, Ski Weekend, Flexiski, SkiWorld, Ski Total, Inghams, Le Ski, and Ski Olympic. Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, who operate five traditionally designed luxury ski in / ski out chalets, put together an impressive recruitment brochure to entice the 35 staff they need each year. Other nationalities visit the resort too. Danish company Nortlander, for instance, hires guides, bar staff and chefs. Valdinet also has more advice on finding work in the resort, along with a jobs page, while Vie Val d'Is is an association for season workers living in Val d’Isère.

Ohio’s Cedar Point bills itself as the roller coaster capital of the world. International employees are welcomed each season as long as they are participating through a work and travel programme. The job board of the IAAPA, a group dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the amusement industry, lists more theme park jobs in the USA, and a few elsewhere, but most vacancies seemed to be management positions rather than seasonal jobs when we looked.

Some ways to find a job for yourself at an American summer camp include approaching Camp Staff Connection, a staffing agency, or going through the vacancies listed on the job boards at Camp Channel, MySummerCamps and OutdoorEd. State by state listings are provided on CampPage. You might find a few dud links after clicking on the listings on the jobs page of the Western Association of Independent Camps but strip the page url down to the front page and you should be fine. More reliable is the 100 year old, 9000 strong American Camp Association.

Leiths School of Food and Wine has a job agency section where vacancies listed on their board are available in the UK or abroad. The jobs on Leiths List when we took a peek included an assistant chef for a shooting lodge on the Somerset borders, a chef needed for a villa in Corfu, catering to the guests on a yacht cruising around Italy, Croatia and France, and a holiday cook wanted for three weeks in 3 weeks, Aix en Provence.

The hotels and restaurants using Hogastjob.com, a tourism job portal for the German and Austrian Alps, require employees to have an adequate level of German. Nevertheless the site says they will help English speakers whose German skills are not good enough to register themselves and apply online. Austria Trend and Vienna International are two hotel and resort groups in Austria with English language careers pages.

Imagine spending your day playing games and your evenings hosting a parade of pirates ready to take over any ship. That’s the job description for youth staff working with children on Royal Caribbean ships, where potential candidates should have a background of one year physical fitness or recreational sports instruction with resorts, sports facilities or related recreational facilities. These and positions looking after children on other cruise ships are among those advertised on All Cruise Jobs. Kings Recruit also hire youth and teen staff for cruises.

SEA Semester is an off-campus environmental studies programme focused on the ocean. The classroom is their two ships, both crewed by volunteer deckhands, that undertake transatlantic crossings or voyage around the Pacific and Mediterranean. Room and board are provided, and incidental expenses will be reimbursed up to $5 per day when in port.

This idea is a little bit niche: guest clergy are sought by Bramson Entertainment Bureau for cruise ship gigs. Jewish clergy are placed for High Holidays, Passover and Hanukkah, while ordained Protestants are in demand over Christmas, Easter and selected cruises of ten days or longer throughout the rest of the year. Seabourn also invites priests and rabbis to get in touch for sailings during religious holidays.

One option for full time university students (or those within six months of graduation) is to apply via a Work America type programme through organisations such as BUNAC for the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Visa. This allows seasonal work to be taken anywhere in the USA during the summer holidays. Non students may qualify under the H-2B program which allows US employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non agricultural jobs.

The Camp counsellors employed at Nacel’s American Village Camps are mostly North Americans tasked with recreating an ‘American camp’ environment and making it fun to speak in American English from the moment the campers arrive. No French, childcare or teaching experience is required.

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