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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 dollar in Daejeon or save one in Danang.

Read on for hundreds more ideas for getting paid to travel or save money as a volunteer lists over 240 live in care agencies in the UK. The Nursing Agencies List also provides a simple to search directory of all the nursing agencies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and provides information for working in Australia, New Zealand and Canada too.

UKSA is a charity that has helped to launch 5000 careers both through their advice and their watersports courses, but they also hire seasonal watersports instructors themselves. They sometimes have bursaries and funding options available to help young people onto their courses. More careers advice, along with a jobs page of vacancies posted by their members, can be found on the site of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

A couple of the hostels we stayed with in Kuala Lumpur told us they might have occasional work for backpackers.

Peel Talent hires performers, entertainment hosts, studio staff and backstage crews to deliver live entertainment programmes for Thomson Cruises. A past employee, a singer, describes a typical day at work consisting of “performing every night, sitting and talking with passengers, organising games and activities and make sure all the passengers on board were having a good holiday.” A YouTube video from behind the scenes of one of their shows can be viewed here. Auditions are held regularly in the UK. For more cruise ship entertainment jobs try the New York based Bramson agency, and Basa Productions, or go through this list of entertainment agencies.

Each season Sherpa Expeditions look for experienced guides to lead UK based walks in the Lake District, as well as tours in Europe. Guides should be experienced walkers, preferably having lead or walked the Coast to Coast, a 192 mile long distance footpath in northern England, and in the European Alps.  Applicants should also be proficient in using maps and a compass and have a current First Aid Certificate.

The amount of over qualified people we met trying to entice us into restaurants in Dahab suggests Egypt isn’t the place to go to find work but further up the Sinai coast Castle Zaman sometimes take on high quality English speaking European staff, with basic French and Arabic always a plus.

You don’t have to go down the find and apply for a job route to teach English. You could just set yourself up in a park and offer private lessons, as Wandering Earl did in Chiang Mai.

There are around 250 positions offered in the UK, France, Italy and Spain each year by Acorn Adventure. Along with activity staff they hire catering and bar staff and drivers.

English teachers, French teachers, and activity leaders are the three roles offered in the Swiss mountains by Altitude International Summer Camps. Two years’ summer camp or teaching experience is needed to apply.

Coral Cay Conservation’s expedition staff work on four to six month contracts for food, accommodation and work related expenses whilst on-site, but have to fund their own flights and insurance. A similar deal is offered by Raleigh International to volunteers aged over 25. While there are management roles for those that aren’t, medically trained volunteers are particularly sought to lead their expeditions.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust enables groups of disadvantaged young people to experience the challenge and adventure of life at sea on large sailing vessels. They take on volunteer hands for work off the coast of the UK and cross Channel voyages. Excellent sea legs and culinary skills can also be put to good use in a ship’s galley. Volunteer crew and skippers are also taken on with Adventures Offshore, Adventures Under Sail and The Rona Sailing Project. Volunteer crew that have been a paying guest on at least one of their trips are invited to join Challenge Wales.

Massage Me work in partnership with hotels and chalets to offer a wide variety of treatments in French ski resorts. Road and mountain bikers are their clients in the summer. They look for enthusiastic and professional massage and beauty therapists to join their team.

Portugal’s Mayer Luz Beach Apartments regularly use our boards to recruit an outgoing, hardworking and independent individual to work a busy poolside snack bar. Elsewhere in the country a knowledge of pub grub, full breakfasts and international food can open the door to a job with Marina Bar Lagos. The nearby Lighthouse might also have need of kitchen help.

The staff of Nicaragua’s Magnific Rock Popoyo are a mix of international surfers, travel enthusiasts and local Nicaraguans. Chefs, for instance, receive a local wage, tips and room and board. Spanish is a plus but should be aged 25 to 35, trade qualified with experience in training staff and coordinating a kitchen.

English speaking foreigners are in demand to staff the numerous camps dotted around Korea and share our language for a month or two. Camps also take place in the winter months. Johnny Ward spent three weeks in one such English camp and helpfully provides an FAQ on the experience over on his blog.

Radisson is among the brands of the Carlson Rezidor hotel group. Links to their global careers websites can be found here.

The Bushcraft Company is a leading provider of outdoor education in the UK to students aged 7 to 18, and recruits outdoor instructors, field cooks and estate managers each season. Between them Camp Beaumont, Supercamps, Kings Camps, Ultimate Survival, and JCA fill hundreds more jobs at their UK centres. Other companies with multiple centres include Kingswood, Girlguiding and Scout  Activity Centres, the last of which provide accommodation with weekly spending money to volunteers from the UK and around the world.

It has been ranked the happiest country in the world so why not work in Denmark? Only a handful of the many jobs listed here are for restaurants and bars, but most of these are in English.

If you love working with children, have an outgoing character, and are available from the end of June to mid August then Sunflower Sprachcamps offers free accommodation and a salary to English speaking instructors to teach English in an interactive and fun way. The camps take place in the Dusseldorf region of Germany, in youth clubs and youth hostels during the local summer holidays.

Tour leaders for Inside Vietnam Tours are the make or break element for their small group tours and are expected to be the best in the business: experts on Indochina, skilled at leading a group, and with excellent people skills to ensure group cohesion and the best possible experience for our clients. Japanese experts can try their sister company, Inside Japan Tours.

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Julie Perry spent three years as a megayacht stewardess, which took her to over 40 ports in 18 countries. Her confessions from her year afloat with the rich and famous are given in her book The Insiders' Guide to Becoming A Yacht Stewardess and accompanying website. Another great resource is the mixture of free and premium content in The Stewardess Bible.

Hotels in the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada make liberal use of animation teams to keep their guests entertained and amused. Reviews left by holidaymakers seem to rate TopTeam Entertainment. Russian holidaymakers are especially prevalent in Hurghada so Russian speakers will have an advantage here but TopTeam also hires Czechs, Poles, Swiss and other nationalities. Enjoy RSH also place animation teams on the Red Sea, and on Nile cruises. Try also Five Stars Animation, and Club Magic Life.

One outdoor organisation worth highlighting is Wilderness Inquiry, a non profit intended to introduce urban youth, families, and people with disabilities to the outdoors. They have seasonal vacancies for both paid and volunteer trail guides with a ‘we thinking’ and ‘whatever it takes’ attitude.

Though is not a recruitment site it can be a useful tool for finding local tourism companies that may need staff in Greece. Dig even deeper and you might even discover their hard-to-find-from-the-menu jobs in Greece page.

Inspiring Learning runs a water sports and activity centre on the stunning white sandy beaches of L’Escala, Spain. They recruit tour reps, dinghy and windsurfing instructors.

Hook up your caravan or motor home for the role of site assistant on one of Camping in the Forest‘s 16 campsites. Duties include greeting customers as they arrive and checking them in, daily site checks, cleaning the toilet and shower blocks, using the reservations system and assisting in maintaining the site. Contracts are available from May until the end of August or September. Remuneration is given in pay and a pitch. The Camping and Caravanning Club advertises site assistant vacancies too but if you have been on one of their club tours then you might be the person they are looking for to lead a range of European and worldwide escorted tours. This role is ideally suited to retired couples or couples who enjoy flexible seasonal contracts.

Red Chilli Hideaway, a budget hotel and campsite in Uganda, are occasionally in need of management couples in Kampala and for their new lodge in Murchison Falls National Park. Management experience, excellent inter-personal skills, sound knowledge of book-keeping, computer literacy and experience of basic buildings maintenance are among the skills required.

The square spires of the Lutheran churches sprinkled throughout the landscape of the Barossa Valley are a testament to this Australian region’s strong German heritage. These German settlers bought their wine making skills with them to Australia when they fled from persecution in their homeland in the 1840s. Jacobs Creek, Yalumba and Wolf Blass are among the most famous names produced here. Harvest time is from late February to late April. Barossa Backpackers aids its occupants in finding work in the region.

Diverbo doesn’t use volunteers for their summer programme for teens, instead entrusting groups of eight to ten teenagers to be paid counsellors who expose the children to English through games, sports, theatre and other activities.

Zumba dance instructor, cookery teacher, rugby coach and magic school workshop instructor are just some of the roles available in Rolle and Gstaad with Summer Camps Le Rosey.

Ayia Napa’s WaterWorld employs qualified lifeguards to work on a rotation system to cover all the attractions in their waterpark. For this responsible position successful applicants should be team players aged over 18, hold a current National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or equivalent, and be able to speak English.  An application form is available on their website.

A popular destination for surfers, Morocco may offer surf jobs with Surf Camp Taghazout, Dfrost Almugar Surf House and Surf Berbere. Chris Stevens is one traveller who has worked for Surf Berbere. For a bit of inspiration on becoming a surf instructor you can read an interview with him. Chris has started a gap year booking service through which a number of instructor courses can be found via Ticket to Ride, for whom he also used to work.

NYQUEST do the hiring for over 50 summer camps in Canada via the Camp Canada programme. Total salaries of C$1400 for camp counsellors, C$1700 for support staff over the course of eight to ten weeks more than claw back the $650 placement fee. Over 21s get paid a bit more and returnees for a second season to the same camp have their fees waived.

The UK is dotted with activity centres hosting children and school groups of various ages. The websites of dozens of residential camp providers plus day camps and family activity holidays can be found via the British Activity Providers Association. Other camps in the UK with up to date recruitment pages include Robinwood, Ultimate Activity Camps, Go Ape, Walesby Forest, Stubbers Adventure Centre, Newland Adventure Centre, Llangorse Multi Activity Centre.

Animators encourage holidaymakers staying in hotels to have an active and enjoyable time during their vacations by putting on entertainment and sports programmes suitable to children, teenagers or adults. The activities lead by an animator vary according to the age groups they are aimed at but can be as diverse as calling out bingo numbers to putting on a cabaret show.  Agency Remarc’s multilingual animators come from various EU countries and are selected for their outgoing enthusiastic personality, experience, talent, skills and motivation. After successfully completing a training course they are placed in one of 70 Partner Hotels in Greece and Cyprus. Try also Acttiv Leisure, TMC, Cornucopia Club, Ralph’s World, and the Openwide Group. Spain, Egypt, Cyprus and Dubai are other popular destinations for animation jobs. Dutch company Wintour places animators in campsites and hotels in Italy.

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