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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 quid in Quebec or save one in Quito.

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

Each year ISV hire numerous project and tour leaders for their volunteer teams on conservation or community development projects between May and September, and November and February. Recruitment for the May intake begins in late November.

Bovey Castle, in the UK’s Dartmoor National Park, invites applications for catering staff and seasonal positions.

You can take your previous restaurant experience to Dubai by joining Dish, a boutique catering and event management company. They hire wait staff, catering stewards, chefs and professional bartenders.

Chalet jobs in Les Gets, a family friendly French village a few minutes away from the livelier Morzine, can be found with Rush Adventures, VIP Chalets, Reach 4 the Alps, Host Savoie and Mountain & Tradition. Hotel Christiania advertises its vacancies via JustJobs247.

Port Stanley’s Malvina House Hotel welcomes dedicated, enthusiastic people who are committed to offering the best levels of service to their guests to join their team. A work permit is required for any foreign national, working in the Falklands, including UK citizens. Elsewhere on East Falkland, Darwin House is occasionally in need of a management couple.

Language counsellors are taken on by LEOlingo during the German summer holidays to help German children learn a language, gaining confidence through games and activities.. Applicants should be native English, French or Spanish speakers.

Each year with the invaluable help of some 200 enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers The Pleasance stages one of the largest operations during the Edinburgh Fringe with two sites, 22 venues and over 200 shows taking place on any given day. Other Fringe jobs, including with the BBC, can be found on the official festival website.

The Tall Ships Youth Trust might have a few paid vacancies but most positions on tall ships are for volunteers. No experience is required to join the volunteer crew of the Kalmar Nyckel, the recreation of a vessel from 1625. Try also Morvargh Sailing Project, Appledore Tall Ships and Tall Ship Windy of Chicago. Classic Sailing has some advice on how to work in tall ships and might have some job vacancies too. On land, painters, carpenters, electricians and engineers are sought by the Jubilee Sailing Trust to help keep their vessels ship shape in ports in the UK or abroad.

French speakers can use the French national employment service, or this site to find hotel jobs in France.

Crocodile Dundee must have been self-taught as, surprisingly, for a country with a lot of wilderness, Australia doesn’t have much of a summer camp tradition. This is partly due to the summer school holidays falling over the Christmas period. Outdoor jobs in Australia and New Zealand are listed on AdventurePro.

Keeping it cool are Alaska Travel Adventures, Anacortes Kayak Tours and Southeast Sea Kayaks, who all hire sea kayaking instructors. Other Alaskan employers of people with paddles and associated staff include Miller’s Landing, Alaskan Mountain Guides, Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures, Pangaea Adventures, Sea Kayak Alaska, Adventure Sixty North, Sea Quest Expeditions and Mica Guides.

Working under the Caribbean Sea, in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, are the instructors of Dressel Divers. They also have a dive centre in Spain. Along with the usual divemaster positions they advertise dive related jobs for outgoing people with previous hotel employment experience. English and a second language is a must and they value the following languages: German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Italian.

Don’t forget rivers and canals when looking for a job on water. The majority of crew working for European Waterways join as seasonal staff, with many returning year after year and some eventually going on to own their own hotel barges. Positions include tour guide, chef and host/ess. Le Boat is TUI’s canal cruising brand offering boating vacations across European destinations.  Viking Cruises trains and employs nearly 4000 English speaking crew worldwide. Most jobs are in the galley or housekeeping staff. CroisiEurope accepts CVs here. River based jobs may also be found through FleetPro or the RiverStar agency.

The Chautauqua Institution is a not for profit educational centre situated on the west side of the 20 mile long Lake Chautauqua in upper New York State. Teachers can apply to The annual Chautauqua Bell Tower Scholarship for funds to cover board, tuition, and lecture sessions for two to six weeks in the summer, along with a grant of £850 to go towards travel and in-country expenses.

Babylangues offers positions for native Anglophone speakers to join their team as language instructors, experiencing French life, language and culture first hand whilst earning a competitive wage. There is no minimum level of French required but applicants should have babysitting experience and be staying in France for a minimum of one semester. Native speakers from outside the EU will need a work permit.

RYA cruising instructors and skippers are taken on by Sail Ionian. For those that can’t sail but would still like to head out to Greece the company also hires a holiday sales advisor with good computer skills.

Harding Retail recruit and train professional personnel to operate the retail shops on board  57 luxury cruise ships throughout the world. Ship board retail sales staff and management are also hired by the Miami based Starboard Cruise Services. Dynamic individuals with strong sales experience and outstanding public speaking can find work as shopping presenters through PPI Group.

Finding a non teaching job in Japan isn’t easy, but this writer found bar work in Yokohama’s sex district.

Despite being a bit of scruffy layabout I got a score of 27 on the Carnival Career Self-Assessment test at, suggesting I can at least fake having a passion for service and the energy to bring fun to life every day. In reality a top class resume is needed to prise open the door to a shipboard job. Carnival’s UK recruitment site also represents their P&O Cruises and Cunard brands. Other brands in the group include Princess, Costa, and Seabourn, the last of which are reported to employ a high ratio of staff to guests.

Everything needed to know about getting started in boating can be found within the pages of the RYA, the UK’s national governing body for all forms of boating including windsurfing and power boating. Along with information on becoming a coach or instructor the site has a jobs page with a selection of current vacancies in the UK and abroad. Canadians can find similar information and jobs listings on the website of Sail Canada, their own national authority on the subject.

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Green Rides Ski & Snowboard Holidays have used JAB to find chalet couples to host their catered chalets in La Rosiere in the French Alps, and another couple to do airport and in-resort transfers, ski fitting and ski hosting and general liaison with clients. They also have chalets in Val d’Isere and should they not be looking for season workers at this particular moment their list of bars and restaurants in the area might be useful. Wannabe seasonaires can improve your chances of finding work by enrolling in their cookery school.

Most tutors working at the English Camp Company are university students from English speaking countries. They should be over 18, outgoing, organised, energetic and responsible and preferably able to stay the whole summer in Italy. Alice in Città is another option.

WorldTeach, who have summer and year long programs in several countries including American Samoa, Colombia and South Arica, employ Summer Program Coordinators in China, Ecuador and Poland. For instance, the Ecuador Summer Program Coordinator is a full time, short term seasonal position responsible for the day to day management of the WorldTeach’s summer program in Ecuador. The SPC receives a round trip flight from the US and $750 per month with accommodation provided through the hosting schools, likely in a dorm room or guest house. The applicant should speak Spanish, have teaching experience, preferably EFL/ESL, and be familiar with living in South America and with international teaching or volunteer programs, such as the Peace Corps.

The Spanish Work Exchange Programme offers hotel internships on the Canary Islands. They hotels pay pocket money and provide accommodation and meals. Contact S-W-E-P for more information. The placement fee at the time of writing is €390.

Young professionals eager to develop within the tourism industry are welcome to apply for any opening in the Lima office of Latin America For Less, a US incorporated inbound travel agency for travellers from the English speaking world.

French speakers may be able to find work in colonies de vacances, part of the state education system inspired by America’s summer camps. Visit for a list of available jobs. I’ve linked to the French pages of these sites because if you need to translate the page like I did you probably aren’t going to get the gig anyway.

Funding is available for young people interested in experiencing sailing in a Tall Ships Race. Sail Training International has created a bursary scheme in partnership with the Sultanate of Oman to provide opportunities to trainees who need additional support. Around 100 people are given an award up to €500 each year.

Viking Recruitment handles the staffing needs for the cruise ship and superyacht sector, including for Seabourn.

EEC-Anglo offer the chance to talk your way into a seven day holiday on the Turkish Riviera. Full board accommodation in a three star hotel in Fethiye is provided in exchange for exposing their Turkish students to the English language. More information at

BSAC, SSI and NAUI all provide scuba diving qualifications but PADI is by far the most popular dive training organisation. Once qualified, PADI’s dive shop locator can be used to find potential employers. Open jobs, arranged by country, are posted to, and a few current vacancies are occasionally added to Divers Jobs.

Two of the biggest websites for finding tourism work are TUI Travel and Holidaybreak, who between them funnel the recruitment for several holiday brands including Thomson, First Choice, JCA, Sunsail, PGL and Eurocamp. Two more big tour operators are the Monarch Group and Club Med.

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