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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 some cash in Caracas or save some in Cambridge.

Read on for hundreds more ideas to get paid to travel and save money on your gap year or career break

A Pro-Ex football tour is all about getting a taste of the life of a professional footballer. They provide groups with access to the training facilities and professional coaching staff at some of the best football clubs in the world. Check in on their jobs page to see if they need a group leader.

The Monte Verde Butterfly Garden, an environmental education centre in Costa Rica, seeks enthusiastic volunteer guides to lead one and a half hour tours around the centre. Volunteer guides are expected to give up to four tours per day, help at reception, and perform general maintenance duties. The minimum stay at the butterfly garden is two months with one day off each week. Your working week will be rewarded with three squares and a bed.

Applications to Seafarer to work as flotilla skippers, watersports instructors and hostesses should be submitted in January. They run beach clubs on Kos and Lefkas and sailing holidays in Greece, Turkey and Croatia. Try also Island Sailing. In 2015 this British run family owned company were also offering up to 100% funding to gain a cruising instructor qualification followed by a position with them. Fingers crossed they do this again for other seasons.

Major League Soccer side, the New York Red Bulls recruits coaches to join their community based training programmes at a grassroots level. Employment is available from March to November for qualified candidates with at least two years youth soccer coaching experience.

Turner Barr says getting gainful employment when you don’t hold an EU passport can be difficult, though not impossible. He presents 9 tips for getting a job in Spain to his fellow Americans.

Hanging around a marina looking for a berth on a yacht is still a thing but the internet has long helped to match crewless boats with boatless crew. Crewbay provides a free service connecting professional and amateur crew with boats worldwide. Floatplan is a free to join forum for asking advice and finding boats. Sailors in America may find Latitude 38’s crew lists useful.

Surf Camp usually has year round, surf instructor jobs, along with seasonal summer camp positions. They also recruit trip leaders for Barbados, California, Costa Rica, or Hawai.

The CREES Foundation has for the past decade been training volunteers in conservation research and sustainable community initiatives in the Peruvian Amazon. Their volunteer programme - for which from time to time they hire an instructor (degree educated, with a minimum of two years in the field of education and at least four months experience living and working in tropical rainforest environment) - actively trains and educates up to 16 volunteers each month to become knowledgeable, engaged and positive agents for change. The 12 month contract pays $10k per annum with basic food and accommodation provided in Cusco (10% of time) and the Manu Learning Centre in the Peruvian Amazon (90% of time).

Childcarers can live in Australia for up to 12 months under a Working Holiday visa through AuPairCare’s au pair programme in Australia. Programme fees are payable only after you and one of their registered host families decide to match with each other.

Swiss shipping company Scylla AG mostly employs Dutch nationals but other Europeans are welcome to apply too. Their ships travel on European rivers and canals from the end of March to the end of October. In the winter they are used as hotel ships during trade fairs as well as for Christmas cruises. Depending on their function crew members live in large single to three bed cabins, have a comfortable crew room and get all their food on board. Try also Uniworld, who employ 500 staff aboard their ten ship fleet.

Cold Fusion Chalets is largest operator of singles ski and solo snowboard holidays in the French Alps, promising a family and child free environment in all of their ski chalets in Chamonix, Morzine and Les Houches. There’s no employment information on their site but their staffing requirements and rewards are profiled on JustJobs247.

Take a look at for harvest Jobs around the World.

Carisma holidays are an independent family run business that has been providing luxury beach holidays to France for the last 30 years. They look for responsible site managers, couriers and children’s couriers to take a summer job in France with them from early May to late September.

A big list of worldwide watery jobs is available to UKSA graduates. The vacancies when we looked included a chef wanted for a private motor yacht on a three month cruise between Italy and Spain, a couple to run a 50ft catamaran in Guadeloupe, Voluntary crew for the summer season on a 120ft gaff rigged tall ship, delivering a yacht from Antigua to South Carolina, and a water taxi driver wanted in Yarmouth.

Spend the summer leading, teaching, and inspiring teenagers while traveling to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. That’s part of the deal offered to summer trip leaders by Adventures Cross-Country. The first year leader salary ranges from $1000 to $1600 depending on the length and number of trips you lead. All living and travel expenses will be paid for while working for ARCC.

Organised and efficient with a head for numbers are the key requirements of Powder White’s assistant resort managers, the vital lynch-pin between each of the company’s dozen resorts and head office in London.

KE Adventure Travel state they are always on the lookout for top quality people to work with their groups, as trekking, climbing or biking tour leaders. They look for people that are keen, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, personable, sympathetic, decisive, diplomatic, well organised, sensitive to the needs of others, good at trouble shooting, and interested to provide the best travel experience possible for their clients. Ideally, you should be over the age of 21, with an outgoing personality and a positive approach to life.

Nicaragua’s Puerto Sandino Surf Resort has a job page. More jobs in dream locations might be had with Aquasail (Goa), Constantly Kiting (South Africa), Silver Sands (Maldives), Zanzibar Kite Paradise, Dare2Fly Cabarete (Dominican Republic), and The JT Pro Center (St. Vincent and the Grenadines).

Club Europe, who specialise in school music tours, recruit tour managers on an ad-hoc basis. Playing a musical instrument, singing or performing experience are among the requirements to fill their vacancies. Concert tours run all year with the busiest periods being during the spring and summer seasons, making these positions suitable for students and teachers wishing to work during holiday periods.

Summer camps have been present in Canada for over a century. Today there are around 800 residential and day camps in Canada, with the bulk of them found in Ontario. As is common in the USA there are two roles to be filled in Canadian camps: camp counsellor and support staff. Applicants applying via CCUSA can come from any country but must be aged 19 to 27 (though 18 year olds may be accepted).

If you want to teach people to sail in Dubai, then the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club is the place to get a job as a dinghy instructor. We spotted them advertising here and while most jobs listed on this site were of the non-instructor variety a few such positions are posted from time to time. With a large population of expat workers and next to no tradition of watersports centres there is a good chance some of the companies listed in the directory of Outdoor UAE will also require staff. For example Al Mahara Diving Centre were advertising for a boat driver and watersports guide, who should be fluent in English and available for longer term employment as a work visa for the UAE will be applied for.

Volunteer staff working for Costa Rica based Tropical Adventures are unpaid, though a performance based end of term bonus may be paid for some positions.

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InternChina has a handy page of scholarships in China available to students from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and France.

TrekAmerica offers small group adventure tours for a younger international crowd who want to experience North America. They start hiring tour leaders for the following season in October. All applicants must have the legal right to work in the United States or Canada, be at least 23 years of age, have a clean driving record, good communication skills and a keen interest in meeting people from all over the world. Windigo are a smaller outfit specialising in the USA and Canada.

We can thank Turner Barr for spotting these jobs with Sail Croatia for photographers, videographers and onboard representatives.

Ocean Dimensions hires well groomed multi lingual PADI dive instructors to work in the Maldives. You should have your own complete set of diving equipment, teaching slates and professional dive insurance. For jobs above the waters off the Maldives try Indian Ocean Sports.

For a fee, Appellation Controlee matches grape pickers with farmers in France.

Each trip for Bold Earth Teen Adventures includes one male and one female trip leader who are at least 21 years old, mature, fun, knowledgeable, caring and awesome. Moondance Adventures also fill a limited number of positions with leaders possessed of solid wilderness experience, past experience working with teenagers and strong communication skills.

Other people’s children provide a way for girls (and sometimes boys) to stay away from home for longer. A new destination for au pairs is China, where a growing middle class are starting to want western child carers for their status and ability to impart their language to junior.

Are you a quick thinking, hands on, proactive, practical person, with the ability to communicate and deal with people of all ages and different cultural backgrounds? If yes, Expat Explore, a tour company founded by a couple of young South African expats, might take you on as a tour leader. Previous tour guide experience will be beneficial, but is not a key requirement.

Wine tourism in Australia’s Margaret River region got off to a grand start in 1985 when the London Philharmonic Orchestra was invited to perform in the vineyard of the Leeuwin Estate. This annual event has since seen performances by Shirley Bassey and Ray Charles. Working travellers should turn up to help bring in the grape harvest from February to April and perhaps stick around for winter pruning jobs in July and August.

Sixth formers and A-level students can gain work experience in Europe with Acorn Educational Exchanges.

International students in Asia no longer miss out on their outdoor education thanks to a Hong Kong based company called Outdoor Education Asia. Dragonfly also hires large numbers of senior instructors - each with a university degree, fluency in English, advanced first aid or higher and over two years’ experience in outdoor education – to work predominantly in China but also elsewhere in East and Southeast Asia.

For watersports jobs view the listings at Blue Dome.Though most of the jobs offered here are in the chilly waters surrounding the UK, a few foreign postings can be found here too.

ThePOOSH,org (People’s Organization on Sustainable Housing) is a free to join website listing sustainable build projects around the world. Think of it of it as an off the grid couch surfing where you are encouraged to join in. In return for volunteer help, self-build project hosts offer food, accommodation and share sustainable self-build techniques. Join up at

Approximately 1,100 foreign language assistants work for eight to nine months each year in schools in Germany. Their role is to support subject teachers in teaching modern foreign languages, particularly English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. Assistants receive €800 per month. Participants from the USA are also refunded their travel expenses.

Croatia’s Camp California programme offers six to nine week contracts teaching skills - including archery, tennis, football, American football, dance, snorkelling, woodwork, digital photography and music – to children at an American summer camp transplanted to the Adriatic coast. Staff from most countries are classified as volunteers under a cultural exchange programme and can work on a tourist visa. Pocket money starts at €130 per week plus room and board for first time counsellors depending on age, education and qualifications.

Leading a high school programme for Global Routes generally involves a three-to-six-week commitment (late June through mid-August) as well as attending a ten day orientation prior to departure in mid to late June. These are co-leadership positions: two leaders, typically one man and one woman, lead a group of up to eighteen high school students.

In return for a first year leader salary of $1800, leaders for Wilderness Adventures are contracted for one to three trips ranging from one to four weeks each. Leader responsibilities include supervision of meal planning, keeping a daily expedition journal, managing trip funds, and organising activities and games in the evening. Leaders and students participate in a wide variety of activities including mountain climbs, rock climbing, sea kayaking, kayaking, ice climbing, canyoneering, sailing, snorkelling, SCUBA diving and trekking, and while experience in these activities is helpful it is not required.

Hundreds of superyacht jobs are advertised via yaCrew but if, like Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider in Jaws, you think you are going to need a bigger boat, their sister website deals with cruise ship jobs.

Some recruitment websites to browse for hotel jobs are HotelCareer,com, HotelJobs, and Euro Hotel Jobs.

You don’t need money, skills or qualifications to take part in ICS, a UK government funded development programme that brings together 18 to 25 year olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities. Placements are made through ICS partner organisations, each of which has their own objectives in selected developing countries around the world.

If you have been on a Free & Easy trip to Southeast Asia, Central America or Europe, they invite you to pique their hiring guru’s interest with a video introduction.

You will need more than just the accent these days to land a job behind an Irish bar but this Irish Pubs Directory could be an invaluable resource in your job search. In Austria, for instance, try The Three Tells in Interlaken.

In the Middle East, Ecoventure run three summer camps in the UAE. Apply via this application form.

Founded in 1908, the Cruising Association is one Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors with more than 5000 members across the globe. For £20 per year (£30 for couples living at the same address) they put skippers and crew in touch with each other. Crewseekers International is another preinternet crew matching service that has moved online. They have plenty of great Crewing opportunities that can be browsed for free but membership, starting at £70, is required to contact skippers. Try also

The Available Jobs Listings on the Living in Indonesia expat forums may unearth a few vacancies.

The Amadeus Association provides German language courses, vocational training and work experience programmes throughout Austria. If you are willing to dig into their muddled website you may find more information about internships for young workers and graduates, including a work experience course especially for ski and snowboard instructors.

Woods, who run coach tours to European destinations, take on bus drivers on fixed term contracts with guaranteed hours from March to October.

Hard working, friendly, professional and committed people can receive free tours to European festivals and events by joining the Pillow Adventure Travel Company team as ground crew, tour cooks, leaders and managers. The work is unpaid but crew receive subsidised travel and free accommodation, two free meals a day and free time to enjoy the festivals once your work is done.

Siblu run 15 holidays villages in France in need of various staff including lifeguards, drivers, receptionists and accommodation team members.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation Training Program offers training opportunities in Scandinavia for Americans aged 21 and over. Short-term placements of two to three months during the summer are possible for students majoring in certain fields, principally engineering, chemistry, business, and computer science. TEFOL positions are also available in Finland for the academic year. The ASF also assists those who have arranged their own jobs in obtaining the necessary work permits. Scandinavians can also get training in the US.

If you are better at using a computer than a microphone Thomas Cook may still have a role for you as an administrator on their overseas team. Their administrators work everywhere from Thailand to Tunisia, Greece to Spain, helping to make everything in resort run smoothly.

The Beijing Sailing Center sometimes seeks yachting, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and kayaking instructors, with good English, with a preference given to multi-activity instructors.

For more than 25 years, AIFS has been organizing cultural immersion experiences in the USA through its Au Pair in America programme. Au pairs travel to the US on the J-1 Visitor Exchange visa, live with an American family and provide care to the family's children. Au Pair in America recruits candidates from Europe, South Africa, the Americas, New Zealand, the Middle East and Asia.

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