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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 bread in Bibao or save some in Bergen.

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

Switzerland is a popular place to hold summer camps and, as befits a nation best known for skiing holidays, winter camps too. Several similar organisations are listed in this post we added to The Working Traveller. A language learning element usually coexists alongside the outdoor activities so native English speakers are particularly in demand, though recent Swiss employment legislation has blocked the chance of jobs for non-Europeans.

Ascott hotel brands are found in a couple of dozen countries globally. They invite enquiries about internships.

The YMCA has a few camps run by volunteers welcoming international visitors wanting to experience the Australian camp scene.

Mark Warner open their summer recruitment in January. Successful applicants will find themselves working in one of seven Mediterranean resorts. If you feel like you’ve got what it takes to work for one of Europe’s leading tour operators then they want to hear from you.

Vacansoleil offers jobs and traineeships at 430 campsites in 16 countries in Europe, searchable via this map. Positions include gardening and maintenance, montage and demontage, courier, management, restaurant, reception, and entertainment jobs.

You are a blogger in Asia and you want to get from A to B. 12Go Asia, a new online booking service, provide free blogger tickets if you write about them, even in the dull and boring style of Hemingway (they appear to be more fans of Dostoevsky).

For Global Leadership Adventures, who run international volunteer programmes for teens, students are guided by mentors and international directors from the USA, Canada and UK. Staff should have a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of three years of experience teaching in a classroom or alternative education setting with teens, and extensive international travel experience.

Halsbury Travel organise group, student and school travel by coach and by air to most countries in Western Europe. Their group leaders should be over 21 and fluent in French, German, Spanish and/or Italian. In return for being a group leader you will receive an allowance payment starting from £100 (dependent on type and length of trip), half board accommodation, full medical and travel insurance, return transportation and social activities.

According to The Telegraph’s North America River Cruise Guide, North America is limited in its number of cruisable rivers. In the USA, spelling bee favourite the Mississippi hogs the headlines thanks both to its length and the writing of Mark Twain. Companies with boats on this river include the African Queen Steamboat Company and American Cruise Lines, for which hiring managers travel the USA. Interviews are held across the nation and onboard careers include dishwashers, painters, chefs, managers and launch operators. ACL’s ships are US registered so all shipboard employees must be able to legally work in the United States. St Lawrence Cruise Lines may have staffing needs in Canada.

The Pension Gimmelwald is a small family run hotel in the heart of the Berner Oberland, in the Swiss Alps. They often use our Jobs Abroad Bulletin to look for someone for the summer to support the manager in covering reception, kitchen back-up, and housekeeping and bar work; all the roles involved in running a small 12 bedroom hotel. They have a small team and expect everybody to be hands on. The hotel is English owned and interviews are held in London.

FrogPubs need help pulling some of the one million pints of bitter, lager, wheat beer, ginger, spicy and fruit beers served each year in their English pubs across France. Popular with expats and anglophiles, each FrobPub has its own microbrewery producing beers with names like Inseine, Dark le Triomphe and Parislytic to accompany restaurant food and British sports on the TV. Working in an expat bar in France is no longer just about having the right accent: competition is tougher with bars seeing many more applications than they used to. These tips should help.  The locations and websites of numerous expat bars in Paris and other cities in Europe and America can be found through Party Earth.

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Rockley have jobs in the UK and France and emphasis the training they offer to new staff wanting to progress as activity instructors, particularly for watersports.

The Mission Bay Aquatic Center regularly hires for several positions pertaining to the operation of its classes – which include wakeboarding, sailing, surfing and windsurfing - though some roles may require that the applicant be a student of San Diego State University or University of California San Diego. For more surfing jobs in the same part of America try San Diego Surf School.

Travel for Teens hire English speaking staff from around the world to lead their trips. Among the roles is that of senior counselor, each of which are graduates, aged 24 and over, and either natives of one of their destination countries or have spent significant time studying a foreign language and culture outside of the US.

Totalnannies have been advertising their au pair vacancies in our Jobs Abroad Bulletin for decades. Most, but not all, of their positions are in Italy. Euroma also focus their au pair placing efforts on Rome.

Maison Claire Fontaine is a French language and activity centre for UK schools in the Burgundian countryside. They sometimes look for enthusiastic young people aged 19 to 25 to join their team and support French language teachers in lessons and during activities and excursions. Other responsibilities include cleaning and washing duties as well as some maintenance tasks. The position is ideal for gap year students either before or after University as well as those considering a future career in teaching.

If you are brimming with ideas for fun and mayhem, you will make a great apprentice Al Fresco children’s club rep, looking after the kids in an Al Fresco campsite letting off steam away from Mum and Dad.

The AKZENT hotel family is strong across Germany (with one or two hotels in Austria and Poland too). Current positions within their privately run hotels are listed in German on the careers page.

Exclusive Ballooning is an aerial marketing company that has worked on the England 2018 Football World Cup bid, flown a balloon under Tower Bridge for Disney Pixar, flown over Mt Everest, and got their client’s balloons into Red Square and alongside the Great Wall of China. They are inviting interest for trainee hot air balloon ground crew, even if you have never seen a balloon before. Reliability is crucial and ideally you will be over 25 with a clean driving license. France Montgolfières, who arrange balloon flights for tourists in France, has an employment page. Though it was empty when we last looked we have seen ground crew vacancies there in the past. For an idea of what you might be getting into, Malcolm Philcox explains the role of the ground crew in hot air ballooning.

International Disaster Volunteers are particularly interested to hear from people with specific skills and experience, including engineering, construction, media and communications and disaster management. Register your interest with to see if your skills match their current needs.

I doubt flipping burgers are many people’s idea of a dream career but McDonalds and Burger King are two of the most visible worldwide businesses you can find. 

Royal Caribbean only takes on those that can deliver the wow for its diverse range of shipboard positions, including baristas, pool attendants, printers, broadcast technicians and dive instructors.

Hampshire Hospitality is one of the largest hotel groups in the Benelux countries. For housekeeping roles it is preferable to speak Dutch, especially as their jobs page is in that language.

ThaIntro, a small company we didn’t know much about until now, specialise in short group backpacking trips around Thailand led by a group leader, who should be able to combine the fun, energy and responsibility needed to deal with the young party crowd their tours attract. While checking out their reviews we also discovered TruTravels offering a similar service in Thailand, Nepal and Cambodia.

At Balkan Holidays, they are always interested in talking to talented individuals who want to make a real difference to the company and enhance the holiday experience of their clients. Send your CV in English along with a detailed covering letter and they will keep your details on record in case any new opportunities arise.

“As the glue of The Experiment’s programs, group leaders make many things happen at the same time - we are teachers, mentors, friends, and coaches,” says Ariana Chomitz, who lead a group in Korea for The Experiment in International Living. Group leaders should have a bachelor’s degree, leadership experience working with high school students, experience studying and living overseas and competence in the language of the host country.

The website of Belgium’s Skiten International summer tennis camps doesn’t have an employment page – though there is some information on their instructors - but they do employ international staff who teach French, English or Dutch in their native language. Speaking a bit of French and some experience working with children is helpful.

They do not have a recruitment page but Activity Yachting is one company that have been seen recruiting for flotilla skippers and sailing instructors to work between mid April to the middle of October in Croatia.

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Enthusiastic and fun ESL teachers can have an adventure in Almaty, Kazakhstan thanks to Green Hills British Kindergarten. Their package includes a flight to the country, accommodation provided and 18 weeks paid holiday, along with a competitive salary. There’s a ski resort 20 minutes away.

Cyclists, triathletes or trail runners that would like to train in Spain, but also have some work at a cycling and triathlon training centre, may find a place within the small team of Girona Cycling. Everyone mucks in and the job itself can be anything from serving breakfast, chatting to guests about routes, helping with meal times, vacuuming the pool, gardening and cleaning.

Happy Camp provide campsite holidays in Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia for clients from all over Europe. Interviews for park managers are held in January and February across the UK. Assistant park managers are also hired.

Volunteering - whether on expenses or as a regular volunteer - can be a good way to doorstep a paid position. Youth International’s leaders have typically worked with the US Peace Corps, taught school or worked for other educational and service programs in Asia, Africa, or South America. They tend to recruit leaders in the summer for their Autumn programs running from September to December in Asia (Thailand, India and Nepal) and for their South America program through Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

The Bolivian Express is an English language magazine set up by Bolivian graduates in collaboration with students around the world. They offer one to three month training programmes geared towards print journalism or TV production. The programme fee covers 40 hours of tuition per month (covering Spanish, journalism, and photography), as well as accommodation in La Paz, lunch, internet access, phone, airport pickup, pre-trip guidance and a press pass during your stay. As part of the learning experience you will intern within the organisation to produce a monthly magazine which is distributed for free across Bolivia.

Meeting the needs of Nigerian and International students living in Abuja who desire a British education, FAMAKS International School often recruits experienced, innovative and qualified School teachers.

Venture Abroad designs its tours specifically for members of The Scout Association, Girlguiding UK and The Trefoil Guild. They regularly employ tour couriers on an ad hoc temporary basis.

Resident advisor is among the positions Abbey Road Programs need filling for their summer language immersion and pre-college programmes in Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the US for high school students. Airfare from JFK Airport, accommodation and a weekly allowance for meals and incidentals is provided.

The Hunter Valley grape harvest is one of Australia’s latest, usually scheduled to begin in late March and run to late April. Ever since James Busby, the father of Australian wine, planted some of the first vines in 1825 most Hunter wine has been drunk in Sydney, less than a hundred miles away.

Childcarers can earn up to €700 per week looking after the children of summer holidaymakers in Corfu, Mykonos, Kefalonia, Crete, Santorini and Rhodes. Kids in Greece look for qualified nannies, nursery nurses or primary school teachers, or those with at least two years’ experience with babies and children.

Potential employees of Yelloh Village will need to be able to read French to apply for vacancies on their campsites in France, Spain and Portugal.

Sometimes we are very lucky and find there is a job for one or more of our readers at the place we staying. This is the case with At Home Sukothai, in Thailand. The owner sometimes needs someone to work in the garden and reception area for a period of up to two months. Food, bed and a bike are provided in return.

Answer questions and earn a bit of cash as a travel advisor.

A CEO is G Adventures’ equivalent of tour leader. CEOs are hired to live and work abroad on 18 month contracts, though they tend often to be nationals of the country or have a strong connection to the country in which they will work.

Activity Centres in France that actively recruit English speaking staff include Chateau Beaumont, and Club Correze, whose astonishingly poor website is best bypassed in favour of the profile listed on recruitment sites such as Anywork Anywhere. Two other great sites to use to look for similar work are Outdoor Staff and Best Adventure Jobs.

The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISA) has 48 member schools throughout Asia. Teaching positions are advertised here.

Successful online applicants to Olympic holidays are invited to be a part of their dedicated overseas teams based in Greece, Cyprus or Turkey. For representatives and transfer representatives, some positions are available for shorter periods of between three to four months making them ideal for university students.

Camp Counsellors fluent in both English and French may find work in Quebec with Camp Wilvaken.

For activity centre jobs in Ireland, and the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification (NVQ) in a new industry, try County Mayo’s Horizon Education Centres.

SLV, who are active solely in Sri Lanka, recruit their volunteer supervisors from the ranks of their past volunteers. SLV take care of their supervisors’ placement fees and provide a weekly transport and food budget. Coordinator roles are also offered in exchange for a reduction in the normal fees payable by volunteers.

Recruitment of catering professionals for Regent Seven Seas Cruises is handled by the Apollo Group.

Register with CozWine for work in Australia’s wine regions.

RYA dinghy and senior dinghy instructors are often required for Regatta Sailing Academy, a busy sailing academy in Doha, Qatar.

Along with cycling holidays Headwater provide guided walking holidays and canoeing holidays in rural, undiscovered areas of Europe and the Med. Their overseas reps must be prepared to be on call 24 hours a day and willing to tackle any emergency. Bspoke also take on cycling and walking holiday representatives and mechanic, who would like to spend an enjoyable and rewarding summer working in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France or Croatia. Applicants should speak reasonable German, French or Italian and have a clean driving licence.

To work at one of Rock UK‘s outdoor adventure centres successful applicants should be practising Christians. They also recruit overseas volunteers from both EU countries and non-EU countries, aged 18 to 28, and available for nine months.

Reviews from teachers working for the EF English First Swara Group's ten schools in and around Jakarta are mixed, but that’s not uncommon for most English schools out east. Here’s a list of more English schools in Indonesia.

Cruise ship passengers like to stay connected to the world as much as anyone. MTN Satellite Communications hire onboard internet café managers for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. You should be able to perform minor trouble shooting on PC/wireless networks, have a proficiency in PC software applications, strong computer knowledge including wireless internet experience/basic networking and fluent in English.

Brathay Exploration Trust didn’t have any vacancies when we looked but do have a current vacancies page for when they do.

All of Riviera Travel’s holidays are managed by their tour managers, many of whom have been with them for over a decade.

With over 170,000 employees in 100 professions around the world, Accor, a hotel and corporate service group, is a good place to begin a hospitality career.

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