If you are based in the UK then one of the best ways to find work abroad is through a specialist recruitment agency. These employment agencies have local knowledge and are aware of current and potential future vacancies.

It can be challenging working in a different culture where the food and language is different. For these reasons research your chosen country thoroughly so you know what your letting yourself for.

If you are applying for vacancies in foreign countries then remember that some of them will not understand what your qualifications mean. Therefore it’s a good idea to learn about the local educational qualifications and then explain your academic grades by comparing them to these.

Things to consider when planning to work overseas:

  • Work visas
  • Language barriers
  • Adapting to a different culture
  • Weather conditions
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Your tax status

Types of work you could do abroad:

  • Teaching English
  • Work as a consultant
  • Exchange programmes
  • Property developer
  • Voluntary work
  • Internships

Working abroad as a volunteer 
Many gap year students work with charities in third world countries either to gain experience, help poorer communities or travel. Whatever the reason it can be seen as a feather in your cap, as it shows compassion, experience and commitment.

Most volunteers are provided with accommodation and food, however they may be expected to make a small contribution towards it.


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