So you're itching to travel abroad? You're feeling that wanderlust and wondering how you can fulfill it?
Thousands of families worldwide are living abroad. If this is a desire you have, then you can be confident that there's a way to make it happen.
Throughout our travels we've met many wonderful expatriate (def: a person who lives outside their native country) families in the countries that we visit. The question always arises of 'Why are you here?'
This is what we ask to find out what brought them from their home land to this foreign soil.
Some come because they've always wanted to travel. Some want their children to have the experience of immersion in another culture. Others were offered positions with great pay or great opportunities.
There are hundreds of companies that offer employment overseas - companies like Walmart, Fuji, Caterpillar and more. They'll often pay your moving expenses, housing expenses, and 'hardship' pay.
The opportunities are out there, you just have to start looking for them. Here's a few key steps to get you started:
1. Get Out of Debt
There is nothing more deflating to your family travel dreams than the debilitating burden of debt. Your ability to fund family travel will increase with every dollar of debt you eliminate. Read about 24 Quick Actions You Can Do Today That Will Change Your Financial Life Forever.
Along with getting out of debt is the entire doctrine of simplification. Not all employment opportunities abroad pay as much as you may be accustomed to earning in developed countries. Granted, living expenses in these countries can generally be less expensive, but if you're also trying to maintain payments on a storage shed back home, or looking to rent that fully furnished American style apartment in the city, you might not be able to find a job that will pay you enough.
I'm not saying that they're not out there - I know that there are even companies who would be willing to cover those expenses for their employees. What I suggest is that you consider what is most important to you.
Are you looking for an incredible experience living in another country, and you're willing to make a few 'sacrifices' in luxury to have it? Or is it more important for you to have the 'comforts of home' even while you're abroad? The choice is up to you.
3. Learn About Working Internationally
- Working Abroad - PDF Report
- Students Guide to Global Careers - Seminar
- Landing a Job at the United Nations - Seminar
- Careers in International Development - Seminar
- Finding Work in Europe
- Going Global
- Riley Guide - Living and Working Overseas
4. Find the Right Job
International positions are out there. You need to be willing to pursue the path and commit to achieving the outcome you want. You CAN find a job overseas if that's what you really want to do. Even if it takes you a year or more, it's worth it. You can either have the job of your dreams overseas when that year passes, or you can still be dreaming about it. Here are a few resources to help you start your search:
- Jobs with the United Nations
- Foreign Policy Association
- Work Abroad - Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia
- Jobs in Europe
- Expatriates.com Job Board
- EscapeArtist.com Jobs
- GoAbroad.com Jobs
- Peace Corps Overseas Jobs
- Opportunities by Location
Teaching Jobs (English, K-12, Universities)
- Teaching English Abroad
- Teaching Positions k-12 through University
- Teach Abroad - Latin America, Europe, Asia
- Dave's ESL Cafe Job Board
U.S. Foreign Services - Jobs at U.S. Embassy's etc. WorldWide
Farming Jobs/Work Abroad
- Farm Work
- WWOOFing - Work on an organic farm in exchange for housing.
- PickingJobs.com - seasonal jobs picking fruit
5. Start Your Own Business
Some countries don't allow expatriates to work, as an effort to ensure their own people have enough employment. Some people don't let this stop their dreams of international living.
Many entrepreneurs find great success by starting their own business. Maybe it's opening a scuba or surf shop, teaching private English classes, instructing yoga or muy thai, guiding high adventure trail runs or river rafting tours, or maybe even opening a restaurant or photography studio - if you have a skill that you could use to build a business, then there's a good chance you could make it work for you abroad.
- Worldwide Map of the Business Environment
- Doing Business Reports Worldwide
- Starting Your Own Business Abroad
- Doing Business Abroad
- Start a business in Costa Rica
- Start a business in Mexico
Do you know of any other resources for finding international employment?
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