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Finding a job overseas can take twice as long as a regular job search. Plan ahead. As you consider working abroad, think through costs associated with travel, housing, and health care, varying workplace expectations in the country, and possible language or cultural barriers.  You’ll also require a work permit, which can be very hard and expensive to obtain.  Meet with a career counselor for strategies on working abroad.

Types of Work Experiences Abroad

Volunteering: commonly grassroots service for developing countries and NGOs; usually involves upfront program, housing, and travel expenses

Teaching: one of the easiest ways to work abroad, but often requires teaching certifications that can vary by country

Short-Term: a temporary gig; typically offered through fee-based programs and involves work similar part-time jobs in the U.S. such as restaurants and temp work

Long-Term: full-time, permanent employment

Working abroad is easiest if you:

have access to a work permit in your target country (or can find an employer willing to sponsor you), 

speak the language of the country,

have special skills needed in that country,

have personal connections.

Resources

CDC Travel
Going Global
Daves ESL Cafe