Not everyone wants to travel just to see the world. Of course, other than travelling for business, this is the main reason for setting off to foreign shores, but sometimes people have need of an altogether different experience.

It may be that you want to immerse yourself in the culture, contribute to some humanitarian pursuit, or maybe you want to earn an income in your trip abroad. Perhaps you have children, now leaving the nest, who want to set off on their first solo joourneys – and seek out a temporary adventure which offers them more than the ‘party experience’. Well, there are a lot of options for those who wish to travel abroad as more than tourists.

The best temporary travelling jobs abroad

Cruise ships

Whether you are well travelled or setting off on your first journey, cruise ships offer you the opportunity to see the world while earning an income. What’s more, you can find a position in a field you already have experience in. Jobs classifications include:

  • Accommodation
  • Beauty
  • Casino
  • Child care
  • Deck & engine
  • Entertainment
  • Food & beverage
  • IT
  • Land based
  • Management
  • Medical
  • Office
  • Photography
  • Retail

If this is something you would like to pursue, then visit All Cruise Jobs for more information.

Ski resort jobs

For those of us from warmer climates, it’s often a novel experience to visit the colder climates in the world. It’s therefore no surprise that work at ski resorts is such an exciting experience – even better when you can earn an income during this experience. Countries like Canada, New Zealand, France, USA and Austria all offer fantastic opportunities in this arena.

Some of the jobs at these resorts include:

  • Au pair & babysitting
  • Entertainment
  • Food & beverage
  • Ski instruction
  • Photography
  • Language tutoring

See what Gap Year has to offer you.

Hotel jobs

If you’re not quite the out-doorsey type, then perhaps you are looking for an opportunity to earn a living while living in a hotel. Of course, there are opportunities for people of all skillsets in the hotel industry, and you can choose practically any country in the world. Some temporary jobs in the hotel industry include:

  • Laundry
  • Food & beverage
  • Cleaning
  • Reception
  • Maintenance
  • General assistance
  • Childcare
  • Resort representative

One World 365 has some fantastic opportunities for those seeking jobs in the hospitality industry.

Intern jobs

It’s not always easy to get a foot in the industry, whether you are a newbie fresh out of school or looking for a career change, but luckily there are exciting internship opportunities abroad for this purpose. Some opportunities in this arena are:

  • Wildlife initiatives
  • Sports training
  • Education
  • Micro-business
  • Medical
  • Hospitality & tourism
  • Journalism
  • Sustainability
  • Office administration
  • Media
  • Corporate placements

Go check out Go Abroad for more.

Marine research jobs

If you are passionate about conservation and an experienced diver, then a temporary job in marine research may be just the thing for you. During the course of your stay abroad, you will gain valuable knowledge about ocean life and, if you are already working in this field, it could be something which will look valuable on your CV.

For more information, see Oyster World for marine conservation jobs in China, or Volunteer Travels if you are interested in marine volunteer work in Mexico.

Bush experience

For those emigrants who have relocated far away from their home continent, the pull of the African bush may be too much to bear. Not to worry though, as there are opportunities for you to see your beloved home while building a better future for generations to come. Some of these opportunities include:

  • Volunteer programmes
  • Photography
  • Travel journalism
  • Research internships
  • Field training
  • Dissertation field training
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Wildlife monitoring
  • Human-wildlife conflict research.

Wildlife Act offers fantastic opportunities in association with WWF for these types of holidays.

Kibbutz jobs

Manual labour provides a unique experience which could leave your refreshed, rejuvenated and adds meaning to your life. It is especially popular with students during their gap years, as you get to learn, work and volunteer – depending on the type of experience you require.

The Kibbutz Program Center can give you more information on these opportunities.

Teaching jobs

Many an experienced and high-level employee has given up the shine and hubbub of the corporate world to let off steam and enjoy a much more humbling experience teaching abroad. Of course, these jobs don’t always require much experience, so you can opt for this type of holiday or gap year whether you are an experienced teacher or not yet sure what you want to be when you grow up. Some of the most popular locations include:

  • South Korea
  • UAE
  • China
  • Viettnam
  • Costa Rica
  • Turkey
  • Ghana
  • Nicaragua
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Thailand
  • Taiwan
  • Kuwait
  • Japan

If you are interested in a teaching job abroad, visit Teach Away for more information.

Care experience

If you’re a people’s person and want to give back to the community, a position at a care facility may just be what the doctor ordered. There are plenty of opportunities available across the globe for those who wish to contribute at one of these facilities. Popular destinations are:

  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Bali
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Zimbabwe
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Zambia

If this looks like the job for you, then visit Travellers Worldwide for more information.

Au Pair jobs

One of the more popular opportunities, especially for the fairer sex, is au pair jobs. Of course, in this day and age you no longer need to be a woman to apply for these jobs – if you like working with children, you are sure to find a position as an au pair. Moreover, these jobs often grant you the opportunity to earn a good income and travel with the family you work for. Some popular destinations for au pair work include:

  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
  • UK
  • France
  • Greece
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Germany

Visit Go Overseas for more information.

Journalism jobs

If you love watching news or are an avid blogger, then you may consider temp work or an internship in Journalism. Whether you want to work in radio, print or TV journalism, there’s loads of work available abroad which would be suitable for this purpose.

Projects Abroad is one of the companies who facilitates this type of working holiday.

Oil rig jobs

For those who enjoy their hard labour and don’t mind harsh conditions, oil rig jobs may be just the thing. Companies offer temporary positions for those with no experience as well as qualified technicians and engineers. The only requirement most of these rigs have is the ability to swim and a healthy body. Some of these positions include:

  • Roughneck
  • Derreck Hand
  • Assistant drilling
  • Drilling
  • Technician
  • Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Electrician
  • Mechanic
  • Welder

See Job Oil Rig for more information.

And there you have it. We hope you, or your children, find something you are looking for which will help you earn a living, see the world, or make it a better place.

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