Ask the Experts: working abroad next summer

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This week’s question is courtesy of student James. Take it away, James:

I really want to travel and get some work experience abroad in my summer break from uni next year. I’m not too fussy about the destination, so what are my options? James in Sheffield

Combining travelling with some valuable work experience? Great idea, James! Let’s see what our experts reckon is the best option for you.

Sarah Jones at STA Travel Covent Garden says…

Working overseas is a really great way of experiencing life in a different country, James. You can live ‘like a local’, and potentially come back in profit! Wahey!

There are a number of options that can help you get work abroad; if you’re looking at going to the US and Canada, we can help you obtain work all over these countries, with summer camp and work programmes from 8 weeks to 12 months.

You could work at a USA summer camp next summer

Another option is to do a TEFL course, which would give you the certification to teach English abroad as a foreign language. TEFL courses start at a short weekend course, giving you the most basic qualification, to the 140 hour combined online-classroom course.

If you’re looking at travelling to destinations a bit more exotic then this could be the answer, with hundreds of jobs in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. Once you gain your TEFL qualification you gain access to its huge worldwide job vacancy database so options are aplenty. The schools and teaching institutions you are placed invariably have other TEFLers thus providing you with a travel buddy whilst you’re out there too.

Whatever you decide, it’s safe to say that you’ll gain experience to make your CV stand out from the crowd.

Kim Lindsay at STA Travel Dundee says…

James, the options are almost endless! You could become a surf instructor in New Zealand, an English teacher in China, a summer camp leader in America or a ski instructor in Canada!

For a cracking looking CV however, I rather like the Australian Internships.

Avalon Beach Australia

Work in Australia, and this really could be your home for the summer! | Image by RalphJB

Choose a 3 or 6 month paid placement package for hospitality industry work, or take on an unpaid placement package, which are perfect for students like you looking to gain valuable experience, in anything from Marketing to Finance to Media. These run from 6 weeks to 6 months and will give you a direct insight into your ideal future industry through a supervised and supportive environment.

Good luck, let us know how you get on!

Thanks Experts! Loads of options for you there, James – now all you have to think about is which one to choose!


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