Top 3 working gap-year jobs

Top 3 working gap-year jobs

1. Teach English abroad

Teaching English as a foreign language (ESL) is a huge industry and will always have vacancies for willing applicants. The best part is you don't need to degree in teaching to be qualified.

You can find Teaching English as a Foreign language (TEFL) courses online at affordable prices. Depending on who you study with, you may even be offered a job right out the gate. Once you're certified, the world is your oyster.

Check online job boards to see what available at the time, or better yet, go through a recruitment agency. Reputable agencies will often handle VISAs, transport and accommodation, leaving you free to think about how you'll spend your time outside work.

Finally, TEFL jobs can pay very well. So well in fact, that many will return to teaching English as a foreign language even after completing their university degrees.

2. Hostel Staff

A lot of travelers will spend their time hopping in and out of hostels as they travel the world. You'll find hostels in almost every major city in the world. For some, hostel's won't just be a cheap place to sleep for the night but can also play a large role in financing a gap-year.

If you like the idea of 'work-exchange,' hop onto forums for hostel jobs and find hostels seeking part-time employees. You won't earn a lot of money doing this, but at the very least, you'll get a free lodging for the duration of your work period. If you're planning on spending several months in one place, working in a hostel can be far easier than trying to navigate foreign real-estate markets in search of a short-term lease.

3. WWOOF'ing

WWOOF'ing stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF in a loose network of national organizations that facilitate homestays on organic farms. The bad: You won't earn a cent. The good: You don't pay for food or board, you have total freedom in where go within the WWOOF network and you'll gain invaluable experience in agriculture, horticulture and nutrition.

Volunteering for the WWOOF netwrok is also relatively easy. After paying a nominal fee for access to the network, all you have to do is set up an account as a prospective worker as see who in your desired location is hiring. Keep in mind that seasons will effect who's open for business at any one time in a year.

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