Working Abroad

Do you want to work abroad after your graduation? Whether you want to combine your travels with working or want to work fulltime; there’s plenty of options for working abroad. If you work abroad you really get to know the country you’re working in and make money at the same time. You can look for work when you’re there, for example by asking around and making connections or by looking in the local newspapers for job openings. You can also look for work before you leave.

1. A job abroad
2. Working abroad in the tourism industry
3. Working abroad in the agriculture industry
4. Working abroad as an English teacher
5. Working abroad as an au pair
6. Practical things

1. Find a job abroad

When you’re not able to find a job in The Netherlands, you can try your luck abroad. This can be an option for you when you’re willing to move for your work and like a little bit of adventure. The websites below showcase job listings abroad:

Search Jobs Abroad
Overseas Jobs
Anywork Anywhere
Just Landed Jobs
Job Coconut

2. Work in the tourism industry

There’s plenty of opportunities to find work in the tourism industry. Think about travel organizations, campings, touristic attractions and the aviation industry that are all on the lookout for employees in the summer.

    • Contact a tour operator if you want to work as an animator, hostess or travel guide. You can have a look at the job postings of TUI, Sunweb and Neckermann.
    • Another popular option is to work in the hotel industry or at a resort. The websites of Eurohoteljobs and Resortjobs are a good place to start. Would you rather work on a camping? Eurocampjobs offers work at campings in France, Italy or Spain.
    • Is working on a cruise ship something for you? You can find an overview of all cruise ship vacancies at Allcruisejobs.

There’s a lot of different vacancies in the tourism sector on the following websites: JobmonkeyjobsHolidayjob and Wereldwerk. This varies from party promotor in Ibiza to casino employee.

3. Work in agriculture

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Is working in the agriculture industry something for you?

Don’t you mind getting your hand dirty? There’s a lot of opportunities to work abroad in the agriculture industry. If you want to pick fruits you can have a look at the website pickingjobs. You can also help during the French grape harvest in September. These activities are all seasonal.

4. Work as an English teacher

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. There’s a lot of people that are eager to learn the language. English teachers are in great demand and the earnings are good. If you want to teach English, but it’s not your mother language, you can follow a TEFL-course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). The TEFL certificate is recognized worldwide and it increases your chances of finding work. The course is made up of modules that focus on the development of didactic skills and the methodology to teach a language to others. Most people obtain the certificate within 2 months. To find a job as an English teacher you can reach out to language schools yourself, or you can have a look at mediation organizations such as projects-abroad.

5. Work as au pair

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Working abroad as an au pair might be something for you if you like children. You live in a guest family and take care of the children. In return you get board and lodging and pocket money. You can get to know the local culture and in your own time you can discover the country. Most people work as an au pair from 6 months to 1 year or longer. You can look for a host family yourself through aurpairworld, or arrange it through a meditation party such as Travelactive or Activity International. Here you can ask for a free brochure where you can find more information about working as an au pair.

6. Practical Issues

  • EURES is the European Job Mobility Portal. It offers information and job placement services for people that are looking for a job within Europe.
  • You don’t have to apply for a work permit in Europe if you have the Dutch nationality. There’s almost always a visa requirement for countries outside of Europe. Always check with the ambassy of the country you’re going to which steps you need to take.
  • You need a working holiday visum if you want to work in Australia or New Zealand. This is easy to obtain if you have the Dutch citizenship. You need a Green Card if you want to work in the US. This is a semi-permanent residence- and workpermit and a lot harder to obtain. You have to demonstrate that your work contributes to society.
  • Are you unable to get a work permit? You don’t need a work permit anywhere if you work in return for room and board. 

Did you ever consider to volunteer abroad or to study abroad?