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When most of us think about going abroad, it's usually to get away from work.

There are others who are going abroad through their job, or would like to do a little something on the side to replenish their funds while travelling.

Going Abroad To Work

There is unemployment in other countries too.

You may need to think about what you can offer an employer, that is better or cheaper than the local workforce. It always helps to be realistic.

Make Your Camera Pay

Make Your Camera Pay

Writers and photographers are almost always at work, even when they go abroad 'on holiday'.

Business travellers are also working abroad at times - or at least working away from home. Take a camera along and you could even earn a little extra from your time on the road.

Even if you're not lucky enough to be going away on a paid assignment, you might have material that can be sold on your return.

A query letter to an editor before you go is always worth the effort, just to know which stories your target magazines already have scheduled. If they've put a magazine to bed with a Japanese geisha on the cover, then your tea ceremony feature will be cold.

If a magazine has used your work before it always helps, but there are plenty of other titles on the racks that you should consider submitting to.

The demand for travel articles and photographs go beyond the travel magazines. If you're already a freelancer, then you will know that researching other magazines is all a part of the work. Here are some of the most popular magazines available on the Internet, and you can try them free for 90 days. Get a feel for what the editors are looking for, if you hope to make your camera pay.

Not everyone has the nerve or perseverance to get their work published, and rejection slips pile up faster than cheques.

Sell Your Digital Photography Online:
Serious photographers need serious online solutions with unlimited storage, unlimited traffic and a built-in web commerce solution with credit card processing to handle sales of high-quality images.

Real working abroad is a little more complicated.

Working Visas

In many countries there are visa restrictions on foreigners wishing to work there too, although some issue working visas.

The immigration officers know that they have their own people out of work, and will not look at you favourably if they think that your funds are so low that you'll be seeking work on the black market, or even illegally manage to wrangle social security benefits - it happens, but don't count on it.

Many British, and other Europeans, have managed to finance a nice holiday in Australia, and some Australians don't take too kindly to it; they forget that plenty of Australians and New Zealanders also think that it's great to work tax-free in London's pubs or one of Europe's ski-resorts.


The best place to find out about working visa eligibility is from the country's embassy.

Australian Missions:
Links to Australian Diplomatic Missions around the world.

Looking For Work Abroad

Finding employment abroad is naturally harder than at home, because you generally don't have the contacts.

If you have friends or relatives, in the foreign country, they might be able to help. On the other hand, not everyone gets a job at home through a friend or relative.

Newspapers of the World:
Just as you would read the local paper at home to see the vacancies, try the homepages of these news sources around the world. Some of them have online classified sections.

Europeans can theoretically work in other European member states, but you'll need to speak their language.

European Union:
The official site of the European Union has pages in the languages of all member states.

European Citizens:
Job seekers can find out their rights in other member countries.

A European labour market network aiming at  facilitating the mobility of workers in the European Economic Area.

Job Search:
Identify occupations related to a specific skill or job title.

Some of our country specific pages can lead you to other place to search for jobs, and we'll add more as we come across them or people send them in. Country List.

JobBank USA:
JobBank USA specialises in providing career information including job and resume database services to job candidates, employers and recruitment firms in the U.S. and world-wide.

Search Engines of the World:
Another good place to drill for something like employment in other countries is this collection of domain specific search engines.

Volunteer Work

If your idea of working abroad is not doing a proper job - i.e. searching through newspapers for other career openings - and not selling cold drinks on the beach while keeping an eye out for the gendarmes, then you might consider volunteer work - it's legal.

Global Volunteers:
Each year Global Volunteers co-ordinates more than 125 teams of volunteers who participate on short-term human and economic development projects in 21 countries.

Peace Corps:
Peace Corps has many openings for volunteer positions beginning in the spring and summer of 1999. There is a particular need for volunteers interested in agriculture, environmental education, English teaching and elementary education.

Global Citizens:
Global Citizens Network sends small teams of volunteers to rural communities around the world to work on community projects initiated by the local people, such as planting trees, digging irrigation trenches, setting up a schoolroom or teaching commercial skills.

Global Service Corps:
Global Service Corps provides opportunities for adult volunteers to live and work on projects in Costa Rica, Thailand or Kenya.

The International Centre for Research on Women is a private, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting social and economic development with women's full participation.

Partners of the Americas:
Working together as citizen volunteers from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States to improve the lives of people across the hemisphere.

Volunteer Latin America:
Provides hundreds of low cost (and free) volunteering opportunities in the environmental and humanitarian sectors in Central or South America.

Aid Agencies

CARE International is a confederation of 10 agencies that delivers relief assistance to people in need and long-term solutions to global poverty.

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres is the world's largest independent international medical relief agency aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and others who lack health care due to geographic remoteness or ethnic marginalization.

The International Federation has a presence in almost every country in the world today through its national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.

The American Council for Voluntary International Action claims to be America’s largest coalition of international development, disaster relief and refugee assistance agencies.

OneWorld is dedicated to promoting human rights and sustainable development by harnessing the democratic potential of the Internet. Humanitarian reports from around the world.

Save The Children:
Save the Children is a non-profit organisation working to create positive, lasting change in the lives of children in need.

Helping the world's refugees is the job of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which was created by the U.N. General Assembly and began work in 1951.

Founded in 1946, UNICEF advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

Study Abroad

If you're not ready to work abroad, but would like to further your studies in another country, then there are plenty of possibilities too; if you're prepared to click on a few links.

Study Abroad:
Comprehensive online directory of international education. Includes college undergraduate semester, year-long and summer programs, intensive language and experiential programs plus high school and graduate study abroad.

Expat Financial:
Whether you are living or working abroad, or planning to, this brokerage source provides financial and insurance services that form the pillars of any expatriate's financial health.

By Michel.

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