When most of us think about going abroad, it's usually to get away
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Links to Australian Diplomatic Missions around the world.
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
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.
The official site of the European Union has pages in the languages of all member states.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 Americas
largest coalition of international development, disaster relief and refugee assistance
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
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.
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.
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
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