Have you ever considered finding work abroad?
Being stuck in the office as the sun beats down outside is pretty depressing. Just take a look out of your window. You might see couples strolling through the park, or sunbathers relaxing with a cool, refreshing drink in hand. Even worse, you might see nothing at all. Maybe your office overlooks an industrial estate. Maybe you’re stuck in a basement room with no glimpse of the outside world.
While you slave away, all you can do is imagine all the sun-kissed fun going on outside. Maybe a company is giving out free ice cream, or perhaps an impromptu water slide has been set up. The possibilities are endless.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Unfortunately, shy of a lottery win you’ll probably have to keep on working for a living. However, what you can change is the environment you have to work in. Sure, you may have to relocate a bit to do it. You could pick a short term gap year program. You could decide to up sticks and work abroad for good. Either way, you’ll be glad you made the change.
After all, the prospect of going into work first thing on a Monday morning will probably seem a little less awful if your ‘office’ is in one of the fantastic environments below.
Work Abroad… Ski Chalet Hosting in Canada
Canada is a country of incredible natural beauty. It’s where you can experience the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the awesome power of Niagara Falls. You’ll see awe-inspiring lakes and lush forests and crisp, clear air. Most of all, quality of life here is one of the best in the world. Consequently, who wouldn’t want to live and work in an environment like this?
There are some great opportunities for those looking to work in Canada. You can get active in the open air on a kid’s summer camp, or work on one of Canada’s many ski resorts. Ski resorts offer a fantastic experience for anyone who wants to spend some time on the slopes. You don’t even need specialist skills to find work! Chalet hosts for example, are responsible for basic cleaning and food preparation duties. They typically get four or five hours per day to enjoy the slopes.
Work Abroad… Grape Picking in Australia
Why stay inside during the short summer months? Step outside into the open air, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, and top up that tan! Australia is an amazing country to live and work in: swimming the stunning coral formations at the Great Barrier Reef. Take in the cultural metropolis of Sydney. Explore the wide open spaces of the outback. There’s so much to explore and numerous opportunities to work abroad.
One of the best options is working in one of Australia’s many vineyards. Spend your days outside soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Australian countryside. Especially noteworthy is the fact that this kind of work requires no real experience or expertise. And who knows, because of your hard work, you may just be rewarded with a lovely glass of Cabernet Sauvignon!
Work Abroad… Teaching in China
Sometimes, it’s best to just throw caution to the wind and jump in at the deep end. If your job, town and life in general are beginning to remind you of Groundhog Day (minus Bill Murray’s laconic wit), then maybe it’s time for something totally different.
Travelling in China is certainly different. The language barrier can be a challenge, the culture is intriguingly unfamiliar and the country is absolutely huge–both in its geography and its range of cultures. Are you up to the challenge? For you, living in China is a fantastic opportunity to experience a fascinating and rapidly changing country first hand.
China is determined to have a leading role in the global economy of the 21st century. As a result, there is a strong demand for English teachers. It’s a great way to see the country as you travel from one province to another. Many teaching programs allow you to attain a TEFL certificate while you’re in China. You may also have the option of learning Mandarin to help you settle into your new life!
Work Abroad: Just Do It!
So there you have it. The working world can be a frustrating and, let’s face it, boring place to be, but it doesn’t have to be this way. A change in your scenery may be just the thing you need. There are some amazing options out there for those willing to take the plunge! But if it all looks too hard, or too much of a break from your comfort zone, that’s fine. Just don’t ever complain about your boring job at home ever again!
Guest author Dan Pearson is an avid traveller with a passion for writing, photography, and sharing his experiences online.