Have you ever wanted to live in a different country, but didn’t know how you’d support yourself? It’s something a lot of people experience, and sadly something a lot of people give up on because they don’t know how to make it work. Fortunately for you though, you’re reading this article and we’re about to tell you some real and easy ways to make your dream come true of supporting yourself while you travel the world.
Teaching English is one the easiest and most popular ways to make a living overseas. Especially in Asia, many Westerners get hired every day to teach English. If you were teaching English back home, you’d probably need a special degree in education and be a certified teacher before you could get a job at a school. In a lot of Asian countries, however, especially in Southeast Asia, all you need is a Bachelors degree in anything. Graduated from college? You can get a job overseas. More developed countries like Japan and South Korea will have stricter guidelines, but in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, any ol’ B.A. will do the trick. There are websites like ajarn.com and daveseslcafe.com that post job openings, but honestly the best way to do it is just come to the country first, find a place to live (which you can do for dirt cheap), and start handing out your resume to schools. I’ve never heard of anyone needing longer than a month to find a teaching job in Thailand. Most schools will help you get a work visa as well.
While teaching might provide a steady paycheck and more certainly, freelance work is great because it gives you the flexibility to work from anywhere you want. Have you grown tired of that Nepalese mountainside? Hop on over to Bali and give that a try. Freelancing is the ultimate freedom to work overseas and go as you please. Websites like elance.com and odesk.com are great at connecting freelancers with businesses looking for some remote help. There are jobs in just about everything imaginable too, so you don’t need to be some expert computer wizard to score some income on the road. You might not be making as much at first as you did back home working full time, but when you’re backpacking throughout Southeast Asia, you really don’t need much money at all.
Volunteering in exchange for free food and accommodation is also a great way to experience a place, meet new people, and give back. Commonly referred to as WWOOFing, most volunteer programs like this entail working on a farm that supports the local community and encourages sustainability. wwoofinternational.org is the website you should start with when looking into various volunteering options. Not only will you be able to live abroad for free, but you’ll feel like you’re a part of something bigger and giving back to the world.
Don’t give up on those dreams of living and working overseas! There are jobs to be had all over the place. Look through the websites listed above and start thinking what’s right for you. The biggest barrier to you working overseas is not the availability of jobs, it’s the fear of failure. Give yourself a chance and make that jump — you won’t regret it!