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Ideas for Your Working Holiday

Perhaps you're about to finish your University studies and are looking for a chance to escape on a gap year.... Looking for ideas to help fund your travels? Working holidays are a great way to experience both culture and adventure... whilst earning at the same time!

Here are our favourite ideas for your working holiday...

Teaching abroad

Teaching abroad is a worthwhile experience that enables you to help others and improve your foreign language skills... and you don't even need to have any previous teaching experience!

Teaching subjects vary greatly, but one of the most common and popular topics is English Language. You will be required to enroll on a course for a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. This will involve learning some basic teaching methods and progress your existing skills and knowledge. Upon completing the course, you will be able to enroll on a work placement of your choice.

Teaching abroad is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those on gap years; accommodation is usually provided in or near the school you're teaching and the pay is very good. Some students have even managed to earn back the cost of their original flights with money to spare!

Why not check out our previous guest post 'Katie's Story - Teaching Abroad in China' to learn how and where to apply, what to expect and some useful information that you'll need to know about teaching abroad.

Helping others

Helping others abroad is a great way to make a difference and a big impact to the lives of others. There are a variety of options available to suit all tastes, including working with animal conservations, charities, engineering, working on a farm, health care, orphanages, schools, or even constructing buildings and painting.

Placement requirements vary greatly - a duration of 1 month, 3 months, 12 months; during Summer or Winter - every placement is unique and it is important to do your research to find the right one for you.

Generally there are no specific qualifications needed to enroll on a placement although personal qualities such as communication, problem solving and a 'can do' attitude are all excellent transferable skills that will help your application.

If you are considering applying for a program remember you will also need to obtain a working visa dependent on your chosen country!

Social jobs

If you're more of a social butterfly and enjoy meeting new people some of these jobs might be right up your street!

  •  Tour guide
  • Ski or surf resort instructor
  • Waitress/waiter
  • Bartender

And the best thing about a working holiday... is that it enables you to learn and develop yourself as a person whilst combining your love of travel!

If this has got the ideas rolling, don't forget the importance of purchasing travel insurance for the duration of your trip. Alpha Travel Insurance offers a wide range of products including Single Trip travel insurance and Longstay travel insurance.

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