Living and working abroad is a wonderful journey of self discovery. It provides you with the opportunity to experiment with your feelings, understand your priorities and learn how to survive independently in a foreign environment. But, relocating to a different country isn’t easy, especially if there is no job or accommodation set up prior. To prepare you for this awesome adventure, here’s a travel hack on how to get paid and live abroad for free!
Did you know there are loads of jobs abroad that take care of their employees’ accommodation? On top of that you can make a high salary. Living expenses drain your wallet, so scoring a job that pays well and covers your rent will increase the numbers in that saving account!
Ski Seasoner Worker
Hellooo Après Ski – working at a ski resort is super fun! The season runs for about 5-6 months from December till the beginning of May. There are approximately 6,000 ski resorts world wide, so you’ve got plenty of locations to choose from. Job options are limitless, as there are different types of businesses! For a basic job at a ski shop or as a receptionist you can make $15.00 per hour. You’ll get paid to ski and your rent is free! In addition you will have several perks like ski lift discounts and complimentary meals during your shift.
- Hotel Staff (concierge, bell boy, receptionist, supervisor/manager)
- Bartender / Server at a restaurant , bar or nightclub.
- Childcare (nanny, tutor)
- Kitchen Staff at a hotel or restaurant
- Private Chalet Host/Staff
- Ski /snowboard instructor
- Spa therapist/ esthetician
- Ski resort retail staff (rental shops, grocery stores, souvenir shops)
- Ski lift operator
- Terrain park crew
Top Resorts Around The World
- Val-d’Isère, France
- Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
- Telluride, Colorado USA
- Avoriaz, France
- Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
- Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
- Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada
- Chamonix, France
- Mammoth, California, USA
- Zermatt, Switzerland
- Snowbird, Utah, USA
- Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia, Argentina
- Val Gardena, Italy
- Courchevel, France
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
- Valle Nevado, Chile
- Aspen Snowmass, Colorado, USA
- Niseko, Japan
English as a Second Language Teacher (ESL)
Getting a job as an English teacher abroad is fairly easy, as long as you have a university degree. The whole process takes about 2-3 months, as you have to organize your visa documents. Some schools may require a TEFL certification, which is an accredited teacher training program you can complete online. However, don’t give your hopes up because there are TONS of schools that will hire without it. Also, you do not need to have a BA in English, it can be any subject. The school will take care of your flight costs as well!!
You can make anywhere between $2,200 USD – $8,000 USD per month (depending on the country) and your accommodation is taken care of! There are also plenty of perks! For example, in South Korea you will receive a severance pay at the end of your contract. That means, if your monthly salary is $2,000, your last pay cheque will be $4,000!! On top of that you will receive your pension which averages between $2,500-$3500. Big bucks right?
TIP: Asian and Middle Eastern countries pay the best salaries
Top Countries + Monthly Salaries (USD) To Teach ESL
- United Arab Emirates – $3,500-$5,500
- South Korea $2,200 – $3,100
- Qatar $2,400 to $4,500 (tax free)
- Japan – $2,200-$5,000
- China $2,800 – $4,000
- Hong Kong – $3,680 to $8,990
- Taiwan – $2,000-$2,400
- Vietnam – $1,000-$2,000
- Costa Rica – $1,000 – $2,000
- Russia – $1,500 – $2,000
Other Perks: airfare included, medical insurance, bonus pay, paid vacation and holidays, free accommodation or allowance.
Imagine sailing around the ocean and exploring different countries on a beautiful private yacht. As an entry level stewardess/ steward you can make up to 2,500–$3,600 a month and you’ll have a cabin either to yourself or with a co-worker! You’ll need to obtain a Basic STCW certificate that is required to work on yachts. But don’t worry, it only takes a week to complete.
- Massage therapist/ esthetician
- 1st mate officer
Yacht Crew Job Boards
As an au pair, you work and live with a host family in a foreign country. Some of your job responsibilities include looking after the children and doing house work. In return, your accommodation is taken care of and you will receive a weekly stipend . An au pair’s pay depends on the country and family you work for. Sometimes au pairs receive their stipend upfront, others will get an hourly wage. Working as an au pair allows you to live abroad for free, improve your language skills, make some pocket money and expand your social circle!
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If you’re already travelling, running short funds, and want to stay abroad for a while you can easily pick up a job at a hostel! Most hostels offer free accommodation, a weekly allowance and offer complimentary food and alcohol to their staff. One of the greatest perks about hostel work are the new friends you make on a daily basis from all around the globe! Hostel jobs are also super cool because you get to participate in booze cruises, bar crawls and other fun activities! Keep in mind some hostels may get rowdy, so if you’re not into the party scene the job may not be for you.
- Event organizer
- Local tour guide
- House keeper
Most hostels are always looking for workers, but here’s a list of a couple world wide that hire foreign staff:
- Vietnam Backpackers – Vietnam
- Mad Monkey – Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos.
- Old Town Hostel – Montenegro
- O De Casa Hostel Bar – Brazil
- Bodega Hostels – Thailand, Cambodia
- Hout Bay Backpackers – South Africa
- La Banda Rooftop Hostel – Spain
Tree Planting in Canada
Tree Planting is a great job for nature lovers. As a tree planter you’re expected to plant between 12,000 and 15,000 seeds per week. In a summer season it’s estimated that a planter can make up to $12,000. BE AWARE – it’s not a piece of cake. As for your accommodation, you’ll either stay at a bush camp where your company will provide a mess tent, showers, and meals. Get ready for lots of mud, sweat and a couple of tears. Look at the plus side. Once all of the hard work is done and over with, you’ll have plenty of money to either travel Canada or contribute to your savings account.
Farm Work in Australia
Get on a farm, harvest or work with cute animals! The average hourly rate for farm work is between $20-25 per hour in Australia. Many backpackers have dubbed it as being the “best time of their lives.” You’ll be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and have enough free time to explore away from the beaten path. It’s a great way to save money because you’ll be in the middle of no where lol. In addition, on farm accommodation may be provided for free or with at a subsidized rate.
Ready to make the big move? You won’t regret it. Living and working in a different country is such a fulfilling experience. You’ll expand your social circle, learn about a new culture, and learn many life lessons all while you get paid and live abroad for free!