Thinking of moving abroad but have no idea where to start. Hopefully this post will give you a little insight on what you will need to do and what to search for.
Telling your family might be the hardest and longest part of the concept. If your family is anything like mines, they might not understand fully why you want to move and will probably try to talk you out of it. Just have your explanation written down, shoot I would even record it and just press play whenever someone asks “why are you doing this?” That will save a lot of time and headache.
Lets talk about what to do abroad.
- Volunteering at a hostel
- This can be an easy way to save money and get use to your new surroundings.
- A lot of hostels will give you free board in exchange for helping out around the hostel. If you want to be paid most hostels will not offer free boarding.
- If this is an option for you and you have a destination in mind I would reach out to a few hostels in areas you would like to stay and ask if they offer an arrangement like this or similar.
- World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
- As a volunteer (or the more common term WWOOFer) you would offer your services on an organic farm in the host country of your choice in exchange for room and board.
- This is a new concept for me but would love to try it out. This is especially good for digital nomads just getting off the ground. You would work in the mornings and have your afternoons and evenings free for your personal work.
- Want to learn more about this phenomenon and the possible destinations, check out their homepage.
- Au Pair
- Essentially, au pair is a fancy way of saying nanny. In exchange for free room and board, parents will require you to watch their kids. Activities may include dropping and picking them up from school, playing with them, and light housework. Your contract will depict how many hours you work a week and which days you would have off.
- Au pairs are especially popular in Europe and there are a lot of different websites and agencies to help facilitate the process.
- Teaching Aboard
- Teaching abroad can be a great way to explore the world and save a little money as well. And the good thing about it is you don’t even have to be a certified teacher in your home country to teach. You only need a bachelor’s degree (and honestly some private classes and even some businesses don’t even check for that).
- The one thing that is necessary in some countries but very helpful for all is obtaining your TEFL/TOEFL certification.
- Teaching opportunities are endless but in my opinion the countries that offer the best deals (in terms of being able to save) are South Korea, Middle Eastern Countries (Dubai, Saudi Arabia etc.), and Japan. Don’t get me wrong the European countries pay decent as well but don’t offer free housing or other perks like the Asian and Middle Eastern countries mentioned.
- Depending on the country you choose will depict how much money you can save. It really all depends on the type of lifestyle you want while living abroad.
These are just a few things you can do to earn money and get on your feet while abroad. Leave a comment below to let me know if you have tried or all of the suggestions and of any other ways to get established in a foreign country.