Traveling and earning a living at the same time sounds like a dream, yet in today's
wired world this is an easy to achieve reality. Finding work abroad of course
is not always guaranteed, yet a little bit of research can go a long way when
planning to work overseas. Certain countries will require work visas, and entrance
permits so it is not quite as easy as buying a plane ticket and packing your suitcase.
Rules vary from country to country, so contacting your nation's consulate
is an excellent way to have all of your questions answered and qualms quelled,
and is as simple as searching the web for the latest online collaboration software.
A popular option is to teach English. This can be done privately, with no requirement
of qualifications at all other than being able to speak the language, and this
requires soliciting schools, and businesses to hire you so it is not as quick
as contacting a Toronto executive recruiting firm. A much safer route is to
obtain certification as an International Instructor from one of the many TEFL
and TESOL courses offered by correspondence, online and in class sessions. Once
you have completed to requirements of the course, you can even set up a position
in a language school before you leave for your destination country. This route
is a certain way to obtain employment, and contracts can vary in length giving
you time to travel in between jobs, giving you a chance to spend some of your
hard earned money and do fun tourist type things while living abroad.
Perhaps your business is the type that can run from anywhere, so long as you
have your computer and web access. This is the case for more and more companies
worldwide, as computer and internet technology advances and the e-commerce market
develops. This means that you could run your little company that sells business
cards online from the beaches of Phuket, or the shores of Darwin. This type
of portable business is booming, and today everything can be found online, from
a surf board to a service bureau, and these sites could be run from anywhere.
Another great benefit of the international power of the internet is your connection
to jobs abroad such as dentist downtown Toronto clinics. Many message boards and blogs can be found by searching for
work in the country of your choice, and the results are surprising. The same
amount of information exists about volunteer opportunities abroad. Thousands
of great organizations have positions available for volunteers to assist with
everything from humanitarian issues to building and running schools, shelters,
medical centers...the list is endless. This type of traveling is known as voluntourism
and is growing in popularity at a rapid rate. Donating your time to those in
developing nations while you are seeing a new part of the world and a different
culture can be very rewarding. This choice may also lead to employment with
the organization that you volunteered for. The internet is available even in
these less wired countries, and its opportunities prove that there are many
ways to earn a living while traveling abroad. Even if it does not work out,
you will be able to go online to book a flight back to Canada, and do an Ottawa
job search before flying back home!