Study, work, volunteer outside Europe
The world is an awfully big place; the only way to explore it is one step at a time. But not all of us have the opportunity or funds to simply travel, and others may prefer more structure to their adventures.
Studying, working or volunteering abroad are all excellent ways to see the world while gaining indispensable life experience – and they give you something invaluable to write on your CV.
Thinking about taking a step in one of these directions? We’ve compiled some ideas for you to give you inspiration:
- The Erasmus+ programme is now offering universities International Credit Mobility funding, meaning you may be able to go anywhere in the world, so long as your university has a partner. To find out where you could go, take a look at the Erasmus+ participating countries.
- The British Council offers study abroad opportunities for a range of courses and countries. You can find opportunities to do everything from studying yoga in India for three weeks, to receiving a scholarship to study your masters in Mexico for a year.
- Websites like StudyAbroad.com have a fantastic way for you to search for Study Abroad Programs by level, type and country. They give you the option to search for Gap Year, High School, Undergraduate or Graduate level programmes.
- With the British Council, you can also work as a language assistant all over the world, from Argentina to Austria. Language assistants have year-long, paid placements and usually have light teaching hours, leaving you a lot of time to explore your new city.
- Websites like Summer-Jobs.co.uk are a great place to look for vacancies in all sorts of industries all over the world. Despite the name, a lot of these jobs are not just for summer. So whether you want to be a sous-chef in an Italian restaurant in Bali on a yearly rolling contract or work in a kids’ camp in France for a month over summer, there will be a job for you!
- There are also companies like Camp.co.uk that organise package work and volunteering programmes. You can do everything from interning in Australia to bathing elephants in Thailand. These packages give you a balance of helping communities, seeing the sights, meeting people along the way – and some of the opportunities are paid too! You also have the security of letting someone else organise it for you.
- Despite the name, the European Voluntary Service also hosts volunteering programmes in countries outside of Europe. Search under ‘Project Country’ to see where you could end up.
- The EU Aid initiative will be posting positions for volunteers to join a humanitarian organisation around the world, in addition to 10,000 online volunteering opportunities and some 4,000 opportunities for capacity building for local organisations.
- Organisations such as Volunteer Forever promote a huge variety of volunteering programmes and are committed to helping you to overcome the financial obstacles of volunteering abroad. This means helping with fundraising and post articles on cheap, affordable volunteer abroad programs and low cost overseas projects.
What are you waiting for? Start thinking global and discover the world.
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