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Does earning money while living in a new and exciting surroundings sound appealing to you? Accepting employment overseas can offer both a cultural experience of living abroad
==Jobs available ==
Jobs overseas can largely be divided two categories -- those professional or skilled jobs that require substantial experience or training, and those that do not. The more "professional" jobs tend to hire exclusively in your home country, and usually offer higher salaries and perhaps an 'expat package' including housing and relocation allowance. The more informal jobs can be picked up while travelling abroad, but offer much lower salaries and few if any benefits.
[[Teaching English]] is probably the single most common occupation for working abroad, and is discussed in its own article. It can be done both professionally, if you have the relevant
Nearly all '''governments''' send staff abroad for various reasons, mainly long-term government employees but also consultants or contractors for particular projects. Government departments with offices abroad always include foreign affairs and often trade and immigration. Often in these services, junior employees spend some time "paying their dues" by working in Back-of-beyond-istan; you need some luck and seniority to get a posting to Geneva or Hong Kong. These jobs have all the usual benefits and problems of any civil service post. Often, though, there are extra allowances for "hardship posts", sometimes enough to pay off a mortgage over a few years.
Then there are '''government-run foreign aid''' organisations. Many countries have several of these. For example, Canada has CIDA [http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/index-e.htm], their main aid agency; working there has similar benefits to any other government job. They also have CUSO [http://www.cuso.org/] sending volunteers abroad; see [[
'''Non Governmental Organizations''' (NGOs) employ professional expats all around the world. These include big, quasi-governmental entities such as UNESCO or the Asian Development Bank,
There are many jobs for various sorts of expert '''supporting off-shore work'''. A high-tech company with a development center in India, for example, will send some of its senior employees there and will hire many Indians, but there are still many niches that others might fill. Experienced project managers are hard to find anywhere and there may be a desperate shortage in times of rapid growth, Indian technical writers may need a native English speaker as editor, and so on.
The '''Petroleum Industry''' employs expats anywhere oil is extracted. Working on an oil rig can be a tough job, but the pay is good.
There are also many jobs for '''volunteers'''. See [[
=== Multinational companies ===
If you're interested in temporary jobs, or your visa limits you to temporary jobs, there are a number of industries which often have work available:
*'''Hostels''' and '''hotels''' - Smaller hotels and B&Bs are unlikely to require
*'''Tourist restaurants''' e.g. Hard Rock Cafe, or [[Munich]]'s Hofbrauhaus.
*'''Theme parks''' The most famous European theme park is [[Disneyland Paris]]. Disneyland Paris usually requires non-EU citizens to have a work visa before employment. You can ask if the theme park will hire you if you can obtain a visa before leaving your home country. Ask the theme park to write a letter to that effect and apply at the French embassy in your country.
'''Always''' secure the proper visa '''before''' you start your journey. Most countries do not allow employment on a tourist visa. In some cases travellers try to skirt this by departing the country and returning every 3 months or so -- an expensive and troublesome option that still leaves you working in illegal status. Unless your work plans are very short term, make sure that your employer can sponsor you for a valid work visa before accepting any job.
American citizens often have to check the visa laws of the country they will be traveling to. If traveling abroad, but being hosted and taken care of by a company in the U.S. most countries won't require an American to obtain a work visa providing that the stay does not exceed 30 - 90 days.
If being hired by a foreign company to travel abroad then a visa is typically required. To obtain will normally
*A visa application with passport sized photographs
*Criminal background report - This can often be obtained by visiting the sheriff's office in your county.
Citizens of the [[European Union]] - [[Austria]], [[Belgium]], [[Czech Republic]], [[Cyprus]], [[Finland]], [[Estonia]], [[France]], [[Germany]], [[Greece]], [[Hungary]], [[Ireland]], [[Italy]], [[Latvia]], [[Lithuania]], [[Luxembourg]], [[Malta]], [[Netherlands]], [[Poland]], [[Portugal]], [[
===Take a look first===
If considering a long-term assignment in a country you haven't been to before, especially with family, '''pay a visit first''', on your own
Moving to a new house is a hassle, and moving into a foreign country is double or triply so, because you don't know how things work and there may be a language barrier too.
If you opt to have a professional ship your belongings, you're usually looking at a big bill and wait of several months if you ship by sea, or a huge bill if you ship by air. Unless you're moving "for good", or have the company footing the bill (there and back!), you should aim to bring as little as possible. Importing a car or other motor vehicle anywhere is a ''major'' hassle. For furniture, household appliances and electronics it's usually far cheaper to buy new than ship. Books, on the other hand, can usually be shipped through ordinary mail surprisingly cheaply; ask about special rates for printed matter at your post office (in the United States, the key term is the "International M-Bag"). Most international moving companies can
If you opt to bring all your worldly belongings with you, remember that airlines usually slap on steep excess freight charges if you exceed 20 kilograms.
In countries and regions less connected to the "outside world" than other parts life can be dull and uneventful to cure this many expats often venture into the nearest capital or take a weekend trip to another country.