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Paid Short-Term Work

Paid short-term abroad is an option if you want to experience total cultural immersion or earn enough to support an overseas adventure. Job opportunities will range in duration from a few months to a few years and you must have a work permit issued by your host country. Programs differ in compensation, some paying in wage while others paying in-kind (room and board). There are two main types of paid short term work abroad programs


Work Permit Programs

Programs that enable you to get a work permit in advance and then look for a job on site, assisted by overseas offices. BUNAC is one popular example


Work Placement Programs

Programs that place you in a job, procure work permits, and sometimes assist with housing. Usually works as part of an overseas "exchange".

 

 

Last reviewed: 02/13