7 Ways to Travel Abroad After You Graduate This Spring

7 Ways to Travel Abroad After You Graduate This Spring

Skip the anxiety-ridden job search after graduation. The rat race. The climbing of the corporate ladder. That cubicle lit with fluorescent light. All of those things will be waiting for you when you come back (if you still want them!).

Instead, it’s time for an adventure. It’s time to take everything you know, and turn it upside down. It’s time for you to find your “people.” To do things you never imagined you could or would do. To stop just liking amazing Instagram photos of places around the globe and actually travel and see these places for yourself.

Because, at what other point in your life are you going to be without a mortgage? Without a career in motion? Without a serious relationship, pets, marriage, kids? Without so much STUFF that you can’t leave behind?

Because hesitation = regret. The time is NOW. The world is waiting with open arms.

The best part of traveling after graduation? You’ll come back more YOU. More focused. More world-wise. More prepared to succeed in whichever path you choose. And that, is a beautiful thing.

But how?

Whether you’re graduating from college this spring or have decided to “graduate” from corporate life and move abroad, here are some ideas to get you started:

Teach English in Thailand

Chang Mai (43 of 55)

Spend a month learning about Thai culture, getting TESOL certified, and meeting tons of new friends before heading into your paid teaching placement in Thailand. You’ll start with a semester long commitment and you can continue to extend your stay as long you want! Wondering what makes this program so popular? Make sure you peruse our hashtag on Instagram!

SUMMER PROGRAM TOO! Spend 6 weeks in Thailand this summer! In addition to our traditional semester contracts, we also offer several short-term summer positions with slightly different program details.  If you only have the summer off, this is a perfect way to get abroad for that time! Please note this Summer short term program is only available to already certified teachers. 

The Basics:

  • Contract length: 6 week summer program or 1 semester (3-4 months) with option to extend
  • Start dates: Monthly
  • Deadline to apply: At least 2 months prior to your desired program start date

Get TEFL Certified and work in Prague, Czech Republic

This is a 4-week TEFL certification course that allows teachers to opportunity to obtain a legal work permit and work in a bustling European city! The tuition includes accommodation, Czech language lessons, local excursions, insurance, a metro pass and job placement with visa assistance. The TEFL course in Prague is the perfect program for anyone looking to live and work in Europe legally and gain experience with different ages and English levels; from pre-schools to business English, Prague has a large and growing teaching market!  Read more about the Prague job market here!

The Basics:

  • Contract length: 4-week course and job assistance following graduation
  • Start dates: Monthly
  • Deadline to apply: At least 6 weeks prior to your desired program start date

Internship in Thailand


What better way to strengthen your post-graduate resume than immersing yourself in the “Land of Smiles” while building valuable skills in a multicultural company! Work with cultural exchange programs or a local animal rescue in this unique internship opportunity and gain experience in marketing, writing, program management, and social media. Space is limited and filled on a rolling basis so apply early! Read more about the 5 Things You Will Experience on Your Internship in Thailand.

The Basics:

  • Internship length: Choose between 8 weeks or 12 weeks
  • Start dates: Monthly
  • Deadline to apply: At least 8 weeks before your desired start date.

Teach English in a Homestay

A teacher and student in Italy.

Joyce with her host-sister, Feirouz, in Italy.

Live as a local does with this immersive short-term opportunity. Locations include: France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Thailand, Argentina and Brazil! As an English tutor in a homestay, you will teach conversational English language lessons for 15 hours a week to your host family, and no teaching experience is necessary. This is a wonderful opportunity to dip your feet into life as an English teacher abroad without having to commit to a semester or year-long contract. While this is a volunteer position, the rewards of this meaningful cultural exchange experience carry on long after you return home!

The Basics:

  • Contract length: 1, 2, or 3-month options
  • Start dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • Deadline to apply: At least 8 weeks before your desired program start date

Teach English in Italy

Daniel LaFata

Learn to love all things Italy on this unique immersion program, as you live with your Italian host family, teach English in the local schools, and explore Italy on the weekends!

For the cost of about $300 a month, you can experience Italian culture by volunteer teaching at a local public school in the Piedmont region as you live with your new Italian host family. Your accommodation with the family, 2-3 delicious meals a day, and medical insurance will be provided, so all you have to worry about is enjoying all that Italy has to offer. Plus, this is what your life would look like while teaching abroad!

The Basics:

  • Contract length: 3 months
  • Dates: September – December, 2019
  • Deadline to apply: May 15, 2019

Work Abroad in Australia, Ireland or New Zealand

This is the quintessential “gap year” program, except you can choose to do it for a short period, or a full year. You will work in either IrelandNew Zealand, or Australia, with the option to move around the country, try different jobs and meet other backpackers! Jobs are usually in pubs, on farms, at amusement parks and in factories. So, the focus of this program is less on your job, and more about experiencing another culture and funding your travels. See what kind of jobs our past traveler tried during her time in Australia!

The Basics:

  • Contract length: 5 – 12 months
  • Start dates: Monthly
  • Deadline to apply: At least 8 weeks prior to your desired program start date

Teach English in Vietnam

Bikes in a rice paddy in the countryside of Vietnam.

Check out our newest program to work abroad in Southeast Asia – teach English in Vietnam! July is the perfect time to arrive to get TESOL certified and begin working in public schools or private language schools in Vietnam! We have paid teaching placements in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and other locations around the country. Vietnam is the ideal destination to explore during time off!

Enjoy high salaries, a low cost of living, and the chance to explore this beautiful country full of fascinating history and culture.

  • Contract length: One semester or one year
  • Start Dates in July and September
  • Deadline to apply: At least 2 months prior to your desired program start date

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12 thoughts on "7 Ways to Travel Abroad After You Graduate This Spring"

  1. Nitin Kumar Aggarwal says:

    I want to explore the world nd work.
    I have done Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Masters in Business Administration in the field of Marketing.
    I have also undergone one semester exchange programme at University of malta
    I am looking to explore new opportunities and travel the world. If there is any opportunity pls let me know

  2. Abdul Mumin Osman says:

    I’ll be graduating from the university this summer with a degree in Information Technology. I’m looking forward to getting an internship/training in a reputable organization abroad. Preferably Europe.

  3. Lindsay walls says:

    Hello! I am really Interested my experiencing the world rather than seeing it. However, I have just graduated high school and am looking for something in the environmental area. Is there any requirements I need ?

  4. Alana Madsen says:

    I’m researching opportunities for my son who will graduate with a business degree in December 2018. Are there any programs or projects that begin in early 2019 available?

    1. Kara Menini says:

      Hi Alana! We have plenty of program to choose from for an early 2019 start depending on what your soon is interested in!

      Most of our volunteer programs have monthly start dates throughout the year and a couple of our paid Teach Abroad programs also have start dates in January and February including Myanmar, Thailand, China and South Korea!

      Is your son interested in finding paid work abroad or is he looking more for a short-term cultural experience?

  5. Kass says:

    I am planning to work in australia right after my graduation this april . Im from the philippines. How much will it cost me to go and work there?

    1. Megan Arzbaecher says:

      Hi Kass, thank you for your comment. It’s great to hear that you are interested in applying for our Australia program. You can learn more about the costs and necessary financing for this program on our website here: https://greenhearttravel.org/program/adult/work/work-and-travel-in-australia#startupbudget

  6. chimwemwe says:

    i would like to work in pubs,..in australia

    1. Chase Chisholm says:

      Awesome! Let us know if you have question about our Work and Travel program in Australia!

  7. Ambreen says:

    I am looking forward to this. I am based in India . Would be an absolute pleasure to travel and work at the same time

  8. Shawn says:

    I’m looking into this… I put a deposit down last year, with Sara Have been talking to people at your company… Sorting some things out I hope to be ready to go in May… wouldn’t mind talking to someone and looking at all the opportunities that are available…

    1. Jill says:

      Hi Shawn, that’s great you are looking to travel abroad! What program opportunity are you interested in?

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