7 Ways to Get 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.
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:
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!
- Contract length: Shortest contracts are 3 months but you can extend
- Start dates: Monthly
- Deadline to apply: At least 2 months prior to your desired program start date
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, 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!
- 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
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.
- Internship length: Choose between 8 weeks or 12 weeks
- Start dates:
- June 19 – August 11, 2017 (8 week option)
- September 18 – December 8, 2017 (12 week option)
- Deadline to apply: At least 8 weeks before your desired start date. We recommend earlier as intern positions are filling quickly for the summer and fall.
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!
- 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
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 $400 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!
- Contract length: 3 months
- Start dates: September 20 – December 17, 2017
- Deadline to apply: July 15, 2017
Are you looking for a short-term and flexible opportunity that will make a positive impact on the environment and communities around the world? As a Greenheart Travel volunteer, you can support grassroots non-profit initiatives like an Animal Rescue Center in Costa Rica, a Stray Dog Rescue Center in Thailand or an Elephant Conservation Project in Sri Lanka. You’ll be immersed in the local culture, meet international friends and learn new and valuable skills. Make an impact in one of our 9 projects around the world and be back by the end of the summer, just in time for the job search!
- Contract length: 1 – 12 weeks
- Start dates: Monthly (specific dates vary by project)
- Deadline to apply: At least 6 weeks before your desired start date
This is the quintessential “gap year” program, except you can choose to do it for 6 – 12 months. You will work in either New 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!
- Contract length: 6 – 12 months
- Start dates: Monthly
- Deadline to apply: At least 8 weeks prior to your desired program start date