Paid Work

Work abroad and enhance your CV with a different perspective on your gap year or career break. Showing future employers that you have not only lived overseas but also held down a paid job will really help your future career prospects! Most of our paid work programmes run for 3-6 months. Some people even choose to work abroad for a year. Plus, working overseas and earning money means you can fund further travel at the same time.

From summer working abroad to paid ski seasons, read below for all of the options we have available.

If you are stuck for gap year ideas and the thought of volunteering is not for you, a paid work programme overseas could be just what you are looking for.

Canada - Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Jobs

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Jobs

Qualify as a CSIA Level 1 ski instructor in Whistler Blackcomb and join a world-renowned ski school, teaching children how to ski for the season. Your job and accommodation are organised for you for the whole season. This is the perfect opportunity to spend every day on some of the best slopes in the world.

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Canada - Whistler Blackcomb Ski School support jobs

Whistler Blackcomb Ski School support jobs

Experience the buzz of working in the heart of a busy snow school as a member of support staff for Whistler Kids. Depending on your experience, we have a variety of roles available. Choose from being a kitchen assistant, preparing meals for the students and instructors; work as a den master, or as an Outdoor Ranger supervising the outdoor play facilities.

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Australia - Farm work in Australia

Farm work in Australia

Experience outback Australia and get paid doing it! Take part in a one week training programme involving horse riding, cattle work , motor biking riding and tractor driving. Hit the ground running with all your paperwork set up and start your working holiday visa with a guaranteed paid job.

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China - Au Pair in China

Au Pair in China

Live and work in China as an Au Pair. Earn money while experiencing life in China as a local. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain tutoring experience while also exploring an incredibly diverse country.

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Thailand - Gain a TESOL and teach English in Thailand

Gain a TESOL and teach English in Thailand

Gain a TESOL/TEFL and teach English in Thailand. Join one of our 120-hour courses in Hua Hin or Chiang Mai, helping to prepare you for a well-paid teaching job for 4-6 months.

If you want to spend time in the ‘Land of Smiles’, why not earn a TESOL and teach English in Thailand? The course is delivered by an experienced course leader (and a native English speaker). With such extensive knowledge and enthusiasm, it is hard not to feel passionate about teaching abroad.

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China - TEFL China

TEFL China

A 26 week China experience for pre and post university students that combines teaching English in a school in China with exciting possibilities of learning Mandarin, Tai Chi and caligraphy – the best way to truly understand China and be much more than a tourist.

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China - Teach and Earn in China

Teach and Earn in China

Work for six months as an English teacher in China on a teaching programme that includes a Beijing induction and a good salary. This is a great opportunity to teach English, learn Mandarin and travel to see China’s unforgettable sights.

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Canada - Winter Hospitality work in The Rockies

Winter Hospitality work in The Rockies

Earn money working in a hotel in the resort town of Banff. The jobs are full-time hospitality roles. Expect an entry level position, such as housekeeping. There are certainly worse places to do this job, on a tough day at work, you can look out of the window and see the awesome Rocky Mountains. On your days off, you can be hitting the slopes on your skis or snowboard!

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Romania - Paid Ski Season in Romania

Paid Ski Season in Romania

Train to become a ski instructor in Romania’s largest ski resort, Poiana Brasov. Work for a prestigious ski school, teaching children and adults alike to love winter sports as much as you do. This is a unique way to have an unforgettable ski season, all whilst gaining a qualification and immersing yourself in life in this amazing country. Noroc!

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Canada - Whistler Hospitality jobs

Whistler Hospitality jobs

Work in one of Whistler Blackcomb’s most prestigious hotels or spas for a whole winter season. The work is tough but the pay is good and the days off, well, they are awesome! If you have hotel or hospitality work experience, use your skills to work in Whistler. All of the jobs are in Whistler Village and everything is within walking distance of the ski lifts. On days off, getting up on the mountain is a must!

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Australia - Work in Sydney and Explore Australia

Work in Sydney and Explore Australia

Live and work in one of the world’s most iconic cities! Following a fantastic orientation week including a trip to the Blue Mountains and a 2 day surf camping trip, get support in setting up your admin and find paid work with access to an exclusive online job database!

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Canada - Winter Hospitality work in Tremblant

Winter Hospitality work in Tremblant

Spend a season living and working in French-speaking Quebec. Not only will you boost your CV with the work experience, you will also learn, or improve, your level of spoken French. Our jobs are in bars, delis and restaurants within the resort of Mont Tremblant. The exact role will depend on your level of French, but French speakers can expect to work front of house with customers.

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Canada - Summer Hospitality work in The Rockies

Summer Hospitality work in The Rockies

Spend your summer living and working in the popular resort town of Banff in Alberta. You’ll be in the heart of all the action that Banff National Park has to offer. Make the most of your days off with all of the hiking, biking and water sports that are available. How are you going to afford this for a summer season? This is where the guaranteed job comes in..!

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Canada - Summer Hospitality work in Tremblant

Summer Hospitality work in Tremblant

Perfect your French language skills by spending a summer living and working in the resort of Mont Tremblant in Quebec. We will have a job lined up for you before you leave home, working in a restaurant in the resort. This is a great place to spend a summer, enjoying all that the region has to offer.

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Canada - Summer Hospitality work in Jasper

Summer Hospitality work in Jasper

Head to the Canadian Rockies with the guarantee of a hotel job before you leave home. Work hard and play hard as you earn money to spend on the extensive outdoor pursuits that this part of Canada has to offer throughout the summer.

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Why work abroad?

Why not combine travelling with one of our working abroad programs in a foreign country? This is a great way to experience what a country and culture is all about by living and working as a local, with the locals. Oyster offers a variety of opportunities in different locations around the world.

Job opportunities include paid teaching abroad, such as teaching in Thailand and gaining a TESOL qualification. As well as teaching abroad, we can help you gain a hospitality job in either Canada, Australia or New Zealand or help you to become a paid ski or snowboard instructor in one of the worlds’ top ski resorts. Our jobs in Australia also include rural farm work opportunities in the Outback.

The benefits to working abroad means you can earn money to finance your tourist and travelling activities. This may mean utilising the amazing surroundings and pursuits in the area you are living, or saving it for expeditions further a field such as getting involved in marine conservation.

All these experiences will aid in making your CV look more interesting and desirable to future employers and universities showing your paid work abroad experience. Gap year jobs abroad help demonstrate that you have the maturity and independence to live away from home, you can commit to a job or a course whilst immersing yourself in a new culture, and you may even develop skills in learning a new language.  Don’t forget, you will make loads of life long friends from all over the world!

Oyster Worldwide can help you when it comes to looking for jobs abroad and in some cases assist with organising holiday visas. To help keep costs down even further, some employers offer meals included when you are at work abroad.

Check out our top 5 reasons for working abroad if you are not yet convinced!

Learn more about how we select employers to work with on our paid work policy page.