Bogged down by the winter gloom? Why not take the plunge and plan something different for your holidays? Whether you fancy picking grapes, working at a kids’ camp or teaching English, there are plenty of ways to earn cash or get valuable work experience at the same time.
Summer camps and resort jobs
If you like the idea of helping others enjoy their holiday then check out BUNAC which runs working adventures in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US or Camp America which has roles working with kids or looking after its camps. Closer to home, PGL activity centres in the UK or Europe have seasonal roles ranging from catering to sports instruction or try Seasonworkers for summer resort jobs in holiday parks and campsites.
There are loads of overseas volunteering options out there but be sure to check the small print to see what’s included as sometimes you can end up footing the bill for your placement, accommodation and travel costs.
If you like the idea of working the land, take a look at WWOOF which can connect you with opportunities worldwide. Volunteers get food and lodging and the chance to live and learn on organic farms in return for a few hours work each day.
Being a festival steward offers a similar deal – positions are normally unpaid but you earn a free ticket in exchange for working a number of shifts. See How to volunteer at festivals for details of where to sign up.
The British Council has a variety of opportunities for working and volunteering abroad. Applications for its 9-week Thailand English Teaching Assistant Programme are open to students and graduates of any university subject. Or you could try taking a short TEFL course which will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language and set you up for other teaching jobs abroad, as well as jobs teaching foreign students in the UK.
See where holiday work can take you…
A job emptying bins at a holiday complex in France set Rob up for his future career. “I ended up gaining all the experience that I needed for later in my career development. Had I not gone there I wouldn’t have climbed all the things in the Alps, I wouldn’t have met the people who then kind of traced my pathway for the next ten years or so.” WATCH VIDEO
Sales and marketing manager Sarah worked for a distillery as a tour guide when she was a student, which paved the way for a permanent job. “When I graduated, a position became available for a full-time position in marketing and that’s how I got the job, having worked as a tour guide before that.”
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See Get volunteering for more ideas.