My last post was similar- I listed the top 6 resources for cheap or free travel. Now I’ll get more specific and go over my top 3 picks of ways to get paid while traveling, with little or no prior experience. These jobs are surprisingly easy to secure and almost anyone can do it.
This is one of many sites that will allow you to search for international families looking for an aupair (live-in babysitter) for periods of a few months to over a year. Since I grew up having a Norwegian aupair each year, I know what a great opportunity it can be for young people. You can improve your language skills, immerse yourself in a new culture, be provided with housing, and get paid to do it. On top of all of that, you can form a strong bond with a family, so much so that they consider you a part of their family and, as the case with our Norwegian aupairs, you may stay in touch with your family for the rest of your life, and take turns visiting each other in your native countries.
This generally requires certification, but for what it is, it is easy, and can be done online. I got my TEFL and “younger learner” certifications online via this site; they were 100 and 50 hour classes but probably took me 60 and 25 hours to complete. The course consists of a lot of grammar and lesson planning work, but after you complete it, a world of teaching opportunities opens up. You wouldn’t guess, but teaching English is one of the most universally sought after skills in the world. As in any field, the more experience and training you have, the more you can make, but even inexperienced people seem to have no trouble getting job.
After being certified, I volunteered to teach English for a week in Thailand with my roommate (who was not certified). There we met English teachers from other English-speaking countries who were living in the town and making big bucks (by Thai standards, but not by American.) So while they were not able to save up money for the future, they were living like kings in Thailand, with good food, and at the nicest place in town.
I read a lot about this, and I’d love to try it one day (while accomplishing number 6 on my life list: live on a boat). A lot of people consider jobs on cruise ships, but less consider jobs on private multi million-dollar yachts. But there is a pretty large demand out there for people who can help out on yachts that are traveling to exotic places. It was tough for me to find jobs that didn’t require at least some experience, but I finally found a site that is like the craigslist of yacht jobs, and a lot of the employers aren’t asking for much experience at all, if any.