Tips on Living and Working Abroad
Plenty of people dream about packing up and spending a year abroad. If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken the first step to being in that selct, well-traveled few. Based off our own experiences living and working internationally, we’ve compiled a few tips about the traveling life.
1. Narrow Down Your Choices
With a whole wide world of opportunity waiting for you, the hardest thing about living and working overseas might be deciding where to go and what to do! The easiest way to narrow down your options is to decide on a specific country or a specific type of work. InterExchange Working Abroad can connect you with international jobs all over the world and if you don’t see an opportunity that interests you, contact us at 1.800.597.3675 or email us. We may be able to find a program that fits your needs.
2. Understand the Visa Requirements
No matter where you decide to work overseas, you need to understand the specific visa requirements for the country you’re traveling to and the job (or jobs) you’ll be working in. If you choose a program through InterExchange, we will assist you with this, and help ensure that you’re prepared legally to work and travel during your time abroad.
3. Make a Budget
Depending on where you choose to work abroad, your cost of living might be substantially lower or higher than it is in the United States. Get a sense of how much money you’ll need for food, housing, travel, etc. before you go abroad, and try to find out how much you can expect to make at your job. Then, make a personal budget to follow while abroad. With a little planning, you should be able to make sure you’re in good financial shape the entire time you’re away.
4. Stay Safe
While you are living abroad, you’re subject to the laws of another country. Don’t take them lightly and don’t take any unnecessary risks. The best way to avoid problems is to be respectful of the laws where you are living.
5. Go with the Flow!
While you’re living and working abroad, you’ll have the chance to experience things you never could have imagined. Our advice: always say YES! Stay open to new experiences. Try different foods. Meet new people. Go off the beaten track. Be spontaneous. Pack as much adventure and excitement as you can into your time abroad!
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