3 jobs that you can do abroad in your gap year
Finished Matric? Considering taking a gap year? You might be uncertain about what you can do and where you can go. If you’re feeling this way, don’t be worried because it’s not unusual. To help you out, I’m featuring 3 jobs that you can do abroad in your gap year (which should assist you in making the right choice).
1. Au Pair in Europe or in the United States: So, what’s an Au Pair? Well, an Au Pair is an assistant from a foreign country working for and living as part of a host family. You take part in the day-to-day routine of your host family and looking after their children, whilst experiencing life in the country and participating in family activities. Most Au Pairs become almost family members and share a cultural exchange experience that often leads to lasting memories and an unforgettable journey.
If you’re between 18 and 26 years old you can become an Au Pair in the USA or Germany and if you’re between 18 and 30 years old you can become one in the Netherlands. Requirements vary for each of these countries, but you need to at least have matric, a valid South African passport and 200 hours of childcare experience to apply. Having a valid driver’s license is a bonus and will assist you in placement. For more information, check out the STA Travel website.
2. Teach English Abroad: You can do this in various countries all around the world and in most cases, you don’t need an education degree to do so. Many South Africans are already teaching English in Japan, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil and other countries, so why can’t you?
If you’d like to give this a shot you have to be over 18 and all you need to do is complete a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course. If you do have an education degree and a TEFL qualification you will be able to apply for a working visa in more countries. If you have teaching experience it will be useful when you’re applying, but it’s not essential. The most important attribute is that you’re keen and have a good understanding of the English language and if English is not your first language you need to demonstrate it.
You also don’t need to speak or understand the local language of the country you are teaching in, but some employers offer free tutoring for the local language if you are interested in learning it. You can obtain an TEFL qualification by either attending a 20 hour practical course or you could an online course spanning 120 to 140 hours. For more information about the courses, check out the TEFL South African website.
3. Work on a kibbutz in Israel: The Hebrew word “kibbutz” means “Rural Communal Settlement”. No skills or work experience is required to work on one and you need to have a valid South African passport and be between the age of 18 and 35 years. You also need a HIV-Free certificate and a medical certificate to qualify to work on a kibbutz. Working on a kibbutz in Israel is a great way to meet volunteers from all over the world and a cheap way to spend time in the country.
If you are considering this option take note that you will be working as a volunteer in exchange for accommodation and meals, a small weekly/monthly wage, the use of the communal facilities and occasional field trips to various destinations in Israel (hosted by the Kibbutz). You can volunteer for a minimum of 2 months or for a maximum of 9 months. For more information, check out the OVC website.
Do you know of other jobs that you can do during your gap year? Leave a comment and let us know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If you’ve found this information useful, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
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