This is a follow-up to yesterday's post because some of you wanted more info on resources that can assist in your search for job opportunities abroad. Yes, it is becoming more difficult to move to a foreign country, but the internet has made it easier for us to find those opportunities.
Some of the programs I've listed have become increasingly competitive when a few years ago it would've been a piece of cake to get in. I've done a lot of research on several of these programs and applications have doubled in the last year alone. Guess we're not the only ones planning to leave the country. That doesn't mean you shouldn't apply.
Most of the opportunities are to teach English. This is probably one of the easiest ways to get a work visa. As I've said, use the opportunity as a stepping stone to get yourself started in the country you want to live. Many of these programs allow you to renew your contract for a second, third, or fourth year. That gives you time to learn the language, network, meet people (to marry?), and interview for jobs in that country and in nearby countries. I don't know how you'd be able to use your law degree unless it was with an organization like CUSO-VSO which can match JDs and MBAs with NGOs in foreign countries. These jobs won't make you rich, but many offer health care and free housing. You may qualify for Income Based Repayment and loan forgiveness too.
Asia probably offers the most teaching opportunities for Americans. They are also some of the most lucrative after the Middle East. Apparently, Disney (yes, as in Mickey Mouse) has an English language institute in China. The best place to start your search is Dave's ESL Cafe. Tons of reputable recruiting companies post jobs there. The Daily Kimchi is a good blog to read if you are interested in teaching in South Korea. Footprints Recruiting places people in Chile, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
South Korea wages are from 1.8 million won to 2.5 million won/month (approximately $1600 to $2200), Japan - 230,000 to 250,000 JPY monthly (approx. $2400 to $2600), China - ranges from 3200 to 10000 RMB monthly (approx $468 to $1500). Take into consideration Japan has a high cost of living. Most teaching jobs in Asia include housing, health care, and reimbursed airfare. You only need a Bachelor's degree from an American university. You could get paid more if you have teaching experience, a Master's degree, or a TEFL certificate. Sorry, the JD won't get you an income bump.
In Europe, there is the Teaching Assistant Program in France and the North American Language & Culture Assistants in Spain. These programs pay less than teaching opportunities in Asia and you are responsible for airfare and finding your own housing. The French program pays around $1,013/month and the Spanish program pays around $985/month. You are qualified for health insurance. The 2010-2011 program is closed but you can read more at the French and Spanish Embassy website. Also check out the Guide for English Language Assistants in France.
The Work and Holiday visa in Australia is for people 18 to 30 years of age to work and travel for up to 12 months in Australia.
New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
Several other countries offer Working Holiday Visas - not sure how many of these are available to U.S. citizens:
If you know of any other programs or jobs for Americans overseas, please add to the list in the comments.
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