There are many other ways to go abroad after you have graduated from Skidmore. You could volunteer, find a job or internship, teach English, or pursue your post-graduate studies abroad!
Many work options will be short-term work abroad where you can earn enough to cover your food, lodging, and day-to-day living expenses. This type of job probably will not pay enough to cover air transportation; but, if you are lucky, it may help to provide some extra money for travel after you leave your job. Short-term work experiences include positions such as “au pairs” (nannies), farm workers, typists, wait persons, and youth camp leaders.
If you are a full-time student or a recent graduate (within the past six months), an organization called BUNAC can help you obtain a permit in Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
Through BUNAC, you can obtain documentation that allows you to work from four to seven months in another country. BUNAC does not find employment for you, but if you’re resourceful and willing to be flexible in the type of job that you do, you should be able to find a position within a week or two.
Lead an International Trip!
Here are three examples of organizations that take high school students on educational and/or community service summer tours abroad. They offer summer positions as trip leaders in an area where you have experience and language skills. Visit their website for recruiting information:
- Putney Student Travel:
- Experiment in International Living (EIL):
- Global Routes:
Internships available through Study Abroad Providers
- Danish Institute for Study (DIS):
- School for International Training (SIT):
While teaching abroad is different in many ways from other overseas experiences, it too can be a tremendous learning experience. First and foremost, it is important to approach the experience with teaching, not travel, as your primary focus.
There are several kinds of teach abroad programs to consider. You can choose to work through a private, for-profit business or a non-profit organization. Here are a few programs to consider:
- The JET Programme - The JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme seeks to enhance internationalization
in Japan through the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and foreign countries.
It focuses on creating ties between Japanese and JET participants and is run by local
governments. Most participants are assistant language teachers and engage in language
instruction under the guidance of teachers’ consultants or Japanese teachers of foreign
languages. To apply, contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate-General closest to
- Teaching Assistant Program in France: This program offers young Americans the opportunity to work in France for 7 months,
teaching English to French students of all ages.
- Language and Cultural Assistants Program in Spain: This program is managed by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport,
and the Education Office of the Embassies of Spain in the U.S.A. and Canada. Participants
teach English in grades K-12.
- CIEE: This organization offers various opportunities to teach English around the world.
Participants pay a program fee which covers placement, visa issues, and insurance.
- Cultural Embrace: Run through the study abroad provider API, this company offers placements teaching in Mexico, China, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- WorldTeach, Inc. - WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that sends volunteers overseas to teach
in developing countries. Subject areas vary from English to environmental education.
While each participant must pay airfare and program start-up fees, the program subsidizes
your expenses while you are working. They even have helpful fundraising suggestions
to provide you with ways to cover costs. Harvard University founded and administers
the program. You can easily find out more information and even apply through the WorldTeach
web site atwww.worldteach.org.
- Dave's ESL Cafe Job Center: A fine web site for more information on teaching overseas.
There is a range of opportunities to volunteer abroad. Restoration projects, literacy campaigns, and teaching are just a few examples. Some programs charge a fee and provide services such as insurance coverage, meals, and even housing. Some do not charge a fee but provide no service; some provide free room and board in exchange for your work; some even pay a small stipend.
- Peace Corps: Started in 1960 by Senator John F. Kennedy, Peace Corps is one of the most known opportunities to live, work and serve in another country.
- Cross-Cultural Solutions: This is a nonprofit organization offering programs in 12 different countries with over 200 different start dates.
- Habitat for Humanity: Habitat runs various international programs like the Global Village Program and the International Volunteer Program.
For more information on short or long term work, volunteer, and study abroad opportunities check out these resources:
- Skidmore College’s Career Development Center
The staff in the Career Development Center can meet with you individually to discuss your skills and provide you with guidance in getting on the right path for an international career. They also have a lots of Web connections related to international internships and careers. You can also check out their link to the GoingGlobal database.
- International Career Employment Weekly
This is a comprehensive source of information on international career positions.
- Maintained by the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Latin American Studies, Enlace is the Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment.
Disclaimer: While we are familiar with many of the resources listed, Skidmore College and the office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges do not endorse or recommend any organization or website in particular.