Unless you have a trust fund or have saved extensively, you’ll need to work as you go to fund your travels. In this episode, we discuss a few ways of finding short-term work overseas, specifically looking at ESOL positions.
We got an email from Nathan, asking about how we find short-term work on the road, especially since most of the ESOL jobs out there require a nine or twelve-month commitment. We’re not the biggest fans of year-long contracts, and have found several ways to get shorter contracts.
1. Search online – subscribe to RSS feeds and return often to see new jobs.
2. Apply for jobs that advertise a long contract and negotiate for a shorter one.
3. Use the grapevine. Talk to previous employers, colleagues and friends for tips, and use forums to get an idea of good and bad places to work.
4. Send your CV to everyone you can find in the yellow pages.
5. Drop in, in person and leave a CV.
6. Be a bit cheeky. Think of new ways to advertise yourself.
7. Consider joining an agency.
8. Look for organisations which have centres around the country or around the world. Use the network.
Don’t forget to investigate all the book deals we have on at the moment:
- Lonely Planet is giving away a free book on their site when you make a minimum purchase – it works out to something like buy two, get one free.
- Get 10% off the Unconventional Guide to Discount Airfare using the discount code “indietravel”.
- Rough Guides and hostelbookers are giving away copies of their new guide called “Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travels”.