Working Abroad - Travel While You Work

Working Abroad: A Daily Challenge & Adventure:

Have you ever visited a country or a city, and decided that you would love to live there? Well, working abroad may be your answer. Working abroad is an amazing way to travel, broaden your life horizons and much more. Working abroad allows you to live like a local on a daily basis, and travel in that city, country and region on weekends, week long trips and longer trips. If you love travelling, then working abroad provides you with a unique opportunity to challenge yourself on a daily basis (foreign language, foreign food, foreign culture, transportation to and from work) and to transform your regular work week into something much more adventurous.

 

Working Abroad: What Are Your Options?:

Depending on what stage of life you are at, working abroad can take various forms from an internship with a UK or European company abroad; an internal transfer with your current employer to an overseas location; volunteering with a charity overseas; finding an employer abroad (which may involve sponsorship for a work permit); or moving to a new country and finding a job.

 

What Are The Costs vs Benefits Of Working Abroad?

Working abroad is an amazing experience but it is not always easy. The benefits of working abroad include: living in a foreign country; working in a foreign work culture; working in or learning a foreign language; working with colleagues from a different country; learning how to communicate with foreign work colleagues; learning how decisions are made in a foreign country; experiencing foreign work bureaucracy; making a whole new group of friends from work and in your social life; enjoying the local cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner; travelling around the country and nearby countries; and getting paid to do all of this.

The hardships of working abroad often involve a tough first 6 months of adjustment. You need to make new friends at work and in your social life; find a place to live (that you like); potentially learn a foreign language; potentially find a job; then integrate into your new work culture; and assimilate into the country’s culture. Some people may miss their friends and family back home but with messaging apps and video calls for free over WiFi, it is now far easier and cheaper to keep in touch with loved ones back home. 

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