There are so many possibilities and opportunities overseas. Where to begin?!
You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do just yet, but you do need to begin to expose yourself to the vast array of options available to you. The world is literally at your fingertips!
In the In Depth portion of this page, I’ve compiled some links which will help you begin your search, but don’t end it there – talk with people who have international work/volunteer experience, attend cultural workshops and programs, learn a language, create your own project… you’ll be amazed at the doors that will open!
Jobs are available internationally in many different fields such as Volunteer and Nonprofit, Teaching, Healthcare, Development and the US Foreign Service. These opportunities can be either paid and unpaid.
If you’re interested in language and cultural training, check out the Critical Language Scholarship Program.
One of the most comprehensive online resources available is Idealist.org, providing “an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.”
Meg Springer advises students interested in education and nonprofit, and working internationally.
Make an appointment with Meg by calling Career Planning at (207) 725-3717 or by submitting our online appointment request form.
The following are resources that will be useful to you in your search for an international job opportunity.US Foreign Service: This is a good place to begin your search.Working Abroad/InterExchange: InterExchange is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness through work and volunteer exchange programs. For more than 40 years, InterExchange has been connecting young people from all over the world with life-changing international cultural exchange opportunities. In turn, they provide a unique answer for businesses, organizations, summer camps, and families in need of staff, interns, volunteers, camp counselors and au pairs.
Overseas Jobs: OverseasJobs.com offers enriching and rewarding employment opportunities across the globe for experienced professionals, contractors and expatriates looking to expand their horizons through work abroad and an international career.
iHipo: iHipo lists a number of job opportunities around the world. iHipo stands for international High Potential network. iHipo is a social network that connects students and young professionals with international employers. It serves as a platform for peer-to-peer communication and recruiting.
Princeton in Africa: Offers opportunities for service through fellowships with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.
Princeton in Asia: The program offers primarily teaching fellowships with additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development, and business.
Princeton in Latin America: Matches aspiring public sector professionals with non-profits throughout Latin America for full-year fellowships in development work.
There are a number of international jobs in the health care field as well. If you’re looking to make an impact on global health care, or raise awareness about a social cause, going abroad can offer you an experience like no other. The following websites will be of use to you.
Partners in Health: This organization aims to provide medical care globally to those who are unable to afford treatment.
Development Executive: also known as “Devex,” assists the thousands of professionals, businesses, and non-profit corporations who work everyday to make sustainable development a reality but who face the roadblocks of working in this highly fragmented and regulated industry.
Worldpress: Worldpress is a good resource if you have ever considered a career in health care of social advocacy.
Healthcare Volunteers: Healthcare volunteer’s mission is to empower any individual to make an impact in community and global health. They connect volunteers to health-related volunteering opportunities for free—anywhere, any time, and for any length of time. They aim to become the de-facto non-profit organization and website for health-related volunteers and workers anywhere in the world.
Crosscultural Solutions: Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering, and is committed to educating people about this important work. Each year, thousands of people volunteer abroad with CCS, making a difference overseas and touching lives across the world.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing: Visit this site for a comprehensive listing of online resources in the international health care field.
If you are more interested in government involvement with global development and relief efforts the United States Department of State offers information about careers and internships where you can work as a United States representative.
Indeed.com, a leading U.S. job search site, has now expanded its services to 18 new countries across 5 continents.
Just like the U.S.-based Indeed.com, the international sites bring the same quality targeted job search results in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom
Wow Jobs Canada: Job search engine for opportunities throughout Canada. Search thousands of jobs across Canada.
The majority of teaching positions abroad are for English teachers. With the rising availability of qualified, credentialed English teachers, it is becoming increasingly competitive to get an international teaching position. The more experience you have teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), intercultural experience and sensitivity, as well as personal experience abroad the better. Teaching positions come in many different forms, with varying lengths of time and pay. Many positions are volunteer, but help you acquire the skills and experience necessary to obtain a more sustainable position. Some programs also have fees associated, so carefully screen the organizations and positions that you are researching.
Resources for International Teaching
The International Educator is a great resource with more than a thousand current international teaching and education opportunities. To get the log in information and password, please contact the Career Planning Center at 725-3717, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Check this regularly for updated postings.
There are also other great resources to find teaching positions abroad. Browse through the organizations listed below to find information about more teaching and education job opportunities.
International Job Search Engines
The Omprakash Foundation – Co-founded by Willy Oppenheim ’09, Omprakash, a non-profit organization, offers a new model of global education that empowers people everywhere to become conscious participants in processes of social transformation. Omprakash’s website contains an ever-expanding database of grassroots educational projects with which it has established personal relationships.
ESL Job Board: Listing of current ESL teaching positions worldwide.
Dave’s ESL Cafe: Hundreds of international teaching opportunities posted here!
Footprintsrecruiting.com: Job listings for those who want to teach English as a second language abroad.
Teaching Opportunities Abroad: International teaching jobs posted by country. Some programs may require a fee.
TEFL Professional Network: Offers career resources and overseas teaching opportunities.
TeacherPort: While in essence a job board, TeacherPort also features a wealth of resources for students seeking teaching positions abroad including employer profiles and country guides.
Postgraduate Opportunities and Fellowships
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: Teaching positions worldwide in schools and universities. The Bowdoin College Office of Student Fellowships and Research can assist you with the application process.
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Princeton in Asia: Offers primarily teaching fellowships with additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development, and business.
Princeton in Latin America: Offers fellowships in a variety of public interest fields including education, healthcare, economics/finance, and human rights.
African Leadership Academy: ALA seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world; ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and and excel in the academic environment, we are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.
Nonprofit Programs and Placement Organizations
WorldTeach: A nonprofit, non-governmental organization founded by a group of Harvard students in 1986 and based at the Center for International Development at Harvard, WorldTeach provides opportunities for individuals to make a contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. Program fee required.
Teach Away: Headquartered in Toronto, Teach Away helps North American teachers find employment overseas. Partners include a wide range of educational institutions including elementary, middle and high schools, international schools, public schools, businesses requiring English language instructors, summer camps, adult learning centers, and private English schools.
Teach for China: Teach for China (TFC) is an innovative non-profit working to address educational inequality in China by enlisting the most promising future leaders in the effort. TFC recruits, trains, and supports top graduates from China and the United States to work side-by-side as full-time teachers in China’s most under-resourced schools. Beyond their two-year teaching commitments, TFC supports alumni to become leaders in the broader movement to address educational inequality. As the first and only organization to partner outstanding recent college graduates from the United States and China in a long-term service initiative, TFC’s approach provides an innovative model for strengthening Sino-US relations and building bilateral solutions to global problems.
CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange offers teaching abroad programs in Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Vietnam, and Thailand. Requires a program fee.
Teach Abroad Search Associates: Placement agency for for K-12 American/International college preparatory schools around the world. Teaching positions usually require certification or 2 years of experience, while paid teaching internships simply require college graduation. Requires a placement fee.
SIT Graduate Institute: Offers master’s programs in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, International Education, Sustainable Development, Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Requires tuition fees.
Language Corps: Paid teaching positions and volunteer teaching opportunities. Requires a program fee.
Cross-Cultural Solutions: A placement organization that offers one- to twelve-week volunteer opportunities in education and health fields at locations across Asia, Africa, and South America. Requires a program fee.
Teach Thailand Corps: Sponsored by the American-Thai Foundation, Teach Thailand Corps seeks qualified recent graduates to teach English in underserved primary and secondary schools. To qualify for consideration, volunteers must have a bachelor’s degree in any field. Corps members are provided with housing, a monthly stipend, and a Thai visa and work permit.
Teach Thailand Corps Short-Term Volunteer Program: An abbreviated version of the American-Thai Foundation’s teach abroad program, the Short-Term Volunteer Program is open to students who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree and/or have existing commitments that make them unable to participate in the full-term Teach Thailand Corps service year. The duration of service is based on the availability and interest of each volunteer; short-term volunteers are responsible for their own travel and living expenses.
Jet Programme: A grassroots Japan Exchange and Teaching program.
EPIK: EPIK extends invitations to responsible, enthusiastic native English speakers who are motivated to share knowledge with students and teachers. EPIK seeks to cultivate open-minded and well-rounded Korean individuals capable of advancing Korea in the modern world through English language education.
English Opens Doors: Offers English teaching fellowships in Chilean public schools sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Education. Volunteers are placed in classrooms from grades 5-12 and live with a host family for the duration of their service term.
Department of Defense Schools: Offers teaching opportunities at US Department of Defense schools in military bases around the world.
Overseas Schools: Overseas teaching opportunities offered by the US State Department.
The Teaching Assistant Program in France: Paid English language teaching assistantship program administered by the French Education Ministry that offers placement in schools throughout France. A minimum two years of college-level French and conversational proficiency in the language are required and experience working with children is a plus. Applications should be submitted directly to the French government.
Peace Corps: Volunteers serve for 27 months in one of 77 host countries while providing valuable service in the areas of education, youth and community development, health, business/information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment. Students are encouraged to apply nine to twelve months in advance for this long-term service commitment.
International Volunteer & Nonprofit
Volunteering abroad is becoming a very popular option for meaningful work and travel in developing countries or for social causes anywhere. Some volunteer positions do “pay,” at least room and board, and it may be possible to defer educational loans during a volunteer assignment. For summer work camps or volunteer vacations, apply generally March-May. For long-term volunteer options like the Peace Corps, apply nine to twelve months in advance.
Also check out the opportunities available listed on the Science, Health and Environment Career Page.
For links to NGO’s, Interaction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.
There are many opportunities for students to do non-profit work abroad. Many nonprofit organizations offer potential exposure that other jobs do not because of their unique structure and small size. Students often times are able to perform functions in capacities that would otherwise be reserved for more seasoned employees. Opportunities in the non-profit sector can offer students the opportunity to take on more responsibility and strengthen existing talent and skills.
Helpful Volunteer and Nonprofit websites
Foundation for Sustainable Development: FSD partners with local leaders to build networks and collaborate on community-driven approaches to development issues. Each of FSD’s ten program locations provides a range of opportunities to intern or volunteer abroad in microfinance, health, environment, youth and education, women’s empowerment, community development, and human rights.
Princeton in Asia: Princeton-in-Asia (PiA) provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by their Asian partners. The program offers primarily teaching fellowships with additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development, and business.
Princeton in Africa: Seeks to develop young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement. To accomplish this, they offer opportunities for service through fellowships with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.
Princeton in Latin America: Matches aspiring public sector professionals with non-profits throughout Latin America for full-year fellowships in development work.
Transitions Abroad: Portal for paid and volunteer work abroad. Lists articles, programs and websites for jobs teaching English abroad.
Cross Cultural Solutions: Nonprofit organization which places over 4,000 people a year in its volunteer programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. CCS has a worldwide staff of over 300 people in 12 countries, with administrative offices located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Program fee.
Inter Exchange: Nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cultural awareness through a wide range of work and travel, language school, volunteer, professional training, internships and au pair programs within the United States and around the world.
Idealist: Nonprofit organization with an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. With Idealist you can find people, organizations, groups, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. You can sign up to receive daily alerts with new opportunities matching your interests, and create a personal profile to network with other Idealists.
WorldTeach: Nonprofit, non-governmental organization founded by a group of Harvard students in 1986 and based at the Center for International Development at Harvard. It provides opportunities for individuals to make a contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.
Omprakash Foundation: Nonprofit dedicated to empowering social transformation and education projects around the world.
BUNAC: U.K. nonprofit organization, for over 46 years BUNAC has offered eligible applicants aged 18 and over an opportunity to spend extended time living, working, and traveling overseas. Program fees.
The Peace Corps: Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America’s most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.
Operation Crossroads Africa: US-based private voluntary organization that sponsors cross-cultural exhchanges and small-scale development projects in Africa. Participant fee involved.
Global Service Corps: Working from offices on three continents, Global Service Corps is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of designing and implementing effective service-learning programs that provide maximum benefit to our program participants and the communities we serve.
Global Volunteer Network (GVN): Offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects around the world. The organization currently provides volunteer programs through partner organizations in 21 countries throughout South America, Africa and Asia.
Global Health Corps: With an emphasis on increasing accessibility to quality healthcare and improving health outcomes in developing nations, the Global Health Corps pairs fellows with organizations around the world. Applicants must be under 30 years of age and hold at least an undergraduate degree by the time they enter the program; students of all academic backgrounds may apply.
United Planet: Strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet’s global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. The underlying principle of our programs is the concept of Relational Diplomacy — recognizing that the relationship between people of diverse backgrounds is the basic building block for uniting the world. United Planet’s innovative programs are designed to expose our common human bonds, generate respect and appreciation for our cultural, racial, and religious diversity, and enrich lives of our neighbors worldwide. Program fee.
United Nations Volunteers: Contributes to peace and development through volunteerism. UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. With partners, UNV advocates for volunteerism, integrates volunteerism into development planning and mobilizes volunteers. The enormous potential of volunteerism is an inspiration to UNV and to volunteers around the world. (Minimum age 25 years old- 2 years experience)
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