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Careers for Travel Addicts by Caroline Edwards, Frontier

Date added: Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Careers For Travel Addicts

Travelling is an addiction, a state of being that pulls you from one direction to another, wandering from country to country constantly on the look-out for more places to explore. Maybe you picture yourself living like a gypsy in a caravan, just you and your dusty backpack, or maybe you fancy dressing up in a suit going from one business meeting to another in a new country every time. Whatever you desire, there is a travel-job for everyone that is hungry enough for adventure. You could trek through the jungle surrounded by wildlife or simply hide behind your laptop screen.

Finding the right path takes curiosity, determination, and an adventurous spirit and you can take the first step with some of Frontier’s exciting projects abroad or find yourself in a career that you have never imaged was possible!


1. Teach English

2. Look after children

3. Healthcare professional

4. Diplomat

5. A Tour Guide

6. Life guard

7. Work in a hostel

8. Freelancer

9. Professional adventurer

10. Wildlife, animals and conservation

11. Archaeologist: Explore the past

12. Oceanographer

13. Ships, airplanes or a truck

14. Gypsy-life

15. Professional coconut protection officer


1. Teach English all over the world

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Image courtesy of Frontier China Teaching Project

Do you enjoy seeing the lights in people’s eyes when they finally get it? Do you want to a new language to children? Then teaching might be the right travel-job for you. If you are a native English speaker you can get qualified with a TEFL certificate. On Frontier’s various teaching projects you can gain such a qualification which can be used all over the world! Some places they even pay you quite well. So whether you picture yourself in a rural village school in Cambodia or amongst children of business high-flyers in China, you definitely have a lot of opportunities as a teacher, with a qualification or not, teaching abroad gives you a great chance to impact the lives of children all over the world. Find out more about teaching abroad here.

 

2. Look after children

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Image courtesy of Frontier Kenya Orphanage and Teaching in Mombasa

Orphanages, nurseries, au-pair jobs or even cruise ships! As a childcare worker (you can also gain qualifications for this ) you could go anywhere, but there will always be the language barrier to consider, which could influence the type of jobs available to you. Many people want their children to learn one of the major languages, so if you speak English, French, Spanish or German, you could be in high demand. Frontier has a lot of opportunities for working with childcare, find out more here.

 

3. Healthcare professional

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Image courtesy of Frontier Medical Projects Africa

Doctors and nurses are needed everywhere. As a health care professional you have the chance to have an impact by offering your skills in places that don’t have enough healthcare workers especially doctors. Same goes for veterinarians and dentists – healthcare is universal, at least most people would like it to be. Gaining some experience by working in a hospital abroad can add some great points on your CV as well. Check out Frontier’s opportunities here.

 

4. Diplomat

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Image courtesy of Max Klingensmith

Might be slightly less of a gypsy life; however it does offer great opportunities to explore new cultures and be surrounded by political affairs. First of all you need a good education – bachelor and often a master within an appropriate subject as well as a lot of experience. Volunteering abroad can be a great way to explore your own interests and abilities. Knowledge of other languages and cultures is important as well.

 

5. A Tour Guide

Do you have a lot of knowledge about particular destinations and places you could make money doing tours for English-speaking tourist – or many other languages depending on your skills. Another option is to get qualified as a tour guide and apply to work for travel companies abroad.

 

6. Life guard

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Image courtesy of Tangi Bertin

Although it might be more of a summer thing, working as a life guard can take you far. Spend your days keeping an eye on tourists on a beach and enjoy your time off exploring new places in the sun. Not too bad, is it?

 

7. Work in a hostel

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Image courtesy of Emily May

As a backpacker, hostel work can be a great way to get free accommodation on your travels. You could even work your way around different countries by taking up work in hostels – and the best part is that you get to meet a lot of travellers who are eager to socialise! So if you are not the shy type, why not?

 

8. Freelancer

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Image courtesy of Giorgio Montersino

There are a lot of jobs you could potentially do from anywhere in the world: Build websites and graphic design, work as a translator, work as a photographer or a freelance journalist. Blogging is also a way to make money, but it requires time and dedication.

 

9. Professional adventurer

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Image courtesy of Frontier New Zealand Adrenaline Junky

As a true adrenaline junkie you might just want to dive, bumpy jump or do something crazy all the time. So why not become an adventure tour guide? Or a scuba diving instructor? Experience is key! You will need to get qualified as an instructor in the area you wish to pursue. Why not get qualified as a windsurfing instructor in Australia, or embark on a crew sailing course?  You could also learn a skill from scratch with Frontier’s many adventure sport projects!

 

10. Wildlife, animals and conservation

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Image courtesy of volunteer Stephany Graham, Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

The world is in need of rescue and this inconvenient truth has created lots of jobs for people who are passionate about nature and wildlife. All over the world you can find work at animal sanctuaries and shelters, research based jobs within conservation, climate change adaption programs and much more. So how do you get a job like that? Depending on the field you wish to pursue, some degree of education and experience is required. This could be a degree in veterinary science, biology, environmental science or similar. With Frontier you have the chance to gain a qualification in conservation as well as real experience in the field. This could be the right way to kick-start your career as a travelling wildlife-addict!

 

11. Archaeologist: Explore the past

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Image courtesy of William Warby

Imagine travelling to Egypt to dig holes all day while looking for lost treasures from our past? Get your hands dirty and explore caves and ancient places as an archaeologist! With fierce competition and only a few jobs you will need a lot of experience as well as a degree. People often volunteer at field projects alongside real archaeologists– whatever you can get your hands on. Do it!

 

12. Oceanographer

Do you wish to combine sea life with laboratory research? Do you like math and science? Then life an oceanographer might be just the right choice for you. The job allows you to study the sea as a whole to better understand eco-systems and collect samples and tests for research. Although there are many specialisations, you will need some sort of qualification and often oceanographers are qualified scuba divers. With Frontier you can get started straight away on one of our many marine conservation courses: Combine studying, scuba diving and fun!

 

13. Ships, airplanes or a truck!

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Image courtesy of Ryndon Ricks

Transportation is something most people need in order to travel, so it’s probably no surprise that you also get to see quite a few places if you work within that sector. As a pilot you get to see the world from the top as well as explore airports around the globe. You could also consider working on a ship? Or maybe drive a truck through the whole of Europe? It might not be as glamorous as a pilot job, but it can be a lot more relaxing.

 

14. Professional coconut protection officer

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Image courtesy of Pat McGrath

As much as this might sound as a made-up job title, it actually exist some places. According to an article in the telegraph this rare job title can be found on the US Virgin Islands!

 

15. Travellers-life: from one job to another

Does the idea of a permanent job scare you? A life on the road could be the answer. Websites like workaway.com allows you to apply for jobs such as farm work, hostel jobs, construction projects and much more. But finding work this way might be more risky and you need to trust your instincts. Wandering the roads from town to town requires quite a bit of experience, so if this is your chosen path, makes sure you get all the travel and work experience you can before hitting the roads!

So what now? Whether you are a school-leaver, student or graduate, there are always opportunities out there. So, if you desire to get a real travel-job one day you need to get yourself out there and explore – there is a reason why they call you a travel-addict, right?

With Frontier you can see the world and volunteer at the same time! It’s a great way to explore for people who are thirsty for travel but need more experience before doing it on their own.

Caroline Edwards is an Online Media Intern at Frontier, an international non-profit volunteering NGO. Check out Frontier’s blog ‘Into the Wild’ for more gap year ideas to help make your time out meaningful. For more information about travel and volunteering opportunities available please visit www.frontier.ac.uk.