Conquer the world! Top 5 ways to work abroad

The motherland, Mzansi, South Africa, we all love it. But sometimes a break is needed, and what better way than to work abroad? Not only do you get the chance to experience new culture, you can make bank while doing it too! Working abroad is something everyone should try. And even though it might seem difficult and overwhelming, we are here to help! Check out our top 5 tips on how to work abroad!


Why should i leave?

We are quite fond of our little southern piece of land at JobfinderZA. South Africa offers many opportunities for those who seek them. But at the same time its a big world, and today people with international resumes are more attractive on the market. Having experience from another country is a big plus for you. Not only that, European companies usually pay better. With some luck, you could double your paycheck!

More money in your pocket, new experiences, new people, what’s not to love?

5: Working abroad with kids?

Probably one of the most classic reasons people leave their countries. Many young people have tried the job of au pair. And its a very lucrative choice! Being an au pair means that your living costs are usually covered. While you can still earn money and even study at the same time!

Now this is going to need you to be a people person. Its pretty hard to live in a house with other humans and not bump into anybody! But as long as you are okay with dealing with the ins and outs of a new family, this is a great opportunity!

How do you become an au pair, you ask? Well the good thing is, you don’t always need an education! Many Au pairs do this gig while still studying. Also for a lot of people this could be their very first job! Making it a great way to start out your career. It is really a luxury to have the time to go for a degree while working abroad.

There are many websites where you can start. We recommend using Au pair international. A very reliable site for au pair vacancies.

4:Free as a bird, the freelancer!

It is not the first time we mention freelancing! But we really cannot say it enough, it is one of the best ways to make money without having a resume! And when it comes to working abroad, it is easily a top contender. One of the issues with finding work outside of your country is the permits. Many times you may need to apply for a work permit before going.

This takes a lot of time, and in some cases will cost you. But freelancing does not require any permits. Since you are technically not working within the country, you are under no obligation to declare to the local government! This means that you could go somewhere on a tourist visa, work from your computer, and make money while travelling.

In other words, you could start freelancing any time, go anywhere, and make money. As long as you have a skill you can use, you’re all good! All you need for starters is a good freelancing website. We can recommend Upwork or Fiverr, as both are very popular and safe ways to sell your services.

You can read more about freelancing in our guide: Top 5 ways to make money between jobs

3: Fear of heights? Get over it!

This next one is not technically working abroad. But it has the same perks! We are of course talking about being a flight attendant. This is one of those dream jobs for a lot of people, and for good reason! Flying for a living is an incredible experience, one that you should try. And the best thing about it is, once you have your foot in the door, it is very easy to get hired abroad! Switching countries when you are a flight attendant is common, so expect to have the opportunity to work all over the world.

Like being an au pair, this job is best suited if you love being around people. So make sure to work on those social skills before applying. An added bonus is that you usually don’t need to have any previous experience, depending on which airline you are applying to.

2: The work abroad pandemic – Language!

There is no way you have missed the absolute craze right now. Everywhere you go, someone is on their way to china to teach english! Tutoring has exploded in popularity in recent years, but why is it so popular?

Well one reason why many South Africans choose this path, is because it is so avaible to us. In general we speak very good English in this country, giving us a good head start. The barrier of entry to teaching language in a foreign country is also quite low, often all that is needed is a simple course.

One thing that might turn some people off is that often these countries are very distant. to work abroad in China is no small change from life in South Africa, and it will need a lot of adjustment until you get comfortable. But if you can get over being home sick, this is an amazing chance that you should definitely take!

1: Building worldwide empires!

As we have previously mentioned, one of the best things you can do for yourself is starting a business. It allows you to live out your own dreams fully, while still making money. And this is also true when it comes to working abroad!

Now this is definitely the most difficult option on this list. Its not easy to run a business, but to start one in a foreign country? Its a daunting task. You’re going to have to work hard to get the right permits for this one and be ready for disappointment if things don’t go right. However, if you do it right then it can be career defining! Starting your business means you dont have to rely on anyone else but you.

Another advantage of going to another country to run a business is what you bring to the table. We might have a different perspective here in South Africa compared to other countries. So take what you know from here and apply it elsewhere! Who knows, maybe you are the one to start the great pap revolution abroad.


So, we hope we have given you some solid advice on what to do, if you want to work abroad! But what about finding a job here in South Africa? Well we got you covered! Check out all of the vacancies we post over here. Feel you need to brush up on your knowledge? then read our Ultimate guide to jobs in South Africa! We hope you enjoyed the read, until next time, good luck on your job search.

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