For the internship that I finally got for this coming Summer I was able to find it and apply for it because I knew someone who was affiliated with the estate. Because of this I do not have a complete experience from application to acceptance through all of the options that I am suggesting, but I have applied or found opportunities through them.
Who you know – Your Contacts:
I know that this is a commonly recommended strategy by many travel bloggers, or job board bloggers. Even so this has been one of the tips that I find the most daunting, or rather the one that I did not understand properly. One misconception that I had when I would read suggestions such as this one, was that it referred to your close circle of friends or that after reading such a tip you would then have an epiphany that would allow you to instantly know of someone that would help you with your endeavors abroad. Because of this I found this tip to be very intimidating, and made me feel a little helpless, but I then realized that if you talk to people able what you are hoping to do that they can offer suggestions. If a suggestion interests you then you can explore it in more detail and it might then help you land a job abroad. This method was how I learned about my internship, which was actually a place that I had gone to years before. If I had not had that suggestion I would probably be still tired and frustrated as I searched for opportunities abroad.
One thing that I would also look into would be rebuilding Chateaux, Villas, and Estates in their respective countries. I know that there are a number of heritage organizations in France that seek to help rebuild Chateaux across the country. Most of these opportunities will be in rural areas, but as most tourists want to be in the urban centers there are more opportunities for cheap or free labor in the places away from these centers to help work on projects in the country. For this I would recommend searching, Chateaux Internship in France, or something along those lines as they are fairly easy to find. I would also like to caution you that there are some opportunities that will ask for you to pay up to $1,000 to join the project and unless it is something that has a value of $1,000 to be able to have a part in whatever they’re doing I would recommend that you do a little more digging to find something that would be a work in exchange for room and board agreement. I also would look into this if you have a working-holiday visa as it can provide a sense of stability while you are looking for work in your respective locale.
Wwoofing & Work Away
If you are interested in doing farm work or working in a Bed and Breakfast, or Hostel that magically does not have a bunch of young people that want to work for free room and board these two services could really help you in finding work abroad. Now most of these do not offer hard cash to their workers, but they will allow you to help stretch your budget so you can keep on traveling. I have had a number of friends that have worked as wwoofers. So to get this gig you have to pay a fee of around $30 to have access to the respective nation’s job board. With this you can then look at the various farm or other agricultural enterprises to find one that suites your abilities and conditions that you are willing to work under. There are a number of other blogs that can go into more detail on this subject, but after you find a farm that you are interested in working at you can then go contact the host and discuss the conditions of your service.
Work Away works around the same premise, for a fee of around $15 you can contact the hosts on this international job board. The main difference however is the fact that you can work at Bed and Breakfasts, as an Au Pair, as an office assistant, language teacher, farm hand, and a whole variety of other jobs. This provides a much wider range of opportunities, but one draw back is that I’ve found that there are fewer positions with Work Away than compared to wwoof; however, you are able to work a wider range of gigs with this board.
Job Boards: Gumtree
I hope to be able to provide more first hand feedback about gumtree in the future, but I know that it is a job board, much like craigslist that is a favorite among backpackers. As I continue my travels I hope to be able to provide more information about this, but I would also recommend checking it out in the future.
I hope that this helps provide some information and inspiration on how to find positions abroad.