Top 10 Holiday Jobs

Top 10 Holiday Jobs

People of all ages and from all corners of the globe enjoy the excitement of venturing into a foreign country for a couple of months, sometimes even for a year or two, to work. Getting a job abroad allows you to earn some cash while exploring. Whether you choose to work or volunteer, there’s something fascinating about discovering a country from a worker's perspective. We’ve chosen the Top 10 Holiday Jobs - unique and exciting ones to create experiences you'll never forget.

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Grape Picking In France

Grape PickingGrape picking in France

France is very well known for its agriculture - and especially for their wine. It is, afterall, the homeland of Champagne. If you want to experience working outdoors all day in the fresh air of France’s vineyards, then picking grapes is definitely a great choice for you. People of all ages can enjoy this - but do take note that it is hard work. The wine farms are desperate for staff during the prime harvesting season that begins in September, so finding a grape picking job should be easy. The pay is minimal, but many of the farms offer free accommodation and food. Just imagine being back home, sipping on some Bordeaux, knowing that you helped create it.

More information: Picking

Teaching English In Thailand

There are few jobs more rewarding than teaching. By teaching English in Thailand, you will have the opportunity to experience a diverse culture and lifestyle and can learn the language of this beautiful country. Before you decide to teach, you will need to take a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. Once you have this, Thailand welcomes you with a big smile and many teaching opportunities. Best of all, you earn decent money while teaching and your accommodation might even be paid for. Teachers in Thailand are in more demand than ever with Thailand becoming one of the world's top tourist destinations. You can also teach there short-term, but to really see the positive results that you can have on the kids, a minimum of one year is recommended.

More information on TEFL courses: Ajarn
More information on teaching in Thailand: Teach Away

Yachting In The Caribbean

Yachting in CaribbeanYachting in the Caribbean

Imagine getting paid to travel the world. Whether you feel like working for a few months or a couple of years, cruising around on a yacht in the Caribbean is an exhilarating way to work abroad. There are a wide range of yacht jobs available, such as working on the decks, cooking in the kitchen, waitering or being a steward. Besides the fact that you earn a fantastic salary and might get the chance to work on some of the world’s most opulent yachts, you also don’t have to worry about expenses such as accommodation, food and even toiletries. The yacht takes care of all of that for you. So if you’re interested in doing a lot of travelling while working, consider boarding a grand yacht where you’ll get to mingle with the rich and famous and see places you once only dreamed of.

More information: Work on Boats

Camp Counsellor In Canada

Summer camps for children and teenagers are extremely popular in Canada, much like its neighbouring country - America. Children that go to camp are there long enough to be able to build lasting friendships and create amazing memories. Working as a camp counsellor, you'll organise fun activities like team building exercises and designing obstacle courses. You’ll not only have your inner child coming out to play, but you’ll also not have to worry about grown-up problems such as paying for food and accommodation. The summer holiday camps are between 9 and 12 weeks long.

More information: Camp Counselors Canada

Livestock Farming In Australia

Livestock in AustraliaLivestock farming in Australia

Are you a nature-lover? Working on a sheep and cattle farm in the Australian Outback is something you should only consider if you love the outdoors and don’t mind getting your hands more than a little dirty. Providers of dairy, meat and wool, cattle and sheep farms play a huge role in Australia’s success as a great agricultural country. You can choose to do the simpler tasks such as feeding and milking the livestock, or you can learn how to brand and tag them. Most of the farms that offer holiday jobs to foreigners will provide you with food and accommodation. Just remember that this job requires very early mornings, a lot of hard work and dirt - lots of dirt.

More information: Interconnections

Ski/Snowboarding Counsellor in Switzerland

Fancy a winter getaway and being paid for it? Tourists travelling to Switzerland in winter never miss out on skiing or snowboarding. If spending your days on the majestic mountains of the Swiss Alps sounds attractive to you, take the opportunity to work as a ski instructor at a ski camp. Viamonde offers many ski camps for international schools from all over the world and they are always looking for people from different countries to become skiing instructors. Unlike many other jobs abroad, this one - due to safety reasons - does require you to have a ski instructor qualification as well as first aid and a CPR certificate. Ski instructors are paid very well and are also provided with room and board as well as accident and liability insurance.

More information: Viamonde

Check out the Working for Viamonde video below:

Work With Pandas In China

Giant PandasWork with Giant Pandas in China

Giant pandas are an extremely endangered species. With only about 1,600 of them left in the wild and about 200 in captivity, people are becoming increasingly motivated to protect these beautiful, cuddly bears. China is home to many Giant Panda Conservations and they are always looking for volunteers. Granted you won’t be getting paid, but the fact that you can make a difference while spending time with these incredible animals makes it all worthwhile. In a panda conservation near Xian, you get to interact with the pandas, feed them and clean out their enclosures. You also work with other endangered species such as the Red Panda and Golden Monkey. Alternatively, if you want to make a difference in another way, you can make donations or even adopt a panda on the WWF website.

More information: i-to-i Volunteer

Kibbutz Volunteer In Israel

Israel is famous for its Kibbutz, or collective community. The tradition of helping to make these communities better places for the locals, means that there are always Kibbutz jobs available. You won’t get paid much, but you will be provided with food and accommodation. There are also various job options, such as dishwashing, laundry, farming, gardening and looking after children. Some of the jobs will require you to get really dirty, but you need to know that this is half the fun, as well as making friends from all over the world. You’ll be helping to run a community, so expect to work hard for up to six days a week. In the end though, it is a truly humbling experience.

More information: I Volunteer

Fishing In Alaska

Fishing in AlaskaFishing in Alaska

Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you experience the natural beauty of Alaska from the deck of a crab or salmon fishing boat. While this job may be a bit more daring than the others, the pay is pretty good - starting salaries are about £90 a day and increase as you gain more expertise. There’s no need for previous experience on a fishing boat as you’ll learn all you need to know there. Jobs are easy enough to come by, but be ready to embrace the cold air of Alaska and the interesting fishermen that you'll crew with.

More information: Alaska Fishing Jobs

Amazon Conservation In Peru

There's something almost magical about the Amazon Rainforest. Its tranquil appearance, along with the thousands of plant and animal species living in it, makes it one of the most fascinating places on Earth for scientists, biologists and zoologists. If you are a lover of nature, what better place to learn about protecting the environment than in the Amazon. When you apply to volunteer here, you get to work alongside top researchers and scientists, who will teach you many ways in which you can help to save our planet.

More information: POD Volunteer

Watch the video below for information on Amazon Conservation in Peru:

Last Updated: September 2012

Zoe Harrington

Zoe Harrington

After graduating with a degree in English Literature and a passion for writing, Zoe finally ended up at Essential Travel. An avid animal lover, Zoe is also an enthusiastic traveller and loves the richness it brings to one's life. Born in London, she has been to many European countries, the USA, Thailand and Singapore, making her always keen to inform others of the wonders of travel through her writing.