As of October 2018, I have interned and worked in the United States, India, Spain, China, and Vietnam.
Truth be told, there are different ways to do this and there are many industries you can go into.
My biggest advice about pursuing a travel career?
Remember, nothing is going to happen overnight.
For me, a career is not a single event. It is a string of jobs and opportunities that are hopefully meaningful.
If you want to make the transition into having a career that lets you travel, you need experience.
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Where Do You Start If You Don’t Have Any Experience?
First, start local. Look for internationally-focused organizations in your community. To find opportunities, you can search volunteer search engines.
When I was starting out, I spent time at an immigration center. I edited resumes, translated bills, and education certificates, and tutored English. I found this opportunity through Catholic Charities.
Did I get paid? No. But helping others who were new to this country was invaluable. That’s what matters. The added bonus was I developed skills future employers needed and it was a “global” experience.
Also, I tutored for four years at a church. When my students finished with their assignments, I incorporated “international activities” during their downtime. For one activity, I had the students make their own “passports.” Another time, I taught them how to say hello in different languages.
Looking back, my motive wasn’t to find a profitable international career. I did it because I just returned from India and was obsessed with all things international. I wanted to share my love with anyone who would listen (kind of like this blog) while serving with others.
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But again, the experience counts.
You have to be creative.
Also, I would check out organizations that do mission trips.
Next week, I’ll talk about why teaching English could be a beginning step to an international career.
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