One of the most recurring questions I receive on a normal basis has to be the confused yet eager "You're going somewhere else?" and "What program are you doing now?". Today, we are going to answer that question by supplying you with 5 paid international programs to check out!
First, you need to know what an international program is. International programs are simply opportunities for anyone around the world (young professionals, students, teachers, mothers, sisters, play cousins) to pursue in a country other than their own.
There are various types of international programs around the world but for the sake of time (and money) , let's talk about the one that gets you paid. TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD!
Teaching English abroad is one of the easiest ways to make money while living in a foreign country because you just have to speak English. Now don't get me wrong, teaching is a beast in its own right (trust me) but it has its perks. Most countries require a Bachelors Degree while others only require a high school diploma. Some pay extra for higher degrees and certifications such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
Depending on where you decide to move, you can make anywhere from $700-$5500 a month. Check out these 5 Paid International Programs to get you inspired to make that move abroad!
NORTH AMERICAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE ASSISTANTS IN SPAIN
Requirements: Under 65 years of age , B.A or B.S, Native English or French Speaker, Clean Background Check
The North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain is a government sponsored program that gives U.S and Canadian students an opportunity to assist teachers in primary and secondary classes. The program is from October-May and a stipend of 700-1000 euros is given based on location.
*Currently, I am participating in this program* I just started so I can't give you any juicy details yet but check out Liz's story about her experience in the program!
EPIK (ENGLISH PROGRAM IN KOREA)
Location: South Korea
Requirements: Be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language, Be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language, Be a maximum of 62 years of age, Have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and life.
In this program, you will be required to assist Korean teachers during their English classes, prepare English conversation classes, and help with any activities around campus that are English related (sports, tutoring, etc). Haven't taught before? No worries, they have an orientation to show you how to teach and how to adapt to Korean culture and norms.
Depending on your education and/or teaching experience, you can receive anywhere from $1500-2100 monthly. Check out this this informative interview on expat life in South Korea.
Location: Just about anywhere
Requirements: U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, ready to depart in 9-12 months
Peace Corps is a volunteer organization that places people in regions all around the world to help in sectors such as agriculture, education, health, community development, and youth development. You do get a living stipend and accommodation but this program is more catered to people who truly want to make a difference in the lives of people all around the world rather than those who want to save money. Once you finish the 2-year program, you are given $8,000 to help transition back into your home country. Peace Corps is no joke and is not for the faint of heart but if you want to be placed in areas where you will REALLY be needed, this is the program for you! Read Tahira's story on how she used her George Town business skills working in Lesotho.
CULTURAL VISTAS FELLOWSHIP
Location: Argentina, Germany, and India
Requirements: U.S. citizens enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university,Sophomore or junior academic status at the time of application; preferred minimum GPA of 3.0, Prior knowledge of language of host country (this is applicable in Germany and Argentina only)
If you are still in school, it's not possible to just pick up and move abroad for a year or two. It is possible to enjoy your summer all expenses paid to Germany, Argentina, or India. Who doesn't want to see the Taj Mahal? Cultural Vistas is for those students in their sophomore or junior year who want to immerse themselves in a different culture while gaining meaningful international experience for 8 weeks. So this program doesn't pay you, but it pays for accommodation, flights, and all program-related expenses (and a trip to New York)! Your welcome.
JET-THE JAPAN EXCHANGE AND TEACHING PROGRAM
Requirements: Be interested in Japan, Bachelor’s degree
JET participants are placed with local schools throughout Japan including large cities, small and medium-sized towns, and rural farming and fishing villages. For English speakers, you can apply to be an Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) where you can assist Japanese teachers in the classroom. There are other positions you can apply for but they require you to know Japanese. If you can speak the language (kudos to you) you can become a Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) or Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) who promote international exchange through sports. This program is competitive and you should apply early!
See! Moving abroad is possible and can be financially positive, you just have to be willing to put in the work! #werkwerkwerk