Why work abroad?
By working abroad, you will develop intercultural communication skills and enhance
interpersonal skills. You will be exposed to a variety of organizational structures
and see how culture influences the workplace. Just as studying abroad taught you
independence, self-confidence, and adaptability, working abroad will continue to increase
those skills. Working in an international office, like work in an office in the United
States, affords you the chance to learn more about your chosen field and to develop
new work skills; more than that, though, you will learn how to be a part of a multicultural
workforce and will develop an international network of colleagues. And, not least
of all the benefits, you will improve your language skills, learn about another culture,
and learn more about yourself and your own culture.
On this page, we offer links to some programs that can help you find overseas work
placements and links to some websites that offer advice to US citizens working abroad.
Please note that we do not endorse the programs listed below: rather, we offer them
simply as a place where you can begin your research.
Work Abroad Programs
BUNAC (British Universities North American Club) -- Work programs in Australia, Britain,
Ireland, and New Zealand
Cultural Vistas -- A not-for-profit organization specializing in international exchange opportunities
InterExchange -- Opportunities available include Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, India, Latin
America, New Zealand
USIT -- Current openings include Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) -- World-wide program linking volunteers
with farmers: in return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation,
and the opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles
See also the Teach Abroad page.
US Citizens Working Abroad