Working Abroad

florenceWhy 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