It’s freezing outside and you’re well into hibernation mode. Summer still feels so far away, so you try not to think about it…but should you? If you’re a college or university student, you’ll most likely finish your classes sometime in April, which means that if you’re not doing any summer courses, you’ll have four whole months to work… or maybe travel? Tough choice—so why not pick a summer job that combines the two?
My first job was at a family resort and golf course in the Muskokas when I was 15. I lived away from home for 10 weeks. It was a summer of serving up endless milkshakes and grilled cheeses, jumping into the lake after work, and sitting by a staff campfire every night—it really was the time of my life (#dirtydancing). Since that summer, I have spent countless other summers away from home doing short-term contracts abroad. Getting paid to travel really is a dream job!
There are lots of cool opportunities out there: You could teach English overseas, be a camp counsellor abroad, or even be a group leader on summer teen tours! Over the years, lots of students have asked me HOW they can find their own work opportunities abroad…and the answer is to not let yourself be fooled by the cold winter weather. To score the summer job abroad, you need to start thinking about job opportunities as early as February!
Most companies and organizations start recruiting for summer staff even before they have signed up their participants or tour members. That means that you could be signing a contract for a summer gig in March or April!
Another bonus to getting out there early, especially for work abroad, is that you’ll have your pick of destinations and positions (if the employer has multiple options). You might even be able to start your contract early—you could be the one that starts in May, when most staff members won’t arrive until July. (Sometimes employers need help getting ready for the season.)
February is a great month to get cozy indoors and sip on hot chocolate, but why not get your resume ready and start researching who’s hiring and when? If you need some inspiration, here’s a list of the types of organizations that start hiring early:
- The city/Parks and recreation
- Tour companies
- Summer camps
- ESL programs/schools
- Outdoor learning programs
- Golf courses
- Cruise ships
Many of these places will have both at-home and overseas program options, so get out there and see what they have to offer. Just don’t hibernate for too long—because all the coolest summer contracts will be gone before the ground thaws!
For more information on travel tips and travel insurance, visit the Ingle International blog page.