I love to travel, and I always try and find the best ways to travel. Don’t let your age stop you from reading this post! I am writings this for everyone, so enjoy!
There are a lot opportunities out there for young adults! So, I narrowed down the list to the most popular and my favorites! Let me know if you want to see information about other opportunities! Since I am 21 years old, I am speaking from my experiences and research! I am always researching this subject for myself and others, so feel free to contact me with your questions and feedback!
This is great for college students and recent graduates, but it’s open to anyone! With this opportunity, you get to kill two birds with one stone (never liked that analogy, but it is relevant). You not only get experience in your career, but you get to travel! The best ways to get connected with internships are: LinkedIn, the company’s website (usually under careers), and networking.
My advice with an internship abroad is: enjoy the job and location. I recommend not choosing a location and searching for any available internships. However, on the flipside, don’t be too eager to accept a job if you don’t think you would enjoy the location. Research, research, research. There is going to be a lot of pros and cons with each internship and location. Take the time to hear other people’s experiences in the company, and learn about the location.
This is my jam. I highly recommend doing a study abroad program while you are in college. Not only do you get to get college credit, but you get to see the world with your friends!
I spent a month in Europe and made the greatest friends (key word: made, because I didn’t know anyone going into it). Me and best friend met during study abroad, and loved travelling the world so much together, that we are planning our next trip together! I will create another post that will tell more stories of study abroad, but here is a funny one. I went to see the band Pentatonix with the group in Geneva, Switzerland at a music festival. We came two hours early to get good seats (afraid that this wouldn’t be enough time). They were the final act, so we listened to quite a few local bands before Pentatonix was supposed to come out. Before we knew it, it was midnight, and people were taking down the stage. Confused, we walk up to the set list manager, and ask where Pentatonix was. He said, “They were just on.” Uh oh. So, we went to a local music festival and saw Patatonix…but not the Pentatonix that you (and me) were thinking. While it didn’t turn out to be an epic story, it is still one that I love to share, and I would not change a thing about it.
I also spent two weeks abroad in Rwanda. This was a hybrid of a mission trip and study abroad, but was officially labelled and regarded as a study abroad t. I will talk more about my personal experiences in Rwanda, but check out my blog post “Top Things to do in Rwanda” to see some of the things I was able to be a part of!
Become an Au Pair
There are a lot of amazing companies that offer connections with families looking for an Au Pair. I would learn and communicate with the family ahead of time, as much as possible. You want to enjoy the family you are working with, trust me. My friend was an Au Pair in Geneva, Switzerland and worked with a family that could be described in the movie, The Nanny Diaries.
Being an Au Pair is a lot of work. Sometimes you don’t get clear set of hours, so you are constantly in your job. I am personally not passionate about kids and babysitting, so I thought being an Au Pair would not be a good fit. However, if you love kids, this is the perfect job for you. Please don’t let my personal preference steer you away from this kind of opportunity. If you been an Au Pair abroad, and would like to share your story on my blog, please contact me!
Tip: love the place you stay. Take time to see the things around the area you are staying. Look at restaurants, attractions, young adult communities, and places you can travel to if you get time off. If you do something like this during the summer in college, you could connect with friends that are abroad, too!
Cruises are a unique and fun way to travel, and there are jobs available with them consistently. This is my new research obsession, because I have been considering working on or with a cruise line. I have heard from multiple people that it is a lot of work. However, it is truly rewarding.
A couple of my roommates in college took a cheap spring break cruise, and loved it. The chose to make it a relaxing and adventurous break from college stresses. Cruises also help with organizing a trip. A cruise has lodging, food, and destinations already planned for you. I went on a cruise in the Baltic Sea with my family, and we to Finland, Sweden, Russia, England, Estonia, and Demark. We could hit the best attractions in in each place with help of ahead-of-time research and the cruise concierge. My favorite place was Helsinki, Finland where I had reindeer meatballs at local market!
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Mission trips are a great way to learn about a culture, and learn how you can best serve them. Going to a Christian university, I have a lot of connections with people that have gone on a mission trip. I have been on an official mission trip, but it is on the list! If you are connected with a church, inquire about mission trips available. If your church doesn’t a mission trip or one that you can go on, they can connect you with one. Churches will also be able to help you with how to best fundraise which is not only beneficial for a trip, but is helpful for future endeavors as well!
Teaching a Language in Foreign Country
This involves similar research in becoming an Au Pair. Most cites that involve Au Pair services and connections, include ways to teach languages in different countries. This is fun way to travel, work in a different country, and help people. Also, there is a huge network of people that you get connected with that are doing similar things as you!