"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." -Aristotle

While there are those who love their jobs wholeheartedly, there are also those who cannot bear the thought of working a 9-5 or full-time job. The following article is going to unpack the various routes of volunteering, teaching, locating summer jobs and landing work overseas.

Right then, shall we explore the world…and your options?

The best tutors available
Pretty
5
5 (5 review/s)
Pretty
R130
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Edah
5
5 (2 review/s)
Edah
R100
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Firdous
5
5 (2 review/s)
Firdous
R250
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Schalk
5
5 (6 review/s)
Schalk
R120
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jana
5
5 (6 review/s)
Jana
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Marga
5
5 (1 review/s)
Marga
R340
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Lorato mmama
5
5 (6 review/s)
Lorato mmama
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Nimeshka
5
5 (2 review/s)
Nimeshka
R150
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Zein
5
5 (2 review/s)
Zein
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Lusanda
5
5 (2 review/s)
Lusanda
R172
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Lee-mari
5
5 (6 review/s)
Lee-mari
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Anja
5
5 (5 review/s)
Anja
R150
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Nozibusiso
5
5 (10 review/s)
Nozibusiso
R290
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Abongile
5
5 (9 review/s)
Abongile
R150
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Shimei
5
5 (3 review/s)
Shimei
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Patience
5
5 (5 review/s)
Patience
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Joseph
5
5 (1 review/s)
Joseph
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Pretty
5
5 (5 review/s)
Pretty
R130
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Edah
5
5 (2 review/s)
Edah
R100
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Firdous
5
5 (2 review/s)
Firdous
R250
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Schalk
5
5 (6 review/s)
Schalk
R120
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jana
5
5 (6 review/s)
Jana
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Marga
5
5 (1 review/s)
Marga
R340
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Lorato mmama
5
5 (6 review/s)
Lorato mmama
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Nimeshka
5
5 (2 review/s)
Nimeshka
R150
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Zein
5
5 (2 review/s)
Zein
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Lusanda
5
5 (2 review/s)
Lusanda
R172
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Lee-mari
5
5 (6 review/s)
Lee-mari
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Anja
5
5 (5 review/s)
Anja
R150
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Nozibusiso
5
5 (10 review/s)
Nozibusiso
R290
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Abongile
5
5 (9 review/s)
Abongile
R150
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Shimei
5
5 (3 review/s)
Shimei
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Patience
5
5 (5 review/s)
Patience
R200
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Joseph
5
5 (1 review/s)
Joseph
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Let's go!

Volunteering Abroad

volunteer and see the world
As a volunteer, you will meet like-minded people and make a difference in the world. (Source: Unsplash)

It’s a fulfilling experience to act on your desire to offer your help and make a positive change in the lives of underprivileged people. While the point of volunteering is to benefit others, many say that it can also be about the person doing the volunteer work. This comes down to the fact that volunteerism is a greatly enriching experience.

In South Africa, there are plenty of local places requiring help and open slots for volunteers. However, volunteering in another country is truly on a whole new level.

Why would anyone invest their time and efforts into volunteer work? Simply this - Volunteering is grounding and lets you get involved in honest and virtuous tasks. Through volunteering, you can connect with wholesome individuals. Not only is it feel-good rewarding work, but it can also help you network and open doors that lead to future employment abroad.

While it’s all fine and well wanting to volunteer, it’s important to distinguish between the various forms of volunteering for you to get involved.

  • Formal: This type involves long-term and fixed commitment in a formal environment. These would be jobs such as a fundraising operator, hospital volunteer or tour guide.
  • Government Based: Volunteer work for government-based organisations involves aiding the establishment in making decisions that are profitable for the company. It is advised to choose government-based volunteer work that could progress into you landing a position of full-time employment.
  • Non-Formal: This type is generally done in a community environment, without any funding from the public and done on an unstructured basis.
  • Social: Social volunteerism is done to raise awareness and advocate for a joint cause. This work is unstructured and only surfaces when it is relevant to do so, rather than on a consistent weekly basis.
  • Project Volunteering: This is the most demanding and structured form of volunteer work since project-based volunteers are required to possess a certain skill set and have to adhere to a set deadline.

One should choose a specific type of volunteer work before deciding on a volunteer initiative, to ensure that their search efforts are productive.

At Superprof, our passion for volunteer work drives us to make the information on it accessible and helpful, so that striving volunteers may be directed to volunteer jobs abroad via resources online. Below mentioned are suggested resources to utilise volunteer options overseas:

  • Go Overseas: This is arguably the best site to search for available volunteering positions. With more than 3700 listings and trustworthy up-to-date reviews, Go Overseas is a must-look. Available jobs for volunteering can be discovered in countries like Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Nepal, Peru and Thailand.
  • Volunteer World: If you’re eager to gain enriching experience and see more of the world, then you should definitely check out Volunteer World and browse the abundant volunteering opportunities overseas that can be done solo or by a group.

See how to become a volunteer abroad here on Superprof.

Travelling and Working Overseas as a South African

To simultaneously work and travel is really a win-win situation. Exploring the world while working allows for a great balance, as it gives you purpose and meaning without feeling like just you’re wasting time in a new setting.

There is so much to enjoy from having an accommodating schedule that lets you jet off to breathtaking places and connect with people who are like-minded.

It’s one thing having a desire to travel and land foreign jobs, but actually figuring out how to do so and where to find them is a whole different game; so how would one go about this?

Firstly, it is worthwhile mentioning that the best experience from travelling and working overseas as a South African comes from being a digital nomad. If you don’t already know, a digital nomad is an individual that sustains a nomadic lifestyle by earning money through telecommunications technology.

These digital nomads simply require wifi from wherever they are in the world, that is once they have secured online work that pays well. Below are recommended internet sites for locating online work, so that you too may travel and work overseas.

  • Upwork: As someone who was an Upwork member and used it to land my current job, I couldn’t recommend it more. So how do you use it? First, make sure that your profile mentions your special skills and abilities. Once your profile has been verified, browse through the endless job opportunities shared by employers and then apply to them.
  • Take Lessons: The most popular type of foreign job for working overseas as a South African is definitely teaching. Employment abroad in the shape of educating others on what you’re passionate about is an ideal option for earning while you work overseas.

If you’d prefer to not work a position online, but would still like the freedom of being able to explore, There are tons of employment abroad options that allow for such:

  • Work at a Backpacking Hostel
  • Work as a massage therapist
  • Bartending
  • Working as a local tour guide
  • Yacht sailing work
  • Jobs on a cruise ship

We can guarantee you that working and travelling abroad will be a fulfilling experience you won't regret!

Summer Jobs Abroad

working during summer
While some may not expect to work during the summer, there are many fun part-time jobs available abroad. (Source: Unsplash)

Summer, summer, don't be a bummer.

Those who live in countries with extreme climates like Denmark, the UK, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Canada and the USA, usually look forward to summer the most.

That saying, when summer is approaching that usually means that students and young people are on the lookout for summer jobs.

While the summer could solely be spent going on holidays, beach days and to parties, a summer job is essential for saving money towards your future. These are also beneficial for instilling money management skills from a young age. You learn the importance of saving money, grasp the value of money, and gain work experience through exploring career fields and networking with people in business.

Stop wasting time playing video games and get to work, because the pros of a summer job far outweigh the cons. Most importantly, overseas jobs make working in the summer way more memorable. The question is, how does one work overseas for the summer? Below you’ll find helpful internet resources for locating summer employment abroad.

  • Summer Jobs Abroad:As the name suggests, Summer Jobs Abroad is really useful for navigating through the available options for summer overseas jobs. These overseas jobs can be found in places like the USA, France, Austria, Qatar and Canada. There are many rave reviews from those who secured foreign jobs by using this site.
  • One World 365:This website was launched in 2007 and has since been providing foreign jobs, and helped locate the positions of those working overseas as a South African. One World 365 is immensely helpful in finding overseas jobs, internships, work overseas for a gap year and summer jobs.

Lastly, to discover the best summer jobs abroad you should get an early start on your search, be more innovative than the people you’re up against and search for online employment that you could continue doing wherever.

Check out this article on earning while traveling here on Superprof.

Teaching Jobs for Working Overseas as a South African

English as a Second Language

There are thousands of teaching opportunities open every year all over the world. (Source: Unsplash)While George Barnard Shaw is a great intellectual, he couldn’t have been more incorrect when he said “Those who can, do; those who can't, teach”. Unlike the quote suggests, teaching is both a gift and a multifaceted career that can provide various opportunities like working overseas as a South African.

As a teacher, it is very fulfilling to share knowledge, educate generations and help them grow.

In the dynamic world, we live in today with the likes of online classes, teaching is no longer restricted to the generic classroom. The option of teaching jobs abroad has become largely available and easy to access. How exciting is that?

To attain foreign jobs in teaching, one has to gain certification for these overseas jobs. How you may ask? Well due to the increasing demand, there are multiple accreditations to choose from. We particularly recommend the specialised English teaching qualifications provided through TEFL, TESL and TESOL.

Check out this article on best teaching jobs available on Superprof.

English-teaching accreditations are suggested, because of the high demand for English lessons all across the globe. You’re more likely to have the opportunity of working overseas as a South African because it is not challenging to obtain the certification and there is never a shortage of jobs. Each of these accreditations stands for something. TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language, TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language and TESOL signifies Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Once you have compared certifications and chosen the one for you, it’s time to search for employment. To help you do so, recommended websites for finding overseas English teaching jobs abroad have been mentioned below:

  • Teach Away: Being a member of this platform myself, I can confidently say that Teach Away is a stand-out website for finding English teaching jobs. It is easy to use, whereby you look for job openings via location, job title and main roles, then view the regularly updated job posts.
  • Superprof: This website offers exceptional tutors to the world. Naturally, Superprof is always on the lookout for new people that meet the high standards to join as tutors.

It is highly important to do thorough research on where about in the world it is best to teach English or any subject for that matter. For instance, current findings suggest Spain, United Arab Emirates, Senegal, South Korea, Senegal and Chile are ideal countries for teaching English overseas.

In conclusion, working overseas is undoubtedly an enriching and eye-opening cultural and personal experience. This is your sign to stop the wait and go for it!

See some of the best summer jobs here on Superprof.

 

 

>

The platform that connects private tutors and students

1st lesson free

Enjoyed this article? Leave a rating!

5.00 (1 rating/s)
Loading...

Niki

Niki is a content writer from Cape Town, South Africa, who is passionate about words, strategic communication and using words to help create and maintain brand personas. Niki has a PR and marketing background, but her happiest place is when she is bringing a story to life on a page.