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11. Posted by wackijacki (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

I so wanna travel after i finish uni, not just that i wanna live abroad and make a living. the only problem i have is that my parents are very strict and i don't really know how to overcome the problem. im thinkin of going to europe after i graduate next year, mayb look for a job but don't really know wat to do from there. im used to having ppl i know around me so what is the best way to get out there alone? im also planning on doing language courses...mayb u can do that ... that way u learn and can work at the same time. hope thats off some help and i can get some help too. thanx

12. Posted by AndrewGW (Full Member 42 posts) 12y

Strict Parents - even more reason to get out on your own and travel - widen your horizons...
Look at seasonal jobs on the continent - ski resorts, beach resorts, canal barges - all these need people to work - might not pay a lot but it gets you out there - and usually within a pretty good bunch of like minded people your age...
After you get over that initial first step the rest will be a lot easier but you have to take that first step - even if it's not a big one.

Best of luck,
Andrew

13. Posted by KiwiFemme (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Well, everyone. I am in the process of gathering the tools to work abroad. I'm just at the start so am not very knowledgable about the steps but I'm learning and hopefully I will soon decide where I actually want to go. Yes! I don't exactly know where I want to work or specifically what I want to do but I do know I want that experience. I've studied abroad years ago but feel it's time to ramble on again, for longer and actually make a few bucks instead of spend too much. So...I just wanted to be included in this conversation and I will be sure to keep an eye on this thread (if there is still a buzz around it).
Ciao!

14. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 12y

I have heard of some people talking about getting sponsored in a way to go on a trip. Here are some examples of that like from a car company saying if you provide a car we'll drive it around the country or something and make commercials out of the trip that proove how reliable the car is. Or getting Oprah (or someone famous) to sponsor a trip to Africa or somewhere to do volunteer work in an orphanage or something. Or any other kind of sponsorship of supplies etc.

I did hear one story of 2 older men (50's or so) who decided to run 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 countries. They got a lot of sponsorship from airlines and probably other stuff that I forget right now.

Has anyone ever successfully done something like this or know of someone who has? Or is it just broke college students dreaming?

I've also heard of people writing books about their experiences. Is that something that actually happens that people make some money off of?

15. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 12y

So guys, just to organize the options we've got so far:
- Try a career in a globally distributed company and try an expatriation;
- Improve your chances by deeply learning diving, skiing, music (why not?), etc.
- Volunteering (some programs supply the basics for survival);
- Publish writtings, photos, etc;
- Working in no-matter-the-kind-of-jobs;
- I'd like to add also: apply for a grad course as a scholarship and study abroad! Ok, it is a temporary solution, but can be the first step...

What else?

"EVERY BIG JOURNEY STARTS WITH A SMALL STEP" Seneca ;)

Hugs,
Cassiano

16. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi all...

Let me share some of my story side. I'm just like you guys.
Everyone's looking outside of their windows and with a curiousity
what's out there. Just like the Alexander the Great.
All of us love travelling and meeting people, learning about their culture, sharing experiences etc. and I definitely agree.

Since I'm in High School, the only thing in my mind is one day I'll go study abroad, anywhere will do but my dream was in California, United States. But I'm not so lucky, where I ain't from a wealthy family background. I was so down seeing my friends one by one get an opportunity to study in States, Australia, UK, India, New Zealand and Canada. But what can I do? I can't blame my parents.
Slowly I was fedup with educations. Why on earth I have to pay such a big fees for it, I'll rather go backpacking cross-countries and do all kind of casual jobs as long as it keeps me going. But I was discouraged by my parents and was told that I'm too immature. They want me to go College, University and become a Uni Grad and to secure a good job in a MNC and start a career in order to suit the Real World...be realistic in another word.

I'm a stubborn guy, but I can't fail them as well coz' I fully understand what a parent wants their kids to be one day. I always put my self in that person's shoe. So I struggled, I worked in an IT company while studying partime in order to pay my college fees. Finally, I graduated and armed with a Degree, and even got promoted in my company to a senior level. I've been working for the past 3 years, and I did not pursue any other youngman's stuff like getting a car or a hse.
It's always heart-broken seeing your colleagues or friends having those, but not yourself. So in order to rub it off, I spent short shoestring backpacking around my own country and neighbour countries. Imagine that you need to work and commit yourself in a cubicle desk, how long can you go on leave to enjoy a decent trip? Ask your boss

Since then, I've told my self... I am only 23 yrs old. I don't wanna commit by paying monthly bills, installments in this Real World yet. I've already lost an opportunity to go overseas study and I can't bear to see my self doing the routine works and stuck here till one day, when I'm old enough to look back on my youthful life, filled with nothing to cheer but only regrets why didn't I do this and that.
At this very moment, I can't find a job that can send me travel around the world, or at least a business trip. Luck is not on my side again. Sigh...to me, my current IT job is sucks and it's dead to me.

I've lost interest in my company down the road, and I feel extremely tired working around the clock. I'm curious whether are there any ppl out there that share the same pain as I am. I'm looking for ppl out there that share the same hunger as I am, and eventually I found this TP Forum.

Since then, I've made up my mind to give up my current job and to start making my first step to achieve my dream and to begin a new chapter of my self in a foreign country. It's never an easy decision to make nor a good sign to leave your loves one behind to go abroad. Thus, you just need to kick start your self else a dream will always be a dream unless you step forward with your heavy legs.

Fyi, I just got my UK Working Holidaymaker VISA approved frm the
Brit.High.Comm last Wednesday 8th of Dec, and I'm ready to off in March 2005, though I'm a lil nervous and excited. It's a risk I'm taking and there's no guarantee on a high ROI (Return on Investment) but just for the sake of self satisfaction and relishing my dream, it's worth it.

"Believe what you belive,
Work Hard to achive,
Focus yourself and
You'll receive!"

Cheers,
Nick ;)

17. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 12y

;)It sounds to me, that it is so easy to go overseas and work there.

Maybe it is in some countries, but not all over the world.

For example I can't get a holiday working visa for Aussie, that means I would only be able to go and work there, if I had a job offer, proof that I'm the only qualified person for that job etc. and then I can apply for a working visa to go there.

OK, there's always the chance to work without a visa/permit, but not that many people like to employ you then.

2 days after graduating from school, I was on my way to NZ- sitting on the plane, while my classmates were having this 'great ceremony'.
I spent nearly a year overseas before coming back home. 3 months ago I started teaching here, a week ago I quit my job and in 3 days I'm gonna be back in NZ again.
I also wanna teach there, but there's still lot of paperwork left to be done (again: u can't just go and teach there).
Although I'm sure that everything will work out and that I will be able to teach there as well, I'm aware that I will maybe have to do a different job for the first few weeks/months.

But I don't care.

I'm just happy that I can go back and be with my boyfriend.
I'm 20, so there's nothing to lose.

You just have to listen to your heart, know what you want and make the first step...

18. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Another option I came across on the web yesterday. How about working for your country's foreign service? Here's the Canadian version of working at consultates around the world. Check out the link. They have "sample days" of the people who work there.

I must admit, even though it would be a very big pay drop, I am thinking of applying. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until September of next year to apply...

Greg

19. Posted by AndrewGW (Full Member 42 posts) 12y

For Kathi - It's not so easy to go overseas and work - sure there are various options but it's getting much harder than it was 17 years ago when we started out... The key as far as I see it twofold:
Just getting up the nerve to do it the biggest hurdle and then being willing to work at almost anything to keep going...
Being a Jack of All Trades/Master of None - is one way I describe myself - no college/uni degree, heaps of experience in a wide variety of fields, no specialization just willingness to continually learn...

For Nick - Congratulations, you're taking that first big step - Opportunities will present themselves once you start working overseas - you only have to have the courage to jump on them - Traveling and working overseas to me is a far better education than sitting in a classroom to learn something you never know if you'll use... Have a great trip...

Having lived overseas for so long now, we have many friends in the Diplomatic corps from many countries, especially the UK, Canada and the US but others as well. It's not a bad lifestyle - some countries allow you to stay overseas if that's your choice but others like the UK require a home posting (back in the UK) after every two overseas postings (postings are usually 3 to 4 years).
While overseas you have allowances, housing, transportation sometimes, very social lifestyle and a reasonable salary - but if you move back home you lose the allowances and it can be quite expensive.
It's also not all glamour and fun, you deal with a lot of problems and nasty people. I just read a great comment that being a diplomat is being sent abroad to lie for you country - don't know if my diplo friends would find that as "funny" as I do...

Cheers,
Andrew

20. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Quoting AndrewGW

It's also not all glamour and fun, you deal with a lot of problems and nasty people. I just read a great comment that being a diplomat is being sent abroad to lie for you country - don't know if my diplo friends would find that as "funny" as I do...

Sounds a lot like IT consulting, frankly.