A first working experience abroad might just be what you need before a longer stay or to give a boost to your CV for future jobs at home. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Au Pair - You may want to try Au Pair for a first long-term experience.
  • Teaching assistant - Still feel like going to school? You should try to travel as a teaching assistant.
  • Erasmus+ for Young Entrepreneurs - In need for a last boost before setting up your own business, Erasmus+ for Young Entrepreneurs is there for you.


Au Pair

Description - An au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family's responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a monetary allowance for personal use.

Who can apply? - Young person between 18 and 30 years old.

How long is it? - The duration of the stay is determined by the contract with the hosting family, but is also dependant on the country of choice. The contract can last anywhere between 1 and 12 months.

Salary - Apart from free meals and housing which is provided by the host family, au pairs are entitled to an allowance, which depends on the country of choice as well as on the contract with the host family. Some statistics can be seen here.

Destinations - All around the world.

Whom to contact? - There are several agencies who deal with connecting prospective au pairs with host families and also give more information about the programme (Au Pair World and AuPair are just two of many).

Benefits - Doing au pair work in a foreign country is an excellent way to get to know the country and the local people, perfect your language skills and meet people.


Teaching Assistant

Description - Teaching Assistants or Language Assistants are placed in primary and secondary schools or even universities to improve English language skills of foreign students.

Who can apply? - The eligibility criteria depend on the programme of choice, but the programmes are mostly focused on university students, recent graduates and young professionals.

How long is it? - Depending on the programme, anywhere between 3 months and a year.

Salary - The salary depends on the programme and country of choice.

Destinations -  All around the world.

Whom to contact? - There are many teaching and language assistant programmes, so the first step is to contact them and find out which programme suits you best. You can check out the Fulbright and British Council posts, but there are many more opportunities.

Benefits - Teaching in a foreign country is another great opportunity to get to know the country and people living in it, but also to develop invaluable skills for your future workplace.

Erasmus+ for Young Entrepreneurs

Description - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

Who can apply? - Aspiring new entrepreneurs as well more experienced ones.

How long is it? - The duration of the exchange may be from 1 to 6 months with the possibility of dividing the stay into weekly slots (providing the time span does not exceed a total of 12 months).

Financial Support - The financial support to new entrepreneurs contributes to travel and subsistence costs during the visit. The grant is paid by the local contact point chosen by the new entrepreneur (registered in the online application). The new entrepreneur and his/her local contact point sign an agreement which determines the funding granted during his/her stay, and how it will be paid in practice (e.g. partial payment at the beginning of the stay, monthly payment, etc.). The financial support is calculated monthly and reflects the overall living costs of the country of stay.

Destinations - The programme is accessible to all European new and host entrepreneurs who have their permanent residence in one of 28 European Member States, Liechtenstein (until January 2016), Norway (until January 2016), the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Moldova, Turkey, Albania, Serbia (until January 2016) or Israel(until January 2016).  

Whom to contact? - Find out the contact point for your country here.

Benefits - You can check out all the benefits for both new and experienced entrepreneurs here.