This is no ordinary employment agency. Want to be a contestant on The Voice, DJ at Club Med or Skipper in Croatia? Founded by three creatives – with a long list of incredible adventures around the world to their credit. With backgrounds in TV, marketing and tech – they decided to pay forward their collective knowledge and contacts to give us all a chance at some dream jobs. You never know what you’ll find on DreamJobbing – and these jobs are for real. Continue reading
Recently, I met an inspiring woman who followed her dreams to a new life in Mexico. Kerry Baker bypassed all the naysayers and let her true desires guide her. Here’s her story. Be inspired!
My Journey to the Expat Life
by Kerry Baker
When you are naturally meant to do something, green lights will flash in front of you, telling you to “Go!..(for god’s sake) Go!” You may stare blankly at those lights at first, but once you do start moving, everything you do becomes almost effortless. Barriers drop or seem inconsequential. Continue reading
Why not design your own career? The sky’s the limit! Dream big and aim high. Tori Hogan did just that – talking her way into numerous adventures around the world – leaving herself open to opportunity as well as seeking it out with fierce determination. Tori has spent the past decade circumnavigating the globe in search of insights and what she likes to call – Travel With Purpose. Over the years, Tori has immersed herself in the developing world as an aid worker, volunteer, researcher, filmmaker, and specialist on the topic of aid effectiveness. As an avid traveler, Tori’s endless curiosity about the world has taken her to every continent and more than seventy-five countries.
Who starts a school in the middle of the Ecuadorean Amazon? Proving that life can always provide serendipity, Douglas McMeekin found himself bankrupt in his forties but with an opportunity to move to Ecuador. Originally from the US, Douglas worked for six years in the Amazon as an environmental and cultural consultant for eight different oil companies. This experience provided the catalyst he needed to begin Yachana Foundation and a way to give sustainable help to the Amazonian people.
In 1992 he began by building six schools and training teachers in 27 communities. Continue reading
Berlin is, some would argue, the most exciting place to live in Europe right now. Looking for an emerging tech scene? What about techno and club music? A flourishing international and avant-garde art scene? The city is bursting with energy! While Berlin still has a relatively low cost of living compared to other European capitals, it’s hub as the center of everything hip and new won’t last forever. So get there soon to take advantage of the thriving cultural scene, while it’s still affordable. After visiting there recently and loving it, I reached out to an American expat, Wayne, who answered some of my questions about how to make the move and live in Berlin.
What made you decide to pack up and move to Berlin?
I was stationed in Berlin with the U.S Army from 1973 to 1975. I fell in love with Berlin then. My daughter wanted to be a foreign exchange student and while working on that process, she found a job opening for me in Berlin. So, my wife, daughter and I discussed it and we all decided to move to Berlin!Continue reading
Teaching English for The Auxiliares de Conversación Program
Ever wanted to live in Spain but didn’t know how to realize your dream? Spanish culture is widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bullfights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, not to mention an incredible artistic heritage; El Greco, Dali, Picasso, just to name a few. Spaniards also happen to have a great desire to learn English and right now, the government is recruiting native English speakers from 18-35 to live and teach in this amazing country – no formal teaching skills required. Picture yourself living there, enjoying siestas and tapas with new international friends and making enough to live on…Continue reading
Let’s be honest – who takes a year off right after high school? While there is significant peer pressure, parental pressure and school pressure to go right on to college, the adventurous few who take a gap year before university are richly rewarded. In the US there remains the misguided notion that you must go directly from high school to college. Everything funnels you into that endeavor: parents, teachers, peers, even finances. Highly competitive college entrance exams begin the painstaking process of college applications and lead to the tense months of waiting to be picked by your top choice university. A quick summer break and you’re back in the educational grind.
College starts at a time when most of us haven’t had enough life experience away from our parents and friends to know who we are or what we might want do with the rest of our lives. How could we! Yet we’re expected to begin college with a chosen major and lifetime career aspirations. Those in charge constantly ask “What’s your major?”, followed by the worst question, “What do you want to do?” So many of us lie to ourselves and others, planning for life in a world we don’t know much about yet. In the US, you are considered unusual and even dangerously misguided if you don’t continue your education immediately after high school.
Freshman year at a US university is designed to ease the transition into adulthood through orientations, Greek initiations and classes that will supposedly tell you what you should pursue for the rest of your life. As someone who struggled with picking a major until my senior year, I can tell you that none of those things worked for me. Who was I? What did I want to do? No idea. I never had the time to find out. The hamster wheel of studying, working and strategic volunteering continued through graduation from college. 16 years!Continue reading
What’s it like to work for a medical humanitarian organization? I’ve always been interested in and fascinated by those who choose to work in parts of the world where either disaster, war, famine or poor governance has created a dire medical situation. These heroes are a special breed of humanitarian. Most of what they do is never celebrated or publicized to match the degree of their sacrifice and hardships in war zones and disaster areas. While we always think of the doctors and nurses first in these organizations, there is an entire administrative team behind the lines working to get the medical staff what they need in order to do their work. Lainie’s path to working for a medical humanitarian organization began after her first volunteer job in Cambodia with an Australian Government program similar to the Peace Corps.Continue reading
What’s it like to live in Amsterdam? This masterpiece of a city has much more to offer than just its well known relaxed attitude toward pot smoking and prostitution, two things you can’t quite find so well managed anywhere else. The Dutch are famously broad-minded and independent, qualities that make the country open to outsiders and adventurers like p.j. nix, who now calls the city home. Here’s how she made the move from the US to Amsterdam.
What made you decide to pack up and move to Amsterdam?
For about five or six years before I moved, I’d been spending a month per year in Amsterdam, where I’d go to decompress after a year of work stress. When my boyfriend and I decided to live together, he had been living in NYC but was in the process of moving to Amsterdam, I was in Los Angeles. He didn’t want to move to LA, and we both loved Amsterdam, so I followed him here.
What attracted you in the first place?
The city has oodles of character, charm, and history. The culture is all about live and let live.
How did you make it happen?
I decided to do it, then I just did it. Just like that.
What’s another way to work in Europe? In my continuing quest to explore all the options available to take your career anywhere in the world, I recently found the EU Blue Card. The EU Blue Card Network enables European employers to connect with non-EU nationals to offer them employment and residence in the European Union through an online portal and fast tracking of visas. In other words, registering your information, education and CV (resume) on the site will allow you to be searched by potential employers to recruit you for positions in their country. It’s a way of matching you with potential employers and streamlining the immigration process for those with skills in high demand. While the EU Blue Card doesn’t allow you to immigrate to a country without a job it provides one more place for you to seek a job in the EU and lets employers know that you are eligible for a quick work permit turnaround (the process takes approximately 3 months after a binding work offer) and allows you a path to permanent residency or even citizenship. The following EU countries issue the EU Blue Card: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
My earlier post about BUNAC work abroad permits has strict requirements and very limited country options – young people (under 35 at the top limit), only 4 countries (New Zealand, Australia, Ireland & the UK) and only those recently graduated or still in school, are eligible. The EU Blue Card has no upper age restrictions – although it does require that you’ve already completed your education at an associates degree level or higher. However, this program can also be applied for while studying as a way to give you another opportunity to put your skills into a searchable database and get a jump on offering your newly minted high-demand skills to a potential EU employer. Signing up was easy and free – it will be interesting to see if I also get any companies “browsing” my CV. This service will allow me to see who searched my profile. I can then follow up with the company to get more information (the EU Blue Card site allows you to see who looks at your information much like LinkedIn). In fact, there’s even a LinkedIn group to discuss the EU Blue Card, warts and all. You can find out more information and apply for the EU Blue Card here.
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