What worked? What didn't? What were the barriers?
Certainly we've all got a couple of friends who teach abroad. What have their experiences been?
I read an article recently that many people are working in bars and restaurants to supplement their travel along with being an au pair or a tour guide.
Have you done any of these jobs and what was your experience? We would like to learn what you know.
We teach abroad, and have done for the past nine years. We've taught in six countries and had some great experiences. To do it, you need a degree and some kind of teaching qualification, ideally. The best ones are the CELTA and the Trinity certTESOL.....
Digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.
Isn't it amazing to travel the world for Fresh and exciting new discoveries?
Leave the cubical and explore new destinations.
Tried it while traveling New Zealand -- cleaning lodges for free food & accommodation. An experience I will never forget -- being that I thought I'd freeze to death trying to reach a lodge up a mountain (got caught in a blizzard at night). But hey, learned so much about life & mortality!
I believe in international IT project work found on sites for freelancers like freelancermap or linkedIn. I did projects in South Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, France, UK and my home country, Germany. My advise for young people: study IT or business (already partially in a foreign country), do some internships and go to IT consulting.
Yes, the digital nomad lifestyle is quite popular now. I wonder how much you have to work, compared to time available to travel though?
I work around 40 hours a week. When I was younger I did maybe up to 10 hours overtime and got more bonus for it. But this means I meet everyday young and smart people from the host country with which I can talk and eat for lunch. During the weekends I had normally the choice of flying home or staying at the location for sightseeing. At one of my greatest locations (Lake Geneva in Siwtzerland) I had even an appartment for around half a year instead of a hotel plus a company car for which everything was paid by Company including private usage. That time was one of the greatest in my life.
About working hours: in some consulting areas it seems to be the case that people have to work much more that 40 hours, but not with my employers. Overtime was normally exchanged with additional Holidays or money. But conditions and working contracts seem to get worse for the people with cheap competition from India and Eastern Europe more and more arriving.
There is on thing I did not mention: in IT consulting it would be great and maybe even necessary to be able to write computer coding or focus on the business or process sides in the projects. For me this is fine and I do the Job now for over 17 years. But I also have to admit that internation opportunities get more scarce. Maybe because my skills get elder. I did most of my work travelling between 2001 and 2008. And I worked for smaller companies in the last years which focus on national projects inside Germany. Yes, IT consulting prefers young employees, but there are also many experienced and elder people working there.