Have you ever wondered about working or studying abroad? This guest article shares some of the benefits college students may experience by working or studying abroad. This article is part of a series, The Summer of George – The Most Productive Summer a College Student Will Ever Have.
Work Abroad This Summer
Have you always wanted to travel? Is money the only thing stopping you? Well I have the perfect solution for you- work abroad. I know most people would rather go backpacking through Europe or lay on the beach in Cancun drinking Corona’s all day but that’s an option for your post college life. As a college student chances are you want to travel all summer and somehow make money to pay for college. You can get a boring job flipping burgers, or you can make other teens jealous with they way you spent your summer earning money. How? By working abroad. Working overseas is an excellent opportunity for a college student to see the world while earning a decent enough income to cover tuition.
Is the concept of working abroad too good to be true? Actually not really but you must be willing to be away from home and your family/friends for a few months. If you are completely sold on the idea of leaving home to work abroad this summer then please consider the following before embarking on your journey.
Look into the payment details. Figure out how you will be paid and how you will pay your taxes. I hope you didn’t think that working abroad meant you didn’t have to pay taxes because we ALL have to pay taxes no matter what the location is. Ensure that your payments will come into your checking account and that the employer has a solid reputation with other college students that have worked there.
Make sure you have a place to stay. Backpacking may sound like fun but you need a place to sleep after a day of work/going out.
Ensure that the location is stable and safe. There are obviously risks associated with staying in a third world country but try to protect yourself by ensuring that you are staying in a safe area.
Find a travel buddy- or not. I personally feel safer when I travel with someone but there are others that absolutely love to travel alone.
Keep an open mind. This is arguably the most important aspect of your working abroad experience. You will not earn a fortune nor will you stay at a 5 star resort. This will be a once in a life time experience where you get to experience the culture of another country and you get to live & work with the local people.
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This is a guest post from the blogger behind Studenomics a personal finance blog that offers common sense advice for college students and recent graduates. Studenomics is the ultimate resource for young people looking for advice on how to survive this current recession, grow their careers, manage their finances, and still be able to enjoy the weekends.
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