An overview of some opportunities to live abroad
Hi all, my name is Pierre and I would like here to introduce you to some ways to viably go and live abroad.
From October 2013 to March 2014, I’ve taken part in a European program of international mobilities, called Grundtvig, within the Forest. This is a program supporting (among others) anybody willing to improve his/her skills in adult education, or to retrain in this area, to get some practical, cultural, and language experience in a European organisation.
As for me, I was an assistant of Forest centre plus, and worked on the free workshops program. My job was all the more interesting that I had the opportunity to do a very wide range of activities.
One of the most important parts of my job was to run two weekly adult classes of French as a foreign language.
I was also :
– coordinating the workshops program of the Forest (logistics, management of a database of the workshops, etc.),
– communicating and advertising for the workshops to the local community,
– helping to develop the program and supporting the implementation of new workshops,
– advising and guiding learners willing to attend the workshops.
As a member of the Forest I got also involved in other voluntary missions : fundraising, interior work, events, shifts at the “Forest café”, etc.
Such an opportunity is great and it brought me lots of skills and good memories.
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Since December 2013, the Grundtvig program is unfortunately over, but don’t worry, there are many other opportunities to go and live abroad for a while, even without money and strong skills in a particular area !
To get some ideas, you will find here a brief and not comprehensive list of programs and other opportunities likely to meet your expatriation needs (this list aims to give you ideas to do your own researches) :
• Voluntary placements and internships without specific skills/experience requirements
– Erasmus plus (European program for youth, education, and sport) :
– European Voluntary Service : enables a young person to go abroad for up to 1 year, and volunteer for an ethical mission (cultural, educational, social or environmental),
– Youth exchanges : similar opportunity, but on a short term basis,
Link : http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus,
– Public programs open to any nationalities : International Citizen Service, Volontariat de Solidarité Internationale (French), Teaching programs, etc.
– Public programs for natives : US Americorps, Service civique international (French), etc.
– Free or low cost private programs : CSV (UK), SEEDS (Iceland), Concordia (French), etc.
– Community websites for free voluntary placements : woofing, aupair, www.workaway.info, www.helpx.net, www.the7interchange.com, etc.
• Voluntary placements and internships requiring skills : Volontariat International en Entreprise ou en Administration (French), United Nations volunteer programs (humanitarian missions), Erasmus plus (part for mobilities of professionals), Royal society’s program, etc.
• Mobilities only for students : Language assistance programs (one year placement abroad in a school), Erasmus plus (part for students), national and regional grants, etc.
• Working abroad : some companies are looking for international employees, and this can help to find a job abroad.
As a reminder, this little list is not comprehensive and just aim to give you an overview of the opportunities to live abroad.
Good luck in your researches !