If you are interested in an international experience that includes more than study or does not include study at all, there are plenty of opportunities for you to continue your experience abroad. Regardless of whether or not you have graduated, options you may want to consider when going global include:
Working in other countries however, USA included, non-citizens require special permission (work visa) to work legally. There are agencies that facilitate the process of obtaining a work visa for students or recent graduates.
Some of these work opportunities abroad include au pair placements which are common in Europe. Au pair placements live with a family and care for the children in exchange for room, board, and expenses. There are also special English language teaching programs that will help you find teaching or tutoring jobs. Not all of them require teacher training or certification. If you’re interested in working abroad in a non-English-speaking country, plan to acquire language proficiency skills before applying. Also keep in mind that you may not make lots of money on these types of work abroad experiences. You will break even on some and others may even cost you money, but they’re experiences of a lifetime!
Opportunities to volunteer your services abroad in many foreign countries involve working on important community projects such as health care, agriculture, community development. You can also help out with language training, youth camps, house-building projects, etc. and sometimes your volunteer work can be turned into a “service learning” internship for credit, but you must first discuss it in advance with your academic advisor. Research or some type of learning project in conjunction with your volunteer responsibilities may also be required, but this opportunity is a great help to the host country in which you are servicing! Joining the Peace Corps is also an option or check out the following links below for more information.
GoinGlobal: A resource open to UNC Charlotte students only
Discover job and internship opportunities overseas and in the USA. GoinGlobal career and employment resources include more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on topics such as: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice, webinars… and much more! To access the GoinGlobal database you must have a valid UNC Charlotte NinerNET username and password.
- JET Program USA
- Teach Abroad with API