If you’re taking a whole year out then you should be able to work all summer, ready to start your gap year in September. If you’re thinking of travelling, and depending on when you are looking to embark on your trip, you might be able to work for longer and earn those pennies! For those with a smaller window for your travels, you might have to dig into your savings, or the bank of mum and dad may be on hand to assist you (don’t forget to pay them back!).
No matter how long you’ve got to save, do anything and everything including babysitting, working in a supermarket or getting your hands dirty as a labourer on a farm. It is ALL great experience and proof for future employers that you’re not afraid of getting stuck in and you are prepared to fund your own gap year. A great place to start looking for local work is your Facebook community group and you can should also try Indeed for worldwide job opportunities.
If you are looking to earn some money as you travel always check the local guidance on employment. You can also line up employment before you leave home. Check out these options for gap year jobs….
AdventureEXP hosts cost-positive destination work programs that combine travel, work and personal growth on a supported and independent experience in the USA and abroad.
Freckles childcare offer nanny training and nannying jobs for festivals & weddings, or with a family. They also partner with a number of agencies to offer Ski and Super Yacht Nannying opportunities.
Explore a new country and become a local whilst getting paid with a seasonal job.
Employment placements with families who need childcare support on holiday.
Gap Assistant opportunities at Lambrook School – a leading UK co-educational Prep School for 590 boys and girls aged 3-13, set in 52 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside.
A Letz Live paid Gap Year or working holiday is an affordable way of travelling to the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the USA.
Gap Assistant opportunities at Pembroke House. A small, vibrant, flexible boarding school in Gilgil, Kenya for children aged 2 – 13, following a British curriculum.
Seasonal and temporary positions at sailing and ski resorts.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) offer paid positions around the world.
Work as an in-school tutor on your gap year with Yipiyap, supporting pupils with English, Maths and Science.