If you’re looking for a new challenge, or feel the need to drastically change your lifestyle then you’ve landed on the right page.

We’ve found a few jobs that might be right up your alley.

But remember, a lot of these jobs might require you to get a visa first, so do your research and make sure you know what you're getting into before you book your flights and decide to jet off to a foreign land.

Dog sit your way across the globe

If you love animals and you want to travel, then this is a no-brainer. There’s a site called Trusted Housesitters that matches home owners who need someone to look after their home and pet(s) with recommended housesitters looking for a free place to stay while they travel.

Try it for an overseas destination or somewhere in your own country for a change of scenery. It costs just over R140 a month to sign up as a member, but everything else is free.

You get to stay at a place for free AND you get to play with a cute animal, what’s not to love about this?


Become a volunteer on an organic farm

WWOOF is a worldwide movement that connects volunteers and organic farmers to create cultural and educational experiences. Volunteers live with the host and help them with daily tasks for non-monetary exchange like food and accommodation.

They have organisations in over 120 countries – so all you need to do is choose from a list of destinations and find a host and arrange your visit. Check out their FAQs for any questions you might have about this arrangement.


Work at a hostel or on a sailing boat/yacht

A similar site to WWOOF, HelpX is another exchange programme that encourages cultural exchange. You get to stay with your host and gain practical experience by working on farms, ranches, in lodges, B&Bs, hostels and maybe even sail boats in exchange for food and accommodation.

The hours you work depend completely on the arrangement between you and the host, but workers usually work an average of 4 hours a day, but sometimes more in exchange for extras like internet access or guided day trips.

Let adventure become your work

Check out AdventureWork.co.uk or backdoorjobs.com where you could get an exciting job like ski instructor or activities instructor working in an adventure park in one of many countries for various time periods.

They usually offer transport, lodging and a salary. And while the jobs may be seasonal, you could move on to a different location every time you’re in need of a job, so you get to see to see the world (or at least different parts of the country you’re in) and have an exciting job!

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Become one of Santa’s elves

If you really love Christmas then you’re in for a jol of a time with this job. According to CNN, there’s an actual Santa Claus Village in the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Lapland where extra elves are hired to work in the winter and summer months.

You’ll wear elf clothes, sell special stamps and souvenirs and you’d get the honour of sorting all those letters to Santa. The only hiccup? You have to be fluent in both Finnish and English.

You can apply through the official recruitment page of the Finland Post from late September to October.

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