To extend your travels, its a good idea to take advantage of RTW work opportunities as they come. Besides working in hostels for a bed, two ways to make some money while on the road is to teach English, or get a working holiday visa.
Many language schools, but not all, require a TEFL certification to get hired. A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate proves that you have the training necessary to make for a competant teacher. Most of these courses last about a month long and even require hands-on experience.
For time and money’s sake, I actually took an online TEFL course from i-to-i. I’m sure some schools will not take the online course as seriously because it lacks the hands-on classroom experience, but once you are able to get a little bit of time with some students, it should all fall into place. Check out the online TEFL course and see if it’s for you. You can request a brochure, or even have someone call you back!
Working Holiday Visa
A working holiday visa allows young ones the opportunity to legally work in another country for a certain amount of time, giving them the ability to experience another country and make money to cover their time there.
Working Holiday Australia
The working holiday visa, or work and holiday visa for Americans, allows people up to age 30 the chance to spend a year in the land down under. They can work in any job for a period of 6 months each until the visa runs out.
Some countries are able to take advantage of 2 working holiday visas for 12 months each. Americans are only able to partake in the work and holiday visa once. What I did was take advantage of a 4 month “cultural exchange” visa sponsored by Bunac, and then I applied for my work and holiday visa, allowing me the opportunity to stay in Oz for up to 16 months (and work). The year long visa I applied for through the Australian immigration website.