Living & Working in Europe
Actually living and working in Europe can be a great form of travel. But how do you find a good job overseas? Do you know of any helpful books or websites for Americans who want to live or work in Europe? Share your thoughts here.
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Working for a US company from Europe?
My wife and I just returned from a great three-week honeymoon across the EU. We have plans to move out of our current area in the next couple of years, and have decided to throw Europe into the mix. I have a secure job in IT that can be done from anywhere in the world. It's a US company. What would I need to do in order to continue working for them, but from Europe?
I know I'd need to pay both US and Euro taxes (and then get reimbursed from the US), but what kind of permits and such would I need to receive? What kind of limitations are there?
Arlington, VA USA 05/14/2012
Teaching English Abroad
I spent three months teaching English in France with a company called InterExchange. If you are a recent graduate looking for the next thing to do, it was a great option! There are other opportunities to teach across Europe and throughout the world. I got room & board in exchange for 10-15 hours of teaching time per week. I had lots of free time to sightsee during the day or on weekends. It was a wonderful way to travel and experience the French culture!
MN USA 05/08/2012
I'm now planning my second major overseas trip, and I can't say enough good things about checking out workaway as an option abroad! I picked a great family to stay with, and learned so much about the local culture in Holland because I had such a good connection to the people there. I was able to cut the price of my trip drastically because I was compensated in food and room&board. There are a variety of 'work' options (none of them are jobs, per se- no nasty paperwork to deal with. Just make sure you don't overstay your tourist visa!) and I ended up choosing the perfect one for me-- working at a dog hostel!! I had SO much fun. There are a lot of B&B, organic farming, building, etc. type opportunities as well. It's definitely worth a visit, the address is http://www.workaway.info/ and I hope it helps anyone look to travel affordably :)
I recommend teaching English. A good link is this one: http://www.tefl-prague.com Pay varies depending on which country you are teaching in. It is however a great way to get to meet the real locals and earn to stay on if you fall in love with a place but wonder how you are going to finance your stay there. Worked with me anyway as I have been living in Prague now for just under 6 months+lovin' almost every second of it :)
WORKING IN SWITZERLAND
I am an American married and living in Switzerland. I have been here since Dec 2009. I found a job as a nanny on liliput.ch. Also try bilingual schools; they are in need of English language teachers. Der Schweiz is beautiful and so are the people. I love it!
Bern , Schweiz 06/07/2010
Living and Working in Switzerland
Hi fellow yodelers-to-be, if you're interested in moving to Switzerland, I write a blog about what it's like to be an American in the heart of Europe. I also answer questions from readers every Thursday in my "Dear Frau" column. http://www.onebigyodel.com
Zurich, Switzerland 03/30/2010