- Step 1: Read reference materials Spend time reading reference books and web sites about working and living internationally.
- TIP: Read, read, and read, especially about other people’s experiences.
- Step 2: Consider language requirements Narrow your search by the language skills you have, need, or hope to acquire.
- Step 3: Decide what type of job you desire Choose whether you would like paid or unpaid work, short-term work, a teaching job, or other professional opportunity.
- Step 4: Inform yourself about fees Find out through government agencies what fees are associated with applications and visas.
- Step 5: Network Talk to people, network, and gather information.
- TIP: Be patient, polite, and persistent. If you consider yourself a passive person, it may be time to reconsider your plan.
- Step 6: Write letters Write and send letters via e-mail to inquire about opportunities.
- Step 7: Do more research and be proactive Keep doing research and sending letters. If you’ve spent time abroad, make sure to highlight those experiences.
- FACT: In a 2009 survey, undergraduate college students ranked the Peace Corps seventh in a list of the top 25 Most Ideal Employers.
You Will Need
- Reference materials
- A computer with internet access