Working whilst on a gap year

24/7 travel insurance now offers insurance cover for some paid work abroad. Working whilst on a gap year can earn you money to fund your trip and might even let you stay away for longer. Not only will it give you valuable work experience, it is a great way to meet new people. We’ve compiled a list of popular jobs for gappers:

Fruit or vegetable picking
Wherever you are in the world, there is always fruit or vegetables to be picked. Australia has a high number of gap year students opting to undertake seasonal work fruit picking to help fund their backpacking travels. Other popular destinations for fruit or vegetable picking work include France, Canada and New Zealand. Check out the website for the latest job vacancies.

Manual labour
Common type of manual work is harvest work on farms, this can be anything from sheep shearing to cattle herding. Those opting for this kind of work on a gap year should be relatively fit as it can involve a lot of physical work. Check out for more information.

Bar work
There are bars all over the world looking for season workers. There are a few websites like overseasjobcentre who advertise for barstaff but you’re better off visiting bars to enquire personally as bars usually have a high staff turnover, many bars do not bother spending money on advertising the job.

Restaurant work
Smart dress is a great way to impress catering agencies and restaurants. Try to make room in your rucksack for a pair of tailored black trousers, a plain white shirt and some black shoes when you get to your destination. Clothes are generally cheaper than in the UK. Restaurants love experienced staff – the more waiting experience you can get before you leave will enhance your chances of getting a restaurant job as competition is likely to be stiff in the most popular destinations.

Animal sanctuary/ refuge work
Animal sanctuary or refuge work is ideal for those wanting to have a gap experience either before or after university. This type of gap year experience is particularly suited to volunteers considering a career in medicine, humanitarian, teaching, social or environmental work as well as being an added benefit on your CV. Outreach International have a range of projects to choose from.

Don’t forget to pack your Gap Year insurance!
You can purchase great value Gap Year insurance direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For a 2-month trip in Asia, will cost you just £20.82* – a small price to pay to really enjoy your backpacking adventure all the more!

*Premium £20.82 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 36 taking out a ‘Standard’ Backpacker 24/7 travel insurance policy for 2 months in Asia. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (June 2010) and are subject to change.