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Wanderlust Resources: Great Websites for Living Abroad

Here’s just a few of the websites I use to help me travel, live and work abroad. These are great resources that have helped me A LOT A LOT A LOT.

    • What it is: classified ads for Berlin, Madrid, and Barcelona. Find jobs, apartments, language exchange partners, etc
    • What it is: classified ads for Rome. Find jobs & apartments 
    • What is is: Find nanny/au pair jobs in France. EXCELLENT. I used this in Paris. Don’t be discouraged by it being in French. Pull up Google Translate in a diff window, and become a premium member (6 euros for 1 month, roughly $8). WORTH IT
    • What it is: Flight search, and one of the best. Almost always has the cheapest prices but always cross-reference with other sites like and  (dont bother with Orbitz or Priceline)
    • What it is: Find families to Au Pair for, also can be used to find students for private English teaching. I’ve written a lot about this because it is the best Au Pair service ever. Don’t bother with premium - you’ll get contacted by families. 
    • What it is: Mash up of resources for every type of travel - from farm work, studying abroad and volunteer work to culinary travel. This is what I used when I decided to move abroad for the 1st time - it’s how I discovered Au Pair work.
Guide to Becoming an Au Pair: The Basics

What’s An Au Pair

An Au Pair is a young adult who lives with a host family in a foreign country and is considered a family member, providing childcare and light household tasks in exchange for free room & board and a weekly allowance. Being an Au Pair is rooted in culture exchange, for that reason Au Pairs usually work minimal hours (15 - 25 per week). It gives you enough time to take language classes, explore the city, and take weekend trips to Ibiza, Munich, Amsterdam or wherever you want to go!

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quickwitter  asked:

How did you find the nanny position? I've been traveling annually since 1983, and have seen enough of the world that I'd consider renting out my house and leaving the US for awhile to live abroad. I'm figuring that I'll need a teaching certificate, ESL cert, or to become a nanny, etc. Would love suggestions...

Really depends on where you want to go! For example, there are more nanny jobs in Europe than there are in South America. There is a higher demand for English teachers in Asia than there is in Europe (I had no trouble finding work as a private tutor in European countries, but there’s 2x as many positions in Asia, particularly China).

If you’d like to live in Europe:

You don’t need to be a certified teacher for any position (I’m not). Being a native English speaker is enough for 90% of the jobs you find.
You can easily find work as a nanny. It helps to google in the language of the country to find positions e.g. translate “looking for an English nanny” in German, google it, and you’ll stumble on a bunch of German websites with families posting advertisements. Another tip: many Europeans use Au Pair, Nanny, and English teacher interchangeably (lol), so you can also check Au Pair websites and find families that are looking for any of the 3. Facebook is FANTASTIC for finding work. Facebook search groups like “Au pair in Madrid” etc. Register on and join groups in the city you’re moving to. Tons of resources. Here are some websites to get you started: (website for nannies and families in France. I used it here in Paris, fantastic) (free, used this to find work when I lived in Rome and Madrid) (find work & apartments in Berlin, Madrid, and Barcelona)

If you want to live in Asia:

Unlike Europe you won’t find an abundance of nanny jobs or work as a private English tutor. Most work for English speakers is limited to teaching in a school, and many require certification but there are plenty who don’t (demand for teachers is extremely high). You’ll find most work in China, but can also find some in Japan.

If you want to live in South America:

It’s a little hard but you can find work teaching English in Brazil and Argentina especially, Colombia as well. Most work would be in a school, and some require certification but most don’t. Working as a private tutor would be hard (in Europe it’s extremely easy). You can find some nanny work though.