Does your dream job involve traveling around the world?

If you are bilingual, there are many jobs that allow you to use your gift and achieve your dreams. Just be aware that very often, you will have a lot of competition and the salary may not be the greatest. However, these jobs allow you to travel all around the globe.

1. Translators and Interpreters

An interpreter is a person who interprets a foreign language orally.

Translators, on the other hand, interpret written languages.

Traditionally, employers require at least a bachelor’s degree for these jobs. In general, it helps if your degree is in linguistics. In addition to working for a company, many translators and interpreters work as freelancers. In order to qualify for this job, you must be fluent in at least two different languages.

There are a variety of settings where interpretation and translation services are useful. One of the primary employers of these services is government agencies. Hospitals and other community organizations often hire translators and interpreters. The companies involved globally often need people who can speak multiple languages.

2. Nursing

If you have a degree in nursing and can speak more than one language, you may be able to travel abroad and use your skills to help those in other countries. The medical field is always looking for bright minds to help care for patients.

In order to be a traveling nurse, you must be a registered nurse. Courses for this degree typically take 2 to 4 years. Once you have earned your degree, you can begin applying for temporary traveling nursing jobs. These jobs can last up to 13 weeks.

Depending on the particular job, you may be offered free housing, tax-free income (depending on the country), a rental car, medical coverage and more. If you want a job overseas, there are a variety of travel nursing staffing agencies to help you locate a job in another country.

3. Au Pair

An Au Pair lives with their host family and provides childcare services, such as tutoring and babysitting. Families who use this service are typically wealthy, which means that you may be able to go on free vacations with the family, enjoy gourmets meals and more. Most au pairs receive room and board plus a small salary. One of the benefits to this type of job is the ability to fully immerse yourself in the culture.

4. Consultants

Consultants are hired to help correct a specific issue within a company. Because their expertise is so specific, they may be able to travel around the world helping companies. If you love to travel and build relationships with others, this may be the perfect job for you.

5. ESL Teachers

ESL teachers teach English to those whose first language is not English. These teachers are in high demand locally as well as abroad. An ESL teacher who works abroad helps students learn English, which allows them to be totally immersed in the culture of the area.

In order to be an ESL teacher, you must have a bachelor’s degree and receive ESL training/certification. This job also requires a special teaching license.

6. International Aid Workers

Do you want to travel the world to help to make a difference in other’s lives?

Working with an international aid organization will allow you to visit foreign countries that are struggling and you are able to help residents recover from natural disasters and famines. In order to work in this type of job, you will need a degree in education, health or agriculture with a minor in social work.

7. Tour Guides

Would you love to spend your days teaching foreign travelers about the history of another country?

Many popular and exciting travel destinations are always on the lookout for tour guides. Tour guides lead tourists through a location and provide them with interesting tidbits of information.

8. The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is a volunteer organization that allows you to serve others. Although you will not receive a paycheck, you do get a student loan deferral, health insurance and a bonus at the end of your service. The application process involves writing essays, forwarding your college transcripts, listing references and offering your financial and medical history information, as well as, completing an interview.

Although you may not make much money, you can travel the world to make a difference in people’s lives. The Peace Corps assignments are generally two years. During this time, you will work to help educate, and help to enhance the economic, agriculture and health care of the foreign community. The Peace Corp provides you with health benefits, housing and experiences you cannot get anywhere else.


As you can see, when you are bilingual, there are a variety of jobs that will allow you to travel abroad while earning a living. Some of the jobs offer minimal salaries, however, most come with room and board and allow you to create memories and experiences that you would never be able to get any other way.

Written By
Laurent Huc is the director of Nacel International, a language learning experience that incorporates educational travel for complete immersion. To learn more about the exciting and effective programs offered by Nacel, visit Nacel.org.

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