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A Guide to Resort Jobs Abroad

Every year, people shell out billions for the tourism industry, paying high sums to stay in some of the most gorgeous spots all over the world. However, not everyone can spare a pretty penny for such high class digs. If you’re looking for a way to live the high life on the cheap, resort jobs abroad could provide you with the opportunity to explore international scenery while earning money at the same time. From the beach to the mountains, resort jobs abroad will teach you competitive professional skills and give you memories to last a lifetime. On your days off, you’ll have plenty of time to explore your surroundings and act like you are nothing less than a tourist.

Why Work at a Resort Abroad

If traveling internationally is your dream, but you don’t necessarily have the funds to do so, pursuing work at a resort abroad, in the country of your choice, can allow you to travel with the added bonus of an income. For nearly anyone that has ever flipped through a travel brochure or found themselves on the website of a resort in a far-off land, looking at photos of sandy beaches or snow-capped mountains, wishing they could be there, seeking out jobs in one of these fantastical places can make your daydream become a reality.

Additionally, if learning a new language appeals to you, there is no better way to throw yourself into the mix than to work in a resort abroad, especially a resort that draws a very international crowd of patrons and employees. Resort jobs abroad will expose you to people of numerous nationalities, so you’ll easily get foreign language skills under your belt as you gain a range of resume worthy experiences, not to mention the opportunity to play as hard as you work.


Whether you aspire to work in a resort nestled in the mountaintops of the Alps where you can watch snowflakes drift to the ground from a toasty lodge each day or you’d prefer to be watching rolling waves crash onto the beach splashing sea water on your face, there is a resort job that can fit with your goals somewhere in the world.

As far as ski resorts go, you’ll scarcely find better places to work abroad than Switzerland, France, or Austria, which all contain parts of the Alps and the coinciding major ski areas of the mountain range. You can spend your days teaching skiing and snowboarding, preparing delicious food, or working hard to ensure the happiness of resort guests. As an added bonus, the central European locations of many winter wonderland resorts makes it easy to take a train and explore nearby countries and towns during your time off.

Taking a working holiday in Ireland can prove to be a relaxing yet productive time in your life. Resort jobs in Ireland include opportunities to work at golf courses or even in a converted castle! You could spend your days on sunny stretches of land as a golf course attendant or working in the spa at a resort. It won’t take you long to learn why the Irish are some of the friendliest people in the world.

For those drawn to stretching coastlines far away from any cold weather, consider international resort jobs in Australia or New Zealand, where resorts cater to the customer base of vacationers and ocean sports enthusiasts. Specialty resort jobs in this region of the world include surf instruction and tour guiding around local areas, but there are also plenty of kitchen or housekeeping staff positions available too. 

Resort Jobs Abroad

No two resort jobs abroad will look the same. While there are the usual suspects, don’t feel confined to certain landscapes or locations if you want to work at a resort abroad. Browse through enticing photos that look like the vacation of your dreams, and then seek out opportunities for resort employment there; this is the type of job that you can actually go where your heart desires.

Ski Resorts. If you love the thrill of winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, consider resort jobs abroad in one of the thousands of luxury ski resorts around the world, on some of the most sought after mountains for ski enthusiasts. Common positions include working ski lifts, where your day is spent helping patrons of the resort enjoy the slopes, kitchen positions, where you will prepare and cook food for the resort or its accompanying restaurant, and miscellaneous support jobs, like housekeeping or front desk customer service. More often than not, though who work at ski resorts receive complimentary ski passes, so when your shift is over, get out there and go, go, go!

Beach Resorts. Warm weather, breathtaking ocean views, and the smell of the salt water spray in the morning are all small pieces that make the puzzle of working at a beach resort worth completing. Hotels, spas, and other resorts positioned on ocean-adjacent property all over the world hire foreign employees, both seasonal and year-round, to ensure their guests have the stay of a lifetime. Common beach resort jobs abroad include hotel housekeeping, kitchen work or serving positions in resort restaurants and bars, customer service positions for those with experience, and specialty work, such as SCUBA or surf instruction, for those with relevant skills.

Wages. Fortunately, international resort jobs can introduce you to some of the most beautiful places in the world; however, be aware that oftentimes you may only make enough money to live on. Wages for resort jobs abroad are typically around minimum wage, but keep in mind that your income can vary dramatically from nation to nation. Also, higher wages can usually be secured by those with relevant hospitality work experience.

Accommodation. Depending on the type of resort you work at, you may or may not be offered accommodations as part of your salary package. In general, expect remote resorts, such as the ones located in mountain wilderness and hard-to-get-to beach locations, like small islands, to offer employees housing, due to the difficulty of commuting or finding available housing options. However, many popular resorts do not provide accommodations for their staff, but instead provide tips as to where to find affordable housing.

Remember that there are often unseen benefits of international resort jobs, such as discounted or free passes to ski slopes, discounts on surfing lessons or boat rentals, and reduced cost meals at resort restaurants.

Benefits & Challenges

It is not always feasible to travel to deluxe resort locations on a small budget, especially if you are a recent graduate or someone who is looking for legitimate seasonal work. The solution to this dilmena, that combines work and travel, is geteting a resort job abroad!

Tailor-Made Travel. Fortunately, working at a resort can be almost anything you want it to be. Whether you’re interested in a specific place, a specific outdoor activity, or just want experience to put on your resume while being able to travel, the perfect international resort job is out there awaiting your application.

Luxurious Locations. Resorts are popular for one reason: location, location, location. Working on white sand beaches or atop freshly fallen snow on ages-old mountains grants you access to some of the most valuable land in the world, and some of the most amazing views.

Real Work. If you’re working at your dream location resort, it will be more than tempting to focus less on the “work” and more on the “play.” For this reason, we oftentimes encourage would-be-expats to find a resort job abroad at a top destination on their list, but not their number one, gotta-see-it place. Save that special spot for your very own vacation someday.

Is the resort life for you? It’s hard to know unless you try. So don your best smile, pin your name badge on your (*fingers crossed* cute) uniform, take in the beautiful surroundings, and enjoy the sweet life working at a resort abroad.

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