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A Guide to Sustainable Development Jobs Abroad

As we push forward into the 21st century, sustainable development has become a field of increasing importance to the future wellbeing of people everywhere and of the planet on which we reside. We are already beginning to witness the harmful side-effects of industrialization within the ecosystems where we live; therein getting a job abroad in sustainable development is the opportunity to travel to some of the globe’s most sensitive areas, learn through your work, and leave behind a positive impact for future generations to come.

Why Work Abroad

While sustainable development is an equally important field of work all over the world, the world itself is not equally developed. Pre-industrial and post-industrial societies face their own unique sets of developmental and sustainability challenges which are deeply rooted in geography, infrastructure, and economic activity. Travelling to another part of the globe to work abroad in sustainable development is the chance to lend a helping hand in areas that are most at-risk, while having the quite an adventure no less.


Sustainable development efforts have begun to take root all over the globe, meaning that you’ll have many different options for where to find work abroad in the field. Many international workers travelling from the industrialized world choose to seek out work in the developing world, where they can gain firsthand insight into innovative techniques that are being used to help tackle some of the world’s most urgent development challenges.

Sub-Saharan Africa, where you can find a sustainable development job abroad in countries such as Tanzania or Burundi, is an example of one such developing region where you might look for work. Countries such as Guatemala and Panama in Central America, or Thailand and India in Asia, are also popular destinations where to work abroad in sustainable development.

Depending on the level of industrial development, every nation comes with its own distinct array of challenges. Industrialized societies face their fare share of sustainable development challenges too, as they are often among the biggest polluters in the world. With the world’s two largest economies, China and the United States are examples of two such countries where you might seek out a job abroad in sustainable development on a more weighted scale.

Jobs & Positions

Sustainable development is a broad and interdisciplinary professional field which must take many different stakeholders into account. For example architecture, urban planning, transportation, engineering, and public policy are all related fields which directly correlate to work abroad in sustainable development. The content of sustainable development jobs abroad varies starkly between urban and rural areas, and countries will also differ in their environmental policies, which can alter the scope of your work.

Because of visa restrictions, many sustainable development jobs abroad will be offered on a short-term basis, lasting anywhere between a couple of months up to a couple of years. The openings offered by work abroad programs are often entry-level positions which can give you a good indication of what life will be like as a sustainable development professional, and may lead to further career-advancing opportunities in the global arena as well.

If you are an experienced professional who is looking for a higher level sustainable development job abroad, then you might have better luck applying directly with an multinational employer that can then place you working in a different country. International NGOs or nonprofits will often partner with localized organizations, offering an array of positions for global professionals to oversee on-the-ground projects.

Benefits & Challenges

Impact. Landing a job abroad in sustainable development is the opportunity to have your work felt not only by the local citizens you are working alongside, but among future generations who will benefit from your services as well.

Adventure. Finding work abroad in sustainable development can truly prove to be the adventure of a lifetime, as you will be uprooting from home, travelling the world, and living an entirely new cultural context. Ready to make a giant leap forward?

Experience. Travelling to a foreign country to begin a new job abroad in sustainable development can understandably be an intimidating prospect. The venture will pay off not only as valuable professional experience, but as a tremendous period of personal growth as well.

Sustainable development will only increase in importance as our planet continues to industrialize in a new era of globalization. There is no better time than now to join the effort!

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