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Adventure Jobs Abroad

orange square White water river guiding in the Ardeche, managing a team of instructors on a Mediterranean beach, working a ski season, or spending the summer as an activity councillor at an American summer camp. Working abroad for an adventure company can be one of the most fun and exciting jobs you can imagine. Every year we work with many of the leading outdoor adventure companies in the UK, helping them find exciting new candidates to fill vacancies abroad.

With plenty of schools and individuals looking outside the UK for their residential adventure trips and activity holidays, there are a good number of companies who have established activity centres in countries such as France, Spain, and beyond. English speaking employees are often essential for health and safety reasons, so UK employees are invited to apply and spend a season working abroad.

Take a look below for our current adventure jobs abroad. Click into each listing for a full job description and details of how to get your application into the hands of the person deciding who to employ for the coming adventure season.


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Action Team Member (Skateboard)


Action Team Member (Skateboard)
Company: In 2 Action
Join our Action Team’s working in amazing locations abroad and pass on your skateboarding skills.

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Action Team Member (Paddleboard)


Action Team Member (Paddleboard)
Company: In 2 Action
Take your passion for paddle boarding abroad and deliver taster sessions to children of all ages.




Multi-Activity Instructor

Multi-Activity Instructor

United Kingdom
Teaching a wide range of water and land based activities to all ages from 7yr olds up to adult. Mainly to school groups during term time and scouts/guides/youth groups in holidays, evenings and weekends. During the summer we run week long skills courses.
Multi-Activity Instructor

Activity Courier (French Speaking)

Activity Courier (French Speaking)

France
Working in France will be an amazing opportunity for anyone wishing to polish those French language skills.
Activity Courier (French Speaking)

Multi Activity Instructors France

Multi Activity Instructors France

France
We are looking for suitable candidates to become multi-activity instructors at our two French activity centres: Le Château du Broutel and Le Château de Warsy, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. No previous experience nor French language required
Multi Activity Instructors France

Senior Activity Courier

Senior Activity Courier

France
Take the next step in your outdoor career and lead a small team for activity staff for the season. Do all of this whilst working abroad.
Senior Activity Courier


Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

North America
Watersports jobs in America with Camp Leaders, including windsurfing, waterskiing, wake boarding and boating. Lead water activities for children's summer camps in America.
Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Cook - France

Cook - France

France
PGL's catering operations are modern enterprises set up to deliver excellence in both service and food at their activity centres. As well as providing supportive and fun environments to work, you'll get the chance to have a fantastic experience in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.
Cook - France

Activity Courier

Activity Courier

France
Working overseas is an amazing opportunity for anyone. You will meet lots of new friends and visit some lovely places.
Activity Courier

Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors

Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors

Switzerland
Village Camps is looking to hire dynamic Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors to join our team in Switzerland this Autumn. Dates: 18th /26th August- 7th October.
Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors


Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

USA
Work as a climbing instructor in the USA, whether it be rock climbing, low or high ropes, teaching children in traditional American summer camps with Camp Leaders
Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

Head of Centre

Head of Centre

France
Manor Adventure is a leading residential activity provider offering high-quality educational courses to school groups and families. We are currently looking to recruit a French speaking permanent Head of Centre to manage our new flagship operation in Northern France.
Head of Centre

Dinghy Instructor

Dinghy Instructor

France / Spain
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.
Dinghy Instructor

Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

France / Spain
The Senior Instructors role is to support the Chief Instructor in delivering pre-season training and the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. Leading by example to set the highest professional standards for the resort team.
Senior Instructor


Paddle Sports instructor

Paddle Sports instructor

France / Spain
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.
Paddle Sports instructor

Chief instructor

Chief instructor

France / Spain
The Chief Instructors principal role is to manage the beach and evening activities. Key accountabilities for this role include support of pre-season training and resort preparation, overseeing activity operations & team management, staff timetabling, health & safety, equipment mangement
Chief instructor

Assistant Instructor / Rep

Assistant Instructor / Rep

France / Spain
An Assistant Instructors role is to support our instructional team delivering watersports activities. Even if you have limited previous experience in watersports our training and support programme will help you progress far quicker than you imagined. We can also offer NGBs.
Assistant Instructor / Rep

Multi-Activity Instructors

Multi-Activity Instructors

France
CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are recruiting Instructors to teach a variety of outdoor activities to students of varying ages and abilities. Some of the activities you will be leading be leading include archery, fencing, orienteering,
Multi-Activity Instructors


Sports Coaching Jobs in America

Sports Coaching Jobs in America

America
Coach sports to children in USA Summer Camps with Camp Leaders. The summer camp in America programme offers you the opportunity to gain over 500 hours of hands-on sports coaching, whether it's soccer, tennis, basketball or many more.
Sports Coaching Jobs in America

Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

USA
Work as an outdoor and adventure trip leader at a USA Summer Camp with Camp Leaders, running activities with children of all ages. From Orienteering to Nature and Hiking, you can work in America for your summer job abroad with Camp Leaders.
Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

Thailand
Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess or chef on a luxury superyacht?
Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

Action Team Member (Skateboard)

Action Team Member (Skateboard)

Portugal, Turkey, Rhodes, Kos and Mallorca
Join our Action Team’s working in amazing locations abroad and pass on your skateboarding skills.
Action Team Member (Skateboard)


Outdoor Instructor

Outdoor Instructor

Scotland
Salary and Benefits: Annual salary equivalent £15,264. In-house accommodation available for full 12 month period. The environment, and the programme we like to offer visiting schools at Ardentinny means that we prefer more experienced instructors who hold or who aspire to hold at least two of
Outdoor Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

United Kingdom
Teaching a wide range of water and land based activities to all ages from 7yr olds up to adult. Mainly to school groups during term time and scouts/guides/youth groups in holidays, evenings and weekends. Whilst gaining on-the-job training working towards NGB qualifications
Trainee Instructor

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

North America
Work as a lifeguard in a summer camp America with Camp Leaders for 9 weeks. Work as part of a team of lifeguards who run the camp pool and lake, organising activities and pool parties, whilst keeping everyone safe and keeping the pool clean.
Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Adventure Guide Leadership Program

Adventure Guide Leadership Program

New Zealand
The Adventure Guide Internship was constructed as a stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry, but also is the perfect GAP year option - offering qualifications and adventure all in one - perfect for people who haven’t quite decided what is the next step in life after high school or colle
Adventure Guide Leadership Program

Chances are, you are thinking about starting or advancing a career in outdoor adventure education and you are looking for exciting sounding opportunities to apply for. While the majority of companies who advertise with us are offering posts here in England, Wales or Scotland, we do get quite a number of international, and especially European adventure jobs.


Is it really any different from being in Britain?

Perhaps the first thing to note is that many of these international adventure jobs that we advertise are actually on behalf of British companies who own and operate activity centres designed to be frequented by British visitors, especially school groups. These centres are often extremely popular as they allow visitors to experience the benefits that outdoor education can bring, in conjunction with experiencing a different culture first hand. In an age of league tables and the national curriculum, undertaking a language course or visiting a place of historical interest can often invoke a passion that it is difficult to replicate with classroom only learning; something that the schools are only too well aware of. This is perhaps a long winded way of saying that for you, one of the instructors, this means that while you may be based in France, or Italy, your immediate working environment could be almost identical to one that your friends are experiencing here at home.


You can still train and develop your career

Working overseas does not mean you have to give up the idea of our National Governing Body qualifications too. Quite a few adventure companies have the foresight to invest in your development as an instructor. Clearly it is good for you to advance your teaching and instruction abilities, but it also benefits them if they can claim that their instructors are well qualified, so they often encourage you to train towards relevant NGB awards on the job, even if that job is being done in another country.

Job satisfaction is no different either. Often the primary reason for people entering the outdoor industry is that they can directly observe the impact that their work has. Every Instructor remembers the look on the face of the first child they helped to do something that the child previously would not have had the opportunity or confidence to do. Working abroad gives people the opportunity to have a real impact on the groups they lead both educationally and culturally.

You may find that an overseas adventure job enhances your career prospects. Working for a small company in this country, you may find that you soon get as far as you can go without moving on. The centre manager may have been there for years, or may actually own the company, so once you become a senior instructor your chance of progression is to leave. If the international job is for a company with multiple adventure centres, then there could be more opportunities to further your career.


A boost to your confidence

Choosing to undertake an experience like this can often instill a level of confidence in you that you did not previously have, and which will be extremely useful to you in later life. Clearly the job has to be the right move for you in the first place, but if there are two identical jobs for which you are ideally suited, it definitely takes more nerve to apply for the one that would involve leaving your home country. But taking risks that pay off will definitely boost your confidence, and change who you are as a person. I have had friends who left to work in other countries for a year or two, and almost without exception it changed them and gave them the confidence that made them far more outgoing and successful when they returned.


Things to think about

So far so good; everything I have highlighted has been a positive. This is not to say that as soon as you see an international job you should apply for it without question. There are some important considerations to factor into your decision to apply. Research is the key to successfully working abroad and lays the foundations for a fantastic experience. You need to identify exactly where in the world you are most interested in working, as things that we take for granted such as tax or access to medical treatment vary a great deal from country to country.

If you need to find out more about the impact working abroad has on paying UK tax then it is a good idea to contact HMRC, who are often very helpful. There are so many rules, regulations and exceptions that I'm not even going to begin to tell you how much tax you are likely to have to pay. All I will say is that your tax situation will depend on whether you are going to be treated as a resident or non resident. Reputable organisations will also have HR and Payroll departments that can help you with any queries you may have when you go abroad.

Not having the NHS to fall back on is another big change, so if you do require any form of medical treatment an up-to-date EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is an absolute must for Europe. The UK has an agreement with the rest of the EEA (European Economic Area) which allows you to receive medical treatment. Let's face it, as an adventure activity instructor, even an accomplished one working at a centre with an excellent safety record, you are putting yourself more at risk of needing medical attention than most. Outside the EEA there is no such agreement, so you are likely to need comprehensive medial insurance, unless you want to risk paying off a medical bill for the rest of your working life. Sometimes the company you are working for will arrange this and cover you, so definitely a question to ask them.

How do you get yourself employed on an adventure job abroad? Probably goes without saying, but if you do have any previous teaching experience, any outdoor adventure qualifications, or even experience of living abroad, make sure you get it on your application form as these things will make your application stand out from the crowd when employers are looking for suitable candidate for their overseas employees. At the same time, don’t let a lack of previous experience put you off applying - many overseas adventure workers are quite young, so employers are looking at your attitude and how you present yourself as much as your CV.


Go for it!

I hope that gives you some more to think about and perhaps encourages you to consider that Pays de la Loire Watersports Instructor role, or the multi activity instructor job in the Spanish Pyrenees. To end on a very topical note, would you rather work outdoors during a Mediterranean summer or a British summer? And yes, that is a rhetorical question. Good luck with your job hunt and see you in France!

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