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Teach, travel, tour, trek

Whoever said summer jobs are all work and no play, didn’t know what he was talking about. With globalisation and travel becoming cheaper, students now have the option to try out some cool jobs on Indian and foreign shores.

entertainment Updated: Apr 18, 2010 16:31 IST
Sneha Mahale

Whoever said summer jobs are all work and no play, didn’t know what he was talking about. With globalisation and travel becoming cheaper, students now have the option to try out some cool jobs on Indian and foreign shores. Not only do these ‘jobs’ pay well, they also ensure that you learn something and have fun at the same time.

For the adventurous who love to travel, one of the most popular options currently available is logging onto www.crewseekers.net. This website offers yacht work opportunities worldwide, from stewarding to crewing - many of which don't require previous yachting experience. These ‘jobs’ are in destinations like the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Malaysia. The contracts range from one month to longer-term contracts. The minimum age is 18 years and one could earn up to $3,000 (Rs 1,32,000) per month on a three-month contract. Karan Jha, 22, who was part of an expedition to Malaysia, says, “As part of my training, I was given a taste of every job the yacht had to offer. There is a strict decorum to maintain while on duty but after work hours, one can really have some fun.”

Another summer job up for grabs for daredevils is the opportunity to become an adventure tour leader on trails in India and abroad. With adventure tourism on the rise and an increase in visitors in summer, most operators are on the lookout for a helping hand in peak season.

Adventure beckons
“While a group holiday to the world’s most exotic destinations may sound like fun, it is not all glamour. The client’s needs and welfare are most important and the job has real responsibilities,” says Suvarna Karnik, who was a junior tour leader for a local adventure tour company. But the job definitely has its perks including around £160 (Rs 10,880) a week for a junior leader, plus food, accommodation and flights. Currently job opportunities are available withwww.explore.co.uk.

Teaching trips
If you aren’t high on adrenalin but conversant in English, summer time could literally mean a job abroad. Websites like jobsabroadbulletin.co.uk, seasonworkers.com and teachabroad.com are always on the lookout for teachers for destinations from Brazil to China and Thailand. A four-month contract in Thailand could earn the candidate anywhere up to 30,000 THB (Rs 42,000) per month, plus accommodation.

For unusual jobs on India and foreign shores, candidates may want to consider applying for a job viawww.seasonaljobs365.com. The website is a destination for candidates seeking seasonal work, holiday work, summer jobs, winter jobs and other types of paid employment. Job ads can run for one month, three months, six months or 12 months.

These jobs let candidates do an array of activities from ski jobs, holiday / tourism jobs, hotel and resort work, to even volunteering in various organizations and travelling to teach in different parts of India.
Vishaka Karnik, 19, college student, says, “Last year, I had the opportunity to teach in a small village in Maharashtra for two months. The pay wasn’t fantastic (Rs 6000 for two months) but the experience definitely was life-altering.”

Log on to
*www.crewseekers.net for yachting
* www.explore.co.uk for tour leader jobs
* www.seasonworkers.com and www.teachabroad.com for teaching jobs
* www.seasonaljobs365.com for usual and unusual jobs in India and abroad

Unusual jobs advertised online
* Camp leader in America (www.seasonaljobs365.com)
* Travel writer (www.simonseeks.com)
* Snowboard Instructor (www.seasonaljobs365.com)
* Ski instructor (www.seasonaljobs365.com)
* Chef in a chalet in France or an Alp shack (www.seasonaljobs365.com)
* Work on a game reserve in South Africa (www.workawy.info)
* Windsurfing instructor in the Mediterranean (www.flyingfishonline.com)
* White-water rafting guide in New Zealand (www.kaitiaki.co.nz)