Europe (including the UK)

Brandenburg Gate - career break Europe

There are tons of opportunities in Europe for career breakers - including here in the UK. It's particularly good if you want to do paid work, learn a language, or do snowsports.

Some Europe facts for career breakers:

  • You can work in EU countries without a permit (if you are a British citizen).
  • Europe is a great place for seasonal work - both summer and winter. Resorts always need helping hands on ski lifts, with driving, in hotels, beach bars etc.
  • If you are sporty or just generally active, you can work at summer camps in Europe. Many organisations include training and even qualifications!
  • If you're interested in learning a language, you can do it in the country it's spoken. Many language schools offer cultural immersion programmes with host families. This is a great career break option if speaking a second language will help your promotion prospects.
  • There are lots of other cultural learning opportunities in Europe, such as art history in Italy, cooking in France or dancing in Spain.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available mainly in Eastern Europe and in the UK.

And if you stay in the UK?

  • You don't have to get used to a new language or culture, so you don't spend any time acclimatising. This makes it a good option if you don't have much time for your career break.
  • It's relatively cheap - as you're not flying anywhere.
  • Be aware that some volunteer projects in the UK actually require you to live somewhere away from home – the plus side is that accommodation is often provided for you.

Career break organisations with opportunities in Europe

Flying Fish logo

Flying Fish

Professional training and jobs for yachtmasters, superyacht crew, watersports and snowsports instructors.
Go to Flying Fish website Find out more
Altitude Futures logo

Altitude Futures

10-week ski and snowboard instructor courses for career breakers aged 18 to 65, to get you an internationally-recognised qualification.
Go to Altitude Futures website Find out more
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Projects Abroad

A wide range of volunteering placements in 27 countries in the developing world, including teaching, orphanage work, conservation and medical programmes.
Go to Projects Abroad website Find out more
Oyster Worldwide logo

Oyster Worldwide

Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.
Go to Oyster Worldwide website Find out more
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TEFL Org UK

Get your internationally-recognised TEFL qualification from this fully accredited provider of TEFL courses - free job placement service included.
Go to TEFL Org UK website Find out more
Cross Cultural Solutions logo

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Short-term volunteering programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America - options for families available.
Go to Cross-Cultural Solutions website Find out more
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Nonstop Snow

A range of ski and snowboard instructor courses and powder camps in Canada, France and New Zealand's best resorts - ideal for season-long stays and career breaks.
Go to Nonstop Snow website Find out more