TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) is one of the best ways for a career breaker to get paid work abroad.
You'll need to get the Trinity Cert. TESOL or the CELTA qualification before you can teach. There are all kinds of TEFL courses you can do: part-time or full-time, in a classroom or online, in the UK or abroad. You normally get help finding a job too - some TEFL course providers even guarantee a job!
You can teach children or adults, and you don't need to be able to speak the local language.
You won't earn loads but it will be enough to fund your career break - plus teaching English will mean you'll be bringing your valuable knowledge to people who really need it.