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Workaway — volunteering and cultural exchange
Workaway is a source for those looking for volunteer programs and wishing to get to know local life from the inside. Workawayers as well as hosts can register on the website for a small annual fee and search for suitable positions. A traveller has to help out for a few hours a day in return for a place to stay and food to eat. Some hosts also offer a wage. Most common job places are family businesses such as hotels, restaurants or farms.
Youth movement SFERA
SFERA — a youth movement, a part of the Alliance of European Volunteer Organizations, sends volunteers abroad and accepts them in Russia. The organization cooperates with the program ESC (European Solidarity Corps), in which it is possible to receive a grant to cover all expenses for the duration of the annual volunteer internship. Thanks to SPHERE, teams of volunteers annually join Workcamps in Russia. Most of the programs recruit participants 18-30 years old, but there are offers without age restrictions.
Help Exchange — Internships in Agriculture
Help Exchange is a resource where you can find a variety of internships at farms, ranches and family hotels. The site connects business owners from all over the world who need free assistance in exchange for room and board. Also, for the duration of the trip, a volunteer can share his accommodation with another traveler by placing an ad. Using the online service is free, for 21 USD you can get some additional functionality for 2 years.
WWOOF — Working on organic farms
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is an international association of farmers. Owners of farms from the most remote corners of the world publish job offers on the website, indicating the living conditions and the wages, after which the candidate gets in touch with them and stipulates all the details. The goal of the project is to exchange experience between agricultural workers and promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
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Work & Travel — Work for Students in the USA
Work & Travel USA is one of the most popular international exchange and work programs in the USA. In many countries there’s an agency which will help you to find a summer job and organize the trip. These are mainly positions in shops, hotels, cafes and amusement parks with a minimum wage. In addition to job selection services, the participant independently pays for the flight and accommodation. However, due to wage discrepancies between countries you can earn a significant sum, which will be enough to cover all expenses, and even bring part of the earnings back home. Traditionally, the working period lasts for 3 months, while an additional month is allocated for traveling around the country.
The activities of Erasmus organization are aimed at supporting cooperation between the EU and other world countries in the field of education and youth work. The main area of activities is international student mobility: Erasmus+ for bachelor's and Erasmus Mundus for master's students. If a student travels to a foreign university as a part of the exchange program, he can apply for a scholarship from Erasmus. The competition is usually high, but the payments cover most of the expenses abroad.
Applying for Erasmus Scholarship erasmusplus
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) literally translates as "German Academic Exchange Service". The organization has a representative office in different countries and selects candidates for scholarships to study in Germany. These can be summer language courses, master's degrees, and even postdoctoral studies by young scientists. The main selection criteria for candidates are knowledge of the German language and a motivation letter.
Apply for a DAAD grant daad.de
Fulbright is a scholarship program funded by the State Department of the US. Created to strengthen academic ties with other countries. Finalists of the competition receive monthly payments, coverage of tuition fees, insurance and transportation during their stay in the United States and other destination countries. Master's, doctoral students and teachers of English can participate. The duration of the program is 1-2 years. For more details visit the Fulbright website related to your country.
Fulbright Grant Application us.fulbrightonline.org
Opportunity to stay abroad after an internship
- After a professional internship, to stay in the country and continue your work is the easiest and most logical thing to do. If you passed the internship with excellence and the employer is ready to hire you, you can start extending a work visa or obtaining a residence permit, depending on the visa regulations of a particular state and the presence of your country's embassy there.
- After volunteering, you cannot legally stay abroad without changing your status, as usually volunteers travel abroad on a tourist or special (humanitarian) visa. If during the volunteer internship it is possible to conclude a work contract, enter a university or a language school, you can change your visa to a student or a work visa through the embassy and stay in the country.
- After exchange studies, the student must go home to graduate from the university and receive a diploma. The rules of individual programs oblige the participant to return to their homeland for a certain period to apply the knowledge gained abroad. One shouldn't risk breaking the contract. It is better to enroll in a master's or doctoral program at a foreign university you like after graduating from a university in your home country.
- After the Au Pair program, participants often go to the local university and stay in the country for higher education. This scheme is especially popular in Germany. During the year of their work, Au Pair participants learn the language, and then use the opportunity to study free of charge for foreigners in Germany.
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