How you can go overseas outdoors of your research?

A year, a few months or just a few weeks abroad. The adventure tempts you, but you really don’t know what’s possible. If you are an adult, several options are available to you. And you don’t have to be a student to benefit from it. Follow the leader !

Without a school exchange or Erasmus program, you want to leave independently of your establishment and your course. It doesn’t matter: pack your bags, adventure awaits! Please note that if you plan to volunteer, you must be at least 18 years of age.

As for the duration, it’s up to you. If you don’t want your trip to interfere with your studies, you’ll find short assignments from a few weeks to a few months during the summer. Otherwise, take a break. The gap year is a great way to undertake what makes you dream for six months to a year🇧🇷 A piece of advice: take some time to think about your project to choose the most suitable program.

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1. Volunteering at international construction sites

Various websites and associations offer missions of a few weeks, such as France Volontaires or Solidarités jeunesse. You can go alone or in a youth group. Choose the destination and the construction site according to the area that interests you. You will work around 30 hours a week and you will be fed and housed in return. Please note that it is generally up to you to pay for your airline tickets.

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2. International Civic Service: Combining Business with Pleasure

If you know the traditional principle of civic service, it’s exactly the same for going abroad. With the difference that your mission will take place a few thousand kilometers from France! Go to the Civic Services Agency website. You can choose the duration (six months to one year) and the type of mission you like (education, health, environment, etc.). Compensation amounts to €580.63 net. You can fulfill your mission of your 16 years and up to the day before your 26th birthday (up to 30 years for people with disabilities).

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3. European Solidarity Corps: volunteering, internship or job

As its name suggests, this European Union program allows you to travel to European countries only. Several options are possible. Volunteering or solidarity (group) projects last from two to twelve months. In these cases, your travel expenses are covered. You can also do an internship or get a job through the European Solidarity Corps for three to twelve months. You will be paid by your host organization.

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4. International solidarity volunteering: a longer commitment

This program goes far beyond Europe, as mobility concerns countries outside the European economic area. To find your mission, go to the France Volontaires website. Unlike other voluntary schemes, Missions generally last one to two years. Membership will cover your travel expenses and you will receive compensation of at least €100 per month. The amount varies by country. You will also benefit from two days off per month.

5. The VIE or VIA for “working” abroad

International volunteering in business or management aims to 18–28 years🇧🇷 The goal is to wear volunteer in a French company or public service located abroad. Missions take place over a period of six to twenty-four months🇧🇷 You are compensated up to €723.99 per month🇧🇷

To apply, you must upload your CV to the website of the information center on international volunteering (Civi). Please note that this requires mastering a foreign language, qualifications and sometimes experience in the relevant industries.

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6. The PVT: be careful with the selection

The PVT (holiday work program) or WHV (working holiday visa) allows you to live in a country, travel, but also work if you so wish. Canada, Brazil, South Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Australia, Japan… Each country has its own terms and its own quotas of French competitors. In fact, you must submit your entry according to a very precise schedule before being drawn. Also be careful, you must prove that you have enough funds to go to the host country.

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7. Wwoofing: the cost-effective solution

Nothing to do with animals wwoofing stands for “Global Opportunities in Organic Farms”, i.e. living on an organic farm. So it’s more about volunteering. The aim is to get you to participate in the daily tasks of a farm by being housed and fed in return. Hosts set their own assignment terms and duration.

8. The language remains: one foot in studies, the other on vacation

If you really don’t want to abandon your studies during your trip, language stay (or summer camp) can be a good compromise. There are several types of programs ranging from a few hours of classes per week to intensive training. You can stay in a family or university residence, go alone or through your university and stay two weeks or one or even two months according to your wishes… and your budget. Because the cost of a stay in the language is a hundred euros or even more than 1,000 € per week depending on the chosen destination and format.

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