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8 Jobs on the road and how to get them – the story of Stefan

Always on the move, Stefan has been on and off(but mostly on) the road for the last 6 years. Driven by his desire for constant discovery, meeting new people, and experiencing the best life has to offer, he has a lot of stories to tell, with it’s ups and downs!

Just back from Europe working on a yacht sailing through the Mediterranean, Stefan has agreed to share with us the roles he’s had and how he got a hold of them, which allowed him to travel full-time.

» You know, in a way I feel this “work to travel” thing was instilled in me from a very young age from my dad. My dad is a traveller and a scuba diver that possess and can teach every dive certification you could think of. «

Dive Instructor – Club Med – Bahamas

Pay~ 800US/Month, flights paid, food and accommodation paid

Ups & downs:

The best part is probably living in the Bahamas working on a tropical Island with a bunch of like-minded young people who will become good friends. I was diving every day in clear blue waters seeing beautiful coral and amazing sea creatures like hammerheads, turtles, octopi, and many more.

At Club Med you are working 6 days a week with one day off. I was lucky enough to have the same day off of some pretty cool people and let me tell you, you make that one day off worth while. You rent a car, get some beers, go to a secluded beach, spearfish and have a BBQ. Amazing!

I’d have to say that if there is a downside, it would be the fact that you have to eat all your meals with the guests. It can be really cool and interesting, but it can get a bit tiring always being “on” with the guests. I should mention that your eating at 5 star buffet and can drink all the beer and wine you want, which helps…!!

How did you make it happen?

Well, here is where that skill came in handy. Not only that, my dad was working at this particular Club Med and he helped me a lot. However, I still had to fill out applications and do interviews. It’s easy for anyone to just go on the site to apply and if you are really serious about working there I don’t see anyone having a problem getting a job at any one of the club meds around the world. Speaking more than one language is a big bonus.

Park Crew in Queenstown, New Zealand

 

(Park crew are the people who shape the jumps and place the rails in the freestyle park, which is probably the best job on the mountain)

Pay – 15 NZ/hour

Ups & downs:

When you work at the hill you get a free seasons pass and discounts here and there. I lived in a shared accommodation with other people who worked at the hill, so I was always making some new connections. Seasonal jobs like this are really great for travellers. You get to live in a new place, make some money, meet people, possibly learn a new skill or continue something you love to do, and you don’t have to commit too much of your time.

How did you make it happen?

This was an easy one. I literally filled out the application online, arrived in NZ, went to a group interview and got the call a few days later that the job was mine. Fortunately, I also had been snowboarding since I was about 7, so what I had to do was not that new to me. But it doesn’t matter, a lot of the travellers that worked on the mountain had never even skied or snowboarded before, they were able to take free lessons on their time off.

Fruit picking in Mildura, Australia

Pay – Depends on what fruit and how much you pick- When we were doing oranges we got 20 AUS/ per bin and these bins are not small!

Ups & downs:

This is really sh*tty work ! I picked oranges, grapes, almonds, and probably some other kinds as well. Its hot, hard, and you don’t make much money at all. Why would I do this then? I think the only reason people do this is to get a second year visa in Australia. For people from certain countries if you do 88 days of rural work then you are eligible to stay another year in Australia. So what makes these 3 months of hard labour bearable? It’s the people you meet!

Normally when you do this farm work you end up living with up to 30 other people doing it for the same reason. Honestly, if it wasn’t for some of the people I met during that time, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. This was now 3-4 years ago and I just recently did a motor bike trip through Vietnam with one of the guys I met doing that job. You never know whom you will meet and what will come of it.

How did you make it happen?

This again was quite easy, but you have to be careful. Australia has a site called gumtree ( like craigslist or Kijiji) which has job postings all over it. The farmers know that travellers are desperate to stay in the country, so some have taken advantage of that and given very poor wage and poor quality accommodation. Take the time to choose you workplace. I was actually in a really bad one where the owner of the house I stayed in was on an episode of worlds worst bosses.(!!!)

Mustering Cattle in the Australian outback

Pay – 75 AUS/day Food and accommodation paid

Okay, I have this very good story here:

Originally I was looking to work with horses, but ended up being recruited by a pretty shady guy to muster cattle on a dirt bike for this other guys cattle station in the middle of the outback. If you don’t know what mustering is, it’s gathering cattle from one point to another. So, what was good? I got to get better at riding a dirt bike and ride it all over and saw some of Australia’s outback, which I’m afraid got boring after a little bit.

After a short time, when I started to know how the to do the job a bit better, it was kind of fun being able to guide the cattle where you wanted them to go. The bad part… My boss was horrible, all he would do is yell and say f%$k or C&^t this and that and never give constructive criticism for someone who had never done this type of work before. Accommodation was shit. I had one other backpacker with me who I didn’t get along with very well, who also bailed out of the job after 2 weeks or so. Also, it was ridiculously hot out there. I was doing this as part of the rural work I needed to do for the second year visa until something quite bad happened. I had been working there just over a month when one day when we were loading the cattle onto a truck to be shipped out I dislocated my shoulder (I had already dislocated my shoulder a few times prior to this job).

We were loading the cattle 45 minutes from where I was staying and that was 2 ½ hours from the nearest clinic. Once we made the over 3 hour trip to the clinic, they told me they could not help me and I needed to be air evacuated to the nearest hospital. What’s more is I didn’t have any travel insurance and was thinking this is going to run me like 10 grand or something… The plane comes, they load me up, fly me to next town, where I wait another two hours to get an x-ray and pop my shoulder back in. In the end my shoulder was out for over 7 hours. AAAAnd I didn’t end having to pay for the airplane evacuation for some reason. STOKED! Needless to say I did not return to the cattle station and headed straight to Byron Bay to surf and see a friend who hooked up a temp job in a restaurant before I headed to Airlie Beach to work as a dive instructor on a sail boat.

How did you make it happen?

Here is another job I got through Gumtree.com. I ended up taking this job without thinking to much about it because I was quite low on cash and being on the other side of the world with low funds can be a little scary. Funny enough when I got to Byron bay I met another dude who was hired by the same guy and he had a similar experience as me. Some of the recruiters are just out for the recruitment fee they get and send the naïve backpackers to the worst kind of work. Having said that, I chalk it all up to experience and draw upon the positive things from it that make me who I am today.

Dive instructor on the Great barrier Reef, Airlie Beach (Whitsundays), Australia

Pay – 900 AUS/2 weeks

Ups & downs

Well, as the job title reads this job was a bit of all right. Lol If you don’t know the Whitsundays, it’s a series of 72 islands with amazing beaches, one of which is White Haven Beach (listed in the top ten beaches in the world or something..!) Anyway, I was working on 17m sailboat as the dive instructor, deckhand, photographer, and occasional chef that would do 3 day, 2 night trips around the Whitsundays and to the Great Barrier Reef. I would guide beginner to experienced divers on up to 4-5 dives a day. It was a very busy and demanding job, but also quite fun and fulfilling. At the time I was there it was humpback whale season where the mothers would come to the warmer waters to give birth, so we got to see heaps of humpbacks breaching and swimming alongside our boat.

How did you make it happen?

This one was quite random. While I was living and working at a restaurant in Byron Bay, I randomly posted my CV on a scuba page and within an hour I got an email from a boat that was interested in me. Basically, I just posted my CV at exactly the right time. Here is where a certain skill and timing is all it takes to land a pretty cool job. Here I made some good friends, some cash and had a really nice experience in a place that everyone wants to visit in Oz.

English teacher in Shenzhen, China

 

Pay – 2100 USD/Month, Flights and accommodation paid, month bonus after one year

Ups & Downs:

I think if your travelling there is a very good chance you will meet an English teacher or someone who has taught English somewhere. This is a very popular job that if you speak English fluently, you can do it in some capacity, whether it is comprehensive lessons or just playing games. In general the job was good. I taught kids for a total of 24 hours a week. Lessons where prepared and even though I did, you didn’t have to change them much. Watching kids have fun and learn is quite fulfilling, but also tough at the same time. I hadn’t worked with kids much prior to this and it took some getting use to, but once I got the flow of it and got to know the kids, it was quite nice. The hardest part was actually living in China, getting use to their customs and everyday life. Basically I learned that China isn’t the place for me. It was a truly unique experience where I got to visit many different cities all over China cheaply, as well as Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong (multiple times), Macau, and Vietnam.

How did you make it happen?

So, after returning home from my 2 year journey I knew what I wanted to do next was teach English abroad somewhere. I got a teaching certificate called CELTA (one of the most recognized certs for teaching English) and along with my bachelor degree, I was ready to start looking for jobs. I should mention that you don’t need a degree, hell, you don’t even need a certification, but it certainly helps you to get a better job. To find these job postings, you just google “teaching English abroad” and you find dozens of sites. One very popular one is Daveseslcafe.com. If I were to give any advice for this route, be certain where you want to teach and LIVE, teaching was fine for me, but living in China was not. Read any contract you are interested in carefully!!! Again, this is a very fulfilling option that allows you to really dive into a culture and travel at the same time while making some cash!

Farm hand on a horse farm in Oltingue, France

 

Pay – Volunteering with food and accommodation covered

Ups & downs: 

I have always been quite stoked on horses and riding. As a child I did it a few times and on and off when I was older, but never really worked with them.  I contacted a family on a work exchange site and they agreed to have me stay with them. Not only did I get to ride everyday but since it was a school I got lessons in different types of riding, such as reigning and cutting. If you don’t know already, horses need a lot of care, and there were 25 on this ranch. It’s dirty work! You have to get up at 5am-ish to feed them (give hay, medication, water, ect) muck out the stalls (clean out their shit) and 25 horses produce a lot of muck.

But, another job that needs doing, which makes it all worth it, is that they need exercising. Meaning RIDING! Normally all the dirty hard work is done by 11 or noon and then you have the afternoon to do whatever you want, but I mean c’mon, obviously you gotta ride! I rode pretty much everyday on multiple horses. I learned quite a bit and also had a great time with the family who took me in. About once a week they would take the family and I out to a nice restaurant and we would always enjoy each other’s company.

How did you make it happen?

There is this great site called HELPX.net where people can post a volunteer position at their house, farm, cottage, etc for travellers who want to help, meet people, and just experience a new place. There is a one-time fee of 25$ to use the site and it has volunteer positions all over the world. This is a great option if you want to experience a new place with some real locals and don’t mind doing some work for it.

Deckhand on a sailing yacht in Mediterranean

Pay – 2500 EUROS/ month , food and accommodation paid, flight home paid, depending on the yacht-tips can be ridiculously good.

Ups & down

Simply put, the good about this job is that you get to live/work on a multi million dollar yacht sailing/motoring around the Mediterranean, the Bahamas, the Pacific, and/or the world depending on what your boats itinerary is. You get to see popular places in a way that most might not get to see and furthermore you will visit secluded islands that a lot of people will not ever see. You will absolutely learn new things working on a boat, be it tying knots, basic boating terms to being a full-blown sailor. The standard starting pay in this industry is 2500 Euros a month and if you work on a charter yacht the tips you can get for a weeks work is insane!!! For example, one of my friends received a 6000 Euro tip for a weeks work, add his pay to that and you are looking at a very nice pay day. If you’re into it, you could also have the chance to meet celebrities. The other day I was ordering a drink at a bar in Monaco and I turn around and Post Malone was standing there chilling. Hahaha. Now, it isn’t all great. I work on a private sailing yacht, and I have worked over 90 hour weeks, without getting off the boat for over a week. Now, I am use to it and can find a little time for myself, but at first it was work, eat, sleep, and repeat. Your social life is put on hold, and if you do get days off all you want to do is sleep. So since you spend most of your time on the boat the most important thing is the crew. If you have a good crew that you can get along with, then it doesn’t matter how much work you have or if the owners/guests are dicks, you can all find the best way to work together and laugh it all off at the end of the day. This is a great option to literally see the world while making GOOD money, just be ready to share a tiny cabin with someone, work looong hours, and hopefully not be seasick.

How did you make it happen?

** don’t worry if you have never even stepped on a boat, if you’re serious about getting a job, you will get it. **

So basically this job requires certain qualifications and timing as well. You have to start your job hunt at the beginning of the yachting season in the right place. For me it was in Antibes, France and Palma de Mallorca, Spain in the months of April – June. The basic certification that everyone needs to work on yachts is the STCW, which is a weeklong course that goes over basic safety skills and includes a day of ACTUAL fire fighting. To better your chances of securing a job you can take many other courses. Since I was working on deck I needed to get a certification to drive smaller boats, and of course I had my scuba instructor certification to help ;).

As friends warned me, it could take up to three months to get a permanent position, especially if you are new to the industry. It took me 2 ½ months of doing temporary work on boats and going to two different countries before I got my permanent job. However, you could get a job the day after you finish your STCW course. It’s a lot of being in the right place at the right time.

Also, as in most of the jobs prior to this one, YOU WILL meet so many lovely people trying to do the same thing that you all end up supporting one another.

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First, I want to say thank you to Joas and Laurence at OFF TO PLACES for having me on their great site. I have worked and chilled with Joas and can say that he is a one of kind individual and although I have never met Laurence I have heard only lovely things about her.

If anyone is thinking about travelling and is worried about money, working, and even meeting people, I hope this article has shown that you can do it. The jobs listed above are just the main ones, I didn’t mention all the little jobs I have had on the road that I have gotten through the friends I made along the way.

I’m sure you have noticed the theme; that it’s all about the people you surround yourself with that makes any of the experiences great ones. Furthermore, although it’s safe and smart to go on a journey with a chunk of change saved, you don’t need to have it. I can’t tell you how many countries I went to with less then 1000$ on me.

Yes, it’s scary, but if you have a good head on your shoulders, and try to stay positive, things should fall into place. It’s not always going to happy days, but I think that’s it, you’re not going to have the sunshine without the rain. If you want to follow some of my adventures or have any questions about how to make it on the road working give me a follow on instagram @stefkuli87 or on FB at Stefan Aleksei Kulisek and send me a message.

So in the spirit of my current position, I’ll leave you with a quote that my dad always sends me.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”

-Mark Twain

Peace,

Kuli

 

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