Working in a country where you don’t speak the language


If like me, you’re au pairing in a country where you don’t speak the language and have plenty of free time during the day that you would like to use to earn some extra money then here are some ideas of things you can do. Working in a foreign country when you don’t speak the language is pretty much impossible. Even to get a job tutoring English you need a pretty comprehensive understanding of the local language. However this does not mean that there are no opportunities to work. There are lots of ways nowadays to make money by utilising your skills online. There is a handy site called which allows you to do freelance work via your computer. Now there are lots of different things to do so don’t worry if you don’t think you have any skills to offer. For example there are people who want information transcribed and just need someone to type for them, or there are people who want you to listen to their book and give it a review, there are so many different jobs you’re bound to find something that you can do. And if you have a specific skill set, like being able to speak another language or web design, all the better! The only thing i would say about this website is that it is slow going at first. It takes a long time to get up and running as most of the jobs that actually pay properly look for a lot of experience. Therefore at the start it’s slightly hard slog doing lots of little $5 start up jobs, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run. Keep applying to lots of jobs you think you can do, create a strong profile by doing lots of the tests that they offer to show your skills, and you’ll be up and running in no time!

Not only this but selling things online is an excellent way to make money. Shopping platforms such as Depop and Etsy are great for selling little handmade jewellery pieces that you can make a nice profit from. It’s very simple to create pretty little necklaces and earrings, simply look online for a little guide. And sell them to people across the world for a bit of profit. Or if you have any old clothing that you no longer want, Ebay, Amazon and Depop again are great platforms for selling your things to others for a bit of extra cash!

Another way to make a bit of money online is to participate in matched betting. Although you may read the word betting and think “oh no, too risky” don’t worry because matched betting is 100% risk free, and here’s a link to a fully comprehensive guide on how it works designed especially for students. . Although this method is a little bit time consuming and you need a bit of money to start off with, it’s not a bad way to make a fair bit of money in a short amount of time.

Another thing I would recommend is to advertise yourself in public places like the local shops, for little jobs that don’t require any English at all, like dog walking or cleaning. Although you won’t be making millions, earning a few extra fivers to go for a nice walk in your new (potentially sunny) area, is not too shabby at all!

Hopefully this guide has given you a few handy ideas for making some extra money during the day times, and if you have any more suggestions for fellow travellers please leave them down below in the comments.


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