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You come to Lisbon for a short holiday, you spend a couple of days here and you start to think: ‘wow, life seems so great here. Good weather, amazing food. What else can you want?’ After coming back home, you really, really want to move to Lisbon. The only question is: will you be able to find a job in Lisbon? Are your qualifications and experience enough?

I will help you to answer these questions.

I have never worked in Lisbon. When I moved here I was already working online. I don’t have direct experience with finding a job in Lisbon. However, my partner and my friends are all so lucky to find employment in the capital. Thanks to them I have managed to write this article for you. I focussed mainly on Lisbon as I don’t really know anyone who works and lives in a different part of the country. I think that outside of Lisbon, the chances of finding a job are limited.

I wrote this post for those who think about moving to Lisbon and want to work for a company based in the city. You will find everything you need to know to plan your move here.

Is it worth working in Lisbon?

I think that depends. If you are looking for a well paid job and additional benefits, like a medical insurance, you might be disappointed. The average salary in Portugal is quite low and even with good qualifications you will get more money somewhere else.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a place, where you can live close to the ocean, eat seafood everyday, drink wine and slow down, then Lisbon might be for you.

I think it’s a great place to live if you don’t care about the money or making a great career.

The job market in Lisbon

Portugal is not a rich country. It is not as developed as Germany or the UK. The job market in the whole country is quite small and doesn’t give you the same opportunities as in other countries. Unemployment is still high, about 12 percent. The average salary is 500 Euros. In the capital it’s a little higher – 600-800 Euros.

In Lisbon, more than in other towns and cities, the state of the economy can be seen very clearly. There are a lot of homeless people, the streets are dirty and neglected. Lisbon is the capital city, it’s a big settlement with a lot of different people. It’s a mix of everything.

As a foreigner, you will be able to find a job easier here than in any other cities in the country. Lisbon is famous for its startup scene. It makes it easier for them to open their businesses. What comes with that – a lot of young, fast developing companies are moving to Lisbon and this gives employment opportunities not only for the Portuguese but also those that come here from other countries.

Tourism is one of the most important industries in Portugal and Lisbon is the main spot, where tourists come. It’s possible to find a job in restaurants and bars, or as a tourist guide. However, you need to be prepared for low salaries, hard work and difficulties if you don’t know the language.

You can also try to find a job as an English teacher in langauge schools. Due to a high number of tourists, English is a very important language.

What if I don’t know Portuguese? Can I still find a job?

Yes and no.

If you speak English fluently and have an experience in sectors such as marketing, sales and management, you can find a job in one of the startups or in one of the international companies. Nestle, Samsung, Nokia and Mercedes are a few bigger corporations operating in Lisbon. They employ people who don’t speak Portuguese.

It might be more difficult in other sectors. If you know Spanish or German, you can look for a position as a tourist guide. The wages here are quite low tho.

Knowing Portuguese will make things easier for you. You don’t have to limit yourself to startups and tourism industries. Looking for a job in other sectors will be less stressful and much easier.

Remember that you can take Portuguese lessons. Try out Italki. I use them for my Thai lessons and I’m very happy with them. Cheaper lessons can be found in Lisbon in language schools.

The employment law in Portugal

Employees usually work 40 hours per week (8 hours per day). The law allows longer hours, up to 60 hours per week.

The full time employees have the right to 22 days of holiday, plus 9 bank holidays.

The contracts in Portugal are similar to those that can be seen all over Europe. There are full time, part time and based on a project contracts. If you don’t know Portuguese and you got a contract that wasn’t translated into English, find a good interpreter, or ask someone to help you out with understanding everything. Never sign anything you don’t understand.

Formalities

Do you want to work in Lisbon legally? Here are things you need to remember about!

Registrations and residency card

If you don’t work in Portugal, you can be in the country for 3 months without registering. After 3 months you need to go to your area council (junta) and register. You have 30 days to register after the 3 months are over. (This applies to European Union citizens. Unfortunately, I don’t know how this works with other countries).

As an European Union member, you don’t need a work visa. If you have a job here, you need to apply for a residency card (Cartão de Residencia) in 6 months. If you don’t do it, you might face a fine.

NIF

Having a NIF (Número de Identificação Fiscal or Número de Contribuinte) is very useful. You will need it to do any formalities in Portugal.

To get it you need a proof of a residency from your own country. It might be your utility bill, your driving licence or your bank statement. If needed, you will need to translate it into Portuguese. Take this document with you to Finanças. It’s best to go there 20 minutes before opening. The queues are very long. Fill in a form. You should get your NIF on the same day.

Having a NIF gives you the right to pay taxes in Portugal and using free healthcare. You will be asked for it every time you do shopping. At the end of the year you will get a tax return. The amount can vary from 300 up to 1000 Euros, depending on where you work.

A bank account

It’s easy to open a bank account. Go to your nearest branch. Take your contract and NIF with you. You should be able to open an account straight away.

Where to look for a job in Lisbon?
  • LinkedIn – create a good profile. Find HR representatives of the companies you’re thinking about. Send them a message asking for any possible positions. You can also look for a job in the job opportunities secion.
  • Expatica Jobs in Portugal – there are some job ads from all over Portugal.
  • Portuguese Public Employment Service – a government website, where you will find some job offers.
  • Indeed – a job site with ads from all over the world.
  • NewspapersCordeiro de Manhã, Diário de Notícias and other Portuguese newspapers have job offers.
  • Facebook groups – try asking there, but use the search option first.
The job application process in Lisbon
  • You might be asked to fill in an application form. It’s more and more common in Portugal.
  • Many companies ask for online applications.
  • Prepare a good CV. It shouldn’t be longer than 4 pages A4. A cover letter shouldn’t be longer than one page A4.
  • Don’t send a copy of your diplomas. You can take them with you to a job interview.
  • May job interviews are done online through Skype or Zoom. You don’t need to be in Portugal to be able to apply for jobs.
  • Sometimes it takes a long time to hear back from your potential employer. Be patient.
The summary

You shouldn’t come to Lisbon if you want to earn a good salary and live on a high level. Living and working here is for those that want a relaxed lifestyle, don’t want to rush and want to enjoy warm climate, food food and cheap wine.

Finding a job in Lisbon isn’t easy. The best chances have those that know English and at least one more language and have an experience in tourism, marketing, sales or IT. They can find a job even before moving to Lisbon.

Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!

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Lisbon is beautiful. You can be amazed by it on every step. But let’s not cheat ourselves. It’s a big city and smog and noise can be tiring. Luckily, there are many options for short trips outside of Lisbon. One day is enough to rest and charge your batteries.

I really like living in the city. I appreciate the fact that I can go for a coffee, for a drink, for dinner, and to the cinema. There are plenty of options for spending my free time. On the other hand, I come from a small town and sometimes I’m really tired with the crowds, the noise, and public transportation. So, whenever I miss being surrounded by nature and peace and quiet I rent a car and in an hour or two, I’m outside the city.

Except for Lisbon, there are many beautiful places to relax. There are beaches, forests, fields, and abandoned monasteries. The air is cleaner there and the views can take your breath away. If you dream about peace and quiet and want to see something interesting, go for a trip outside of Lisbon.

16 incredible trips outside of Lisbon

Lisbon is surrounded by water and forests. Just outside of it you’ll find small towns, which are just perfect for visiting. By going outside of the capital city, you will get some rest and you will get to know the more authentic Portugal.

Cascais and other beaches Cascais is a great place for a walk.

Cascais is only 30 minutes by train outside of Lisbon – the small town used to be extremely popular among the rich and famous. Nowadays it sill has that particular character and you can really feel like you’re in a cosmopolitan resort.

On the way to Cascais, you’ll find Oeiras. Stop here and visit the Marquiz de Pombal’s Palace. Inside it’s not that amazing, but the surrounding gardens are worth a visit.

Another place that I really recommend is Estoril. The beaches here are small, but the cliffs and rocks sticking out of the blue water give it an incredible character. If you like gambling, then head to the local casino, which is the biggest in Europe.

At the end, stop in Carcavelos, where the young Portuguese like to hang out. This beach is very crowded during the summer, but if you like to see how the locals spend their free time, then coming here will give you a good indication of that.

How to get there?
From Cais do Sodre catch a train to Cascais. It takes 30-40 minutes to get to the end of the line. In the summer you can buy a ticket, which allows you to hop on and off the train whenever you like. It costs around 4 Euro. I also recommend getting off at one of the stations and then walk along the coast.
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Guincho Only in Portugal does a beach looks so inviting but scary at the same time.

Guincho is a lovely little beach located 10km from Cascais. It’s perfect for surfing, but also for walks, sunbathing and relaxing. The only thing that can disturb you are strong winds, which are common during the Spring and Autumn.

How to get there?
You can go to Cascais and then walk (if you like hiking). The area is very picturesque and you will find plenty of view points on the way.
You can also rent a bicycle and cycle from Cascais to Guincho.
If you have a car, then it’s not a problem – getting there is very easy and quick.
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Sintra This yellow palace is the most famous one in Sintra.

Sintra – a small town near Lisbon – is very famous among visitors. Especially the yellow Penha Palace is flooded with tourists. I really like the town itself, with its cobbled, narrow streets and atmospheric cafes and restaurants. My favourite place is Quinta de Regaleira, which is like a mysterious secret garden, where you can spend a whole day.

How to get there?
You can take a train from Lisbon. Bigger stations, like Rossio, operate frequent trains to Sintra. It takes around 20 minutes from Lisbon.
If you fancy a further trip and also seeing other places around the town, then I recommend renting a car in Lisbon.
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Peninha This monastery mounts over the clouds.

Peninha is one of the most beautiful places I have visited outside of Lisbon. It is an abandoned monastery standing on a hill in the Sintra Forest. It’s located so high that you can see the Cabo da Roca nearby and the Guincho beach.

How to get there?
From Guincho beach, you need to go further and then turn right and then right again. Follow the signs to Peninha. If you are on foot, it might be a very long walk. Best way to visit it is in a car.
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Adraga This beach is such a nice spot to recharge your batteries.

One of the best ideas for a trip outside of Lisbon. Adraga is a beautiful little beach near Sintra. Not many people come here and most of the time it’s quite empty. There are caves and hidden nooks to explore around the big rocks you will see on the shore. The restaurant here serves the best seafood in the area.

How to get there?
Apparently, there is a bus from Sintra, but a quicker and easier way is to have your own car and drive there.
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Azeitão In Azeitao you can learn about wine making and find out some really nice stories about the area.

Are you a wine lover? Brilliant! Portuguese wine is not only affordable, but also really tasty. There are plenty of wine tastings in Lisbon, but you can also try it out at the source. In Azeitão you will find 2 major wineries: Bacalhoa and José Maria da Fonseca. Both can be visited and at the end of the tour you’ll get a few wines to try.

How to get there?
A car is the best way.
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Cacilhas These small cafes serve fish and seafood.

That’s my favourite trip outside of Lisbon because Cacilhas is not only lovely, but it’s also very easy to get there. I really recommend this place to those that like seafood and fresh fish.

How to get there?
Take a ferry from Cais do Sodre. The trip takes 10 minutes and you will pay only 0.75 Euro.
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Christo Rei It’s worth visiting Christo Rei for the views.

When you come to Lisbon, you will see a huge statue of Jesus. It’s visible from every view point. Yes, it is almost exactly like the statue in Brazil. You can climb the statue to the very top and admire the views of the city.

How to get there?
From Cacilhas you can walk to Christo Rei. You can also take a bus number 101, which departs every 30 minutes. The ticket can be purchased from the driver.
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Costa da Caparica The beaches here are longer and wider. There’s also more space to lay down.

On the other side of the river there is also a long coast of beaches, where you can relax and sunbathe all day long. Costa da Caparica is a very popular location due to a huge choice of bars and restaurants.

How to get there?
You can take a ferry to Cacilhas from Cais do Sodre. From there jump on either bus number 124 or 135. It’s quite a long journey. Going there by car is easier and shorter and the whole trip shouldn’t take you more than 40 minutes.
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Setubal and Troia Setubal is really small but very pretty, too.

Setubal is a small town around 40 minutes by train from Lisbon. There is nothing much going on here, but the little streets are so lovely. They have been created for photos!

From here you can take a ferry to Troia. There are more beaches there and also ruins of a Roman factory of fish sauce. It’s a fascinating place full of ancient history.

How to get there?
If you don’t have a car, you can get to Setubal by a train from Sete Rios station. After you leave the train in the town, you will need to walk quite a bit to the harbour. And from there it’s around 5km one way to the ruins. On a hot day I recommend renting a taxi from Setubal.
Map of Setubal
Map of Troia

Cabo Espichel Make a trip outside of Lisbon and head to Cabo Espichel for amazing views.

If you’re looking for fresh air and great views, then you will find them here. Cabo de Espichel has high cliffs and rocks that are really picturesque against the blue skies.

How to get there?
Only by car. The trip takes 30 minutes.
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Nazaré Nazare is famous for beaches and high waves.

I went there for only one day, but I would have loved to spend more time in Nazaré. The town is famous for high waves that reach 30 metres and the surfing competition that takes place here every winter. On the streets of Nazaré you will find old ladies dressed in 7 skirts, who are also a local attraction of the place.

How to get there?
The best way of getting there is a car, but you can also catch a bus from Sete Rios for only 12 Euros.
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Ericeira Even on a cloudy day, Ericeira is a nice place to visit.

A lovely little town, perfect for a trip outside of Lisbon. Small, curvy, cobbled streets attract visitors and are perfect for taking beautiful photos. Ericeira is a paradise for surfers as well and you can admire some of the daredevils in the water at every time of the year.

How to get there?
A car is your best option.
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Obidos Obidos is very charming and atmospheric.

I only spent a day in Obidos, but I am already planning a longer break there. I love this town and think it was made for a nice trip outside of Lisbon. In the summer you can go there for a medieval festival during which the locals dress up and you can try some great food.

How to get there?
There are buses going from Lisbon, but if you want to go there for a day, it’s best to drive. Getting there should take you about an hour.
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Buddha Garden The Buddha Garden is an unusual attraction outside of Lisbon.

It’s not a very Portuguese thing to see, but it’s an interesting exhibition of different statues of Buddha. If you’re in the area and it’s a good weather, you can visit it and spend the day wondering around the park.

How to get there?
Only by car.
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Peniche and Berlengas Islands You cannot stay here overnight, but you can go for a one day trip.

Peniche is a small fishing town situated about 2 hours from Lisbon. I went there for a weekend and loved it. If you’re only going for a day trip outside of Lisbon, then don’t spend too much town in the centre. Instead, go by a boat to Berlengas – a set of picturesque islands, where you can visit caves and spend some time on a beach.

How to get there?
A car is your best option.
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How to prepare for a trip outside of Lisbon?

As you might have noticed organising a trip outside of Lisbon might not be that easy if you don’t have your own car. Luckily, you can rent it out. It’s not very expensive and if you book a vehicle in advance, you might be able to pay very little. I once managed to find a deal for 4 Euros per day!

I recommend using Rentalcars, which offers a wide variety of rental companies to choose from. I also use Interrent. They have good prices and deals throughout the year.

If you don’t have a driving license, or you just don’t want to drive in Portugal, then book a trip with Withlocals, a tourist company which connects travelers and independent guides

The last option is public transport. Here you might encounter some problems. Trains and buses operate between the biggest cities in Portugal, but not outside of them. Sometimes there are local buses, but if you want to see something interesting and see local places, then you really do need to rent a car.

Where to stay in Lisbon? Accommodation for a backpacker

Hostel do Castelo Lisboa – one of the most affordable options in Lisbon. Only 10 minutes from Rossio and Martim Moniz.
Hostel Avenida – dorms for 10 people with wi-fi. There is a nice terrace, which is a great place for meeting other people.
Hostel Benformonso – close to the center with helpful staff. It’s one of the best options in Lisbon for backpackers.

Accommodation for 50 Euros per night

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Portugal is currently one of the most popular countries in Europe for freelancers and digital nomads. Many people decide to move to Porto because of its unique atmosphere. Atmospheric Ribeira, sweet Port and breathtaking views from the bridge of Ludwig I. And the city itself is an extremely colorful microcosm with unlimited possibilities.

I visited Porto for the first time two years ago as a newbie freelancer. After several years of living in Southeast Asia and traveling around the world, I wanted to find a place in Europe where I could survive the winter. I was a bit tired. I work for many companies and help them to develop their branding strategy. This requires me to be extremely focussed and organized. Traveling and working remotely from exotic places are great, but in the end, I missed having a permanent place to stay. So I went to Porto.

Some will probably be surprised, but Porto was not love at first sight. It took a while before I started to appreciate the city – long walks through narrow streets, hidden alleys, the melancholic ocean. Every time I left the house it brought something new.

When we decide to move to a foreign country, we have a lot of ideas about new life. Sometimes, however, it turns out that there are difficulties on our way that we could have not foreseen before. One of such challenges is to find new friends. Freelancers have an additional difficult task. Remote work often deprives us of ways to make contacts. However, if we know how to break the first ice, it may turn out that we will be able to get out of this stalemate quickly.

Moving to Porto is a great idea for freelancers, but there are many challenges. Loneliness in Porto! There’s a way to cope with it!

Just after a few weeks, I started to discover the positive side of the cold Portuguese north, but it was still difficult to establish relationships with people and find company. Working from home, without contact with other people, did not make things any easier. I lacked the imagination of how to change this situation. I know that many freelancers have a similar problem. Therefore, below I share with you a few ways, where to look for new friendships and what opportunities does the magical Porto offer to those that choose to move here.

Couchsurfing

I have never had bad experiences with Couchsurfing and I really think it’s an amazing concept. The CS community is very active in Porto. Finding free accommodation at couchsurfers may be difficult due to a fairly large number of inquiries (especially during the summer). However, almost every two days, there are events organised by the CS community. These hangouts are very useful, especially when you spontaneously want to have a beer. The downside of Couchsurfing is the fact that the vast majority of people using this application are passing through Oporto and it is difficult to establish lasting friendships.

Language school

If you think about moving to Porto, you can sign up for one of the language schools. Not only that you will learn the basics of the language, you can meet people who, like you, are looking for new acquaintances. The prices are very diverse. If you do not want to spend a lot, you can sign up for a free, one-year government course. Some schools also offer scholarships for people who can not afford paid lessons.

Hiking Lovers Meetup

This is great for those who like an active lifestyle and excursions outside the city. The group is becoming more and more popular. It attracts expats from around the world who have moved to Porto and want to stay longer in it. It is also a good opportunity to visit places where public transport does not reach and see the northern part of the country.

These hiking excursions are great to exercise and to meet other people. Coworkings

Porto is full of coworking places, where everyone can find something for themselves. Shared offices are ideal for those who have chosen to work remotely and are looking for a friendly space to run their business. In addition to typical business functions, coworking spaces in Porto organize various types of meetings and workshops, which can be very useful in the case when we are looking for new acquaintances. Porto i / o is a coworking place leading in the number of events targeted at freelancers and expats. Almost every week, apart from workshops and presentations, it organizes events that help in networking.

Porto International and Porto My Friends Room

They are the organizers of some of the most popular meetups for expats. If you want to meet people who, like you, moved to Porto, or if you only travel, but you would like to know what it’s like to live in the pearl of the north, these meetings are for you.

Language exchanges

They are very popular in Portugal. Groups are open to all interested parties. Meetings are held most often in one of the bars and rely on mutual, free help in learning the language. It may be a surprise that a lot of young Portuguese people want to learn Polish, so your help can be all the more useful.

Visit a local coffee shop

The culture of drinking coffee is very developed in Portugal and on every corner you can find cafes where people spend their days sitting and exchanging rumors. I especially recommend visiting the traditional ones, with metal tables and mountains of sweets behind a glass display. Waiters often like to chat with their clients, and if you manage to strike up a conversation with some of the locals there, you can be sure that they will always be able to give you good advice on what to do and see in Porto (of course in Portuguese;))

There are plenty of places to drink coffee in Porto. Join Facebook groups

First of all, they will help you to find the most interesting things in the city. Porto is a lively place where something interesting is happening every day. Facebook groups should be the first place on the web that you will visit before moving to Porto. You can also post there that you are looking for a company to go out for coffee, play sports or go for a walk. In such situations, there is usually no shortage of people willing to join the initiative.

Sign up to dance classes

At these popular meetings in Porto, you can not only learn to dance Lindy Hop or Jazz, but also get to know positively crazy people. I never took part in them myself, but many of my friends got to know each other in this way.

People who work remotely often struggle with a sense of loneliness. Relocation to a new place can make these feelings worse. For many, getting to know new people can be associated with a big problem and stress. It is worth remembering that Porto is a friendly international city that has many attractions to offer. Moving to Porto can be difficult. It is enough, however, to dare to take the first step, and the sea (or rather the ocean;)) will open before you.

Magdalena Horanin – Passionate about travels and good coffee. A freelance brand designer,  lived in several countries in Europe and Asia including Thailand and Laos. In love with Porto where she found her second home. On her blog, she writes about brand strategy, freelancing and remote work.

Check out her site: horanin.com

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When it comes to moving, there is always going to be a certain degree of doubt and uncertainty, even for the most well-traveled of people. This doubt and uncertainty will run rampant in your mind, especially when you’ve made the decision not only to move but to move overseas. When facing the possibility of moving abroad, you will have to endure the changes in climate, language, and culture… the thought of that alone can raise concerns and be overwhelming to anybody.

Now, with the concerns you are having about moving abroad, are they actually justifiable? Do you have any proof that the concerns you “think” you have are valid? A lot of the times they’re not true. These misconceptions people have about moving abroad have gotten out of control and have caused people to not live out their dreams because of it.

It’s normal to have fears about moving abroad because it would be a totally different experience for you but those fears shouldn’t stop you from doing something you’ve been wanting to do. In fact, Psychology Today states that moving abroad has a positive effect on your personality. It says that when people move abroad, it makes them more open and willing to try new things.

If some of the fears you have about moving abroad were able to be disproven, would that make you feel differently? Hopefully so. It’s time to put those fears aside and live the life you’ve always wanted for yourself. Take a look at some of the top misconceptions people have about moving abroad.

Misconception 1: You Have to Be Rich to Live Abroad

If finances were one of the concerns you had, you can definitely mark this misconception off of your checklist. You don’t have to be rich to live abroad… but you do need to have money to live abroad. I mean, if you think about it, you need to have money to travel anywhere, so why would that be any different when you’re considering moving abroad?

The one important thing about moving abroad is that you give yourself enough time to save for your move. You want to at least give yourself a year or two because it is such a big step. Here are some things people do to make extra money to save.

Find Additional Sources of Income  Get a Second Job

In order to have extra money, you have to work for it, right? Of course! No one is just going to hand it over to you! So, some people will take on a part-time job at a local retail store or restaurant. Whether you’re picking up a few extra shifts during the week after your full-time job or working a few hours on the weekends, it will definitely bring in extra money to put towards your move.

Become Your Own Boss

If going in somewhere to clock-in isn’t your cup of tea, then you should consider opening up your own e-commerce store. You can sell anything you want that you feel will bring in revenue. A lot of people will choose this option because it gives them the flexibility to work as often or as little as they want and it can all be done from the comfort of their own home.

Sell All of Your Stuff

The fact that you’ll be moving to a different country, you really won’t need too much of your personal belongings so your best bet is to get rid of it and make money while doing it. You can always have yard sales or garage sales, and you can also just let friends and family know of your plans and just see if there’s anything they’d like to buy from you. You probably won’t get the same amount that you paid for these items but it’s better to get a little money than no money at all.

Misconception 2: You Have to Speak the Native Tongue in Order to Live There and Be Happy

If this was a misconception you had that made you not want to move abroad, then you can breathe easy now because this is a huge untruth! You can still live abroad and live happily but the fact that you are going to be living there for an extended amount, you will definitely want to learn the language.

It just wouldn’t make any sense for you to not want to at least try to learn the language. You know how earlier, we talked about giving yourself at least a year or two to start saving up enough money? Well, the same rules apply for learning the language. Once you determine where you will be moving to, you’ll want to start learning the language, even if you start out learning the basics like “please,” “thank you,” and even “I’m sorry.”

You don’t have to speak the language in order to live abroad but it is helpful to at least know a little bit of it… at least the basics. Once you actually get there, you’ll start to learn the language just from being around the locals but it’s definitely not a reason to not move abroad.

Misconception 3: Moving to a Different Country is Like Being On Vacation Every Day

For some reason, people seem to think that when you move out of the country that every day is a vacation. It really isn’t… People who live in other countries still have to work to make ends meet just like anybody else.

People tend to think that just because they live in an area where the sun is constantly shining and palm trees are everywhere that they’re on vacation daily… Please don’t move abroad thinking that misconception is true. Be realistic about your move and know that your work ethic should remain the same, regardless of your location.

How Do You Feel Now?

Now that these common misconceptions have been debunked for you, is your mind now put at ease? Well, it should at least give you a more realistic view of what it would be like to live abroad.

The moral here is that you can’t live your life out of fear whether you’re afraid of going for a job you feel like you won’t get or if you’re considering moving out of the country. You won’t ever know what you’re capable of unless you try.

Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!

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Lisbon is a very beautiful city. However, it’s also busy. The chaos, noise, and pollution are not always great for us. That’s why it’s worth getting out of the city and spending some time in nature. The area around Cascais, Guincho and Sintra forests are great spots to spend a day outside of Lisbon.

Whenever I want to see the ocean and breath in some fresh air, I jump on the train and head towards Cascais. Sometimes I stop in Estoril, sometimes I go further. If I rent a car in Lisbon, then I can explore even more. This short trip is extremely pleasant, doesn’t cost much and takes very little time. Once you get out of the city, you feel like you’re in a place, where you can relax.

If you’re on a short holiday in Lisbon, or you live here, going on a short trip outside of Lisbon will be a good idea to get to know the country better and getting some fresh air. You don’t need huge resources to do it. You can be by the ocean in no more than 30 minutes.

Cascais, Guincho and Sintra Forest are all close to each other and you can explore them in one day. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s quite a bit of a walk to the main attractions of Sintra, but if you have a lot of time, you can do it, too. However, it’s best to take your car and drive there.

I did the hike to Guincho beach from Cascais once. It was great, but very exhausting. Cascais, Guincho and Sintra Forest – A day outside of Lisbon

Leave early in the morning. From Cais do Sodre you can take a train that takes you all the way to Cascais. A car is a better option as you don’t need to spend so much time on a public transport, or walk so much.

In Cascais stop for a little while and explore the town. Check out the main walking street, lined with small, Portuguese – style homes. Then head to the shore to take some nice photos of the small beach and the fishing harbour nearby.

Cascais is a very pleasant place for a walk.

My favourite place is the area around Casa de Santa Maria, with a beautiful little cove, blue water and some picturesque rocks.

If you decide to walk to Guincho, then you will have an amazing view over the ocean. The 10km walk leads along cliffs and viewpoints. You will want to stop and take pictures all the time. If the waves are big and the wind strong, don’t walk up too close to the edge of the cliffs. During my walk there, I felt like I was going to be swept away to the ocean. Apparently, that happens from time to time. It’s better to stay a bit further from the cliffs.

The road is very picturesque. You will want to stop and admire the views all the time.

Another good idea to get to Guincho is to rent a bicycle. There are some rental places in Cascais. You can also use an Uber bike, or a Lime e-scooter, but check if it can reach Guincho without running out of battery (you can check that on the app).

The Guincho beach is located almost at the end of that road. There is a bar and a restaurant, which offer umbrellas and wind breakers for those that cannot stand too much sand and strong winds.

Stop here for a bit to rest. Eat lunch, drink something, go for a swim (if you’re not afraid of the huge waves). After that you can walk to Sintra Forest.

Only in Portugal does a beach looks so inviting but scary at the same time.

There are a lot of nice paths in the area. When I went there I was instantly in love with the place. What a treasure! On a sunny day the forest is alive with birds and butterflies. It’s really magical!

This forest is a perfect spot for a trip outside of Lisbon.

Use your GPS to navigate. There are quite a few options and it all depends what you want to do and where you want to go next.

You can go back by a bus that departs from Guincho beach to Cascais and then take a train back to Lisbon.

Things to remember about:
  • Wear very comfortable shoes. You will walk a lot.
  • Carry cash with you. Many places don’t accept cards.
  • Take a lot of water, especially when you travel in the summer months.
  • Put sunscreen on and a hat.
  • Have your phone charged. You will need a GPS.
  • Tickets for buses and trains to, in and around Cascais are different from those in Lisbon. Read my post about transportation in Lisbon to find out more.
Where to stay?

If you don’t want to stay in Lisbon and prefer to hang out in Cascais for a couple of days, here are some nice and affordable options for you.

Backpacker hostels

Cascais Bay Hostel – the hostel has 8-4 dorm rooms and is located one minute walk from the main beach. There is a buffet breakfast every morning.

Get Inn Hostel – it’s located slightly further from Cascais, but also close to the beach. It’s clean and the service is great.

Places for 30 – 50 Euros per night

Cascais Terrace Fruit Point – the rooms in the hostel are fitted with a coffee machine. With a shared bathroom equipped with a bidet and a hair dryer, certain units at Cascais Terrace Fruit Point also provide guests with a garden view. Guest rooms will provide guests with an oven.

Eco Ljmonade Hostel – offers double, triple, quadruple and dormitory rooms, all with a private bathroom where guests will find bio shower gel and hand soap. Some rooms feature a terrace with ocean, mountain and city views, and bed linen and towels are provided.

Luxury options

Hotel Baia – situated in the centre of Cascais, just 20 m from Fishermans Beach, this hotel features an indoor rooftop pool and an outdoor terrace with panoramic ocean views. Baia rooms have air conditioning and are decorated in warm colours. They come equipped with a telephone and TV. Some rooms feature Atlantic Ocean views.

Casa Vela Charm – including garden terraces with views of the pool and fountains, this guesthouse offers colourful and spacious accommodation. It has free Wi-Fi and serves a daily buffet breakfast.

Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!

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I am a teacher, but I do not go to school, I do not work in a classroom, I do not go to parent-teacher meetings and I do not run through the corridors with a register. So what do I really do? What does my day look like? Do I get bored? Do I lack company? Let me introduce you to my life.

After a few years, finally, I understood what my profession was. For a long time, I did not even know how to answer the question “what do you do?”. Today I know that I am above all an online teacher and a blogger. I have two jobs that fill my days to the brim and make me extremely happy. Today I will tell you how my work and everyday life look like.

Immediately I would like to mention that this post is not meant to show me as a perfect person with a perfect routine. Some aspects may inspire you to change, others will seem boring, and some will probably be so unimportant that you will miss them and forget them straight away. The article aims to show you the life of a person who works remotely in one place. It is not directed only to those who want to become teachers online, but if you have such ambition, this post will be for you.

Online teacher’s time management

Working for yourself has this one disadvantage that it is often difficult to either motivate yourself or get up from the desk and forget about what you are working on. Being your own boss and running a business is difficult. You have to be very resistant to stress and know how to organize your time to relax, regenerate and work efficiently.

The work of an online teacher is all the more demanding, because a lot of time is devoted to working with people, preparing classes and planning. A lot of energy is put into lessons. If you also run social media, send newsletters and work on marketing, and you are a full-time blogger, you can easily lose yourself in the work.

For some time now I have been trying to organize my time so I have it for work, but also for pleasure. I try to achieve a balance in all of this. Have I succeeded? See for yourself!

A day of an online teacher and a blogger

Reading blogs of other bloggers I always have the impression that their days are so productive and they look like from a magazine. Water with lemon in the morning, bending your body into a pretzel to the sounds of shamanic drums, vegan breakfast or fasting until 12:00, and then work at high speed and reading books about the power of mind in the evening.

While it all sounds wonderful, you know how it is … Life doesn’t look like that and life of these bloggers is probably far from perfect.

And what about me?

For me, it is half – half. Sometimes I roll myself into a pretzel, but this pretzel is often on the couch and it precedes a nap. I often eat vegetarian food, but I will not say no to a good steak. I like self-development books, but I also love fiction and time from time to time I read those with sexy vampires, a devil dressed in Prada and colonies of humans trapped in space.

Yes, I am only a person and I do not spend every free moment on perfecting my body and mind. I’m fine with who I am.

So how does my day look like?

Morning

Now you will have to forget about what I wrote earlier, because I will sound like a blogger whose life is perfect. I love mornings and feel the most productive then. That’s why I squeeze out of them as much as I can. I really like to leave a lot of time for me to slowly eat breakfast, wander around the apartment, embrace the stillness of it.

When I first started, I would get up very late and take a lot of time to wake up. Now I have my routine and even though I work from home, I always try to look and feel as if I was going to work like other people. It helps a lot to stay motivated.

At 6:30 am Mitsy, my cat, wakes me up. Mitsy very much likes to announce in the morning that she is hungry or that it is time to have fun. Unfortunately, we do not sleep long at our home, which is still OK with me, because I have been getting up early for a few years now.

The first thing I do is checking messages. I know that this is not healthy, but I do it because sometimes my students that have lessons in the morning, cancel them and then I know I can spend more time on other things.

I get up before 7.

Sometimes I go running. In November last year, I discovered an application that helps me achieve my dream 10 km. You can really see results straight away. I run on average 3 times a week.

Sometimes I fold myself in a pretzel and practice my asanas. Yes, I also belong to those who love yoga. Generally, any sport that does not require me to work in a group and does not make me too tired is for me.

And sometimes I do not do anything and stay in bed until 8am because….why not, right?

After a shower, I put make up on, dress and eat breakfast. I can not function without it and I always have to eat something. This makes me think better.

My breakfast consists of porridge or cereal with fruit. When I eat I listen to Thai. I use ThaiPod 101 application, which is really great for independent Thai learning. I’ve been learning the language for 2 years. I’m still on a strong beginner level, but learning Thai makes me very happy.

Immediately after 8 I sit down to work. I start the lessons at 9, but I have to repeat the prepared material, reply to emails and check social media.

Always, regardless of the day, I have at least one lesson in the morning. I have arranged for myself to be more motivated to get up.

The number of teaching hours in the morning changes depending on the day. Sometimes it is an hour, sometimes 2, sometimes 3, but not more. Recently I noticed that 3 lessons in a row are very exhausting, so I try not to teach more than 2-3 hours in a row.

Around 11:30, like clockwork, I start to be so hungry that I would gladly eat a horse. I usually eat lunch at home and it consists of a sandwich, an egg or something that was left from the previous day.

Once a week, I meet Chris for lunch. Then we go to a tasca (traditional Portuguese bar), where I order a very non-vegetarian dish and drink wine.

Afternoon

Generally, my afternoons consist of work. It never ends. When it seems to me that I have finished one project, then the second comes soon. Besides, I always have so many ideas that I want to implement. There are days when I forget to get up and stretch. If it were not for the fact that I have a small bladder, I would probably be sitting at my desk until the evening.

The time in which I do not teach, I try to share between The Blond Travels and the things that I need to do for OK English. Writing blogs, social media and recording vlogs take me a lot of time and fill up every free moment.

Around 15-16 there is a crisis. This is the worst moment of the day for me, because I really want to sleep. I’ve tried everything: running, yoga, sitting on the couch and staring at the wall, washing dishes, cleaning up, going shopping. Nothing helps. Sometimes I just give in and sleep with Mitsy nestled in my legs. I know that I will not win with this afternoon fatigue. That’s why it’s better to give up and wait until 5 until it passes.

From 5 I often have a second series of lessons. I teach till 7pm, and sometimes up to 8pm.

After the lessons, I still plan another day, I automate social media, I organize administrative things that need to be done. Only then can I relax, which often means dinner with Chris, reading a book or watching Netflix (by the way, I think that Netflix is ​​a great source that helps in learning a language and if we know how to use it, it is not a waste of time).

Exceptions

My exceptions are Wednesdays and Fridays.

On Wednesdays, I only have one lesson in the morning and then I have free time. I go to yoga in the early afternoon and if it’s warm, I spend all day outside. I go to the river, for a coffee or to one of the libraries to work in peace and quiet.

On Fridays I finish work at 2 or 3pm. I spend the rest of the day as I want: I go to yoga, take a nap, read or go to the city to meet with friends.

Weekends

Once I wrote that often Saturday is a me day, a day when I treat myself and rest after the whole week. It has changed since I moved back to Europe. The pedicure time for 5 Euros has passed. That’s why I invented a different way to feel that I rest.

Saturday is the day when I do not sit at my desk and even if it’s an emergency, I leave the computer untouched. I like to go somewhere, visit something, do some sightseeing. Saturday is my day of pleasure.

I have never liked Sundays. That’s why I do not attach too much importance to it. I try to relax a bit on that day, sleep a bit longer (if Mitsy will allow), go for a good coffee, and in the evening I often watch movies that are far from being ambitious. Good old Rambo makes me the happiest.

So as you can see, my life is probably not the most fascinating. I have my own little hobbies and my habits. I try to live reasonably well, time to time I do something that nutritional gurus and self-development coaches would disapprove of. I just think that you need to have balance in everything.

I dreamed of working from home for a long time and now when I have it I try to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s sometimes hard, but I do like my daily routines and wouldn’t give it up for anything.

Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!

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Transport in Lisbon is really diverse. You can take a subway, a tram or even a tuk-tuk. E-scooters have recently joined this list. The most popular are Lime scooters, which can be seen throughout the city and almost on every street.

I was skeptical at the beginning when they first appeared. I still do not like some aspects of them, which I will mention in a moment, but after trying them out I found out that it’s really a great way to get around the city. Additionally, using them you save the environment and don’t release any harmful chemicals to the atmosphere.

If you’re on a short holiday in Lisbon, exploring the city by an e-scooter will be a great adventure. There are many companies that offer these kinds of rides. I only drove Lime scooters, so in this post, I will focus mostly on them.

Advantages and disadvantages of e-scooters in Lisbon

Lime scooters appeared in Lisbon in 2017 and immediately won over the hearts of the residents and tourists. In a city where you go uphill and downhill, such help is extremely useful.

Lime already operates in almost 100 countries. They are the most popular in the United States but are also slowly developing in Europe.

The big advantage of Lime is that they are almost everywhere. If you have their application, you can be sure that at least one scooter will be available in the area. So you do not need to have more applications on your phone, you only need one.

In my opinion, scooters generally have 2 major disadvantages: they are expensive if you want to use them for a longer period of time and often pose a threat on the roads if they are used incorrectly.

Riding a Lime scooter in Lisbon – How does it work?

Using scooters is simple and pleasant. It does not require perfect physical condition or knowledge of technology, and in addition, it saves you time and makes visiting the city easier.

Lime App

To use the Lime e-scooter in Lisbon, you need to download the app on your phone. You can do it through the Apple store or Google Play. At this stage, you will need to put your details and your credit card number.

Do not forget! You can use my code that will allow you to unlock the scooter free of charge. Download the application using the code: R2BJZFP

When you want to use the scooter, go to the app and search for the nearest scooter. The map will show you exactly where it is located.

To unlock it, all you need to do is scan the code that will shown in your application by putting it to a special reader on the steering wheel.

Now you’re ready to go

To start the ride, push away from the ground, put both legs on the scooter and press a special button that accelerates it. You can adjust the speed with this button. On the steering wheel you have a brake similar to the one that is on a bike. Do not forget to use it!

After finishing the ride, put the e-scooter in a place, where it will not disturb anyone and will not block the traffic. Now you can also mark the finished ride on the application.

The cost of renting a Lime scooter in Lisbon

Renting a Lime scooter is relatively cheap if you rent it for a shorter time. Longer trips can be expensive.

A single scooter unblocking costs 1 Euro, then you pay 15 Cents per minute.

If you want to save, use my code that will allow you one free unlocking: R2BJZFP.

Remember about your safety!

Finally, I would like to remind you of the very important security issues. When using a Lime scooter, remember:

  • As far as I know, there is no law that requires you to wear a helmet while cycling or riding an e-scooter in Portugal. However, if this law changes, you must wear a helmet.
  • Always follow the traffic rules and abide the law.
  • Ride your e-scooter in places that are made for it. Avoid main streets and stick to cycling paths.
  • In Portugal people don’t drive so well, so be careful!
  • Park your e-scooter in places that are made for it. Don’t leave it in the middle of a pavement, or on a road.

That’s it! It’s as simple as that. I hope you will enjoy riding a Lime scooter in Lisbon. Let me know in the comments how it was!

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On foot? By a tram? By a tuk a tuk? How best to explore Lisbon to see everything and experience what the Portuguese capital has to offer?

Lisbon is not a city that can be visited in the same way as Rome. You have to feel it, you have to experience this place. There are no great monuments that you can tick off your list. Lisbon is best seen by getting lost in its winding little streets. There are, of course, a few places to see and if you’re in Lisbon for a short vacation, you definitely want to see them all.

The city is not large and it is easy to spend the whole day walking. However, the fact that the capital was built on the hills makes it not so easy to reach every place, especially on hot summer days. So how best to visit Lisbon? You will learn about this from this post.

These kind of trams are the symbol of Lisbon. Transportation in Lisbon – General information

Transport in Lisbon is not as developed as in London, but there is no shortage of options here. We have subways, trains, buses, trams, ferries, scooters, bicycles and taxis. Everyone will find something for themselves.

One of the best options is, of course, the metro. A few lines that Lisbon has get to the most important places in the city. Trains are not that crowded, but during the day they leave on average every 10 minutes.

Lisbon trams are very popular. Line 28 goes through most attractions and it is a real entertainment for tourists.

The streets here are filled with electric scooters, bicycles and other vehicles that can be rented for minutes. It is an ecological and fast way to move around the city.

As a tourist you have a lot of options to choose from. In addition, everything is really cheap!

The best way to explore Lisbon

Do you want to visit Alfama, Belem or Bairro Alto? Nothing easier! Sightseeing in Lisbon is very simple. Here are the best ways to explore Lisbon.

On foot

In my opinion, this is really the best way to explore Lisbon. It is worth getting lost in the narrow streets, feel the atmosphere of these most famous neighborhoods, like Alfama. Well, and you do not have to pay for tickets and this is a good exercise.

There is only one big disadvantage – Lisbon is located on the hills. In the summer, when temperatures exceed 30 degrees, climbing to the viewpoints is a real effort. Then other means of transport come to help.

Exploring Lisbon by a funicular or a tram

Funikulars are these small yellow wagons that drive up and down the hills of the Portuguese capital. Some of them have already been photographed from every angle and are quite a big attraction among tourists. This is one of the best ways to explore Lisbon for those who are tired of constant breathlessness while climbing. In Lisbon you can take advantage of:

Ascensor da Bica: a 19th-century cable car is on the steepest hill.
Ascensor da Gloria: will allow you to see the roofs of Lisbon in a few minutes.
Ascensor do Lavra: the oldest one and the least touristy.

Lisbon trams are already legends. They look very cool running through the narrow streets of the city. The 28 Line ride is a great way to visit the city’s main attractions and see something extra.

A ticket for the Remodelado tram, that is older, more historic, costs 2.90 Euro and can be bought from the driver. In Articulado (modern tram) you can buy a ticket in a special machine, in the middle of a tram.

A much better option is to buy a 24-hour ticket for 6.40 Euro, which will also allow you to use the elevators and allow you to explore the whole day.

Exploring Lisbon by a tuk-tuk

In the center, tuk-tuk rides are available. They are small cars that are really fast. Drivers organize pre-arranged trips or can take you on a ride to the places you want to see.

Tuk-tuk rides around Lisbon cost differently, from 20 Euro to 120 Euro. See options here.

Exploring Lisbon by an e-scooter or a bicycle

Electric scooters appeared relatively recently, but they have already changed the face of the city. They are used not only by tourists, but also by younger residents of Lisbon. People drive them to work or just commute to the nearest metro station if they live somewhere further.

These e-scooters are prefect for sightseeing Lisbon.

The most popular are Lime scooters that can be seen everywhere. If you feel like a ride use my discount code: R2BJZFP

Bicycles Gira and Jump (Uber) is also a great way to explore Lisbon, probably even better than scooters. Because they are electrically powered, pedaling is not that tiring. It is a good option for those who want to spend time outdoors, but are too tired of climbing.

If you do not have Uber’s application yet, download it today and use my discount code: joannas4551ue.

The Uber bicycles are great for riding up the hill.

The downside of this type of transport is quite a high price. You pay for unblocking your scooter or a bike and then 15 Cents per minute. On longer distances, the whole trip is quite expensive.

Exploring Lisbon with a guide

I like to explore the city on my own. I like to be independent. In a city like Lisbon, where the best way of exploring the city is to get lost, a guide is perhaps not so necessary. On the other hand, if you really want to learn something interesting about Portuguese culture, customs, and history, a guide in Lisbon will be an ideal solution.

In addition to the usual trips that are offered in the city by local operators, you can find those that are not only adapted to the customer’s needs but also those where the guide will take you to the less known and popular places. Thanks to such trips you will get to know the real Lisbon, which has not yet been flooded by tourists.

Here I can recommend you WithLocals. WithLocals connect local, independent guides with visitors. Each of their trips can be tailored to your needs and interests. If you are curious about how this tour looks like, take a look at my post about the Lisbon trip with Wolfgang.

So what is the best way to explore Lisbon? It all depends on your taste and your endurance. I always say that it is best to get lost and get lost. However, if you do not have the strength, you can always take advantage of the cheap and convenient options of moving around the city mentioned earlier.

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Do you know that when volunteering you might cause as much damage as you might build something good? Not every project and opportunity helps others. There are some that never make any difference. That’s why finding the right volunteering abroad is so important.

So, you want to volunteer abroad? Great! It’s one of the best ways of giving something back to the community and the world. If you have done some of your research, you probably know that there are a lot of projects out there and an overwhelming amount of companies that offer free or paid for opportunities. It can be a bit of a task to choose the right one. Luckily, I can help you with that a little bit.

I have been actively involved in supporting some of the organisations in Portugal as well as charities in Thailand. I have done my research and reviewed a lot of materials connected with volunteering. I also spend a day with Venture with Impact, where I found out what to watch out for when looking for that perfect volunteering opportunity at home and abroad. I would like to help you out a little. That’s why I have written this post. I hope it will make things easier for you.

Here is my advice on finding the perfect volunteering abroad.

Why volunteer abroad?

I think that’s not a hard question to answer.

Volunteering is a great way of helping others, or helping our environment. Many of us want to do something good in their lives and working for a good cause without being paid is a great way of doing just that.

Volunteering abroad makes it much easier to spend some time in a particular country. If you are not happy with going somewhere only for holiday, but you would like to try how it is to live there, then becoming a volunteer gives you that chance. You don’t even need to worry about getting a visa – your organisation should help you out with that.

The last, but not the least important reason is that volunteering abroad is a great addition to your CV. It teaches you skills, resilience, responsibility. Even when it’s not directly relevant to your profession, it can also be seen as an advantage for your future employers.

If you’re working for yourself, volunteering might be a good way to improve yourself and your skills. There are plenty of organisations that look for back office staff and open their doors to people like designers, programmers, or lawyers. I think volunteering abroad is perfect for digital nomads and freelancers.

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How to choose the perfect volunteering project abroad?

There are only a couple of things you should consider when looking for a volunteering opportunity abroad. Below points are very important, so consider them carefully.

Evaluate your goals

What are your goals? Why do you want to volunteer? Do you aim to improve your career prospects? Do you feel strongly about a particular cause? Do you only want to live abroad for a while? Answer these questions first and be true to yourself.

Find out more about Voloturism and avoid it

Volonturism describes projects that are done for money. Certain organisations create a fake need in a community to attract volunteers, who pay huge amounts of money to help out.

An example of volonturism is volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia. A lot of charity companies buy children from poor families and place them in orphanages. Those kids are there illegally, they are not allowed to see their relatives and they are kept there to make the volunteers think they are helping out.

There are plenty of such examples. To avoid these kind of projects, find out more about the organisation you want to volunteer with. Read reviews and ask a lot of questions. Remember that it’s sometimes better to work in the back office instead of working in the field.

Evaluate the organisation and the project

As said before, read a lot about the project and the organisation. Evaluate their goals and check if they actually make any difference. Bear in mind that the project you want to work on should help the local communities in their future lives. It cannot show them that they should always rely on the outside help.

Send your application

Once you decide on the project and the organisation, send them your application. Treat it the same way as you would be looking for a job. A charity would probably want to interview you over Skype. Prepare yourself, look professional and always remember about what you want to achieve through your volunteering.

Volunteering abroad is a perfect opportunity to gain new skills, brush up on the ones you already have and spend some time in a country that fascinates you. No matter how old you are, if you want to volunteer abroad, you shouldn’t wait any longer.

Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!

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