Undiscovered Jobs Even You Could Snag as a Backpacker- Little Known Backpacker Jobs
I have probably read more posts about finding travel jobs than you’ve devoured hot dinners, because I’ve been Googling ‘how to live and work abroad‘ since the millennium.
Many of them are amazing, but many also don’t attempt to give any leads for how to actually grab the jobs, and few have unusual or little-known backpacker jobs, the ones that can help you avoid the hoardes of competition. That’s where I hope this post could help with some tips on finding work abroad!
1) Health Research – Over a beer at a Meetup gathering last year I learnt of this little gem. The backpacker next to me was unusually flush with cash thanks to an in-patient research study he’d just taken part in. See what I mean by undiscovered jobs you could snag as a backpacker? Anyone could do that.
He’d pocketed $3000 for a few nights in a clinic being assessed.
Naturally, not everyone is willing to do this without hesitation- it depends very much on the type of testing. But with studies often non-invasive and backed up with strong health evidence, it’s worth considering as a little known backpacker job. Google ‘clinical studies + your location’ to get going or check out clinical studies in Victoria. Volunteering in general is great for opening doors, better than drinking in the hostel, jobhunters!
2) Lollipop Lady (school crossing patrol)– here’s a job I was offered and was set to start but reluctantly had to turn down in favour of full time work.
An excellent option, it’s several hours a day during term time (a slot in the morning and one in the afternoon), great pay and a snazzy uniform. All you do is help the kids cross the road to school with the help of your stop sign. A great starting point is to call the local council wherever you are and ask: which agency supplies your temporary staff?
Find this job on Seek or Indeed under ‘schoolcrossing’!
3) Moving people’s homes- even if you’re built like a weed. I belong to the wimpy ginger sector of the human race, and would be hopeless with a heavy box, but I still got a temp job with a company that settles people into their new homes by organising and unpacking all of their items. It’s flexible and low responsibility so a good backpacker job option.
The best bonus was that my inner neat freak had a chance to run amok as I unpacked for newly settled families.
Find this job on Gumtree using the term ‘unpackers’!
4) Exam Invigilator– for 2 weeks I was the stern face of law and order for final exams at a top Melbourne uni. Be sure to play up any supervisory experience, and any tutoring or volunteering in the interview and hop along to all the educational agencies you can find on Google for great pay and a short term 9-5. This makes a great gap year job as it looks impressive on your CV.
Find this job by searching invigilator on Seek just before university exam time!
5) Mystery Shopper– get a free night out, meal out, hotel stay or outfit plus a little dosh in your back pocket in exchange for reviewing the service you received at said hotel/restaurant/shop.
The perks are great but be sure to be reliable in this job, your report must be honest and submitted on time to maintain your reputation. Two excellent agencies include Retail Eyes and Pinecone Research.
Comment below: what’s the most unusual job you’ve ever tried as a backpacker, and how did you get it?
PS: Keen to find work for a whole year in Europe? Find out how I spent a free year in the Czech Republic working with children.
PPS: There are so many great jobs for travellers in Australia and 2nd year visa jobs, take a glance at my posts about a working holiday in Australia.