Encouragement to Travel
Answer: Go travel, you will find work.
I don't think you are crazy and I think that your plan will work out. There are plenty of opportunities out there for working while traveling. I would recommend outfitting yourself with an English teaching certification (TESOL, EFL, TEFL) before setting out and prior to going to Costa Rica I would suggest going to Ceiba Island of Honduras and get a Divemasters certification. Therefore you will be qualified to teach English as well as Scuba Diving. These are two professions that you can ply all over the world. English teaching certification costs anywhere from $200 to $2000 depending on how much training you want, and a Divemasters certification from a dive shop on Ceiba runs a little over a thousand dollars.
I would highly recommend having training in a few different professions that can be applied internationally so that your opportunities are varied.
Costa Rica is a good place to learn Spanish, but I think that it may be difficult to find work if you do not have special qualifications that people need (such as Scuba diving or English teaching). There are many, many foreigners there and it is an educated country, at the same time is is pretty poor and lacking of real opportunity. I do not think it is the best place to just show up and find work, as there are many people looking. But I sure that if you are determined enough and don't give up you can find enough employment to earn your keep.
So don't worry about anything and get traveling.
Let me know how you make out and check out the related pages links below.
Thanks for reading!
Question: Is it possible to find work while traveling?
first of all... i'd like to say 'great job' with the website and the information that you've made available to people.
i know you're busy, so i won't take up too much of your time.
truth is, i'm not quite sure why i'm writing - i guess there's something psychological about actually corresponding with someone that is traveling.
here is my situation: i'm 35, ex-cop, ex-military medic, some college... divorced. i have no substantial savings at the moment (and in this economy i don't foresee that happening soon). i may be able to scrape up $1,000... lol
anyhow, i'm heading to costa rica after the new year - probably mid january. my plan was originally to crash in CR for a year or so and work on my spanish. and i got to thinking about a 5 year plan that would bring me to 40 years old. i thought if i spent a year in CR, got the language down, i could just wander for the next 4 and just have an adventure. i would love to insert into my resume: "january 2009 - january 2014... traveled abroad!"
so why am i writing? who knows - encouragement? not that i need any... i'm pretty strong willed and i love an adventure. i guess i'm just concerned about becoming stranded someplace without any cash or work. i would be cool even if i had to stop for a couple of months and do odd jobs here and there. is that a possibility from what you've encountered? people willing to hire some crazy looking gringo? heh
alright - enough of this incessant email!
reply at your leisure, friend...
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