Jobs Abroad for Couples

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These days, a lot of relationships break up because one person gets a job working abroad and the other person is stuck at home.

Going abroad by yourself can be a lonely experience that can be made a lot nicer by having someone you know come with you.

Because of this many couples have taken to finding jobs abroad together, so that they can have the benefits of traveling abroad and working whilst remaining together and being in close proximity of one another.

Finding jobs abroad for couples, however, can be a bit tricky if you don’t know where to look (or what to look for).

That being said, there is a great deal of employers out there who are more than happy to hire a couple (strange as it may sound).

For example, a farmer who requires two workers but who only has one spare room in his house may look towards hiring a couple.

Domestic Jobs

Perhaps the most common types of jobs for couples abroad are domestic ones. Families abroad who have a spare room and children that need looking after may offer jobs abroad for couples.

The jobs on offer might be that of a nanny, a gardener, a chef, maid or farmer. It large houses (or on estates) it is common to find any combination of these jobs required, and there is no reason why an overseas couple cannot apply (providing there can speak the local language).

Teaching Jobs

Teaching abroad is something that a lot of travelers like to do, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular jobs abroad for couples to get into.

Whether you are married or not you can look for jobs as a teaching couple, most schools do not discriminate against couples who do not have a marriage certificate. An obvious exception is schools in the Middle East. It is very difficult for non-married couples to land jobs in international schools in the Middle East, where governments’ regulations stipulate that couples seeking working visas produce a marriage certificate.

TeachingWhen looking for a teaching job abroad as a couple, there are several options open to you:

You can look for suitable teaching vacancies in international schools that will suit both you and your partner’s teaching skills. This will involve finding schools that have vacancies for both of you, a task that is easier at the beginning of the recruiting season because schools have yet to fill their vacancies. Generally speaking December through to March is the best time for teaching couples to look for overseas teaching positions together in the same school. Teaching couples are hot employment prospects at this time because hiring a teaching couple has an impact on the benefits schools have to pay.

Alternatively, you and your partner can look for teaching vacancies in international schools in the same cities. A number of teaching couples are lucky enough to find teaching jobs abroad in different schools in the same city. If you have not taught in the same school as your partner or spouse before, you may find this a better option for you.

The most efficient method to find teaching jobs in different international schools in the same city is to attend an international teaching job fair. At an international teaching job fair you will find many school s from around the globe in the one location, all looking for teachers to fill their vacancies. Often you will find a number of recruiters from the same city at a job fair and it is possible to schedule interviews with each of them individually.

In a nutshell, teaching jobs overseas for couples are available and many international school recruiters actively look for teaching couples when they are recruiting. However, one of the first decisions you must make is whether you wish to teach in the same school as your spouse or partner and then hunt for teaching positions that suit your needs.


Check out agencies who deal with jobs abroad for couples, such as or

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