Global Opportunities fair 2015

Tuesday 3 November, 4.30 - 7 pm

Physics/Exhibition Centre, PT/005-6

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Come along to our Global Opportunities fair to find out more about work experience, study or volunteering overseas during or after your studies. 

Organisations attending will be able to talk to you about everything from teaching English in Japan, to working in the EU, wildlife conservation, development projects, plus lots more. If you are considering studying outside the UK during your course you will also be able to talk to the Centre for Global Programmes about their study abroad programmes.

As well as up to 30+ exhibitors,  Careers staff will also be available to answer your questions. A representative from the Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) Know Before you Go campaign will be available with important advice on preparing well and keeping safe during your trip. 

Please note:  Alongside study abroad opportunities, the focus of this event is on volunteering opportunities and organisations which arrange experience trips overseas. There may be costs involved with some opportunities and some will be unpaid. Please read the brochure carefully. 

If you have any questions about working overseas, or are looking for a different type of opportunity, please see the International Work section of our website or book a Careers Information appointment through Careers Gateway.

The Global Opportunities Fair Programme (PDF  , 2,207kb) is now available for you to find out details of all attendees and what they offer.

Additional exhibitors:

  • EU Careers - explore the working environment and opportunities the EU has to offer
  • Think Pacific - volunteer on a team for development work in Fiji

Find out about travel awards and bursaries which could help fund your trip overseas. For more information and suggestions on funding please see the Useful links and Money matters sections below.


Useful links

University of York students now have access to Goinglobal - an extensive resource with information about working in different countries around the world, employer details, country profiles, visa and immigration information and much more. You can find the link to Goinglobal on the International Work section of our website.

Our World Links pages contain links to websites to help you find work and study opportunities overseas.

There are many useful resources on the Prospects website including  Country Profiles and Gap Year information.

Targetjobs also has a range of country profiles.

For more information about funding see:

Further reading

Working outside the UK (PDF  , 327kb)

How to get work experience and internships 2012 (PDF  , 281kb)

The following books are among a selection available on reference in Careers

  • International Voluntary Work, Victoria Pybus
  • Jobs and Careers Abroad, Deborah Penrith
  • Working in Ski Resorts, Victoria Pybus
  • Working in Tourism: the UK, Europe and Beyond, Verite Reily Collins
  • Your Gap Year, Susan Griffith
  • Live and Work in.... a series of books covering the following countries: America, Australia, Canada, China & Hong Kong, France, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain (various authors).

Top tips

Our top tips

  1. Plan carefully and check out the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's website for safety advice and latest news about the country you are travelling to.  Visit and see their "Know before you go" campaign.
  2. If your trip is being organised for you by a company check:
    • What is their background and experience in organising these trips?
    • Who is responsible for organising visas? How much time is needed for this?
    • Can they put you in touch with people who have already participated so you can hear about their experiences?
    • What support and back-up is in place for dealing with emergencies?
    • Is insurance provided and what does it cover?
    • Be clear about fees and charges, and exactly what you get for your money.
    • Be clear about what you role will be, what you will be doing, what support is there for you.
  3. Will you have other costs - eg travelling at the end of your trip?
  4. Check out online budgeting tools to help you plan for all your costs abroad.
  5. Be realistic about your budget - do your research.
  6. Think about what you want to gain from your trip and how you can make the most of your time overseas
  7. How does your trip fit into your longer term career plans? If you are taking a year out after graduation how will you fit into the graduate recruitment cycle?
  8. Research the customs and culture of the countries you intend to visit.
  9. When you come back, take some time to reflect on your experiences, how they have helped you to develop and what they have taught you about yourself.

Money matters

If you need to raise money to fund your trip here are some ideas:

  1. Working before your trip: Save the money you need through part-time and vacation work.
  2. University of York Travel Bursary: check the website for details or visit the Centre for Global Programmes stand at the event.
  3. Santander International Connections Award: Grants of up to £1,000 available to individuals; check the website for details of how to apply.
  4. Personal Fundraising: Get in touch with people who have done something similar to find out how they funded their trip. Search "Fundraising ideas" and "Gap year funding" online or try for their A-Z of fundraising ideas.
  5. Councils: Try your Local Authority or District Council for details of any local grants available; local Lions and Rotary clubs may also be able to help.
  6. Turn2us: usually only small pots of money that you may be eligible for depending on your personal circumstances and background (choose the grants search tool).
  7. Association of Charitable Foundations: information on seeking funding, and a list of charitable organisations.
  8. Professional Bodies: If your trip is related to your course or future career, check out any funding available through professional organisations representing that industry.
  9. Crowd Funding: There are lots of personal fundraising websites, such as GoFundMe where you can seek donations to fund your project (search online for more examples).
  10. STA Travel: Student and youth fares - visit their stand at the event or explore travel on their website.