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Looking for Travel and Change in the New Year?

Try Working or Volunteering Abroad!

Learn about the options and opportunities to work – or get work-training – abroad. Then download some of our Lonely Planet Travel eBooks (which are always available), and check out a Language Conversation Class - we currently offer Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.


Careers in International Affairs
by the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

This volume is the ultimate job hunting guide (and guide to higher education) for anyone hoping to work in the U.S. government, international organizations, business, or nonprofits. It provides up-to-date descriptions and data about careers and organizations in the global workplace and how to find them.



Work Your Way Around the World
by Susan Griffith

Explains how to find temporary work around the world – both in advance and on the spot. Griffith incorporates hundreds of first-hand accounts with facts on everything from selling ice cream in Capetown to working as a film extra in Bangkok. Covers the main areas of temporary work including the tourist industry, teaching English, childcare and voluntary work, business and industry, as well as cheap & free ways to travel.

Interested in teaching? Be sure to also check out Griffith’s Teaching English Abroad!


Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service
by H. W. Kopp, C. A. Gillespie

Curious about whether the Department of State of the United States would be good choice for you? This insider’s guide that examines the Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career may well do the trick. Based on their own experiences and interviews the authors lay out what to expect in a Foreign Service career, from the entrance exam through midcareer and into the senior service — how the service works on paper, and in practice.



Foreign Service Officer Exam Practice*
Testing & Education Reference Center (Online)

Need to practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test? TERC offers a free, downloadable eBook that includes 3 online practice tests, an overview of the exam, information about careers in the Foreign Service, and test-taking tips and strategies. Available 24/7 on our website, FREE with your library card.

*Be sure to look under the A’s for American Foreign Service Officer Exam.


Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering: The Complete Guide
by Peter Lynch

Investigates volunteer organizations both in the United Kingdom and abroad and rates them according to a range of verifiable criteria, including their scientific usefulness and organizational credibility. This updated guide includes long- and short-term opportunities from roughing it in tents, through simple permanent accommodation to quasi-luxury. First-hand accounts by volunteers provide insight into the day-to-day life of being a volunteer.



The complete guide to joining the Peace Corps
by Sharlee DiMenichi

How exactly does volunteering for the Peace Corps work? This informative book guides you through the process of deciding whether you want to join the Peace Corps, and describes what you may experience in your work, as well as what you might need along the way and on your return journey. Complete with case studies and advice from past volunteers, this book is a valuable resource for potential Peace Corp volunteers.


The Constant Gardener
DVD [2005]

Based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, the film follows Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a British diplomat in Kenya, as he tries to resolve the murder of his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an Amnesty activist.  It was filmed on location in Loiyangalani and the slums of Kibera, a section of Nairobi, Kenya.



DVD [2008]

There are international jobs in corporate America, too! In this independent film, Todd Anderson (Josh Halmilton) gets the bad news from his boss that his job has been outsourced. Adding insult to injury, Todd must travel to India to train his own replacement. As the film’s tagline says,  ”Sometimes getting lost is the best way to find yourself.”


Need information to help you with career, job application or higher education search?

Contact Arlington Public Library’s College & Career Librarian:

  • 703-228-5988

Arlington County’s Employment Center is also available for job search assistance, resume assistance, aptitude tests & training referrals, and workshops & seminars.



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