4 Top Traveling Jobs for Exploring the World

posted October 25th, 2017 by Brian Neese

4 Traveling Jobs for Exploring the World


People who love to see the world may wish to consider international jobs that allow them to experience new environments. The following travel jobs bring professionals to high- and low-context cultures and involve concepts like cultural sensitivity for effective intercultural communication.


4 of the Top Traveling Jobs

1.      Foreign Service Officers

U.S. diplomats in the Foreign Service work in more than 270 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts worldwide. Their mission is to promote peace, support prosperity and protect American citizens while advancing U.S. interests while abroad.

There are five primary career tracks for foreign service officers.*

  • Consular officers facilitate adoptions, help evacuate Americans and combat fraud to fight human trafficking and protect the nation’s borders.
  • Economic officers work with foreign governments and other United States governmental agencies on technology, science, economic, trade, energy and environmental issues.
  • Management officers are “go-to” leaders who are responsible for all embassy operations including real estate and budgetary matters.
  • Political officers analyze political events and need to be able to negotiate and communicate effectively with foreign government officials.
  • Public diplomacy officers engage, inform and influence various groups, from opinion leaders and academics to the next generation of leaders, to promote mutual understanding and support for U.S. policy goals.


Candidates must go through a process that involves passing a test, taking an oral assessment and obtaining medical and security clearances.

*Source: U.S. Department of State

2.      ESL Teachers

Foreign language growth in the United States is on the rise. And given the international opportunities for teaching English language learners (ELLs), this is an in-demand career choice that spans the globe.


English as a second language (ESL) teachers help ELLs learn the language for academic, professional or personal use. They require a wide range of skills and techniques for effectively reaching students who are learning a new language, while taking cultural factors into account. Southeastern University’s online Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages prepares graduates to teach abroad and/or gain certification in teaching English to ELLs.

3.      International Salespeople

International salespeople can work within a wide range of roles, such as account management or supervisory positions. Many begin taking the skills they’ve developed in domestic roles to other countries. Globalization is expanding businesses, allowing companies the opportunity to operate in overseas markets.


International salespeople need experience and education to qualify for these roles, because they combine certain qualities for salespeople with the skills and nuances needed to build relationships with people in other countries and cultures. An online MBA from SEU can help prepare international salespeople and other business professionals for these advanced positions.

4.      Missionaries

Many missionaries travel to other countries to meet people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. These mission trips often impact missionaries as much or more than people in the host community.


Becoming a missionary is a natural choice for sharing and showing the love of Christ, and fulfills the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20


Reaching People Around the World

Southeastern University’s online MA in International Community Development caters to working adults seeking to help others — domestically or internationally — through ministry, business and social services. This degree prepares you to influence the world through Spirit-empowered life, learning and leadership. Our interdisciplinary approach gives students the skills needed to make an impact through relief and development agencies, international government, church ministries, corporate relations and philanthropy, healthcare, project management, education or research. A one-week international practicum in El Salvador is included in the cost of attendance.


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