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Working abroad

Every day, the world becomes smaller and workers more mobile. More and more workers are seeking the adventure of working abroad. The European Union encourages the free movement of people and the mobility of workers. But you can also try your luck outside Europe.

Brussels, gateway to Europe

ActirisExternal link the Public Employment Service in the Brussels Region, has an international placement service. It offers jobs or internships abroad to jobseekers in Brussels. Actiris, for example, manages internship programmes such as EurodysseyExternal link and Xperience Europe As a young Brussels resident, take advantage of work experience in one of the countries of the European Economic Area.

Thanks to Actiris, discover the professional opportunities abroad available to you as a jobseeker in Brussels. Work experience outside our borders is an opportunity to discover another culture, acquire new skills linked to your career aspirations and, above all, be more competitive on the job market once you're back in Brussels!

Visit the Actiris website to find a work experience programme in Europe that aligns with your goals, to check out job offers abroad, to understand the important steps you need to complete before you leave, to learn more about the different destination countries, and to find out which financial aid is available to you!

Actiris also offers companies in Belgium and abroad a candidate pre-selection service to help them with their recruitment needs.

The world at your fingertips

Before you leave, make sure you understand the implications of working abroad: entitlement to benefits, pension, health insurance, etc.
For more information, consult the interactive database of the FPS Social SecurityExternal link.

Development cooperation

You can choose to work for a longer period in the "South" as an NGO development worker on development projects. Most NGOs active in development cooperation are looking for development workers with solid experience. You need to complete a number of steps to qualify (e.g. compulsory orientation and training).

For more information, you can contact the Belgian Development Agency, the two development cooperation federations, or check out the website link.

Another option for experienced professionals is the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. This programme offers you the opportunity to work on one of the United Nations' projects. Find out more about the United Nations Volunteers programme: www.unv.orgExternal link.

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