Ever wanted to escape your everyday life and run away to another country? Tons of people dream of doing this, but not many people actually make a plan and book a plane ticket. Granted, getting a visa can be difficult, not to mention actually finding a job so that you can pay rent and not just live on whatever the local equivalent of macaroni and cheese is. If you’re serious about starting a new adventure, check out some of these jobs below. Not all of them are far away –some are as close as Detroit — but all of them offer something different than the regular nine-to-five.
Antarctic Artists and Writers (Antarctica)
If you’ve ever wanted someone to pay you to write or create art, and live in one of the most sparsely populated places on the planet, this opportunity is perfect for you. The Antarctic Artists & Writers Program is managed by the National Science Foundation, who are responsible for all scientific research in the Antarctic. The foundation operates three year-round stations, the primary purpose of which is to research and study the geophysical conditions of the Antarctic region.
In 1957, the program opened to support artists and writers who wished to experience Antarctic life and produce work — anything from a documentary, to photographs, or a book — on what they experienced there. Notable alumni of this program are Werner Herzog, who produced a documentary called Antarctica: The Inner Landscape while he was in the program, and Alan Campbell, who has displayed a collection of watercolors that he created while in Antarctica in galleries all over the world. The goal of this program is to create more awareness of the history and heritage of the Antarctic. Applications open once a year, and are open to any humanities scholar.