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In difficult economic times, just paying the rent can be a strain. It may be time to switch to a career that provides free housing as a benefit. With free housing, you are able to save much of your salary, and a major monthly worry is lifted off your shoulders. Most jobs with free housing are located at the workplace, so transportation costs are eliminated or reduced as well.
Apartment managers live on site in apartment or condominium complexes in their own private dwelling space that is provided by the company. You do not need any special degrees or certificates to become an apartment, but you may be required to possess maintenance skills in plumbing, electrical work and gardening. Duties for apartment managers include showing available apartments to potential renters, collecting rent and keeping office hours for resident assistance. Some apartment manager positions offer just free housing for part-time work, while others offering full salary plus housing for full-time positions.
English Teacher Abroad
The demand for English teachers worldwide is huge, as many countries rush to globalize their workforce. English is the common tongue of the business world. Many universities and English schools in China, Japan and Russia offer free housing as part of the compensation package for native English-speaking teachers. The most sought-after and highest-paying English teaching positions require a college degree and certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or TEFL. Other countries, such as many in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia do not have as stringent requirements but may not pay as much either, although many still offer free housing as part of the package.
In many of the world's most scenic but out-of-the-way places, adventure tour companies hire adventure guides to take clients on hiking, rafting, mountaineering, kayaking, sport fishing, surfing, bicycling and other guided outdoor activities. Positions with these adventure tour companies usually include basic accommodations as part of the package because no other lodging options are available in the surrounding area. While some adventure guide positions that offer free housing are year-round opportunities, many are seasonal, so you may need to have another housing option lined up for three to six months after the job ends. One of the advantages to living and working in a remote area is that it is hard to spend money, and most adventure guide positions make it possible to save money in a relatively short period of time.
Based in San Francisco, Ocean Malandra is a travel writer, author and documentary filmmaker. He runs a major San Francisco travel website, is widely published in both online and print publications and has contributed to several travel guidebooks to South America.