French citizens aren’t required to comply with any formalities but for everyone else, even other EU citizens (with the exception of those with very specialised skills), it’s difficult to work in French Polynesia. Unless you’re a pearl grafter, a Chinese chef or a banking executive, you stand little chance. Authorisation to take up paid employment is subject to the granting of a temporary-residence permit, issued by the French state, and a work permit, issued by the territory.
If you’ve ever thought about living and working in French Polynesia, then why not teach English as a foreign language (TEFL)? It could be the key to funding your travels and experiencing new cultures in a totally new way. You don’t need teaching experience or even the ability to speak the local language – although you might learn it while you’re out there.