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Working and volunteering

Volunteering

Earth Sea & Sky (www.earthseasky.org) Conservation and research based in the Ionian Islands.

Hellenic Society for the Study & Protection of the Monk Seal Volunteers assist with monitoring programs on the Ionian Islands.

Hellenic Wildlife Hospital Volunteers head (particularly during the winter months) to Aegina to this large wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece Includes monitoring sea turtles in the Peloponnese.

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms; www.wwoofgreece.org) Offers opportunities for volunteers at one of around 57 farms in Greece.

Work

EU nationals don’t need a work permit, but they need a residency permit and a Greek tax file number if they intend to stay longer than three months. Nationals of other countries require a work permit.

Bar & Hostel Work

The bars of the Greek islands could not survive without foreign workers and there are thousands of summer jobs up for grabs every year. The pay is not fantastic, but you get to spend a summer in the islands. April and May are the times to go looking. Hostels and travellers' hotels are other places that regularly employ foreign workers.

English Tutoring

If you’re looking for a permanent job, the most widely available option is to teach English. A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate or a university degree is an advantage but not essential. In the UK, look through the Times educational supplement or Tuesday’s edition of the Guardian newspaper for opportunities; in other countries, contact the Greek embassy.

Another possibility is to find a job teaching English once you are in Greece. You will see language schools everywhere. Strictly speaking, you need a licence to teach in these schools, but many will employ teachers without one. The best time to look around for such a job is late summer.

The noticeboard at the Compendium in Athens sometimes has advertisements looking for private English lessons.

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