Working in Europe
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 10:42 AM Last Post By: travelinstyle46
Nov 19, 2012 5:13 PM
Working in EuropeHi. I'm a 24 year old currently living in the Lake District in England. I have previously spent 1 year in Canada and a couple of months on a Camp type thing in America through agencies.
I really want to go on a European adventure, and have cancelled out Australia/New Zealand for the moment. I've not experienced that get up and just go adventure before, and I'm not really feeling that in England to be honest. Quite interested in maybe doing something simple like hostel work. Anyone have any experience of working at a hostel, or maybe a hotel with live in accommodation? Very open to countries, cities, resorts anywhere really. I'm unable to commit to a ski seson or anything like that for this season. Or maybe there's another industry I don't know about, which could be fun!
Does anyone have links to find jobs, or have people found it better to look for these kind of jobs as you travel around ...
Nov 23, 2012 6:19 PM
1I'm about to embark on a 4 month European adventure that I've been planning using helpx.net. The site has volunteer work exchange listings from hosts looking for volunteers in exchange for room and board. Work opportunities include farm work, hostel work, building and restoration, childcare, etc. You can browse all the listings with a free membership, but have to pay a fee to upgrade to a premier membership to have the ability to contact hosts. Hope this helps, good luck!
Nov 24, 2012 1:01 AM
2there's also Wwoof networks.
Many hostels do have work-for-accommodation, but I don't know if there is a database.
Be aware all of these ideas require a passport/visa allowing you to WORK in some of the EU jurisdictions.
Fine for the OP, as he appears to be in a UK passport and staying in the EU.
But others getting ideas from this thread, check the legalities.
Nov 25, 2012 8:31 AM
3Yes, HelpX and WWOFing are fine for someone with a passport from an EU member country. They are not legal as a tourist for other nationalities in some countries in Europe such as the UK and Spain.
What you don't say stephen is when you want to do this and for how long. That is a signifigant piece of information don't you think?
Nov 25, 2012 8:59 AM
4I'm from the UK, so not a problem for me.
Well that's the thing I don't know yet, I don't really have a plan at the moment. Just want to find out some information first. But it would probably be in the new year from around March. And for how long? Well that's one thing I'm leaving open. I don't have any commitments at home so doesn't matter how short\long.
Hostel work then, is it better to just go to the hostel and ask?
Nov 28, 2012 11:16 AM
Nov 29, 2012 10:00 AM
Nov 29, 2012 10:26 AM
7"In my opinion, hostel work is the pits. All it gets you usually is a free bed and nothing else."
That's pretty much the idea travelinstyle. Looking for a sustainable and free way of maybe travelling around Europe making a little pocket money. I don't mind being a scrubber for a little while. The idea is to get away from the 9-5 and do something a bit 'mindless'. I had an idea it wouldn't be glamorous, my question is based around how to actually get a job there, so any input on that would be more useful.
The idea of working in a resort is not exactly what I'm after. Backpacking around Europe, without the ties of being one place for too long.
Nov 29, 2012 10:42 AM
8Did you miss the 'nothing else' part stephenai3? It might get you the odd free bed for a few nights but it won't get you money to travel on. I also wrote that you ask when you check-in. There's no way to know ahead of time. Occassionally, you see a thread here where someone has a hostel and is looking for a worker but that's generally for a longer term. ie. it's a job.
Did you miss the part where I asked you if you would have money to live on? I think I made it clear that expecting to move from hostel to hostel, get work and get paid enough to move on was not a "sustainable and free way of maybe travelling around Europe making a little pocket money." I think I gave you "input on that".
To put it bluntly, hostel work will not get you what you want. So the ball is back in your court Stephenai3. What's your next bright idea? I for one know of no way to set out with little or no money and backpack around Europe other than maybe robbing banks. How would you do it in your home country?
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