Best Summer Vacation Jobs – TNT Magazine
Advantages: You commute to work by the pool, so think cruise ships and summer camps. You can even transfer your skills abroad if you apply for an international certificate and your employer agrees with it. There are many jobs and centers to get your qualification. Average hours are 37 per week for full-time employees and salaries start at £11,500 a year but can go up to £15,000. The good thing is that you can work part-time or casual and earn £6-10 an hour.
Disadvantages: You need to be skilled so you need to pay some money to start. You must also be reasonably fit to be able to swim and hold your breath underwater for a long time. The training lasts 36 hours and includes timed swims and towing and rescue methods. The qualification is also only valid for two years, so you will eventually need to renew it if you decide to stick with it. Sitting in high chairs for 10 hours can also get pretty boring.
How to pack it: A good place to start would be the Royal Lifesaving Society – they will give you all the information you need and provide information on the best lifesaving courses.
Fruit picking in France
Advantages: You can experience the beautiful French countryside, eat lots of cheese and drink lots of wine. Many farmers provide accommodation and food as well as adequate sanitation facilities. Sometimes farmers will even let you pitch your own tent. You can earn between 35 and 70 euros per day for an 8 hour working day.
Disadvantages: The work is grueling. French farmers also like to drink, so you get hungover every day while you work your bones, only to repeat the same thing the next day. There are usually no days off either.
How to pack it: It’s not terribly difficult to find a fruit picking job in France, but it’s mostly word of mouth, so stay tuned. There are websites like Picking Jobs that will help you get started, but the language barrier is a killer. Your best bet is to find a French friend to help you with the lingo or contact the farm you want to work with directly. If you have the money, you can even get in touch with one of the many agencies that will guarantee you work. A good one to start with is AC which charges 99 euros to guarantee you work.
Advantages: You can navigate and see the world for free. You might end up doing crappy jobs like cooking and cleaning for 10 people, but you can still enjoy life on a yacht and adventures at sea. fishing. It all depends on what the captain is looking for, if you have certain skills (like photography, a dive master, a bit of sailing experience) you could probably get away with doing less work. Most of the time, the captain doesn’t even need a competent or experienced crew, just someone to do the odd jobs here and there. For people with no experience, these jobs are usually unpaid, but you get free food and housing.
Disadvantages: There are plenty of creepy old men looking for companions rather than deckhands, so keep an eye out. You will probably have to share a cabin with a few other people and the toilets are usually very small.
How to pack it: There are a number of websites that will help you find boats, but probably the best one is Find a Crew. Create a profile and start messaging people, you’ll be sure to get a response.
Advantages: You can travel to places as far apart as India and Cuba. Egypt and Morocco are also high on the list. Activities range from walking and trekking to cycling and polar trips. The job pays well – something between £30 and £50 a day – which is very generous for places like India where everything is incredibly cheap. Most of the time, the agency you decide to work for will pay for all of your accommodation, travel, and food costs, which is always a plus.
Disadvantages: it’s quite difficult to get a job, you have to constantly keep an eye on vacancies. You also have to do shitty jobs like preparing meals, taking care of injuries and organizing everything. You also almost always have to commit to six months, have first aid and speak a second language. Sometimes the job requires you to be able to commit all 24 hours of your day.
How to pack it: Check websites like Explore and Exodus for more information on job specifications, requirements, and how to apply.
TEFL English teacher
Advantages: You can live in exotic countries, pay well, and mingle with the locals. In Thailand, for example, you can get up to £530 a month plus accommodation – that’s a ridiculous amount of money considering a beer costs less than a pound! Hours can vary however and many work part-time rather than full-time. Either way, it’s always easy to get out of it.
Disadvantages: You have to take a teaching course as a second language and you have to pay to get to the destination you want to visit. Sometimes the schools you work for aren’t completely honest and you have to hunt them for your pay – (although that’s not always the case!). You also have to love teaching and teaching is not easy!
How to pack it: Take a TEFL or CELTA course and contact one of the schools in the country you want to work with. Check websites such as jobsabroadbulletin.co.uk, seasonworkers.com and teachabroad.com for vacancies and more course information.
Advantages: It’s pretty simple, really – you get paid a shitload of money for snooping around in the water, teaching people how to windsurf. Accommodation is usually free and the sun always shines.
Disadvantages: You really have to know how to windsurf to do this job. Windsurfing isn’t easy either. You have to be strong, able to read the winds and be a bit of a speed demon!
How to pack it: Contact any water sports center in the Mediterranean and ask if they are looking for staff. Seriously, it works. The best place to start is probably Crest Watersports in Limassol, Cyprus. If you want to keep it on the safe side, visit this jobs directory for some advertisements.
Advantages: Wwoofing is ideal for people who want to get away from city life and relax a bit without having to worry about paying rent and buying food. All you need to do is work a few hours – usually four – and you’re done. The farms are organic and all over the world. Activities include tasks such as sowing seeds, making compost, gardening, planting, weeding, milking, making wine, making cheese and bread. You’ll learn hippie stuff like permaculture and biodynamic growing methods. Pretty cool skills to learn, really.
Disadvantages: There aren’t many cons other than the fact that sometimes the work can be excruciatingly hard and you never get a dime for it. You also have to pay for your trip there. I’ve heard horror stories where farmers are super mean to their host families and make them work 13 hours a day, 7 days a week and get shitty food and housing in return. Be sure to read farm reviews and contact people who have worked there – the best way to do this would probably be through Facebook or Twitter or something similar. If that doesn’t work, ask for referrals! Visa requirements can also be a pain, so be sure to check those as well.
How to pack it: The wwoofing is quite easy to access. The best way to get started is to visit the official Wwoofing International website and follow their instructions. You will also sometimes have to pay wwoof subscription fees in some countries. Check out the official Wwoofing site here.
Advantages: Visit the most beautiful reefs in the world and get paid a shitload of money to do it. Snorkeling and usually they will give you free accommodation. In Thailand, for example, you will receive between £700 and £800 per month, including accommodation. Not half bad eh!
Disadvantages: Again, it’s an investment. You need to get your dive masters, which can cost up to $2,000. You will also need to be able to pay for your ride to the specific destination where you want to work.
How to pack it: Earn a PADI divemaster certificate and fly to your chosen destination, meet the locals and get involved. Otherwise, visit this website for employment opportunities.