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Summer Work in Europe

Whether it's 'la vie en rose' or 'la dolce vita' you're after, Europe is a great place to spend the summer. As well having a host of great cities and resorts, you can also improve your language skills and you don't have the hassle filling out visa applications.

  • Finding a Job
    Websites with information on seasonal jobs
  • Take a Break
    You've been working hard throughout the summer, now it's time to relax before you go home and face the long winter ahead.
  • Where to Stay?
    Some links for short term accommodation in Europe.

Take a look at our Working and Living in Europe booklet

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Finding a Job

- http://ec.europa.eu/eures/
The official European Union website for information about jobs within EU countries; also includes details of seasonal jobs.

- www.overseasjobcentre.co.uk
Working holidays abroad, includes weblinks to major employers in the tourist industry. You can also subscribe to their email newsletter for lists of vacancies.

- www.pickingjobs.com
If you're looking for a summer job in the great outdoors, this provides a list of fruit-picking jobs around Europe.

- www.resortjobs.com
- www.summerjobs.com
- www.adventurejobs.co.uk
These websites offer details of seasonal jobs in the tourist industry.

- www.anyworkanywhere.com
This site is updated daily with summer and working holiday jobs. You can search for jobs by category or country and apply for vacancies directly.

- Iaeste
This organisation provides a placement service for technical and architectural students looking for work experience.

- www.irishpubs.com
This is a guide to Irish pubs around the world, and includes job opportunities.

- www.irishabroad.com
This is not a recruitment site but does include contact details for over 300 Irish pubs around Europe and around 50 Irish businesses.

- www.youthportal.ie
The European Youth Portal gives access to 10.000 European and national websites. To find information on summer jobs in Europe, go to the the section Working on the left hand side of the homepage and click on Working Holidays. To find national web links, choose a country from the list and click on the subsection Working Holidays.


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Take a break!

- www.bugeurope.com
The backpacker's ultimate guide to Europe with information on destinations, transport including suggested itineraries.

- www.eurotrip.com
Gives specific country information, discussion board and a handy travellers tips section as well as hostel reviews.

- www.backpackeurope.com
This site puts a special emphasis on budget trips, with ideas on what you need to pack, plus a helpful index of travel information sites.

- www.visiteurope.com
The European travel commission official website contains useful links to the tourist boards in all European countries.

- www.interrail.eu
Links to train and ferry schedules around Europe;
suggested itineraries, details of how to get your inter-rail ticket are on www.usit.ie

- www.usit.ie/essentials/discount-cards/youth-card
If you are between 12 and 26 the European Youth Card is a good idea for travelling around Europe. Card holders can avail of a wide range of discounts, from travel to theatres. This website will give details on discounts and how to apply.

- www.youthportal.ie
The European Youth Portal gives access to information on travelling in thirty European countries, divided in four sub categories: country insight, accommodation, transport and spend and save (choose a country from the list on the left hand side of the home page and go to the section Travelling).


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Where to stay?

It may be difficult to find somewhere to stay during the summer, however there are some things you should consider:
- some jobs in the tourist industry provide accommodation
- you can often get special rates for long term stays in hostels.

For a list of hostels see:
- www.europeanhostels.com
- www.hostelworld.com

Try to find out as much as you can about where you'll be staying before you go, e.g. from local websites, newspapers which might help.


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Page Updated in October 2012.