Most people think of finding a summer job as something that you could do in Europe, either before you start uni, or during your degree. Europe definitely has the best options in terms of its proximity to the UK, and a wide range of destinations and job opportunities. You could spend the summer in Ibiza or on a Greek Island, working the tourist season, or even working in a European city.
Don't discount looking farther afield for summer work though. The USA J1 visa programme enables students to work and travel in America for the summer break, an ideal way to do something really different and experience life the USA.
Companies that can help you find summer jobs
Volunteering with Outreach International provides an opportunity to gain experience in a number of professions; from medical students to therapists, teachers and business professionals. Whether you are a student, part-qualified or newly qualified, or a veteran with experience to share and skills to transfer, there is a placement to suit you.
Finding Your Perfect Summer Job
Planning to find a summer job next year? Where do you start?
Firstly, you need to work out your dates. When do you finish school, uni or college and when do you need to go back? Most summer jobs in resorts in Europe need staff between July and August, and usually the longer you can stick around, the more likely you are to find work. This does mean that you need to start putting your feelers out for jobs in the spring, but depending on the job in question, you are unlikely to get it just on the basis of an email or phonecall. Both of these are great starting point though.
When you know exactly when you can work from, you need to make sure you can afford to go. Budget for flights there and back, transportation once you arrive, insurance, accommodation and living expenses if it all goes wrong and you have to try and find a new job.
Then you need to decide where to go. For summer work in Europe you normally can't go wrong in major cities or resort destinations, but competition for jobs, even part time or temporary is going to high as the Eurozone countries experience a downturn in their economies and a rise in unemployment. Your best bet maybe to organise a summer job through a company like PGL or BUNAC, who will organise your visas (if required) and jobs for you.
The one advantage you do have is if English is your first language. In this case you may be able to find work as a TEFL teacher in Europe, and there are many organisations who can help you with this too. You may not be working full time, and you certainly won't be earning a fortune, but living and working as a TEFL teacher can be a great way to get to know a country. Many TEFL jobs do require you to commit for longer than 8 weeks though, so if you can only spare a summer, but you definitely want to give it a try, then use one of the volunteering companies on this site who can organise a voluntary teaching project in destinations all over the world, ranging from 2 weeks to 6 months.
A summer may seem like a short period of time to work and travel abroad, but actually there are loads of options available to you, just let us help you make your decisions!