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Ideas for working in Europe this summer

Siobhan has some great tips for working on the continent

Written by Siobhan Daly and posted in opinion

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Not to worry. Spending the summer working abroad in Europe offers equally dazzling CV boosting properties, new friendships and experiences that you’ll savour far more than that time you learnt the hard way that the dollar/ euro currency rate was actually as poor as your parents warned you.   

Here are some ideas for a very European summer:


“Wwoofing” is an international working program that involves working on farms in exchange for board.  There is no actual payment for the work- the idea being that the worker gains experience, rather than cash. Some golden rules for budding “Wwoofers”  include being a willing worker, respecting their hosts and acting as an ambassador for their country of origin. It is expected that workers will work at least four hours per day. However, it is advised that workers devise a contract with their host before commencing the work in order to ensure fairness. More information can be found on

Disneyland Paris

All of your childhood dreams may be on the verge of becoming reality. The House of Mouse recruit in various European cities for both summer and Christmas jobs. Conversational French is necessary for the wide variety of jobs available in the park- waitressing, shop assistants, hotel staff and ride operators to name but a few.  They normally come to Dublin in Springtime - keep an eye out on ( to apply and add the elusive “cast member” status to your CV.

Au pairing

Babysitting just got exotic. Au Pairing grants people the opportunity to live with a family in a foreign country in exchange for minding children and sometimes light housework. Some Au Pair programs also offer language lessons and some pocket money, but most programmes and contracts vary within each family. A word of warning - wooden spoon threats probably won’t be tolerated on the continent.

Summer camp jobs

Summer camp companies such as PGL, Thomson and Canvas, routinely search for English speaking summer staff. Typical jobs usually include waitressing, bar staff, cleaners and campsite couriers. The majority of these camps have destinations in France, Spain and Germany. Days off can be spent exploring the local areas and sunning yourself.

Other options include grape-picking, working at hostels or Irish bars. No matter what you choose to work at- ensure that you stay safe, have a clear understanding of your contract…..and remember to let Spunout know how you got on!

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Published July 4th, 2016
Last updated February 23rd, 2018
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