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How to work on Europe
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Hello euro-trippers!

I am new to this site, but I came here for help. I am trying to accomplish something kinda mad. I want to spend a year in Europe working small, easy, low-paying jobs to survive. On my days off I want to travel and experience the gritty culture of what ever city that I am in. The only problem with this is that I have no idea how the working situations works.

Do I have to have a work visa to earn money?
What kind of jobs should I try for?
What jobs do not require me to speak the native language?

I hope you folks can help! Thanks in advance!

I am leaving from Reno, NV with $13000 for 364 days
Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, London, Paris
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights

“The Warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment, and – sometimes – with just a touch of madness” – Paulo Coelho (Warrior of the Light)

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Personally, I would recommend you consider freelancing. Content writing for the Internet is a good little earner and something that any reasonably well educated native English speaker can do. Otherwise, teaching English is the most popular and less, often barwork, at least if you can speak the local language. For the latter, you will generally need a work visa, so it does get rather more complicated. Hope this helps! Smile My little space on the net for travel articles and advice.

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If you’re below a certain age (usually younger than mid- or late-20s), you may qualify for a youth work program, in which young people from select countries are invited to work for a period of time that usually lasts 3 months to a year, usually in jobs related to the tourism and/or hospitality industries (hotels, hostels, bars, ski resorts, etc). A simple Google search should provide lots of information on such programs.

Beyond that, there’s two options: working illegally and getting paid next to nothing, or finding a job (which will be difficult) before arriving in Europe, and then your prospective employer will have to prove to authorities that they can’t find any locals to fill that position, and then they do all the paperwork for you (work visa, etc). Freelancing, as Dakana suggested, is another option, if it fits your line of work.

And yes, most [if not all] European countries will require you have a work permit to work there. Certainly all the countries that are members of the EU and/or EEA (the European Economic Area is all the EU countries plus Norway and Iceland).

There’s a neat way around the regulations if you have a parent or grandparent from a European country, you may be automatically eligible for a residence permit/work visa, or even citizenship from the country your recent ancestor (parent or grandparent) is from. These laws vary by country, some being more welcoming of diasporas, others being more strict. Among the more “welcoming” countries that I know of are: Britain, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Austria.


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I’m trying to find a job but don’t mind speaking the native languagesSmile I’m trying for France! I don’t speak French yet but still learning… I don’t mind a low-paying job also… Good luck with that man!!!

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Hi y’all,
I’ve been surveying(surfing the web) for work options on my next intended “Euro Trip.” Freelancing seems the one best tailored to my liking, and that is the line of work I would like to pursue while i travel. I know next to nothing about it and would love to hear any sort of information on how to apply, submit and get paid for this form of journalism.

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Try working at some diners.

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Finding a job in Europe is quite difficult. I’m an expat from Asia, and language is an issue to me… What kind of work can I find here?