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working for extra money in europe
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a friend a me are planning a trip and are wondering how to go about being able to work te get some extra money while there, we plan on a 2 month trip
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Well, I don’t know exactly what the rules are in Canada, But Aussies aren’t aloud to work in Europe unless they have a Duel passport. The only other way to get work there legally is to teach english to kids or work on a farm or somethings. Otherwise you have to do keep it hush hush and convince someone to let you work. it’s difficult when you can’t speak the language. Sometimes Hostels let people work there.

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How much extra money?
If your only going for 2 months I would save up a little while longer
before I would go.

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Thinking outside the box.

Instead of trying to earn extra money why not spend less? Maybe you could find a short-term caretake/housesit instead of staying in a hotel or hostel. There are sites on the Web. I am not recommending this one, it is just one I found—it is a little difficult to use but if you type in "wanted" in the search field you will find people looking for a housesitter. They have entries worldwide and of course you may have to look after pets and/or plants but the cost is zero. Some also let you use their car but I wouldn’t count on it.

I copied/pasted an entry for the UK:

Sitter Wanted – West London Middlesex, UK – wanted.
Area: West London Middlesex, UK.
Dates available: 25 Dec-12 Jan.
I have a 1 bedroom flat in a quiet area of West London, 40 mins to centre of town by tube. I have three friendly and affectionate cats to look after. I looking for a mature person or couple to housesit.
Contact e-mail: address is here on the website
Contact name is here on the website

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I am 27 have a positive outlook on life and I plan on traveling to Europe on 1/11/05. Mostly Germany if anyone is doing the same maybe we can meet over there I speak a little German.

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Hey,
I lived in london Last year for 8 months and had he time of my life. I stayed with a friend of a friends family in London and had no previous knowledge. It was a really random decision so I did not have much time to plan. While I was in London, I did not have a job and not in school. I had such a good time though and I’m thinking about going back again maybe in the next few weeks. However, I want to have a job this time around. Unlike Canadians, Americans like myself cannot take part in the working holiday visa, therefore I would have to apply for a work visa (pretty much impossible to get). So I would probably have to work "under the table". Does anyone have any help, ideas, advice, websites, someone to talk to, ANYTHING to point me in the right direction. I read above from "Scruffy" about maybe housesitting. What website do i look for that on? I would love to hear from anyone who could offer me any advice. I’m in the middle of my Sophmore year of College doing Pre-Law and I will have to take a year (or at least the rest of the semester off, so I need to get things in order fast and make this choice.

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I find this is a helpful website for people looking to go on working-holiday trips. This is the australian version of the website but i think there are links for other countrys that have working holiday schemes like Canada. http://www.workingho…

but if u are only going for 2 months i would recommend saving more money before u go, and spending less during the trip, rather than working over there. If u are only there for 2 months u dont really want to spend half your time looking for dodgy cash in hand jobs which might not be easy to find especially if u dont speak the local language. 2 months sounds like a good holiday time, if u wanted to work as well as travel maybe a longer time frame would work out better.

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I’m in the middle of my Sophmore year of College doing Pre-Law and I will have to take a year (or at least the rest of the semester off, so I need to get things in order fast and make this choice
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Depends on which college you attend, but some furnish a work permit for the Work Abroad program. You should check.

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Im an aussie – and u r allowed to work anywhere in europe as long as u have a working visa for that country.

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Thank you dancing baby!! lol, I was a little shocked by the notion that Aussies would be unable to receive a working/holiday Visa in Europe. SINCE WHEN buddy!?
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Cool bananas.

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so what you saying dancingbaby is that if i only have a australian passport and i get a working visa for england, i dont need a working visa for any other european country and i am free to work? if thats true, its frikkin awesome!!! i dont have to apply for other visa’s then…
i would like someone to comfirm that for me its sounds to good to be true…

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Hey montes!
Nar mate I think that you will still need a working visa for each of the countries u wish to work in.
HOWEVER….being that several of the countries are apart of what I’ve read to be "schengen Union" or something of that nature…perhaps there’s a way to pick up some kinda holiday working visa that encompasses all of the countries in the union.
That to me sounds like it would make some sense…but ya NEVEr knowwww do ya.
Anyone out there that does?
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Schengen pertains to passport cheques and whatnot, not labour. Britain isn’t in schengen, thus why they check your passport when you ferry over from france. However, all E.U. countries (schengen or not)are involved in the free movement of labour (certain restrictions for the new entrants though) but it only applies to citizens. A U.K citizen can go work in italy, an aussie with a U.K. visa is confined to the U.K.