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I am planning an 08/09 trip across Europe with a friend of mine.  We plan to hit as many countries and cities across Europe as we can in a year.  We will have enough money to last us several months  but we also want to work short term jobs at different points throughout the trip, to make it possible to travel for up to a year.  Im just wondering if thats even possible…Ive read briefly about working visas and am fairly confused…
 
Do I have to commit to a job for a minimum amount of time when I obtain a visa?  Or can I bail on a job after a few weeks, since we don’t plan on stayin in one country for longer than a month…? 
 
How do I go about applyin for whatever visa I would need to do this?? 
 
Where can I find short term jobs that would be ok for this kind of travel?  I do have a university background and by the time I leave I will have a B.A. in&nbspsychology but I have no specific type of job I’d be looking for while Im there – just something to make some money!  Is there a website or organization that might have a list of jobs welcoming student travellers?
 
We dont plan on leaving until Aug 08 but I want to have an idea before we start our serious planning! 
 
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!
 
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I actually have these same questions, as I am taking a year long trip with a friend of mine.

anyone have any advice?

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 Im just wondering if thats even possible…

 
Most likely, no.

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Do I have to commit to a job for a minimum amount of time when I obtain a visa?  Or can I bail on a job after a few weeks, since we don’t plan on stayin in one country for longer than a month…? 

 
The employee doesn’t apply for a work permit, the employer does.  This requires much time, money & hassle, so you’ve got to have a skill that’s in demand in that country (ie doctor, engineer).  Can’t just show up in a foreign country, hand out a few resumes & start working.

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How do I go about applyin for whatever visa I would need to do this?? 

 
You don’t.  The employer applies for the visa once hired.

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Where can I find short term jobs that would be ok for this kind of travel?  I do have a university background and by the time I leave I will have a B.A. in&nbspsychology but I have no specific type of job I’d be looking for while Im there – just something to make some money!  Is there a website or organization that might have a list of jobs welcoming student travellers?

 
You may want to try some farms, hostels or language schools… some may be willing to hire you under the table.  You could email prospective places, but it will most likely be a waste; best bet is to&nbspound the pavement when you land in Europe & ask around.
 
Everyone wants to work in Europe, it’s a very tough market.  If you’re just interested in extra cash to extend your trip, you’re better off stealing from other tourists or robbing the homeless for beer money.
 

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Hey – thought i would reply as i have had thoughts of doing the same thing. All anyone wants to do is travel around europe and work on and off just to support the travelling part!!
 
My suggestion would be if you realy need the extra dosh, work in London. Its much easier than europe, language barrier doesn’t exist and you can get a lot of temp jobs and bar work that will allow you to leave at the drop of a hat most of the time.
 
London is a great base to explore europe as trains and planes are generally very cheap from there and you can go back and forth in a few hours hassel free whenever you need to.
 
I have had a lot of mates do Europe this way and it has seemed to work brilliantly for them – so thats my advice, hope it helps.
 
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