You’re young, free, adventurous, and have the whole summer to explore.
The only question is: where do I go? Barcelona, of course! With its sunny beaches, thriving arts culture and jumping nightlife, it’s the number one choice for young people around the world.
However, being young, free and adventurous, you probably don’t have much in the way of savings, so a summer job is a must. Luckily there are many ways to earn your accommodation and beer money out here in the Catalonian sunshine.
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“I hand out flyers for a nightclub a few hours during the day and work behind the bar at night,” says Julie, a student from England. “It wasn’t hard to get a job. I just went into a few places and asked for work. I like flyering because I get to see the city.”
If taking in the sights, smells, and sounds of the city whilst earning euros at the same time sounds like a good idea then consider becoming a Bike Tour Guide, a concept which is proving extremely popular with tourists, as you travel the convenient cycle lanes and byways, weaving a historical path through Barcelona’s many quarters.
Love cycling but not talking? Try out as a rickshaw driver. It’ll certainly keep you fit!
A bit of luck and a “can do” attitude is a must. Knowing a little Spanish will help, and speaking some basic Catalan will endear you to the locals and improve your chances of gaining employment.
Beach bums should seek opportunities at the many on-beach cafes, right next to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea but for higher paid work, try companies such as Sellbytel – a call centre who employ English speakers to deal with customer services from the UK and US.
And who says you need to stay in one job all summer? Need a change of scene? Travel companies are always looking for holiday reps and a TEFL qualification could secure you a position teaching English.
Any wannabe fishermen out there? Head to port Vell or slightly further up the coast for work on the boats.
Do you have any useful qualifications such as lifeguard certificates or water sports experience? Windsurfing, Kayaking, Surfing and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) are all popular with tourists. Coaching jobs like tennis and golf will provide accommodation, food and wages.
The main tourist season in Barcelona runs from June-September and with so many cool jobs out there, you’re sure to find something for your working summer break.