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Summer, seasonal and short term jobs in Athens

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Bear in mind that summer jobs are not well paid in Greece. If your idea is to pay your way for the holidays you’re on the right track. While service jobs like working in a bar or a restaurant may benefit from tips, in most cases you will still earn very little. Aim for a summer job that provides food and lodging since this will greatly reduce your costs. Also bear in mind that typical service jobs demand long hours with very few days off during the high season. In a bad season tourist-related work may be hard to come by. Note that you will have to have worked for a minimum of two seasons in order to claim winter unemployment benefit.

Generally Greeks are not enthusiastic administrators so if you have good organisational skills and office experience this will be a plus. Villa housekeeping, cleaning, nursing, childcare, pool maintenance, gardening work, tourism, property/marketing positions are all possibilities, although not always advertised and getting your foot in the door as a foreigner may not be easy.

The best area for jobs is probably teaching English or other languages. You will certainly need to have at least a bachelor’s degree, and a teaching certificate such as a TEFL or TESL qualification will be a big advantage. These can be obtained through online courses, such as:

The following website is a good database for summer jobs in Greece:

Update 31/12/2008


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