Short-Term and Summer Jobs in Greece and the Mediterranean
The Key Employers
English-language newspapers such as the Athens News (www.athensnews.gr) and The Portugal News (www.the-news.net) may be helpful sources of tutoring or au pair positions. Many people find work in language schools by applying in person to schools.
Adriatic Dolphin Project, Blue World Institute of Marine Research, Kastel 24, 51551 Veli Losinj, Croatia; 011-385-51-604666; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.blue-world.org. Students with a background in biology or geography may be accepted as interns. Paying volunteers join researchers in the ancient village of Veli Losinj over the summer.
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, www.archelon.gr. Enthusiastic and committed volunteers are required for demanding sea turtle conservation projects run by ARCHELON in Greece. Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete are major nesting areas for the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtle in the Mediterranean and have been monitored by ARCHELON, a non-profit making organisation, for 20 years. In Athens, ARCHELON also runs the only Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Greece. Volunteers are invited to work on the island of Zakynthos where the first National Marine Park for sea turtles in the Mediterranean was established in 1999 and assist the Management Body of the Park in its task to protect the nesting beaches. In Peloponnesus, volunteers will protect nests from foxes and other mammals, experience the pilot project of sand dune restoration, help maintain nature trails and the running of the newly established Nature Information Centres. On the island of Crete, participants will work for the implementation of a Management Plan for the nesting areas. At the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, volunteers will have the opportunity to assist our staff in daily treatment of sea turtles that suffer from accidental and deliberate injuries.
Arcturos, Victor Hugo 3, 546 25 Thessaloniki, Greece; 011-30-2310-55-59-20; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepts short-term volunteers at its bear protection center: Arcturos Environmental Centre, 530 75, Aetos, Prefecture of Florina (011-30-23860-41500, email@example.com).
Balkan Sunflowers (Volunteers for Social Reconstruction in the Balkans), Youth, Culture and Sports Hall #114, Luan Haradinaj St., Prishtina, Kosovo; 011-381-38-246-299; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.balkansunflowers.org. Projects, many involving children, take on volunteers in Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania. Minimum age 21, minimum stay 6 months, and minimum contribution $240. Offices also in Spain and the U.S.: P.O. Box 21641, Washington, DC 20009-1641.
Camel Bar, www.camel.gr/jobs.php. Restaurant/bar that hires many foreign workers for the summer season, particularly if they speak Dutch. Thousands of bars, cafés, and restaurants in resorts throughout Greece hire travelers and pay about €30 a night.
Consolas Travel, 100 Eolou St., 105 64 Athens, Greece; 011-30-210-324-1751; email@example.com; www.consolas.gr. Travel agency that may be able to offer work in hostels, etc. in Athens and the islands of Paros and Gavdos.
Earth, Sea and Sky, P.O. Box 1063, Saxilby, Lincs. LN1 2TN, U.K.; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.earthseasky.org. Volunteers carry out summer projects like cleaning up wildlife habitats on the Greek Ionian island of Zakynthos and rescuing sea turtles.
Eurodivers, Laganas Beach, 29100 Zakinthos, Greece; 001-30-26950-29581; email@example.com, www.eurodivers.nu. Dive center on Ionian island that takes on qualified dive instructors, dive interns, and commission sales reps for the season May to October. Free room and board for interns.
Global Choices: Work and Travel Greece. By participating in the Work and Travel Greece programme you will earn money, gain work experience and enjoy Greece. The work and travel placements are available in the hospitality industry for a minimum duration of 3 months in the following locations: Crete, Chalkidiki, Samos, Naxos Island, Rhodos and Corfu. Positions include: waitress, chambermaid, female bar tenders, kitchen helpers, dog trainer, and representative for a travel agency. These are all paid positions. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.globalchoices.co.uk (reviewed by Web editor).
Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias St., 106 80 Athens, Greece; email@example.com, www.hau.gr. TEFL-qualified teachers can contact HAU Career Office.
Malta Youth Hostels Association, 17 Triq Tal-Borg, Pawla PLA 06, Malta; 011-356-2169 3957; firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers (aged 16-30) who spend a minimum of 3 hours per day doing unpaid work as directed by the MYHA receive free hostel accommodation. Volunteers work on short-term workcamps for 2 weeks to 3 months. Send $2 or 3 IRCs for application info at least three months before proposed visit.
Medasset (Mediterrean Association to Save Sea Turtles), 1c Licavitou St., Athens 106 72, Greece; +30 210 3613572 ; email@example.com, www.medasset.org. Short-term Office Volunteer. 3-5 week office-based volunteer work, including — but not limited to — assisting staff with projects, filing, letter writing, computer orientated and archive resource centre tasks, database updating, internet search, etc. Free accommodation offered.
Nine Muses Au Pair Activities, Thrakis 39 & Vas. Sofia 2, 17121 Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece; Tel./fax. 011-30-210-931-6588; www.ninemuses.gr. Placement service for au pairs. Also offers positions in the tourist industry.
Papantoniou Institute, 30a Ippocratous, 2122 Nicosia, Cyprus; 011-357-22-455724; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.papantoniou-institute.com. English teachers hired on 9-month contracts. TEFL training courses offered onsite, lasting 2, 6, or 8 weeks.
Sani Beach Holiday Resort, Sani SA, 63077 Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece; www.saniresort.gr. Hospitality industry interns aged 18-20 needed to train and work at this luxurious eco-resort south of Thessaloniki for at least 5 months between mid-May and end of October.