Short-Term and Summer Jobs in Europe
The Key Employers
Work in Spain
Find a job/become an intern at Instituto Hemingway. Instituto Hemingway Spanish School is an excellent choice to spend your vacation, enjoy sun, mountain and sea views, and make new friends while learning a new culture. You will have the time of your life! We also offer Spanish lessons throughout the year as well as jobs, internships and volunteer programs.
Dates: Throughout the year, any time, any program.
Cost: From US $100 per week.
Contact: Instituto Hemingway,
Bailen 5, 2 Dcha. 48003 – Bilbao 48003 Spain
Tel.: +34 94 416 7901. Fax: +34 94 416 57 48
A.C.L.E. (Associazione Culturale Linguistica Educational) sends native English speaking Tutors to camps located throughout Italy. A.C.L.E. seeks enthusiastic and dependable people to work as English Camp Tutors for children. Provides accommodation, transport, meals, weekly cash wages, and an orientation course. Visit the website to apply at www.acle.org.
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, Centro Operativo Servizio Educazione, Via Roma, 67030 Villetta Barrea (AQ), Italy; 011-39-0864-89102; fax. 011-39-0864-89132; firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: ‘Volunteer Program’), www.parcoabruzzo.it. Volunteers carry out research and protection of flora and fauna in remote locations (e.g. in Pescasseroli and Villetta Barrea). Volunteers must cover their insurance and registration fees.
Acorn Adventure Ltd., Acorn House, Prospect Rd., Halesowen, Birmingham B62 8DU, England; 011-44-121-504-2066; www.acorntravelgroup.co.uk. Activity holiday centers in North Wales and the Lake District of England that need instructors and catering staff for full season (Apr.-Sep.). Must already have permission to work in Europe. Also Activity instructors and support staff for holiday center on the Costa Brava of Spain (plus other centers in Italy and France).
Adriatic Dolphin Project, Blue World Institute of Marine Research, Kastel 24, 51551 Veli Losinj, Croatia; 011-385-51-604666; email@example.com; 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.
Agroimpuls, c/o Farmers’ Union, Laurstrasse 10, 5201 Brugg, Switzerland; 011-41-56-462-51-44; www.agroimpuls.ch. Swiss Farmers’ Union runs a program for trainees in agriculture horticulture and rural home economics. Must be professionally trained or have two to three years’ experience. No German or French necessary.
American-Scandinavian Foundation, Exchange Division, 58 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016; 212-879-9779 ext. 731; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.amscan.org. Places summer trainees in engineering, chemistry, computer science, or business throughout Scandinavia, mainly Finland and Sweden. Also places American students and recent graduates over the age of 21 in schools and companies in Finland to teach English.
American Village Camps; email@example.com, www.americanvillage.fr/en/recruitment/recruitmentnews.php. Language counselors, TEFL teachers and other staff for four different American-style English immersion camps in France year-round, including summer. Knowledge of French not required. Camps create a positive environment where it is fun, natural and necessary to use English. Seek energetic, creative, initiative-takers who are native English speakers and love working with children. This is a paid position, room and board is included.
APARE/GEC, www.apare-gec.org. Runs volunteer workcamps at historic sites in Provence, France (plus a few in Morocco and Lebanon).
A.R.C.E. (Attivit Relazioni Culturali con l’Estero, Via XX Settembre, 20/124, 16121 Genova, Italy; 011-39-010-583092; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arceaupair.it. Au pair and mother’s help summer placements around Italy including for Americans. Live-in positions for English tutors can be arranged.
Ardmore Adventure Ltd, Berkshire College, Hall Place, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 6QR, U.K.; 011-44-1628-826699; email@example.com, www.theardmoregroup.com. Leaders, EFL teachers, sports activity leaders, lifeguards and many others needed for multi-activity and English language holidays for overseas children at residential centers throughout Britain.
Au Pair International, Via. Sante Vincenzi 46, 40138 Bologna, Italy; 011-39-051-6360 145; firstname.lastname@example.org. Summer au pair placements in Italy of up to 3 months (which is the maximum au pair stay for non-European au pairs). Normal minimum weekly pocket money €65. No placement fee.
Au Pairs International, Sixtusvej 15, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark; 011-45-32-84-10-02; email@example.com, www.aupairsinternational.com. Places foreign au pairs over the age of 20 in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, as well as worldwide.
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.
Barracudas Summer Activity Camps, Bridge House, 27 Bridge St., St. Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5EH, England; 011-44-1480-497533; email@example.com; recruitment.barracudas.co.uk. Residential and day camps in southern England need coaches, instructors, lifeguards, and counselors.
Barretstown Gang Camp Fund, Barretstown Castle, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Ireland; 011-353-45-864115; fax. 011-353-45-864711; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.barretstown.org. Positions for paid and volunteer activity leaders, summer carers, and drivers at residential therapeutic camp for children with serious illnesses and their families.
Bergwald Projekt Mountain Forest Project/MFP, Hauptstrasse 24, 7014 Trin, Switzerland; 011-41-81-630-4145, www.bergwaldprojekt.ch. One-week education and conservation projects in alpine forests of Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Hut accommodation, food, and insurance are provided; annual membership fee of 60 Swiss francs ($50). Must already be in Europe to participate. MFP provides accommodation, food, and accident insurance during work.
BEST Programs (www.bestprograms.org). Offers a variety of paid and unpaid internships and au pair placements for Americans and Europeans in Spain, Italy, and Belgium.
BUNAC Working Adventures Worldwide, [for working in Australia (18-30), Canada (18-30), France (18-35), Ireland (18+), New Zealand (18-35), and volunteering in Cambodia (18+), Peru (18+), and South Africa (18+)]. Contact; www.bunac.org/usa/. Work and volunteer abroad organization provides a work permit and job-hunting assistance. U.S. college students and recent graduates (within 1 semester) eligible for internships in Britain. Also has programs for those who live in the UK or live in neither the UK nor the USA.
Camp Counselors USA (CCUSA), 901 E Street, Suite 300, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA; email@example.com; www.ccusa.com. Summer camp counselors needed for Australia or New Zealand. Volunteer options available in partnership with the Global Volunteer Network in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
CEI Paris - Centre d’Echanges Internationaux, 1 rue Gozlin, 75006 Paris, France; 011-33-1-40-51-11-81, fax. 011-33-1-43 29 06 21; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cei4vents.com. Work in France department can assist higher education students over 18 from outside Europe to obtain temporary work permits (Autorisation provisoire de travail) to work in France for up to 3 months starting any time. All candidates must be conversant in French.
Centres d’Information et de Documentation Jeunesse (CIDJ), 101 Quai Branly, 75740, Cedex 15, Paris; fax 011-33-1-40-65-02-61; www.cidj.com. Advisory centers for young people throughout France. Paris branch distributes leaflets (fiches) and booklets on work, study, etc. in France (see www.cidj-librairie.com for prices).
Club de Relaciones Culturales, Calle Ferraz 82, 28008 Madrid, Spain; 011-34-91-5417103; email@example.com, www.clubrci.es. Places American and European au pairs and live-in language assistants in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, Contact CDS International (address above). 12-month placements consist of two months of intensive German, four months attending a technical school, and a five-month internship. All expenses paid; no application fee. Specified age of participants is 18-24. Application deadline is Dec. 1 for July start. Seventy-five participants are selected.
Council for British Archaeology, St. Mary’s House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ, England; 011-44-1904-671417; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.britarch.ac.uk. Publishes British Archaeology six times a year with details of upcoming excavations in Britain.
Cultural Service of the French Embassy. English Teaching Assistantship program. Must have working knowledge of French. Stipend of about €900 (gross) a month. Office also oversees Internship program of 1-12 months for college students or candidates within two years of college graduation www.frenchculture.org.
Dublin Internships, 8 Orlagh Lawn, Scholarstown Rd., Dublin 16, Ireland; Tel./fax. 011-353-1-494-5277; email@example.com, homepage.tinet.ie/~dublinternships. Places fee-paying American undergraduates, graduate students, and graduates in professional level internships in the spring, fall, and summer. Internships are non-salaried. Application documentation should be sent three months in advance.
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.
Easy Way Association, Calle Gran Via 80, planta 10 oficina 1017, 28013 Madrid, Spain; 011-34-91-548-86-79; email@example.com, www.easywayspain.com/ingles/employment.htm. Youth agency that can help students to find work in the hospitality industry in Madrid and Barcelona provided they know elementary Spanish. Most programs include Spanish tuition.
Embassy of France:
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7, teaching English to French elementary and secondary school students. Each year, nearly 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. The program offers a monthly stipend. Contact: www.frenchculture.org.
English for Kids, Postgasse 11/19, 1010 Vienna, Austria; 011-43-1-667-45-79; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.e4kids.co.at. EFL teachers and camp counselors for English immersion summer camps in Lachstatt near Linz, and Vienna.
Eurodivers, Laganas Beach, 29100 Zakinthos, Greece; 001-30-26950-29581; eurodivers.nu. Dive center on Ionian island in Greece that takes on qualified dive instructors, dive interns, and commission sales reps for the season May to October. Free room and board for interns.
Eurolingua Institute, email@example.com, www.eurolingua.com. Paid work experience in the hospitality industry of France and the U.K. Foreign language and internships in Germany, Italy, and Spain.
French American Center in Montpellier, 4 rue St. Louis, Montpellier 34000, France; 011-33-4-67-92-30-66; www.frenchamericancenter.com. Details available from French-American Center of Provence, Inc., 198 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013; 212-343-2675; firstname.lastname@example.org. Arranges au pair placements for Americans aged 18-25 with families in the Languedoc region plus internships in local businesses (www.frenchamericancenter.com/english/internship.asp).
German American Institute Tübingen, Karlstrasse 3, 72072 Tübingen; 011-41-7071-795-260 or 011-41-7071-795-2614; email@example.com, www.dai-tuebingen.de. Freelance teaching positions available for Americans with BA/MA degree. Local interviews required.
Global Contact, MS/Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Borgergade 14, 1300 Copenhagen K, Denmark; 011-45-77-31-00-00/22; firstname.lastname@example.org. Summer workcamps in Denmark (six in 2006) and three 4-week summer workcamps in Greenland (minimum age 20).
Globus Idiomas, Formación y Ocio, Consultores en Programas Lingüisticos, C/ Gómez Cortina, 5, 2º B Murcia, Spain; 011-34-968- 295661; Globus@ono.com, www.globusidiomas.com. Au Pair in Spain Program for all young adults who want to learn Spanish.
Gruppi Archeologici d’Italia, Via Baldo degli Ubaldi 168, 00165 Rome, Italy; Tel./fax. 011-39-06-3937-6711; email@example.com; www.gruppiarcheologici.org. Regional archaeological units coordinate 2-week digs that paying volunteers can join.
Gruppo Volontari della Svizzera Italiana (GVSI), C.P. 12, 6517 Arbedo, Switzerland; 011-41-79-354 0161; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gvsi.org/en. Conservation workcamps in July to help mountain communities in Ticino region of Switzerland.
Haut-Lac International Centre, 1669 Les Sciernes, Switzerland; 011-41-26-928-4200; email@example.com, www.haut-lac.com. Teachers, sports monitors, and domestic staff needed for summer and winter language/sports programs.
Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias St., 106 80 Athens, Greece; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hau.gr. TEFL-qualified teachers can contact HAU Career Office.
IAL/Internationella Arbetslag, Tegelviksgatan 40, 116 41 Stockholm, Sweden; 011-46-8-643-08-89; fax. 011-46-8-641-8188; email@example.com, www.ial.nu. Peace and conservation camps organized through the Swedish branch of Service Civil International. Volunteers must apply in their own countries.
Independent Living Alternatives, Trafalgar House, Grenville Pl., London NW7 3SA, U.K.; Tel./fax. 011-44-20-8906-9265; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ilanet.co.uk. Volunteers needed for at least four months to provide support for people with disabilities to enable them to live independently in their own homes. Volunteers receive £63.50 ($125) per week plus free accommodation. Vacancies in the London area and the Lake District.
Instituto da Português Juventude, Av. da Liberdade 194, 1269-051 Lisbon, Portugal; 011-351-21-317-9200/9283; email@example.com, juventude.gov.pt (in Portuguese only). Largest state-funded voluntary service organization in Portugal arranges workcamps, including archaeological digs, throughout Portugal. Applications should be sent to workcamp agency in home country.
ISIS Education & Travel, 259 Greenwich High Rd., Greenwich, London SE10 8NB, U.K.; 011-44-208-293-1188; firstname.lastname@example.org. Teachers of English as a foreign language and activity leaders needed for residential summer language/activity camps held at 15locations around England.
Jobs.ie, 35 Wicklow St., Dublin 2, Ireland; 011-353-1-6703891; www.jobs.ie. Online employment listings in hotels, restaurants, bars and leisure centers, sales, etc. in Ireland. Chefs and experienced hotel receptionists are particularly in demand.
JoHo (Jobs & Holidays), 8-9 Stille Rijn, 2312 DE Leiden, Netherlands; 011-31-71-5161277; www.joho.nl. Youth travel company that acts as a one-stop organization for backpackers, expats, entrepreneurs, international job seekers, interns, language students, and volunteers. Branches also in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Groningen that distribute a “Working in the Netherlands” brochure.
LIPU (Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli), Via Trento 49, 43100 Parma, Italy; 011-39-0521-273043; email@example.com; www.lipu.it. Long-established environmental and bird conservation association. Catalog of summer projects at its bird reserves throughout Italy. Volunteer camps lasting 1-4 weeks.
Lunaria, Via Buonarroti 39, 00186 Rome, Italy; 011-39-06 8841880; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lunaria.org. International workcamps accept about 400 incoming volunteers.
Ministry of Culture, Sous-Direction de l’Archéologie, 4 rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France; 011-33-1-40-15-77-81; chantiers-de-fouilles. DAPA@culture.gouv.fr; www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/fouilles/index.html. Government department that deals with archaeological digs. Every May they publish a list of summer excavations throughout France that accept volunteers; searchable by region on website.
National Trust, Community Learning and Volunteering, Rowan, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 7YL, U.K. Tel: 011-44-870-609-5383; email@example.com, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteers. One-week working holidays and outdoor conservation camps throughout the U.K. year round.
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.
NJBG (Nederlandse Jeugdbond voor Geschiedenis), Prins Willem Alexanderhof 5, 2595 BE Den Haag, Netherlands; fax 011-31-70-335-2536; www.njbg.nl (partially in English). Archaeological and building restoration camps.
Offene Häuser (Open Houses), Goetheplatz 9B, D-99423 Weimar, Germany; 011-49-36-43-502390; firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers restore historic buildings year round; contribution of 25-40 Euros per week.
Planorganic.com, www.planorganic.com, based in West Cork, posts a few vacancies on Irish organic and ordinary farms. There is no WWOOF branch in Ireland but the international WWOOF organization (www.wwoof.org) lists 130 independent hosts offering a work-for-keep arrangement.
Pro Filia, Beckenhofstrasse 16, 8035 Zurich; tel./fax. 011-41-1-361-5331; www.profilia.ch. Places live-in babysitters with Swiss families for 1 year minimum. Branch offices throughout Switzerland: St. Gallen office makes placements in German-speaking families and Lausanne office in French-speaking households. Agency registration fee SFr35 ($29), plus placement fee: SFr100-150 ($83-$125).
REMPART, 1 rue des Guillemites, 75004 Paris, France; 011-33-1-42-71-96-55; www.rempart.com. Needs volunteers to care for endangered monuments throughout France.
Sani Beach Holiday Resort, Sani SA, 63077 Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece; 011-30-23740-99447 or 011-30-23740-99438; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Octobe.
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SILC Séjours Internationaux Linguistiques et Culturels, 32 Rempart de l’Est, 16022 Angoulême Cedex, France; 011-33-5-45-97-41-90; email@example.com, www.silc-france.com. Work experience placements throughout France for students as well as a variety of language courses. Placement fees from €400 for up to 2 months to €1,000 for up to 6 months.
Skyros, 92 Prince of Wales Rd., London NW5 3NE, U.K; 011-44-207-267-4424; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.skyros.com. Work scholars recruited to assist at Atsitsa alternative holiday center on Aegean island of Skyros for three months (Apr.-July or July-Oct.). In exchange for work, they can participate in courses offered at center from windsurfing to yoga.
Smile, Via Vignolese 454, 41100 Modena, Italy; Tel./fax. 011 39-059-363868. Another company that hires native English speakers to work at summer language camps for three weeks from late August.
Stiftelsen Stjärnsund, Bruksallén 16, 770 71 Stjärnsund, Sweden; 011-46-225-80001; email@example.com, www.frid.nu. Swedish community aims to encourage personal, social, and spiritual development. Operates an international working guest program, 1 week to 3 months, mostly between May and Sept. but winter visits possible.
Sunseed Desert Technology, Apdo 9, 04270 Sorbas, Almeria, Spain; Tel./fax. 011-34-950-525-770; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sunseed.org.uk. Invites volunteers to a remote research project on the south coast of Spain.
Supercamps Ltd., Park House, Milton Pk., Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4RS, U.K.; 011-44-1235 832222; email@example.com; www.supercamps.co.uk. Children’s holiday company with many seasonal vacancies.
TASIS. Summer Language Programs, summer.tasis.com. Work as English teachers and children’s counselors at summer programs in Switzerland and England.
TCV (The Conservation Volunteers), www.tcv.org.uk. Organizes working breaks and conservation holidays throughout England for environmentally concerned volunteers.
Thistle Camps, National Trust for Scotland, www.nts.org.uk. Scottish counterpart of the National Trust (as above). Includes archaeological digs and trail building camps.
Trees for Life, The Park, Findhorn Bay, Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ; 011-44-1309-691292; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.treesforlife.org.uk. Volunteers needed to restore the native Caledonian Forest in Scotland.
UNAREC (Etudes et Chantiers), Délégué International, 3 rue des Petits Gras, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France; 011-33-4-73-31-98-04; email@example.com; www.unarec.org. Hundreds of international volunteers for short-term conservation projects and longer-term professional training, accepted via partner agencies. Fee includes accommodations and insurance for 2- to 3-week workcamps.
Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger (VJF), Hans-Otto-Str. 7, 10407 Berlin, Germany; 011-49-30-428 506 03; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vjf.de. Workcamps held in former East Germany. Registration fee 60 Euros.
Village Camps S.A., 14 rue de la Morache, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland; 011-41-22-990-9405; email@example.com, www.villagecamps.com/personnel. Recruits monitors and counselors to work for the summer or winter season at children's sports camps in several Swiss resorts and Zell-am-See, Austria. Expenses paid from 240 euros per week.
Winant & Clayton Volunteers, www.winantclaytonvolunteers.org. Since 1948, has arranged for U.S. citizens to volunteer for 7 weeks during the summer in community social service agencies in Britain, followed by independent travel for 2 weeks.
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), provides a list of countries worldwide, including Europe, where members may exchange volunteer farm work for food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
Young Austria Summer Camps, Ferienhöfe GmbH, Alpenstrasse 108a, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria; 011-43-662-62-57 58-0; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.camps.at. Needs monitors and EFL teachers for summer language and sports camps near Salzburg. Application deadline mid-March.