Looking back on some of these oldie pics, it feels like a lifetime ago I did my first season working abroad in Zakynthos in Greece. It has been five years since my three month working holiday experience there…..god I am getting old lads! After finishing college myself and a dear friend Alex packed our suitcases and headed off to the Greek island for a sun soaked summer, with no job or place to live sorted, we just decided to go with the flow(just the way I like it!).
Located in the Ionian sea, this Greek island is one of the most popular tourist destinations. More commonly known as Zante(green island), it has lots to offer from sandy beaches, base jumping, scuba diving, caves, water parks, turtle spotting and tonnnnnneess more. Most of us young’uns head to Laganas, where the beach there stretches for six miles and the party never ends. This is where we choose to work. With over one hundred bars, we knew this was the place to be to meet other like minded people who wanted to have a summer to remember.
Where to find work-
Our story makes it all sound so easy, but that’s because it really is as simple as this. We headed for the beach and started approaching business owners of the beach bars and restaurant’s. I kid you not, first beach bar we walked into, that’s where we got our jobs(easy peasy). Most places will want you on board if you seem eager, energetic and an all round people person. So I began working as the pr (promotional girl) out the front of the beach bar/restaurant and Alex was doing the waitressing inside. The owner of the beach bar we worked for even sorted us with a fully furnished modern apartment about a five minute walk from the beach(big thank you to Mavra, my boss) so it really was all stress free . My biggest tip is to get yourself there early, before the season really kicks off and you can take your pick on the job you want. The season usually runs from May to August, with May being the quieter time to go and get yourself sorted. You wont find jobs online, your best bet is to go and show face.
What did the work entail-
Most of the season workers here work at night in the bars and clubs. So their shifts usually started late at night and ran into the early hours of the morning. One of the pros of being a worker is the freebies and workers discounts you will get from fellow workers(all the free shots). I worked day shifts which I loved but I wont pretend it was all rosy as I did work seven days a week standing out in the scorching heat and with my pale paddy skin, sometimes it wasn’t all that pretty. Also if you think you are coming here to make money or save, well you can forget all about that. The wages in Greece are low, really low so most of us just made enough money to get by on a daily basis. What you need to remember is everyone is here to live it up for the summer so no one really cares that much about what they earn. Doing pr meant I stood on the beach and approached potential customers, trying to get them to use our sunbeds, buy food or drink. You need quite a bit of confidence for this job as you are competing with hundreds of other girls doing the same job for other beach bars. Find your way to stand out amongst the crowd. For me being Irish was a winner as most of the other workers were from the UK(Zante is a major location for people from the UK) so my Irish accent went down a treat, to be sure, to be sure!
In your spare time- In your free time(yes don’t worry you will get time off and even some weekends off) you will have lots to keep you occupied.
– Shipwreck beach( Navagio Beach) is simply stunning and features on many beautiful destinations hashtags on insta all the time. The ship wreck can only be reached by boat and the relic is out of this world. This ship sunk on shore in 1980 and is situated on a cove of the most beautiful turquoise waters you will ever see.
-Explore the many caves- Take a boat trip around the caves and be fascinated by mother natures creations..(blue caves and Keri caves)
-See Turtles- Who doesn’t love turtles, come on? The islet of Marathonisi is shaped like a turtle and is where you will catch a glimpse of many loggerhead turtles.
Types of jobs-
If doing promotional work or waitressing doesn’t really do it for you, don’t think you have to rule out doing a season abroad. Shot girls, glass collectors, ticket sellers, bartending, laughing gas sellers and meet and greet are some other options for you to consider. If you don’t want the hassle and want someone else to help you sort your sh** out, get in touch with companies like Air-Pro and Playaway Abroad. I Promise you though it isn’t hard to do by yourself.
Season Abroad elsewhere-
Want to keep your options open and wondering where else you can go? Ayia Napa, Tenerife, Ibiza, Magaluf, Kavos and Malia. We decided on Zante back then , as it was coming up as the go to place for that particular season on season workers websites.
Is doing a season abroad a good idea?
This was my first real experience of travelling and working abroad and needless to say I loved it. The work(if you can call it work) was easy for the most part and we partied the nights away in some of the best bars and clubs(Zeros club , I miss you). We spent our free time going out on speed boats and basking in the sun. We meet loads of other fun young people and friends for life who I still see when we are in the same location. Most of all doing this season abroad helped me make my mind up that I wanted to travel and work in other places and it was the starting point of this endless love I have for travelling and working my way around the world.
If its your first time leaving mammy and the comfort of what you know best, then doing a season is a nice introduction to life abroad. You will build on your life skills, become more independent and experience what freedom is like for at least three months. I do believe it is something you have to do at a young age, I wouldn’t dream of doing a season now at 25( god I just couldn’t cope with the hangovers like I used to). So do it while your young and care free.
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Hope everybody is having a fab Saturday, where ever you are!