The media is bursting at the seams with stories of the demise of the Spanish economy, and let’s face it, there is no denying it has gone right up the swanny. Five or ten years ago teens, students, sun lovers and the generally adventurous would flock to the Costas in their thousands every summer with little more than a few Euros in their pocket and the hope of finding enough work to keep them fed and sangria’d for the duration of the season. So with the economy in the worst state it has been in for decades, what does this mean for the holiday market and equally significantly, what does it mean for your chances of finding seasonal work?
Well if last year’s reports are anything to go by, it’s certainly not all doom and gloom. Some of the Spanish resorts are finally dropping their prices and making themselves more competitive with the cheaper, less established alternatives that have made their presence known during the past few years. This means that visitors are returning – and where there are visitors there are staff. If you are planning on heading off the beaten track your options are pretty limited – but this has always been the case. However, if you head for the major resort areas the chances are that if you do your homework before you leave and arrive with a can-do attitude and a desire to muck in, there are certainly options available.
Of course, if you are organised by far the best option is to secure your job before you even leave home. This gives you a chance to plan and is usually kinder to your budget. Try making contact with package tour operators, many of which employ English staff, especially in their exclusively managed hotels and properties. Options range from restaurant and kitchen staff, bartenders, housekeeping staff and hotel/resort reps. Some will require experience while others will simply require you to be prepared to get stuck in.
If you have a good idea about where you want to go, another option is to make direct contact with restaurants, hotels, clubs and bars in that area. It is a little more time consuming but if you get lucky then you have the cushion of knowing exactly where you will be headed before you leave.
A third option is to hop on a plane to your chosen destination and see what comes your way. This may sound a little reckless but in many ways it is easier for a hotelier or restaurateur to have the confidence that you are committed to working for them if you are right there on the spot, rather than making contact from a couple of thousand miles away. If you choose this option make sure you book a decent hotel, bed and breakfast or hostel for the first week or two of your stay to give you a comfortable base from which to carry out your job search. Use Hotel Price Scanner to locate the best Spanish travel deals on the market.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen, a willing smile and enough money for the odd phone call home.