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Europe Gap Year Job Guide

Paris, FranceFancy going to a place where you can see some of the most beautiful works of art in the world, eat a staggering array of the best foods in the world, go skiing in some of the world’s premier resorts, live and teach in the world’s most fascinating cities, or party hard in the world’s most banging clubs? Then head for Europe.

Europe is an incredible place full of amazing gap year opportunities, and it’s right on your doorstep – it’s easy to travel through and it’s easy to get work if you know where to look.

Whatever you fancy doing, from working the winter season in a ski resort in France to teaching English in Barcelona, Europe has it all. You can have fun, earn money, travel, and have loads of fantastic experiences that you can add to your CV when you get back – so read on to find out how!

Read our comprehensive gap job guide to Europe by visiting one of the following areas:


Companies that can help you find gap work in Europe


The Winter Sports Company

Take the European fast track – Become a qualified Ski Instructor and start 4 weeks paid work in the same season on our 15 weeks – BASI Ski Instructor Training + Job offer in Courmayeur, Italy.

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EA Ski & Snowboard

EA Ski & Snowboard Training

Want to work as a ski or snowboard instructor? EA Ski & Snowboard are now recruiting intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders to join them on one of their instructor internship courses. Choose from more than 30 locations across Canada, Japan, USA, Switzerland and New Zealand to learn, earn and play this winter. Get a guaranteed paid job offer, gain an international qualification and receive world-class training. If you’ve been thinking about a gap year in the mountains, a career break, or looking to fast-track your snow sports career, we have a course to suit you. Visit our website to see if you qualify for an EA course and start planning your next adventure.

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Top Tips for Backpacker Jobs in Europe

  1. Parlez Francais. Or Deutsch, or Espanol. English speaking jobs aren't impossible to find outside of the UK or Ireland, but you won't get far in many sectors without a second language. Even if you want to get a job as an Au Pair or TEFL teacher, which don't require you to speak a second language, you still need to communicate with non-English speakers in your destination country.

  2. Bring some cash to tide you over. No matter how fabulous you are at skiing, mixing cocktails, waitressing or fruitpicking, you can't expect to walk into a job immediately. And even if you do, you won't get paid upfront. You will need enough money to pay for food and accommodation for at least three weeks while you are looking for work.

  3. Don't put all your job eggs into one employers basket. Especially if you have found your job online. You might turn up and realise it is totally not what you wanted or expected, or the employer might realise that you are totally not what they wanted or expected. Either way, you need a plan B, C, D and E.

  4. Get your timing right. Generally speaking the early bird gets the job worm (how many more old chestnuts can we get into this article!) so applications for summer work need to be in by May at the latest, and winter season needs to be sorted by September. Some jobs do vary, and you can be lucky and turn up to find a vacancy, but generally speaking it pays to do things sooner rather than later.

  5. Don't be too fussy. You may have told your friends you were going to work in Ibiza as a podium dancer, and you've ended up handing out flyers in the street dressed as a chicken. Welcome to the world of temporary jobs. Thankfully, they are temporary, and you need the cash.

So that's some of our top tips for job hunting in European destinations. Good luck and don't forget to take a really good look at the organisations who can help you find your dream summer or winter job in Europe.