So here goes – if you want to find a job working in the Greek Islands in the summer, as I have mentioned in previous posts about finding any adventure travel job abroad, I am a big believer in checking out the scene first and hustling for a few days to understand what you are getting yourself into. That way you know what bars or places offer better employment terms as well as a better situation for you (ie. If you don’t like to party all night, a high-intensity club may not be the wisest decision). Second, I also recommend checking out the place first to see if there is a particular area you want to work in Greek Islands or live in and what the general vibe is. Some places have multiple spots on the island (ie beach vs the center), and one maybe more to your liking. From what I gather, most adventure travel jobs on the Greek Islands pay 25-30 euro a day depending on the job (some up to 40-50 euro if you are in a more responsible senior position or a
good better bartending job). Much of this is under the table without work permits, ergo the reason for so many Aussies working there. The pay out is usually the day after you work for the previous day, but some employers pay out weekly in order to minimize employees bailing on them. Accommodation you usually sort out yourself, but some employers have a place they put all their staff and costs about 10-15 euro a day. Once more, if you want to find a job the Greek Islands, I suggest getting there early in the season (May-June) as it will help you to sort your living situation and employment possibilities so as to avoid jobs mopping up messes made by morons. Shifts for clubs and bars range but usually are from 10ish until 5-6ish depending on the spot, while others involve day time work (such as promoting clubs, water sports boat guy, lubing old people with tan oil guy, harassing people on the beach etc.)
In general, there are “staff for hire” signs all over to help people find a job in the Greek Islands because employees do not fully commit to their three-month contract. As such, employees are an abundant, easily replaceable commodity, so even if you showed up halfway through the season, you could find something somewhere (and equally possible, get your ass kicked to curb if you are irresponsible).
Another approach to take is to network/get to know the staff already there. I spent a night partying out with the staff by happenstance and three of the members of the group were just starting to work there by getting hooked up by their staff friends already working there. To do this, befriend the bartenders and staff while there (don’t be overly pushy or try hard) or as I have also previous mentioned, CouchSurfing can be used to help meet up with locals (or at least seasonal locals) who can help point you in the right direction.
And last, if you decide you specifically want to work in Ios, here is a nice little website – LoveIosGreece – that can help you sort out your employment if you wish to do so before you arrive and not do as much ground work research like I do.
As you can kind of see from the above description, this is a lifestyle play, not a summer travel job where you are planning on putting some in the bank. Wages are just enough to sort your accommodation, food, and boozing. Staff often get free drinks or discounts to help keep you blissfully working your 7 days a week routine.
So in summary, things you need if you decide an adventure travel job in the Greek Islands in the summer is for you.
1- A strong liver
2- English to Australian backwood dictionary
3- Industrial sized bottle of SPF 50
4- A loose definition of committed relationship
5- High tolerance for faux surfer bros named Chad who refuse to wear a shirt
6- Mace (for the ladies) – to keep the Italian spider monkeys off. Apparently “no” in Italian means “I love you”