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Summer Jobs in Santorini

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Hi! My boyfriend and I are looking to work ina restaurant or bar in Santorini this summer. Has anyone here done this, and have any contacts or advice? Any personal experiences would be appreciated.

I am especially wondering about accomodation - is it common for employers to provide room and board, and how difficult is it for couples to find accomodation together in that situation?

Thank You!

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  • Kostas Kotsialos

    posted by  in Greece forum 

    Hi to all,

    Indeed finding a bar/restaurant job for an island will be much harder through internet.
    The story goes like this : you visit the island you target aroung March-April. You visit the varius bars/hotels/restaurants and negotiate with the owners. Some negotiate from mainland,though you need to know the right persons.
    Accomodation usally is being offered by the owners but not always. It's part of the negotiation.
    About the insurance,that is kind diversed. Big installments will offer you(they want no problems with the authourities. Smalle might not. Though there are no penalties for you in case the employers doesn't insurance you. The penalty is for the employer and only. Though it's always good to have some medical insurance.

    In case the accomodation is not in the deal, you should always rent a place immediatly and for the whole season .Its' much much cheaper.

    My old roomate used to work as a barman in summer island so all the info comes from him.
    I also see from your photo that you have been in Santorini so i guess you knoe that you need some kind of transportation

    Hope it helps, cheers!

  • posted by  in Greece forum 

    I think restaurant/bar jobs in the Greek islands during tourist season are a bit different. I have been researching on the Internet, but think it's a question of showing up there when they're hiring for the season. I am hoping that someone has personal experience with this and can fill me in.

    I have a UK passport and my boyfriend is from Europe so visas aren't an issue for us. We aren't looking to work together necessarily, but would want to live together - we are happy with basic :).

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    posted by  in Greece forum 

    Hi. I would say research working in Greece on the internet. It may not be as easy as you think. You will have to get work permits to work in Greece as someone from outside the EU. Jobs are short and will probably go to Greek workers and EU citizens first. For some jobs you have to get medical tests done just to get the work permit.

    It would be easiest to get work via the internet before you go. That way you can find out if the hotel or tourism office is going to help you get the paperwork. You have to have national insurance here and it is expensive. There is paperwork involved in staying here and working here even if you come from the EU. Make sure your employer is going to pay your ika and do the paperwork as there are huge penalties for not doing them if you get caught.

    Accomodation depends on the employer, sometimes it is shared with other workers so it might be difficult to find for a couple. Also some employers will not take on a couple to work together. Accomodation can be very expensive in Greece at the height of the season unless it is very basic indeed. Hope this helps!

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