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    Casual jobs in Europe ?

    hi,

    Anybody know if there are still such things as "grape-picking" or similar easy come easy go jobs that are available any longer ? Many years ago when travelling around Europe I survived when totally broke (more times than not) by working a few days here and there on farms and also did a couple of labouring type jobs on sites in cities...and when I`d worked a week or so just moved on ... but does anybody know if these things are still as easy as years ago ? I`m of the mind that it`s not so easy nowadays but that may be simply because I`ve been stuck in a miserable,going not very far rut. here in the UK for years...In the last couple of years I`ve been to Italy and for a month and Belgium for a couple of weeks but wasn`t looking to work and had enough cash to get by but I am thinking of getting away for as long as I can from about May this year and would like to see if working here and there is still something that`s easily found...anybody have any ideas or knowledge,please ?

    Thanks in advance,

    Mia.

    (ps - edit to add - just looked about the site and seen and actually read the posts re donations - I`m unable to do that at present but will gladly do so in the future when some cash comes in - cheers,Mia)
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    It is all dominated by agencies nowadays. Farm jobs are often covered by agencies recruiting directly in Eastern Europe...

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    Thanks orys - yup,I thought things had probably been sewn up by somebody with an eye for making a profit - I expect that rest of Europe is also tied up with regulations like the UK too - one of my daughters worked in a pub for a while and needed to go on a "course" before being allowed to serve drinks - other similar types of jobs are also tied up with legal requirements and of course,you`ll be paying for it too...I`m in the "older" age range now but can`t see we`ve made much progress within the "progressive" society we`ve become - `scuse the moan...along with aches and pains of age I just can`t help it ...
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    Have you checked out work in the bulb factories in Holland? Has been years since I did it but it used to easy to pick up work there..

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    Here in spain you can still get casual work,(25/40 per day)in bars in the summer or farm work from september onwards,also once your in an area with expats you can get all types of work if you have some skills(60/80 per day)

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    I hadn`t seen these last couple of replies - thanks guys,t`is always good to have some ideas of what is still available.

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    Originally Posted by MiaPerson
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    Thanks orys - yup,I thought things had probably been sewn up by somebody with an eye for making a profit - I expect that rest of Europe is also tied up with regulations like the UK too
    I don't think this is the case. I am pretty sure that you could easily get a farm cash-in-hand job in some farm in Poland or something. Provided, that you manage to beat all Ukraininans and convince the farmer that there is nothing wrong with your head for being a Western European and willing to work for what they pay
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    Originally Posted by orys
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    It is all dominated by agencies nowadays. Farm jobs are often covered by agencies recruiting directly in Eastern Europe...

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    There is still plenty of work available in all four corners of europe. Either visit a farm or chateau or two in an area growing something and ask,or trawl through ex-pat sites such as angloinfo for jobs on offer.
    As long as you are willing to get off your bum and look,you will normally find something.

    Good luck in sorting something out and kicking that rut aside. x
    anything is possible,that my friends is a mathematical certainty ;-)

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    What about Uber? Do they have driving jobs available, or do the taxis have that all sown up?

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    Originally Posted by MiaPerson
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    hi,

    Anybody know if there are still such things as "grape-picking" or similar easy come easy go jobs that are available any longer ? Many years ago when travelling around Europe I survived when totally broke (more times than not) by working a few days here and there on farms and also did a couple of labouring type jobs on sites in cities...and when I`d worked a week or so just moved on ... but does anybody know if these things are still as easy as years ago ? I`m of the mind that it`s not so easy nowadays but that may be simply because I`ve been stuck in a miserable,going not very far rut. here in the UK for years...In the last couple of years I`ve been to Italy and for a month and Belgium for a couple of weeks but wasn`t looking to work and had enough cash to get by but I am thinking of getting away for as long as I can from about May this year and would like to see if working here and there is still something that`s easily found...anybody have any ideas or knowledge,please ?

    Thanks in advance,

    Mia.

    (ps - edit to add - just looked about the site and seen and actually read the posts re donations - I`m unable to do that at present but will gladly do so in the future when some cash comes in - cheers,Mia)
    Hello.
    As of last year, there is plenty of work on the Greek Islands for Olive picking. Depending on the crop/weather they can start picking early October.
    The Grapes start around September, again depending on the weather.
    Most of the places are cool about you parking up with your own accommodation! The monasteries sometimes just pay you with food & wine, but the others pay.

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    Also, there is a lot of cleaning jobs available. If you're looking to spend a whole season there its better to start looking in February.

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    Originally Posted by gophangover
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    What about Uber? Do they have driving jobs available, or do the taxis have that all sown up?
    In many countries Uber is illegal (as you have to be licensed to drive for hire or reward, something like PHC license in UK), or it requires local insurance.

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