Summer Jobs in Spain: Where to Look & What to Do
Summer in Spain is one of the best, and worst times to be in the country. If you're a fan of maginificent beaches, hot weather and non-stop sunshine then congrats, you're in the right place. Finding a job in Spain in summer isn't impossible, but it's not always easy. My first piece of advice: come as an open book. What does that mean exactly? Drop any majorly inflexible expectations you may be harboring, and be open. You must be willing to sacrifice a six-figure salary for 3 months in paradise, right?
For Americans, currently (who knows what bridges the Cheetoh may burn in the future) you are eligible to spend 90 days in Spain without an official visa. Your passport is stamped upon arrival and the counter starts there. Technically, you're unable to work on a tourist visa. Technically, Pluto isn't a planet, but there's wiggle room in both cases if you get my drift. Now, I'd never encourage you to knowingly break the law, but as the Spanish say so often: estamos en crisis so I suggest getting in where you fit in! If caught, just say that you were drunk off of Spanish sunshine and olives?
For EU passport holders, welcome. The doors are open (Until Brexit). All you'll need to do is secure a position and go from there!
Where to Look for a Job in Spain:
We recommend checking out the following resources:
These websites are a great starting point for looking for job openings. We also recommend contacting friends you may know that are based in the countries, joing Facebook groups for travelers who may have leads on temporary positions and basically staying open to all possibilities.
5 Possible Summer Jobs in Spain
Work at a Hostel
This is a good option because oftentimes, your accommodation is included in exchange for working. It's a great way to be social and meet fellow travelers. Many hostels also organize events and host meals, etc. You may not make a lot of money, but you can add event planning to your CV for a boost!
Lead a Study Abroad Group
Get in contact with your University, or former University and see if they lead trips abroad and how you can get involved. Again, this is a great option for a more structured experience and many times your flight is paid for as well! There are many American Universities that have campuses in Spain, so get in touch, ahead of time, to see what types of groups they are organizing.
Workaway is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you go to volunteer for a small, local business, often away from the major hubs in the country, and in return you live and eat for free! You can read reviews for the job offer from previous travelers, and it's ideal for short-term work! Find out more information here!
There are still people looking for private tutors and teachers during the months of June and July. In August, most Spanish people pack up and go on holiday so don't expect a lot of money during the driest month of the year, literally! Try becoming an au pair, a camp counselor, a sports coach, yoga instructor, or art teacher and if you need to get paid in cash, this may be the best option!
Hotel & Cruise Ship
Bars and hotels need tons of people during the summer months especially on the coastal cities and the islands. I suggest getting in contact as early as May for June, July and August positions! It's not easy work, but tips are always a plus, and who doesn't want to spend the summer on the beach? Cruise Ships are also a fun way to spend a few weeks of the summer! There are a variety of positions available from translators to zumba teachers. You're much more likely to find your niche this way!
There you have it! In summation, if you want to work in Spain in Summer I suggest: staying open, starting early, and going with the flow! Spain is even more chill than usual during those scorching Summer months. Don't forget to pack the sunscreen!
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.