Are you one of the non-EU nationals looking for a job in Europe? If living, working and traveling in Europe is your idea of the idyllic lifestyle then Greece is a destination you simply must consider. Working in Greece can often provide the opportunity for a lot of travel, which is all paid. In the next few moments we will try to throw a lot of light on various aspects of finding a suitable job in Greece.
Why is Greece Such a Stunning Destination?
Greece is one of the top destinations for tourists all over the world. With its intricately protected history and culture, the beauty of the country attracts every kind of tourist from all over the world. Whether you are looking for the relaxed atmosphere or an epic adventure filled delectable flavors and succulent delicacies, Greece has so much to offer. Some of the major tourist attractions of this small country include the Acropolis in Athens, which is a bright example of the Greek architecture, and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, which is something you cannot miss. The multicolored houses that hang ominously over the cliffs in places such as Santorini are a sight you simply have to see in person to believe. Greece is home to some of the rarest archaeological excavations. Then there is the Cretan Gorges that have some of the most fascinating gorges one can see anywhere. On top of that, wouldn’t you like to see the birthplace of the biggest event held every four years on earth? Yes, the Olympics were first hosted in Olympia.
Greece is the Perfect Blend of Beaches, Culture and Architecture
Meteora is yet another major tourist attraction that is world renowned for its wonderful monasteries, which were built in the 15th century at the top of the mountains. Just to look at them is a wonderful sight and will leave you feeling inspired for years to come. There is also the tradititional city of Nafplio which is one of the most beautiful cities to see in Greece that is adorned with sun, white sandy beaches and blue water. Imagine looking up at beautiful architecture, sipping on a taste defying bottle of wine and digging your toes into perfectly, soft, white sand. It is that perfect combination that causes many tourists to change their itineraries, and ensure that the make an extended stop in Greece at some point in their lives. While a vacation to Greece is undoubtedly spectacular, there are many expatriates that cannot bring themselves to leave. If you feel like you could fit and call Greece your home, then here are some tips on how you could make that dream a reality.
Working Visas in Greece
The good news if you are looking into landing a job in Greece is that the work visa process is not overly complicated. There is some work involved but the country does not concern itself with the bureaucratic red tape that many other nations do. To get a visa to work in Greece you must apply in person and you should be over the minimum legal working age. Other than this, you need a stamped letter from your place of employment confirming that you have been hired for the position at hand, in order to get a working visa in Greece. Most importantly, you must not have a previous criminal record in your country and you need the local authorities verify the information on your visa form. Depending upon the situation at the time, a working visa for Greece can be obtained within 5-10 days and it costs anywhere between $20 and $50.
What Kind of Jobs are Available in Greece?
Now the question becomes, what kind of jobs can get in Greece and still be paid to travel around? There are many non EU companies in Greece that require English speaking people to work for them and you can apply through these large companies or even seek out the help of a recruitor. The jobs generally include sales and marketing work that will require you to travel from time to time all around the Greece. The good news about these kinds of jobs is that they also pay relatively well, to the tune of $4000-$5000 per month. You will find that this is more than enough to live comfortably in Greece and bank some extra cash.
Then there is also a growing demand for English tutors in the country. It is a very well paying job as there is a severe lack of quality English language tutors. Many universities, colleges, restaurants, EU offices and even the government hire native English speaking professionals to teach Greeks the intricacies of the English language. They are paid anywhere between $2500-$5000 per month depending upon their reputation, qualifications and relating certification.
Working as a Travel Writer in Greece
Another great job with pay ranging between $4k and $6k is that of a freelance travel writer. You will need to travel around Greece, indulge yourself in the culture and tour every nook and cranny deeply. The job is the perfect get paid to travel opportunity if you have a way with words. Your travel and work will coincide as youu have to narrate your travel experience in Greece as well as describe everything that you see in a very informational style. You can seek out work on your own, create your own articles or apply for a freelance job with a major magazine. On top of those options, cruises, hotels, restaurants and travel agencies will also hire freelance English writers. However, when working for one of those companies you will have less freedom to write on your own and will be asked to write with a biased twist in order to ensure the company looks good.
Other good jobs that one might be interested in relate the hospitality field. Just as with any other popular destination, there is a need for English speaking bar staff, managers and a whole host of positions relating to customer service. You may also want to look into pursuing a job at a luxury hotel, which can come with excellent benefits.
All these jobs are well paid jobs and travel expenses while in Greece are all paid for by the employer. The visa process in the country is not overly complicated and the lifestyle and attractions are enough to make anyone fall in love with the stunning destination. So stop counting pennies in your piggy bank so you can afford that dream trip to Greece. Get out there, do your research, and find ways that you can travel Greece, make money, and even save a bit of extra cash for your work.
Note: Since the time or writing Greece has experienced a debt crisis which has brought increased civil unrest to the country and will likely be accompanied with a distaste by many for foreigners working in the country while the local population struggles. This is likely to be worse in the larger cities than the more relaxed Greek islands. Please check your Embassy’s website for up to date travel advice.