Careers Service International vacation work

University vacation periods are a good time to earn money and gain experience. The summer provides several months when you can work, travel or volunteer full time, while the Christmas and Easter breaks offer a few weeks to get experience. Even if it's not related to your degree or future career, holiday work is excellent for developing transferable skills which employers want: team working, initiative, problem-solving, communication skills and others.

What you need to know


Have you decided what country (and city or region) you want to go to?

Do you speak a language and want to use it?

Are you looking to learn a language? Summer language schools may be an option.

Cost - some vacation programmes (for example, summer camps) have programme fees. In addition to these, you'll most likely have to pay for flights, visas, travel insurance, health insurance, and accommodation. Have you budgeted for these costs?

Do you know what type of experience / job you are looking for? This will help you target your search more effectively.

Do you need a visa?

Working in Europe - immigration rules for UK nationals post-Brexit

You’ll need a work permit to work in most EU countries if you’re a UK citizen. The GOV UK website Work in an EU country has links to UK-based embassies, and Living in country guides, for every EU country.

What kinds of jobs are available?

Working at a children's summer activity camp.

Hotels & holiday parks may all need staff for busy vacation periods - check their websites or ring up and ask.

Tourism, ski seasons & summer resort jobs.

Agricultural work, fruit picking etc.

Work in shops, bars and local businesses may be easier to find once you are in the country. However, you must have the correct visa before looking for work.

General advice

Resources to find a job in...

Camp Canada by NYQuest Summer camps in Canada

LEOLingo Sprachcamps fur kinder (Teach English at language camps)

BUNAC Work America and Summer Camp programs

Camp America Summer camp jobs

CCUSA Summer camp jobs

Wild Packs Summer camp jobs

Camp Leaders Summer camp jobs

Yummy Jobs Work and Travel Program Hospitality jobs

Prospects: Summer camp jobs in the USA