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⭐️Unfilled Chalet Roles
EUROPE > Judged by the ads they’ve placed on recruitment websites, Skiworld needs a chalet host pair to work as a team to clean and provide breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals to their guests. Purple Ski want a chalet assistant to fulfil a role that mostly involves driving. Minimal shopping and no budgeting duties or cooking are required here.
Hotel Chalet Matsuzaka, a ten bedroom chalet sytle 4 star hotel in the Les Eucherts area of La Rosière also wanted a chalet assistant as of a few days ago, plus a chalet chef/cook. Chalet Chardons might want some of them too in Tignes les Brevieres, as do Powder Byrne, but only for Christmas and the New Year in Arosa, Switzerland. Competing with them all on the chalet staff front is The Boutique Chalet Company, which wants an assistant chalet manager in Morzine. Their accounts and admin need doing too.
⭐️TUI Launch Their Summer 24 Destination Jobs
WORLDWIDE > TUI haven’t hung around, barely waiting for this summer to end before announcing their requirements for next year. Rep and childcare roles open to local residents, EU and UK passport holders are already live, while their fitness, sports and entertainment jobs should be listed soon.
⭐️Upcoming TUI Open Days
SPAIN, GREECE & TURKEY > Staying with TUI, they’ve got a bunch of open days coming up in various destinations in Spain, Greece and Turkey. These in person events are held in resorts including Ibiza, Mallorca, Kos and Antalya. See their Facebook page for dates.
⭐️Laulima Travels Offer Their Help When You Want To Offer Your Help To Hostels
WORLDWIDE > Laulima Travel is a new service that helps travellers see the world for less. Solo backpackers from around the world use Laulima to find exchanges, connect with hostels, volunteer abroad and save money whilst travelling. Users of the free platform can chat with and agree on an exchange with a hostel before setting off, booking their flights with confidence in the knowledge their new hostel family is ready to welcome them on the other side. Nearly 50 hostels worldwide looking for volunteers have already signed up with the service.
⭐️We Found Kuala Lumpur Is A Good Place For Hostel Volunteering
MALAYSIA > It’s been a while since our first visit to Kuala Lumpur. While there, the owners of two of the four places we stayed in Kuala Lumpur indicated they were prepared to entertain a work exchange or had casual work going. One owner offered us a small sum if we were prepared to help clean out a space into which he was hoping to expand his premises.
At the time, the owners of both guest houses made it clear to us that when it came to landing work in exchange for room and board it was a case of being in the right place at the right time, preferring to recruit from the ranks of those staying with them. Since then, PODs, one of the places we stayed with has begun listing their work exchange requirements with the above mentioned Laulima Travels.
⭐️Small Boats Are Once Again Heading West
“STOP THEM, STOP THEM,” we hear Suella shrieking, but she can give her bitch face a rest - it’s not those small boats we are talking about here. These boats are sailing across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, an annual migration usually done between November and February.
As we wrote in April about the same boats going the other way, the owners of many of these boats will be looking for an extra pair of hands and eyes onboard. This is a great way for even those with minimal experience at sea to get a free sea passage - though a contribution towards expenses is often asked. Either check out websites like Findacrew.net or do it the old fashioned way by making your way to the Canary Islands - the choke point for the crossing - and asking captains directly.
⭐️Second Chef And Fluent French Speaking Hotel Receptionist
FRANCE > Snowcoach, an independent family run company established in 1978, still have a few vacancies for their hotel in the French Alps. Two of them are currently listed on Season Workers, but another for the head bar person role isn’t marked as filled on their website.
⭐️Housekeeping And Kitchen Porter
AUSTRIA > Would you like to work this winter in a small team in a friendly hotel in the beautiful Austrian mountains? Club Hotel Edelweiss have a position that is a mixture of housekeeping and KP work for five days a week from mid December 2023 to mid March 2024. Experience in making beds and cleaning guest bedrooms, as well as helping in a kitchen, washing up and cleaning is desirable. An EU passport is essential. They pay €1250 per month with ensuite accommodation provided.
⭐️Just Speak 2024 Programme Dates
POLAND > Just Speak has released their programme dates for 2024. Regular readers of JAB will know Just Speak provides English language immersion programmes in Poland, where Polish participants spend a few days conversing with native English speakers in a hotel near Poznań. In return, English speaking volunteers are fed and stay in the hotel for free.
⭐️Volunteering In Ukraine
UKRAINE > Scott Richardson entered Ukraine with a cultural residency group sponsored by the EU and stuck around to help out as a volunteer. He writes about his experiences on his blog. For anyone wishing to do something similar, VolunteeringUkraine connects volunteers worldwide with meaningful opportunities in the country. These include cooking frozen pizza in mobile trucks for internally displaced people, making camouflage nets, and providing child refugees with English lessons. The website also provides visa advice and information on getting into Ukraine.
⭐️Monkey Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator
UK > Wild Futures is a charity managing a Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall. Housing and caring for many species of primate, the majority of their residents are victims of the exotic pet trade in the UK. As their volunteer coordinator, you would be responsible for organising and managing the short and long term volunteers on their volunteer programmes.
⭐️Kiteboarding In Cambodia
CAMBODIA > Kampot based Cambodia Kiteboarding wants an instructor to commute by speedboat to the perfect shallow spot they teach in from December to March. If you have any work experience at a guesthouse, bar, restaurant or management skills, they can discuss more work outside the kiteschool.
⭐️An Office With A View
WORLDWIDE > Trek Travel has half a dozen pages of information for prospective bike tour guides, including guide life, stories, requirements and application. Their selection process is fully virtual. Training will be a combination of virtual learning and a week of in-person training in Madison, Wisconsin or Girona, Spain, depending on the applicant’s continent of residence. Begin reading here.
⭐️Bike Shore Excursion Staff
AT SEA > There is a chance to get onboard a cruise ship If you already have experience as a bicycle guide or working in a bike shop. Applicants should be both trained and fit enough for the bicycle tours and comfortable with the sales element of the position.
⭐️Mother’s Help Needed In Sicily
A Sicilian family is looking for a native English speaking mother’s help. The applicant should have some experience, an EU passport, be able to drive, and a non smoker who can commit to a minimum of six months. They pay €270 per week and provide private accommodation. To apply, call Totalnannies.com on +44 (0)207 0601213, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org (quoting ref F00360/15) or visit their website: www.totalnannies.com.
⭐Teach English In New Taipei City
TAIWAN > Saxoncourt are asking why not teach for one of the biggest British owned TEFL companies in Asia? More details are given in their advert on our website.
⭐️Join The Shopfloor Team At Shakespeare And Company
FRANCE > When George Whitman opened an English language book shop in Paris in 1951, he wished to repay the generosity he encountered during his own journeys during the Great Depression. Since then, an estimated 30,000 people have been offered shelter among the bookshelves of Shakespeare And Company, a tradition continued by his daughter Sylvia.
Sadly, due to ongoing building works, the bookstore is currently unable to host Tumbleweeds but they are always keen to hear from experienced booksellers who are interested in joining their shopfloor team for at least a year or two.
⭐️Volunteer As A German Tutor In Marrakesh
MOROCCO > Moroccans have already stated they don’t want an economic disaster to follow from the earthquake that hit the country in September, so it is no surprise to see Awal Institute, a language school in Marrakesh, asking travellers and volunteers to assist in teaching German to their students. Accommodation and pocket money are provided.
⭐️Work On The iconic Sydney Harbour
AUSTRALIA > Captain Cook Cruises, The Jackson and the Starship Group are looking for bright and energetic individuals with strong work ethics and an enthusiastic attitude to join the front of house team on their harbour cruises.
⭐️Scary Work For Halloween
UK > Equal opportunities legislation outlawing discrimination against women, ethnic minorities and the disabled has yet to be extended to the undead. This combined with the undermining of disability benefit claims by courtroom film evidence showing zombies running has led to increasing poverty in the supernatural class.
Fortunately, the Halloween holiday provides zombies, ghouls, ghosts, monsters and vampires with a few weeks of legitimate employment and a chance to vary an otherwise all brains or blood diet. Attractions all over the UK will be taking on short term seasonal staff for a couple of weeks leading up to October 31.
⭐️Outdoor Instruction On An Island Near Auckland
NEW ZEALAND > The Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp is recruiting for 2024. If you are a hard worker, passionate about the outdoors, working with young New Zealanders and would like the privilege to reside and work on a stunning Hauraki Gulf Island, then this is the place for you. Accommodation is part of the package. A job description and staff info pack are given here.
AT SEA > The crew of this busy single season boat based in Italy are into their fitness and would welcome onboard a shiny new spa/stew. A Monaco based boat is in need of a sole stewardess, while deckhands can join this boat in Greece, or this one that will be cruising the Med next summer with the possibility of a Caribbean winter in 24/25.
Animal Caretaker And Internship Coordinator
COSTA RICA > Wild Sun Rescue Center is recruiting an animal caretaker/internship coordinator to help them rehabilitate injured, sick or orphaned animals. The role also involves developing and supervising research projects and educational activities conducted by their internship students.
This is a paid position with food and accommodation provided and a minimum 15 month commitment expected. Candidates should have a strong interest and experience in independent research and scientific writing as well as animal husbandry. A postgraduate degree in wildlife biology/ zoology/ ecology/ conservation is required, as is an advanced level of English. A proficiency in Spanish or at least a willingness to learn would be great too.
⭐️Paid Workaways In Japanese Ski Resorts
JAPAN > Winter enthusiasts and adventure seekers can combine the thrill of the ski slopes with the opportunity to work a season in Japan. Workaway is increasingly used by Japanese winter tourism businesses to attract potential staff to the snow capped mountains and breathtaking landscapes of the Far East. A Japanese Working Holiday Visa, currently available to nationals of 29 countries, will be required to land one of the gigs listed below.
Come to our mountain village and ski resort in Nozawa Onsen - Couples are preferred here, but anyone is welcome to apply. Good hospitality experience and skills will increase your chances of being hired for work that involves snow shovelling, guest relations, cooking and cleaning.
Boutique ski lodge in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano - Be part of a close knit team in a relatively small mountain village. Their permanent bilingual Japanese staff of various ages love the opportunity to share their culture, language and home country. A lift pass is provided to full time staff who stay for the entire ski season.
Join our family and help around our ski lodge in Nagano - During the winter season, Saki and Hayden, a multicultural couple from Japan and New Zealand, need help with general duties around their lodge, a few minutes walk from a chair lift to Tangram ski resort at Madarao mountain, one of the best powder snow destinations in Japan.
Help at our brew pub and BnB in Appi Kogen, Hachimantai - This Anglo Japanese couple seek help for their renovated B&B and newly opened Brewpub. They prefer to have people who are 26 or older with an International driving permit.
Looking for a couple to join our team in Niseko - Are you young and energetic? Adventurous, sporty, love to ski or snowboard? Do you love to meet and greet people from all over the world? Add a hospitality background and international driver’s license and you may be able to join this team that manages 22 chalets in Niseko, Hokkaido.
Experienced chef, bartender, waiter, barista or Reno projects in Yuzawa - An interior showroom and cafe/wine bar in the holiday town of Yuzawa, one hour by bullet train from Tokyo and home to several ski resorts, is looking for solid helpers with experience in food service. They also need help with DIY projects so if you have any trades skills that will be a great help.
Help us around our ski resort while immersing yourself in local culture of Yuzawa - If you’re hardworking, responsible and love to ski or snowboard, you’ll fit right in at this short term rental business.
Come experience snow season and work with us in our boutique ski lodge in Tangram Nagano - Australian and American couple Adam and Kate run an 11 room boutique ski lodge in Nagano. They are looking for amazing individuals who have experience in service - especially as a chef or in the kitchen - to join their team.
Join the team of our hotel and help with everyday tasks while enjoying mountains and winter activities in Myoko - A mix of positions including housekeeping, bar staff, waiting, snow clearing and building maintenance, chef and front of house are offered by a new hotel located in the Myoko region of Japan.
Live and work at our ski lodge in Hakuba - A lodge and a cottage near the ski resort in Hakuba Nagano seeks a hospitality assistant for three months.
Help at our cosy family-run lodge and enjoy the slopes in Hakuba Valley - Tomoko and Jules, from the UK but 30 years in Japan, are looking for assistance during the snow sports season running their ski-in and ski-out lodge to both the Norikura and Cortina resorts. The hosts understand that a big part of coming to a snow resort is to spend time on the mountain, so they try to restrict working hours to one five hour shift per day, five days a week. They also provide the use of a car for exploring the valley and surrounding areas. A trip to see the snow monkeys or partake in the Nozawa Fire Festival is recommended.
Looking for staff for the 2023~2024 winter season. Come and have fun with us in Hakuba - Join this team in the northern Japanese Alps in staffing three homestays, one Sichuan Ramen restaurant or a ski school. There’s also a position looking after the three year old daughter of one of the staff. This is unpaid, but you could get a ski pass, accommodation and almost a whole day of free time.
Enjoy Japan Powder Snow and experience the beautiful Japan Alps in Hakuba village - The main duties here are to help with the running of a lodge business: clearing snow, preparing breakfast, washing dishes and cleaning.
Help out and stay in a beautiful ski lodge nestled in Hakuba Valley - This lodge, owned by two Swiss backcountry riders, is situated a 20 minute drive from Hakuba-Happo ski resort. They need a chef, driver and a couple of all rounders.
Enjoy winter in snow village and help around our guest house in Hakuba Village - Want to get into snowboarding? Help out around the guest house of Chinese couple Shawn and Jane. They are both snowboard instructors more than willing to teach their skills to beginners.
Help at our family lodge and enjoy skiing and hot springs in Nozawa Onsen - This lovely sounding work exchange is centered around two ski lodges located on the side of the ski run in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano prefecture. These are used for most of the Japanese ski season for hosting family and friends. They’d like people happy to become part of the family, join in outings, family meals, play with their grandkids and to help everything run smoothly when they visit. This is unpaid but there is a small stipend offered, plus season pass, and food and accommodation, to volunteers able to stay for three months from mid December to mid March.
⭐️Winter Season Positions May Still Be Available At The Barn In Niseko
JAPAN > Some of the winter season positions going at a French restaurant in Niseko that we shared in our Facebook group recently were still available as of a few days ago.
⭐️More Work Exchange Volunteer Projects For Skiers
WORLDWIDE > Prices can rise as high as a ski lift once the tourist hordes ascend onto small mountain villages for the winter, but if you are prepared to roll up your sleeves you can ski or snowboard for a lot cheaper by hooking up with these hosts. Payment is also offered by some of the hosts listed below.
Join our hotel on the ski slopes in a small alpine village with traditional Austrian culture in Flachau, Austria - Bed, breakfast, payment and access to 210 kilometres of slopes and 70 ski lifts are available to passionate skiers willing to help this hotel with breakfast preparation and housekeeping. The hotel is described as a perfect place for partying and après ski. Two more paid positions with businesses in the Austrian Alps can be found here and here.
Help out at a ski resort in Rhône-Alpes, France - Situated right at the bottom of the ski lift in Saint Martin de Belleville, you will have plenty of time to go skiing or snowboarding here. Payment is provided here too, as it is with this host that wants chalet hosts and airport transfer drivers in Morzine. Should you prefer a more traditional work exchange, only working for accommodation, then consider caring for young Léon in Val d'Isère - though they’ve found their workawayers for this year so we suggest bookmarking this one.
Looking for an English speaker au-pair/baby sitter who likes mountain life in a ski and spa resort in Bormio, Italy - An immersive experience in Italian life is offered to somebody who can help this sporty family - one of whom is a ski teacher - with the kids and speak to them in English.
Help at a small hostel in Bozeman, Montana, USA - If you're the type of person who loves to be surrounded by a scenic and lively backdrop while helping people get familiar with an awesome town, this small hostel a bus ride away from two ski resorts is the place for you. Dozens of former volunteers have left glowing reviews for what is described as a laid back job for four to five hours a day, five days a week. A private or shared room, depending on availability, food and payment is given in return.
Assist us with child care and house or yard tasks while exploring Central Vancouver islands, Canada - Living ten minutes to the base of their local ski hill, these hosts have spent most of their lives working in the mountains, as ski patrol and mountain bike athlete/coach. They are looking for someone to stay three to six months helping with childcare and around the house, in exchange for room and board.
Come learn more about the life in the Andes mountains and about our traditions in Curacautin, Chile - July to September is the winter season in the southern hemisphere, where David and his friend from school have a small hostel and camping grounds near to Corralco ski resort.
⭐️Join Team Grotto
UK > Cheddar Gorge and Caves is seeking multiple outgoing and enthusiastic elves to join their Grotto Team. Duties include welcoming, grotto guiding, weaving tales, present admin, and ushering children towards Santa.
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⭐️Off Grid Living Opportunity
SPAIN > Becky Fuego has chosen the private Diggers And Dreamers Earth Community Facebook group to entice enthusiastic off-griders who are passionate about learning and practising sustainability to her wild and unspoiled spot of land with views out across the Alpujarra mountains toward the Mediterranean and Morocco. Help her out for a few hours a day and she’ll provide a tent or a 28 foot vintage Roma caravan.
⭐️Paying $72 For 1200 Word Ecommerce Blog Posts
REMOTE > Page One Publishing is currently paying six cents per word to freelance writers who can write two to three tasks per week. The job can be done remotely but applicants must reveal their favourite food and be native English speakers resident in the UK or USA.
⭐️Work In Your Underpants
REMOTE > What if I told you that you could actually get paid to watch Netflix, says Daniel Craemer. Dan, who with his two brothers owned and ran the Bodega party hostel chain in Thailand, explores different ways you can turn your passion for Netflix into a money making side hustle, from becoming a Netflix tagger to starting a movie review blog.
⭐️Travel Content Marketer
UK > Do you have first hand experience travelling Asia? Platinum Travel Recruitment is on the hunt for an experienced travel content marketer for a well known tour operator that offers a range of holiday types from private travel to tailormade itineraries. The role is partly remote but requires working in the London office a few days a week. A cruise expert preferring to work remotely may be more interested in this position.
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