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Jobs in France

Grape Picking

There's something romantic about the thought of picking grapes in France and many travellers put this on their list of 'to dos' in the country whether they need the money or not. Because the harvest is short, it's important to having your timing right. Workers will be expected to work 8 hours a day, 7 days a week for anywhere from 7 to 21 days. The grape harvest usually takes place in September and the beginning of October but exact dates depend on the weather (earlier if it has been a very hot summer) and might not be known until just a few weeks before the harvest. You can expect to get about €50 per day and you will be provided with food and lodging. The Appellation Contrôlée program is run by a Dutch company and requires EU passports and charges a fee of €99. It is possible to get your own work though if you are in the right place at the right time. Check message boards at hostels in grape regions in late August/early September and you should be able to track down some work picking grapes. Because of the short season and high demand for labour, work visas are not always required. It's also possible to get by without speaking French.


Ski Jobs

There's loads of work in France in chalets scrubbing toilets and cooking meals for the tourists. Unless you luck out and get a great boss, the work is generally pretty crappy and you'll be worked to the bone 6 days a week, usually with afternoons off to ski/board and evenings off to get drunk and dread the early morning start the next day. You'll work hard but probably play hard and meet lots of like minded people the slopes and the social scene.


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