Finding Work in Sevilla
Finding Work as a Foreigner
Working in Sevilla is a great way to study Spanish language and culture. If you come to Spain from a country that is a European Union member, you will not need a work permit. Regardless of your country of origin, your country’s consulate should have more detailed information on the requirements for working in Sevilla as a foreigner. Further useful information can be found on the website of the Confederation of Andalucian Businessmen or that of the Ministry of Work.
In Sevilla, the majority of jobs available for foreigners are in bars, tourism or language schools. Salaries are lower in Sevilla in comparison to the UK, Germany, or the United States, as one typically earns only five or six euros an hour in hectic jobs. Work in a bar or Irish pub is a great option because, although the pay is not great, you can practice your Spanish and engage with locals in a fun environment.
For the possibility to earn more money, you can look into teaching your native language. Some language schools run teacher-training courses, though you can also find workbooks in almost any bookstore. The Cambalache newspaper is the best place to look for job offerings in this area.
Another job option, especially for younger women, is to help a family around the house and look after their children. This is a great opportunity, as you will immerse yourself fully into the culture, learning much more about family life and culture in Sevilla. Typically, this job includes food and accommodation, such as a single bedroom, which is an added benefit. There is no “typical” salary or work schedule, as these vary by family. In order to find work as an au pair, you can advertise your services independently or use a family finding service, such as the one offered by the International Au-Pair Association.
Most internships in Sevilla are unpaid, though they offer a unique experience as it is yet another way to fully engage in the culture and life here in Sevilla. Unfortunately, it is not easy to find intern positions here, so if you are interested in arranging one, it is best to do so before arriving in Spain. One company that may be of service is ONECO Global Training, on Calle Mateos Gago. This company will be of service in placing you in an internship position as well as providing information about scholarship and exchange programs.
Volunteer Work in Seville
The volunteer office of Sevilla is the place to go to find opportunities for getting involved in helping at cultural centers, hospitals, immigration centers, or elsewhere. You will find the office on the first floor of the Pabellon de Uruguay. Further volunteer opportunities can be found with Amnesty International (on Calle Federico Sánchez Bedoya) or at Oxfam, where you can help third world countries. The Woman’s Institute, found on Calle Alfonso XII, is another organization that is always looking for volunteers.
Another option for volunteer work, particularly for the summer months, is working at one of the many camps in Andalucia and throughout Spain. You can find camps specializing in many different areas, such as archaeology, the environment, or even bricklaying. You can choose the camp at which you would like to work and the region that you prefer to be stationed in and then you must wait for the camp to call you to confirm that you have been selected to work at that particular camp. Further information can be found at the Centro de Información Juvenil in Plaza Monte Pirolo.
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