Im Marty age 19 from New Zealand.
Ive just started my world travels.
I am currently in London and am tring to find ideas for cool things to do, places to work (we all need the money), and peple to meet. if anyone can help me on my efforts to see the world say hi
and let me know your ideas.
You should ask t_maia to know for sure, but I think you better forget about getting a work permit in Europe anywhere outside UK; it's extremely difficult, if not downright impossible. Hope you have some spare funds lying around to support your plans
Marty, you should have thought about that before you left home.
in NZ, you could have applied for a Working Holiday Visa to Germany, Spain or France. You could have also taken a course certifiying you as a teacher of English as a foreign language. With these documents, it would have been a piece of cake for you to find legal work in Europe with social security included.
But if you don't have such documents, forget it. Unemployment is quite high in certain parts of Europe and you 1) don't speak the local language 2) have no particular skill or you would have posted it here. Ask yourself, why should somebody employ you in what field? Why should they hire you instead of the guy who is fluent in German, Czech or French? It is not like you can boast of a huge work expierence either at the age of 19.
In Germany, your best bet would be to try to find a language school in need of a native speaker of English. You would then take their job offer to your local "Ausländerbehörde" (office for foreigners) along with a letter in German explaining to the people at the office that they have an urgent demand of a native speaker of English at their language school. With these papers you could apply for a work permit permitting you to do freelance work as a schoolteacher for English at a private school. This is practically your only chance, though it will be very hard to find a place if you do not have any qualifications whatsoever.
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 18, 2006 8:22 AM by t_maia ]
Just teach. Get your TEFL-certificate if you can afford it. If you do, work is secured anywhere in Europe, at least the Eastern part. Czech rep, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia are desperate for teachers.
And it's undoubatbly a brilliant way of getting to know locals. Your lessons will start as follows: You: "So, dear student, tell me about your country's history prior to WW1". Student: "Ok sir....." 90 minutes later you're enlightened, and paid. It's intellectual prostitution, only with roles reversed.