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Summer work in France...ideas for stuff to do on days off?

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1. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

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Hi all....
I just found out I have been offered a job on a campsite in France this summer (Mar - Oct). The nearest town is Lons-le-Saunier (15miles away). Was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for days when I'm not working...where can I go? What can I do? Also I will probably travel around a bit after i finish in October, any recommendations?


2. Posted by nicojammes (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hey there,
I have loads of experience working in camping in France, as I have done that for the past 6 summers...U'll definitly have a good time, even if I don't really know why u applied to Lons le Saunier, it's a bit remote from where all the action is in the summer...
Anyway, from there on your days off you can go down to Lyon,Besançon,Dijon or Geneva... I don't know about Dijon or Besançon, but Geneva and Lyon are definitly great craic! As you'll be in the Jura you can also go to the mountains, there loads of places where you can go hiking and some beautiful lakes as well!
I'm not really familiar with the place but I hope it still helps...
:) Nico

3. Posted by rbrettg (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

how does one get involved with something like this? id like to work in a campsite too? is there a link? do i need to be able to speak french? how much is somehting like this going to cost?

4. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

I didnt apply to work there, just got placed there. i didnt mind where i got placed, as i'm planning on travelling round a bit afterwards anyway.

I applied at this site.....

5. Posted by nicojammes (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

In most places you need to speak French because many French customers don't speak any other language, especially the older ones...Ans as they are in their country... Anyway, if you speak English and can speak some French and another European language (i;e italian, Spanish,German or Dutsch, you'll be likely to find a job... My advice is to look on the internet, just google it and you'll find loads of sites for campings and then you can send them your CV. The ones on the Riviera are really nice, that's where i have been working and always had good experiences, and some of them only have English speaking people so if you don't speak French;)

6. Posted by Blitzou (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi, France is a very beautiful contry and you can do all kind of tourism. There a lot of things to do. See tips and pictures on my web site :

Enjoy your stay in France...

7. Posted by kschick (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

I can recommend 3 places in France:
The Alsace Wine Route south of Strausborg is like a fairytale. A string of little villages on a 40 mile route surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. It runs adjacent to the German border, so it has a very Bavarian feel: signs, menus, food can be in German. Riquewihr is a great medieval town. I don't know where you'll be living, but this was a 3.5 hour train ride straight east of Paris.
On another trip we visited Annecy, which sits close to the Swiss border. We spent a couple nights here on the edge of the Alps. A perfect Alpine village with a charming old-town where we enjoyed fondue,wine, and shopping. Annecy sits on a lake and is known as a small resort town with water sports. 4 hours southeast of Paris.
Last, I loved St. Paul in the hills above the Riviera. This medieval village has been preserved and is full of restaurants and shops. During summer, I'd imagine it would be a little too touristy for me, but we visited during early March and it was quiet & lovely. The walled village consists of stone buildings and tiny alleys. This sits just north of Nice.
I love Paris, but even more I love the fairytale feeling I get in these small villages in France.