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1. Posted by tyler111 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

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Hey all,
Im new here.
I have visited barca twice this year, recently coming back from a 6day trip which involved mainly chilling, taking it easy on the beach and enjoying the nightlife.
The first time i went i was out there filming skateboarding, and although got to see more of the city didnt get a chance to do anything else.
This second time round was alot, alot better and more fun.
I have been thinking about working in barca for 3-6months, maybe more, will have to see what happens?
I am hoping to get bar work.
I am 99% going to be going alone, alot of friends arent up for it, or have other commitments, or are just plain lazy. So i will need to make new friends quick if i want to enjoy barca like i did the last trip.

I did plan to ask some bar staff while over there how they got jobs, how they moved and found it etc, but had a few too many drinks most nights.

So a few questions...

- Do you NEED experience to work in a bar? Ive never worked in 1 before.
- I am assuming its too late for me to go over there now, so want to get there for next spring/summer. When would i need to go over and look for a job?
- What is the average wage for a bar job and how many hrs can you do? Can you work partime?
- Average rent for a place, and how would i find a place to begin with? Would it be easy to find a place to share with like-minded people travelling to find work?

Anyway i hope to have some replies, i have seen alot of interest in barca on this board.
Thanks in advance
Tyler

2. Posted by Adavant (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

Hey...

It's not too late to come this year, you should just come. Wages in bars vary tremendously.. Some bars do it per day..for instance.. 42 euros a day, or 5 or 6 euros an hour.. the money is not huge, but you don't need much to live on.. If you really want to come to Spain and Barca is to expensive, try some of the smaller towns further south where the sun shines 320 days per year.. I live in a small coastal town, and you can pay anywhere between 400-650 for rent.. there are small hostals that are cheaper though, and you can get monthly rates. We have nearly 150 bars in our little town, and the staff changes constantly during the summer.. This would be a good place for you to start actually.. we have a few English bars where you can meet other young English and Spanish young people. My town is called Salobreña, and it is just an hour south of Granada on the sea.

If you come and you want some help, email me.. I can introduce you to the bar owners, and maybe help you find some cheap accomodation.

Cheers

3. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 8y

Experience? Well, everyone starts without experience. Look at it from the bar owner's point-of-view: if he has a candidate with experience and another without, he's likely to choose the one with experience. I imagine if you arrived early in the season and showed some committment to staying right through, a bar owner would feel more inclined to train you up during the first few weeks.

When? Being a big city, Barcelona is going to be a lot less seasonal that many places. May bars in the coastal resorts would open in May/June and close in October. I even know one club that only opens for six weeks in July and August.

There are a couple of other points to think of:
Legality. If you are an EU citizen, you have the right to work in Spain. If not, you will need some sort of work permit or visa (don't ask me, ask you nearest Spanish consulate). Once again think about it from the bar owner's point of view: why would he risk a visit from the boys in blue by employing an illegal?
Language. How is your Spanish? Come to think of it, how is your Catalan? If they're not up to much, your employment prospects will be restricted to bars with exclusively English-speaking clientele.

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

Quoting LittleHote

There are a couple of other points to think of:
Legality. If you are an EU citizen, you have the right to work in Spain. If not, you will need some sort of work permit or visa (don't ask me, ask you nearest Spanish consulate). Once again think about it from the bar owner's point of view: why would he risk a visit from the boys in blue by employing an illegal?
Language. How is your Spanish? Come to think of it, how is your Catalan? If they're not up to much, your employment prospects will be restricted to bars with exclusively English-speaking clientele.

Also you need to think about getting a social security number for Spain. (a N.I.E.), you need to get this at a police station in the place where you will go and live, also you need a bank account. There are bureaus that can take care of this for you. Sometimes you can get a job with an organisation, that can take of this. (I know that some language schools have the option to get lessons for 1-2 months, and then offer a job in Cafés, Restaurants or Hotels for a couple of months.)