Typical day in Zante (Zakinthos), Laganas, Greece
12 – 3pm – Wake up, hit the beaches or pools / get boats out, cliff diving, water parks etc.
5-9pm – Eat, get ready 4 work and go
7-10pm – Everyone’s at work setting up the bars getting ready for the night ahead
10-3/5am – Work, whilst drinking (a lot of drinking) have fun with colleagues/owners/customers
3-7/8am – Party every night with the workers (we’re out every night)
7/8am – Get food at various fast food restaurants then go to bed and do it all again the next day!!!
When I decided I wanted to have a fun, sun soaked summer with a good bit of partying, I decided the Greek islands would be a perfect destination. So I booked my holiday to with a mate for a week to Laganas.
I booked it for the beginning of the season which was good because all the venues in Laganas were looking for staff at this time. Just in case I couldn’t find work I could always fly home with my return ticket from the UK so I was reassured knowing, that I wouldn’t be stuck in a strange place.
As soon as you get there the heat hits you so hard that you’re itching to hit the pools and beaches! So that’s exactly what we did! We found the resort quiet but it gave us time to look around at where we would be hopefully working and living for the next few months. Tip – Look into Greek resort jobs for the summer with InGlobe (see our profile).
At night, I recommend you go out and cut loose! Enjoy the bars and experience the strip. It’s important to make friends with bar staff and even the owners. But don’t ask for a job the first night, as you may forget where you asked (especially after all the free alcohol shots they’ll give you). So Enjoy the nights as this will be your holiday and the majority of places won’t give you a night off throughout the summer so have fun this week.
When looking for a job think about where you have been and where you think you will mostly enjoy it. Whether you’re a DJ, promoter, bartender, waitress, etc., with over 100 bars in Laganas finding work isn’t hard. Start at the top of the strip and work your way down going in every bar! Even beach bars are great to work in if you want to work in the day (whilst catching a tan). If you can’t find a job just ask people in the bars for advice. Everyone knows each other and most people are happy to help. The same applies for accommodation – apartments and rooms are all over Laganas but sometimes the best circumstances are found through word of mouth. This also helps you make new friends around the resort and you will find that these friends will become your new family throughout the summer and even after…
Although you are likely to work 7 days a week it’s all really fun work! (7 Days?) Don’t sweat it. I wouldn’t compare it to working a job in the UK because working in Zante is so much fun. You meet so many interesting people. Customers from Scooby Doo to Santa Claus (not even mentioning the Playboy bunnies EVERY NIGHT). The customers you meet out in Zante are generally nice enough to get along with, if you can have a laugh with them and help them take the pain away from the sun burn they will tip you more than often which will help you pay for those extra drinks later on! And I’m sure the boss will love you for it too!
As you’re a worker nearly everywhere in the resort will give you a workers discount. In bars restaurants, bike and car rentals, everywhere! So enjoying yourself is easy.
The workers army (as we like to call it) normally arrange days for us all to get to know each other better by arranging days out like going to the water park, renting nearly every boat in Laganas bay and have a party on Turtle Island and not to mention the countless amount of workers parties held in and around Laganas! The days are great and you get to meet everyone and generally go mad whilst having Zante’s best DJs playing just for you!
For those who like a bit of entertainment, Zante workers have an annual flair competition which is always a great day out on the beach (normally).
So book ya holiday, find ya job, find ya apartment, and enjoy the lazy summer days and wild summer nights – see you soon.
Zante worker 2005-2008