It’s time to catch up with Andy, 22, who left home in Kent for the warmer climate, and far bluer scenery, of Kavos, Corfu. Here’s his story about working as a PR in Greece.
Why did you choose to work there?
Because it was a decent bar in Kavos, had a good DJ and a good boss.
How did you find the job?
Turned up in Kavos on the 1st May on my own, had a few days to chill out then went to some bars asking if they had any work. Most places did so it was my own preference and the quickest start time that helped me choose (they all pay roughly the same).
What was your day-to-day routine?
I’d wake up mid afternoon, go get “breakfast,” go swimming or to the beach with mates, then to a bar for a few drinks and a restaurant for dinner – if you get to know restaurant owners they give you good discounts. Then go to work at about 8pm and PR until about 1am – 2am (I worked at one of the earlier shutting bars) then on to a few bars before going to the clubs. Again, you get to know bar owners so get cheap drinks!
What was the salary like?
25 euro per night, sometimes a bit more.
Is accommodation included?
No – I lived with a mate I met out there, we shared a twin room with kitchenette, shower and balcony. It was pretty nice and was only 6euro each per night. Air con was available as well for an extra 2euro/night.
Would you recommend this type of job?
Yes! At first I wanted bar work but I’m glad I was PRing as I got to meet so many people and it’s a good laugh, plus you can get hammered on the job for free!
Do you need to be qualified?
What’s the nightlife like?
It’s brilliant every night, as there are so many bars to choose from – most have poles – and there are always good deals on various drinks in almost all the bars. You get to meet people, have a laugh and then you get a new load of people the next week and do the same again.
Are there other things to do like sports/beach/tourist attractions?
Yes, there are loads of watersports, including wakeboarding, jet skiing, and ringos. The beaches around Corfu are really nice, better then the Kavos beaches. Ibiza town has some really good shops and if you’re into sightseeing, has some good attractions apparently.
The water park is a good laugh, it’s got a massive wave machine and loads of slides, and it’s only 40 minutes away. In Kavos you also have astro-turf football pitches, quads and bikes for rent, bowling, pool, cinemas, bars playing new DVDs throughout the day and night and the rest of your typical holiday activities.
What’s so good about working out there?
You’re surrounded by people in great spirits, all out there for a laugh, there’s great weather every day and you can go swimming in any hotel pool as they’re all public.
The nightlife is even better – again everyone’s up for a laugh, the bars are busy from 9 at night ’til the last club closes at 6am or something like that.
Tell us about the best and worst bits!
The gypsies can get a bit irritating but just ignore them… but they have been known to pick-pocket.
Are there any negatives?
Just the gypsies.
Did you make some new friends?
Yes, you meet so many people – workers, tourists and locals. Over a year on I am still in contact with many friends from Kavos, as well as a number of PRs and DJs and a local who was a barman at our bar.
Do you plan to work abroad again?
I would like to, and possibly will. I’d try somewhere else though as I wouldn’t want to ruin the experience I had by going there twice.
Do you feel this experience will help your career?
Yes, it has been a good confidence booster for me, going out there on my own and meeting new people.
Do you have any advice for people who want to become a PR?
If you get to the resort early in the season, like April or May, you have a good chance of getting a few job offers and you can decide what suits you. It’s the same in most top resorts but you have to be prepared to be there for a few weeks while it’s still pretty quiet and the holiday season hasn’t started. Shame really – spending your days on the beach, playing footie and relaxing with a good book! : )