ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR YOUR WORKING HOLIDAY
When you arrive, your PlayaWay Reps will take you around and show you the best places to eat and drink. We don’t want you spending all your money in the first few days so your Reps will show you the cheapest places to shop and ensure you get “workers prices” in the clubs and bars. This is what your PlayaWay wristband is for.
Here’s a few points to remember before you go:
Don’t forget your passport! You might think that it is the easiest thing to remember but you’d be surprised how many people forget it! Check it is in date and that you have 1 year left on the validity.
Many Airlines require you to check in online make sure you have checked and understand your check-in process at least a week before you are due to depart, if you need any help call our advisors at any time.
Travellers cheques are the safest way to carry your money however all major credit and debit cards are accepted in the cash machines (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, etc.) It’s a good idea to let a family member back home be a signatory for your bank account. In emergencies you can transfer money using Western Union. Note: Cash machines do not show your balance in your account so it is a good idea to set up internet banking so that you are not spending your money blind!
Most resorts have the same voltage as the U.K. but you will need plug adaptors. You can buy them here but if you are the kind of person who needs their essential appliances as soon as they land, you will need to pick up a 2 pin European plug adaptor before you leave. (Useful tip from a girl to all girls alike – if you have GHD straighteners you will find that the plug unscrews to reveal a European plug already waiting! Amazing!) AYIA NAPA USES ENGLISH PLUGS SO NO NEED FOR ADAPTORS.
If you plan to drive or use a moped abroad, you will find that some hire companies ask for you to be over 21, sometimes older. If you fancy wizzing about on a scooter or even a quad bike, don’t forget to bring your drivers licence! When driving scooters and buggies abroad, be aware that drunken holidaymakers will randomly walk into the roads without looking – we’d also not recommend hiring a vehicle unless you have the correct medical insurance, as hospital bills will be costly.
Email yourself important info – flight details, insurance policy number, passport number, travellers cheques numbers and important phone numbers. Make photocopies of all your paperwork and leave them at home. When you’re here, don’t carry large amounts of cash – always use the safe in your accommodation and lock your suitcases whenever they are unattended.
As with all trips abroad, it helps to have an idea of what to take… so we’ve put a brief but useful list together. Check it out! The only advice we’d give you here is not to take anything worth too much money. If you wouldn’t want to lose it or break it – don’t take it! Guests do so its not a problem but its yours choice
- Beachwear/beach towel
- Day clothes
- Night-time clothes
- FANCY DRESS clothing
- Shoes, trainers, flip-flops etc
- Suntan lotion
- After-sun lotion
- iPod/iPod station
- CDs/DVDs etc
- Photocopy of your passport (photo page)
- Insurance documents (plus photocopies)
- Mobile phone – check first that you can use your network abroad BEFORE you leave
HEALTH: SUNBURN & BURNOUT
If you’re planning on working abroad, there’s nothing worse than turning up for work on your first day looking like a lobster! Take it easy for the first couple of days in the sun, you’ll have plenty of time during your stay to achieve that perfect tan.
Most bars and clubs are open until 5am and holidaymakers only have to deal with the party atmosphere for a week or a fortnight. Remember, when you’re on a working holiday, you’ll be experiencing it week in, week out – so it’s advisable to have a few nights off the booze each week and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
When driving scooters and buggies abroad, be aware that drunken holidaymakers will randomly walk into the roads without looking – we’d also not recommend hiring a vehicle unless you have the correct medical insurance, as hospital bills will be costly.
Protect yourself when Working Abroad this Summer
LOCK YOUR DOORS
There is a security guard operating in all apartment complexes, but you should still lock your doors when going out, or before passing out at night! Don’t leave expensive items on show, and make sure you keep your curtains closed – this makes your apartment less vulnerable as well as keeping it nice and cool.
KEEPING MONEY AND DOCUMENTS SAFE
E-mail yourself all your important information. Passport number, flight details, all confirmation correspondence, traveller’s cheque numbers, important phone numbers, etc. Also, take PHOTOCOPIES of your important documents and leave originals in your safe. We would strongly recommend, as a precaution, not to take large amounts of cash around with you. As we say, the resorts are safe, but you never know what might happen so you need to BE PREPARED and have precautions in place… just in case.
It’s easy to do and could be vital
You can get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles you to health insurance while you’re travelling abroad. You can pick up a form from the Post Office, by calling 0845 606 2030, or by going to www.dh.gov.uk/travellers. We recommend that you apply at least two to three weeks before you travel to make sure you receive it in time.
MONEY TIPS FOR WORKING ABROAD:
Know your money – how much you have, your daily budget, and it also helps to have some backup just in case you overspend or see some great souvenirs for your friends back home.
WORKERS PRICES ABROAD
Some people make the mistake of spending most of their money in the first few days, as if they’re on holiday. DON’T! When you’re a worker, you’ll get 50% off your drinks as well as free drinks or food, depending on the bar, club or restaurant you’re working in. Make sure you tell the bar staff and holiday reps that you’re a worker before ordering drinks.
In each resort there are always cheap restaurants and those that have workers’ discounts. While you’re there, we recommend you ask around so you know where these restaurants are.
Traveller’s cheques are the safest way to keep your money. However, all major cards are accepted (VISA, Mastercard, Maestro, Switch). The cash machines do not show an updated balance, so we recommend you to open an internet account in order to check your up-do-date balance and avoid any nasty surprises.
In our experience, the absolute BASIC cost of living is around 10 Euros per day. This would NOT include you going out and getting drunk every night, but should you choose to work as a PR, then you’re likely to get free drinks all night, even if you actually make no money! If you’re thinking about staying for the whole 4 weeks without working, then we suggest you increase your daily budget accordingly.
Take it in your stride!
If you’ve never been a club/bar PR before, it can be a little daunting at first. Try to get to know all the workers and listen to what they say when they PR. It does take a few days to get into the swing of things, so don’t be upset with yourself if you’re not doing well in the first few days. It takes time. Remember, no job is easy at first!
If you’re planning on taking your mobile with you, make it a priority to get a foreign SIM. This will stop you being charged for receiving incoming calls and your outgoing calls will be 60% cheaper. A Spanish chip will cost you 20 Euros and you should get around 15 Euros initial credit – the reps will help organise the registration and purchase of this. ALSO IF POSSIBLE BRING A SIM FREE (UNLOCKED) PHONE.
Internet shops and cafes are inexpensive and can be found throughout the resorts.
We recommend buying phone cards as they are a cheaper way of staying in touch with your family and friends when you’re on a working holiday.
Phone boxes are around, but some can be more expensive than others.
This is a great way to keep in touch with people back home for next to nothing!
AFTER I HAVE COMPLETED THE BOOKING FORM, WHAT HAPPENS?
Once you have completed the online booking form and your payment of £69 has been received, a PlayaWay advisor will be in touch almost immediately to confirm your booking. There are 8-18 places per departure date. So the more time we have to buddy you up with other like minded people, the better.
AM I BOOKED ONCE THE INITIAL FEE IS PAID?
You certainly are! Once you’ve paid the registration fee you’re all set! We can even help you find the perfect flight for your arrival date to ensure you’ll be flying with other PlayaWay workers and you can start making new friends from the very beginning!
METHODS OF PAYMENT?
Either online through the booking form or on 0871 288 4412, 07931 098 444 (UK).
CAN I REGISTER WITH FRIENDS?
Yes, although we cannot guarantee you’ll be living together or travelling on the same date.
HOW MANY PEOPLE IN EACH APARTMENT?
All apartments sleep between 2-5 people
WHAT FACILITIES DO THE APARTMENTS AND COMPLEX HAVE?
- All cooking equipment, plates, glasses etc
- Swimming Pools
- 24hr Receptions
CAN I STAY LONGER THAN A MONTH?
It is possible, we can advise you on how to arrange this or how to find other accommodation.
We recommend you give us notice to avoid disappointment.
AM I COMMITTED TO ANY JOB?
No, if it isn’t for you and you won’t enjoy your time in employ, there are sure to be other options in different areas that might appeal to you more. The most important thing is to enjoy your time here!
DO I HAVE TO WORK?
No you can just party party party if you can stand the heat! As long as you’re sure you’ll have the budget to get the most from your experience with us, there’s no need for you to work during your stay.
CAN I WORK LONGER THAN A MONTH?
You absolutely can! If you’re loving the amazing mix of work and play that the PlayaWay experience provides, then why stop after a month? You can stay for as long as you want; your first month is completely covered, and after that the PlayaWay reps will help you to find alternative accommodation should you wish to stay.
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL I EARN?
Depending on work and your motivation between 20 euros to 100 euros a day/night, but remember that most jobs are commission based so the amount you earn is up to you.
WHAT TYPE OF WORK WILL BE AVAILABLE?
The majority of work will be based within Bars, Clubs and restaurants although other types of work may be available.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF WORK?
Depending on the type of work it can range from 9am-5pm to 10pm-4am… These party resorts never sleep, so you’re sure to find a job with working hours that suit you!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You’ll be personally met by a PlayaWay representative ready to get your summer of fun started. You’ll then be transported to the accommodation in your resort.
Then what?… That night, and over the next 3-5 days you’ll be out and about finding your feet, bonding with new friends but most of all letting your hair down and partying.
If you have any questions please contact us or call 0871 288 4412.