CYPRUS

Employment

EU nationals do not need a Visa to enter and stay in Cyprus for up to three months. However, problems can occur if you have stamps for the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' in your passport, and you could even be refused entry. If travelling to the TRNC it is best to ask for the stamps to be put on a separate document. Work permits can be difficult to obtain because your employer must show that there is no Cypriot national available for the job. Furthermore, Visas are issued for specific jobs so it is not easy to travel around and work from place to place legally. Despite this, many people choose to work illegally in the tourist industry where it is particularly difficult to get Visas for work. If you are caught you risk being fined and even deported, but nevertheless many do work in this way every year. Regulations are less strictly enforced in the TRNC.

Seasonal Work

Arriving early in the tourist season can secure you work in bars, restaurants, cafes etc. As is also the case in Greece, women will find it much easier to get this type of work, but should be careful that their employers do not expect them to work out of their job description. Wages for casual work are not flourishing, particularly given the somewhat high cost of living in Cyprus; some only earn about 15 for a day's work. The best places to look for seasonal work are in the busier tourist resort areas of Ayia Napa and Protaras. English is spoken widely across Cyprus so it should not be difficult to communicate with employers, and you will rarely be expected to speak a lot of Cypriot to customers in tourist areas. In the TRNC there are usually plentiful job opportunities, best found by asking around and checking local newspapers and notice boards.

Agricultural Work

Various harvests throughout the year provide opportunities for work as fruit-pickers. Men are generally paid more than women. Grapes are harvested between August and October, and olives in the autumn. Strawberry harvests take place between May and June, and November and December. Most jobs of this kind can be found by asking around in person.

Volunteering

EIL is an organisation that places volunteers in projects, including environmental management and conservation, and working with people with disabilities. They offer a range of opportunities for volunteer work in European countries. Projects usually last for six or twelve months and volunteers are provided with pocket money, language training, accommodation, food, flights, and insurance. For shorter-term projects, Concordia arranges international volunteer work including social and childcare. As with EIL, volunteers are provided with food and accommodation, but are expected to pay their own travel fees and insurance. Concordia also asks for a 75 registration fee.

Useful Links

Experiment.org provides an insight into the volunteer work available with EIL

Concordia for information about Concordia volunteer projects