There are plenty of opportunities to earn money and save on living costs by seeking out jobs that also provide you with accommodation. This is a sure fire way of saving money while you earn, with the added bonus that your commute will never be more than a few minutes.
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Live and work on an organic farm
WWOOF, an acronym for Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is a network of organic farms all around the world and a hugely popular choice. Participating farms offer accommodation, food and the opportunity to learn about organic lifestyles and farming practices. In return you might find yourself sowing seeds, gardening, harvesting or even wine making, it really depends on your farm of choice. You will be expected to volunteer for around 4-6 hours a day with stays averaging around 2 weeks, but longer stays are also common. It can be a great way to meet like-minded travellers.
This is the industry with the most opportunities for live in work, with top jobs including hotel managers and professional chefs. If your work experience doesn’t quite stretch that far, there are also plenty of live in options for wait staff and receptionists. Larger hotels outside the capital often offer live in positions and it can be a great way to explore the UK.
Live and work in your favourite hostel
If you’ve found a hostel you love, you could well get your bed for free by asking if they have any positions available. Hostels often advertise for receptionists and bar staff with a bed included. The YHA chain is particularly well organised and often advertise duty manager and team leader positions with a decent salary.
Nannying and live-in care
There are numerous live in nanny positions in both London and the rest of the UK, some more formal than others. It will certainly help if you have some sort of nannying qualification but it is possible to secure a job with just childcare experience. Live in carer positions can also be a good option with varying degrees of responsibility. You must be prepared to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check which will prove you are not a potential danger to the people you will be working with.
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