Working in Zante

Escape the grim reality of your home town and enjoy glorious weather all Summer. Make loads of new friends, party like a rockstar at beach and pool parties by day and spend your nights falling in and out of bars. Sound’s like fun doesn’t it?
Well, your absolutely right, working in Zante if you get it right will probably be the best decision you have made so far in your life.
However, there are many pitfalls and mistakes to make. At least 80% of new ‘workers’ last year were back at mums house after only a few weeks, so read on carefully to avoid being the melt who makes a big song and dance about going to work in Zante but is back home with their tail between their legs three weeks later.

Early birds don’t catch worms in Zante

Don’t show up too early. Yes, we know your keen as mustard, but Zante doesn’t kick off proper until the May so for heavens sake don’t turn up in April and then wander about the empty resort for a month in all your summer gear looking like an absolute bell end.
If you arrive in April you will mostly get really bored and cold and blow all your money. Here’s how the Laganas Strip looks in April. There’s keen and then there’s too keen.

When to arrive in Zante?

May the 4th be with you, aka Star Wars day is when the first big flight of workers lands, and clever be the bar owner who throws a beach party on that day! Many an enthusiastic first year worker has blown 300 euro on their first day at a workers party!
There won’t be many jobs going early May, however, you can make friends, get to know everyone, pick up an std or two and get your tan on. Hopefully you can make it through to June when jobs start coming up. Many villages in the UK must be missing their resident idiot in May as there’s always a few absolute belters rocking round the resort this time of year. It’s a great time to be alive in Zante as everyones getting smashed all day and night and there’s all sorts of craziness going off.

Finding somewhere to stay in Zante

If you are serious about working in Zante all Summer then Workers Family has to be a great shout. They have some great deals on, for example £600 for 3 months. If you have already secured a job, this would be a great idea to make sure you have a room for the Summer. Zante Workers Family
 
A big problem for workers in Zante is that a lot of rooms are available May and June, however as soon peak season arrives you get turfed out so they can get more money by cramming 8 Italians in on bunk beds. You meanwhile have literally no choice but to fly home as you won’t be able to find anywhere. Join the Zante Workers Family Facebook group and check out the deals and snap up a room for the Summer.

Option 2. A safe bet.

Book with one of the many agencies offering a workers holiday package. This package will typically include one month’s accommodation, a package of parties and a rep or two to take you out on the razzle. Yes, you pay a bit more for this type of service usually £400 – £450 for 30 days (compare that to £600 for 3 months with Option 1 above). However, you can relax about everything for the first month, you will be in the same boat as loads of other people and you will be able to make friends straight away. 
 
If you’re a bit shy and lacking in confidence, or you’re just lazy and want the easy option then book up with one of these companies. A hell of a lot of people go home after their month is up as they realise being a Zante worker is not for them or they can’t get a job so you could also just look at it as a 30 day holiday. 
Ace Workers have a good reputation, operating successfully for several years and have an upfront approach to payment plans, with no hidden fees.
One company to avoid, who’s name we shall not mention but crops up a lot on social media pages is notorious for luring people in with £1 deposits and guaranteed jobs. Then when they have your card details you are basically bent over and fuc***. Trying to cancel the payment plan results in hefty cancellation fees and they also set debt collection agencies on you! When you arrive in resort the money grabbing continues with compulsory rep fees and all sorts of other charges. The guaranteed job turns out to be a trial which you don’t get paid for. There are scores of complaints about this company and their unscrupulous marketing tactics, they should be well avoided. If you have handed over your card details already then you should cancel it and get a new one.

Option 3. Old school stylee

Wing it. Literally wing it. Go on Skyscanner and book a one-way flight. Don’t just look at flights – BOOK A FLIGHT! Do it NOW! Booked it? Good, now you’re committed. Next book your first few nights somewhere on Booking.com, somewhere cheap like Savvas or Marianna. Then when you’re in Zante, get out of bed and go and find a room, maybe hire a moped for the day so you can get around. Ask other workers you meet if they know anywhere. Expect to pay 150 to 200 euro per month if you are sharing which most people will be, that’s less than 8 euro per day. You can still find rooms for 300 euro per month in Zante if you look around which is about £220 a month. Seeing as you can expect to earn at least 25 euro a day, this will enable you to survive the Summer. This option is good if you have self-belief, a bit of bottle, and also if you have a friend, or maybe two or three to share with. Failing that, find one on Facebook.
None of the Zante workers in this picture circa 2009 used option 1 or 2 above. They just turned up – and look how much fun they are having. 

Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you get out to the resort!