It can be
almost impossible as a traveller working in a big city to save money
and the jobs on offer are often of the type you could be doing back
home, or are of the 'loser type', e.g. charity collecting, commission
sales etc, or the hours available aren't enough to save money (most
short term hospitality jobs on offer in the city are for only 15 to
25 hours per week and the work roster's change continuously).
paid office jobs in the city can also be deceptive - when it comes
to saving money - unless you plan to stay for at least six months.
Less than six months will put you in the non-resident tax bracket
which means you'll pay a sh@t load of tax of which you will not be
able to claim much back TAX.
living overhead costs y are also high i.e. accommodation, travel (to
and from work), the temptations to 'go out' etc; all these city expenses
eat into your hard earned and make it hard for you to save much money.
a 3 to 4 to 6 to 8 to 12 to 26 week Workstay in a Country Pub can
be a very attractive alternative especially as your accommodation,
food and socialising costs are all built in.
only will you get to save some money, you will also get to meet "the
locals" some real characters which in the beginning can be quite
frightening but once you've settled in can become great and life long
you will get to experience a part of "Real Australia".
this sounds like something you would like to 'give a go', then all
you need is a reasonable command of the english language, a positive
work and play ethic, a sense of humour and a minimum number of weeks
availability (minimum varies from pub to pub and the time of the year
but the average minimum stay is from between 3 to 6 weeks (ideally
at least 4). Your maximum stay can be up to 26 weeks.
don't even need to have previous bar experience. We have lots of Workstays
and at least one is sure to suit 'even you'.
you already have bar experience we should be able to find you a placement
where you will be able to save even more money.
the ever growing number of working holiday & gap year travellers
who have given this a go, you should be embarking on one of your 'best
ever' travel adventures. Testimonials
At the very least you
will have tried something completely different, met some real characters,
visited somewhere you otherwise wouldn't, saved some money and experienced
a true working holiday in Outback Australia!
So from wherever you are, or whatever time of the year it is, head
over to Perth Western Australia and contact the Workstay agency and
let us embark you on what will probably become one of your
'best ever travel experiences'.
Some frequently asked questions
- How soon can I get
a Workstay? Once you have arrived in Perth and
we have met you and you have met us, and you don't have two heads,
we would usually get you going from within 2 days to 2 weeks.
If however you do have two heads, it may take us a little longer.
It always depends on whats available when you are. Workstay's
reputation is based on us not sending you off to just anywhere.
- How much
will I earn? Your basic take home (in hand) will
be no less than $400 per 35 - 40hr working week, plus, you get
your accommodation (own room) and all meals provided as part of
the package. Some Workstays can pay substantially more depending
on your previous bar experience and the length of time that you
are available to Workstay etc.
- How do I
get there? Usually travelling to your Workstay
is via the government run bus or train network. Sometimes a lift
may be organised or for further afield destinations there are
other bus companies and for really remote destinations the pub
may fly you. Most Workstays are within a radius of 500klms from
Perth and travel to these places will cost on average between
$20 and $100. Often the pubs will reimburse you the cost of travel
after you have completed the agreed 'minimum stay'.
- Are Workstays
for females only? Barmaids are an integral part
of Outback Aussie culture and the original Workstay Country Pub
Barmaids program was essentially for females, however more and
more Workstay Pubs are taking guys as well (and couples, i.e.
guys and girls travelling together) especially if the guys have
pub experience or are qualified cooks/chefs.
- Do I need previous
Pub experience? No! In fact this is another great
thing about Workstays i.e. you get to learn something new and
by the end of your Workstay Pub Experience you will be an experienced
Bar and Hospitality person which will hold you in good stead wherever
you go for further work ...
- What if
I don't like it? No
drama's, it usually takes at least a week to settle in but after
that, if you just don't like it, then we have an easy escape plan,
plus, if you wanted to try a different Workstay, then still no
worries...Workstay has been designed to be win win for everyone
- Can I do
more than one Workstay? Absolutely!
... in fact more and more Workstayers have done as many as four
placements and loved them all ...
- Do I have
to pay a Membership Fee to Workstay? No!
does not try to sell you anything. We try to help you 'Have the
Time Of Your Life!
Workstay's costs are paid for by our Sponsor's, including
the Workstay Pub's, Advertisers and other Workstay program host's.
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