A practical guide to working a European season in Italy

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“It’s camping” is a phrase that I became all too familiar with during my first summer season in Italy.  Here’s a guide to season work and being a European Campsite Courier in Italy. If you have ever wanted to work in Europe, but you have been put off by the idea of being a rep. Don’t be, there are so many opportunities when it comes to season work and camping might just be your next big adventure. This is a practical guide to season work and working a European camping season.




Camping doesn’t sound too glamorous does it? Well that’s what I thought too. I never imagined at 18 I’d pack my bags and head off to Italy to live in a tent. But that’s exactly what I did. Thanks to a great opportunity through my higher education college course, I got to learn about the campsite courier world through my studies. So somewhere between turning 18 and dropping out of sixth form I found myself on a Tuscan campsite in the height of the Italian Summer. An adventure was born.
Camping and season work came into my life at the perfect time. I was 18 years old and ready to explore. My first summer in Italy was essentially what gave birth to my love of exploring and travel. This was the first time I really got a taste of the freedom that comes with being out of your home country for a long period of time.
Camping in Europe is big. Hundreds of thousands of families take self-drive holidays to campsites all over the continent to enjoy the sun, fun and the simple life that is associated with camping. Yes, I admit it’s a little more than pitching a tent in a field but the principal is the same.
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A standard reception tent on a campsite



Season work is what it says. It’s a job that lasts for a particular season. Camping lasts the summer season in Europe from May – October usually. Season life is weird and wonderful. You will find yourself surrounded by the strangest but greatest group of like minded people all hoping to have the summer of their lives. If you’re into that then camping is probably a great choice for you.
The season varies but most of the time the work starts just before the European summer and ends just after the European summer ends too. I found myself arriving in Tuscany as a ‘High Season’ Courier sent out the fill the void created by the peak holiday season and lack of other couriers. Your average camping season can start anywhere between April and June and continue to as late as October.
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Selectcamp girls team on Union Lido


Roles in camping jobs vary and from Low to High Season Couriers to Park Managers, Assistant Park Managers or even Kids Club Reps. There are jobs to suit all, even maintenance and reception jobs depending on your language skills.
My first role on Camping Village Park Albatros was that of a Campsite Courier, Season Rep to you and me but the industry much prefers the term courier to rep. I guess a rep is associated with the streets of Magaluf and Malia and doesn’t real scream family campsite.
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Park Albatros – Pool area on a hot Italian day
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The guest accommodations on Park Albatros

Season work is perfect for people who want to travel whilst making money, it comes in all shapes and sizes after being offered a role you are swiftly transported to some of the most spectacular countries Europe has to offer. Italy, Spain, Slovenia or France?

Venice, Côte D’Azu or Sardina? The opportunities are endless and thanks to the European Union I didn’t even need to gain the right to live and work in Italy during my time in Tuscany, Venice and Lake Garda. I don’t know if I can say the same for future generations.
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Whether you’re British, Dutch, German or Danish you can apply for the vast majority of European Camping specialist companies. Selectcamp was my first choice and I spent two seasons with them before moving over to Happy Camp, which I now believe has changed name. It was considered one of the better companies a few years ago and might be worth checking out.
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Season Work - Its Camping
My first season – Photos from our ‘live area’
Campsites employ directly but not usually for campsite courier jobs, they mainly employ for jobs in hospitality. Which is another option if you don’t like the sound of campsite courier.
Try Al Fresco, Eurocamp or Canvas Holidays websites for roles, they usually become available after Christmas and interview throughout the early spring. You should always check out and apply for a few companies and you can easily decline offers until you get the best deal. The pay is pretty even across the board and almost all companies pay for your flight out to your season and home at the end of the season. A great website for tips and job openings is Season Workers. Season Workers also advertise Chalet and Ski Season jobs, which is funnily enough what most campsite couriers do during the winter months whilst the campsites are closed. Season work very much becomes a way of live for a lot of people and it’s not uncommon that you hear of people working season to season.
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Same girl, different season, different live tents
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Reception duty – Part of your day-to-day role






Italy? France? Spain? Big sites or small. You unfortunately don’t really get a say in where you are sent to on your first season but that’s part of the fun. I was lucky enough to be sent to one of the biggest campsites in the region on my first season and I spent the summer surrounded by other reps, swimming pools, fine Italian restaurants and my own freedom.

Some of the best campsites to work on are huge, massive, luxurious campsites in rural areas of Europe. Close to the beach or a big lake, if I was to offer any advice in this guide to season work, it would be that if you plan on applying, do your research on campsites first. It’s always good to indicate where you’d like to be placed. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the campsite and the more companies that operate on them the more jobs are available.

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A Tuscan Summer, Italy
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Season Work - Its Camping
Photo from a day trip to Rome, Italy
Depending on where you end up your season may be different to the experiences I had. I was lucky enough to always work on large campsites that offered staff lots of perks and discounts. I even managed to get myself a free trip to Rome.
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More from a trip to Rome, Italy
The experiences I had were filled with long fun-fueled nights and making friends for life because of the campsites I was sent to. On Marina and Albatros I worked alongside 30+ other couriers at any time and got to enjoy on-site bars ‘Disco’s’, club openings and day trips all over Italy. You are given one and a half days off a week, which sounds like nothing but when you live in paradise and are only required to work a few hours each morning before heading to the pool, it isn’t really all that bad.
I also worked on campsites that were located right on the beach which is quite common. Most of the campsites across Italy, France and Spain are either on the beach or close to a Lake like Camping Bella Italia which is on Lake Garda.
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The Union Lido Team, Venice, Italy

Campsites I have worked on include;

Camping Village Park Albatros, Tuscany

Marina di Venezia, Venice

Union Lido, Venice

Bella Italia, Lake Garda

Park Albatros and Union Lido were my favourite campsites, but don’t restrict yourself to Italy like I did, there are incredible campsites in Spain and the South of France. Did someone say St Tropez?
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Camping Bella Italia, Lake Garda
Marina di Venezia Camping, Venice, Italy
Some of the smaller campsites are located in rural areas and only have a small number of camping companies based on them. These ones are usually quieter even in the high season. Most of the larger campsites have all the major companies on them and usually even have a private live area for couriers. Live areas get grim, lots of people partying and living in a small space can be like that. If you prefer a more chilled experience a smaller campsite may be more suited to you. Its always worth suggesting that in your interview to avoid an unwanted wild experience.


Now I understand tent life is not for everyone, in fact, I never thought it would be for a girl like me at 18 either. But there’s something so enjoyable about the simple life that comes from living in a tent with another person.
All accommodations whether it’s a tent or a mobile home have private rooms. In a tent there will be two separate ‘inners’ which zip up and form two rooms within your live tent. The inners are completely private and also keep and insects out. There is enough room for a double bed small table and a small wardrobe to keep your belongings. Like I said, its not luxury – expect a simpler version of living.
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Camping Union Lido, Venice, Italy
Season Work - Its Camping
Camping Village Park Albatros, Tuscany, Italy
All courier accommodations also come with cooking facilities and a fridge and when you’re paying nothing to be there I believe that’s pretty good going.
Mobile homes do have bathrooms but tents don’t, the on site shower blocks on most campsites are cleaned around the clocks for the campsite guests and many campsites pride themselves on their pristine facilities. Don’t be put off by not having a bathroom.


As I mentioned earlier most days require a few hours work from a campsite courier. Season life is a gift in that sense as each day varies. Reception duty happens each morning and afternoon and usually lasts one to two hours. This just means being available on your companies reception for guests.
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Life as a campsite courier
The main role of a campsite courier is to look after guests, this could mean anything from giving restaurant advice to changing a light bulb at 10:00pm. The other element of your season as a campsite courier is the cleaning. How much you do depends entirely on the company you work for. EuroCamp is a fun company to be a part of but they don’t take deposits from guests and a lot of their couriers tend to spend most of their time cleaning.
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Sound Beach opening party, Summer 2012


  • Drink the frizzante wine, kind of like prosecco but nothing like prosecco you can buy it in most supermarkets and its cheap enough to drink all the time
  • Mosquito repellent is life – being covered in bites is not a great look and in Italy especially the mosquitoes are really bad
  • Learn to ride a bike – your courier bike will become your best friend during your season you only get one so look after it
  • Become a chef – not really, but learn to cook pasta if you don’t already know how to and get used to it you have limited kitchen appliances in your ‘live tent’ so get inventive


A day trip to Verona – All part of the season workers life
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Enjoying season life in Italy


Season work isn’t for everyone, especially the camping kind. Living in a tent and using a shared bathroom is something I never thought at 18 I’d enjoy but like everything in life you won’t know unless you give it a go. Why not try a camping season this summer?

Fill your days and evenings with new friends for life, frizzante wine, pizza’s galore and the occasional drunken bike ride to a courier party in another town. I found my time in Italy to be some of the best times of my life. Everyday I was reminded of the freedom an opportunity like season work gave me and it was the real beginning of my romance with travel. What could be more perfect than a free summer in Europe?

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