Live, Work & Travel in Andorra
Smooched up in the mountains between France and Spain, Andorra bestows the title of Prince to both the President of France and the Spanish Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell. Andorra is going to offer only limited opportunities for work but, with a population of around 80,000, foreign seasonal workers are needed to deal with the influx each year of winter tourists looking to enjoy themselves in its ski resorts. Andorra is not in the EU.
Ski Resort Jobs in Andorra
After falling in love with her ski instructor Jane Whittaker now runs a business in the country focusing on residency and relocation. Jane reports there are not a great deal of employment opportunities in Andorra and work permits are not issued readily, though the one industry that does rely on foreign workers involves tying sticks to your feet and hurtling down a mountain. More advice and information on seasonal work permits can be found on her website.
Soldeu.com is aimed at visitors looking to ski in the region but it has a forum for those who want to work in Soldeu or El Tarter, Andorra's principle ski area. Largely it's filled with requests rather than offers for jobs but dig a bit deeper into the most popular threads on this and the two sister sites for other ski regions in Andorra (Pasdelacasa.com and Arinsal.co.uk) and you will find Steve, the site's founder, providing advice.
For ski instructors he says: “If you're wanting to get a ski or snowboard instructor job in Soldeu or El Tarter, firstly you would need to contact EFPEM who are the Andorran body who decide if the certificate you will achieve from your course is accepted for teaching in Andorra. If they say it is, then once you have passed your instructor course, get in touch with Grandvalira [the company running the combined Soldeu-El Tarter ski areas] who will look at your application. You would also need to apply for a Police report and get it authenticated before you come out to Andorra. You would then need to go through the immigration process here in Andorra if the school accepted your application.”
All three sites list bars and hotels (try also this map for hotels in Andorra) that can be contacted via Facebook with staffing enquires. French and Catalan speakers will have a distinct advantage for hotel jobs but the linguistically challenged might be able to find work PRing or waiting tables. Late November or early December is the best time to head out there to find a job on the spot.
Teaching & TEFL in Andorra
Singular Acadèmia d’Anglès is one school that seeks dynamic and cheerful native English speaking teachers with two years experience and ESL teaching certification. Another school, Centre Andorra de Llengues, has a listing with Verge Magazine. Inlingua Andorra has four schools in the country but no employment information that we could find.
One route for Americans to go down is working as a teaching assistant on the Fulbright US Student Program. Mark Hoover did this and though Mark's blog seems to be no longer around he answers questions on his life as a Fulbright teacher on Gee, Cassandra.
Both Mark and Marie Tanaka, one of the five English Teaching Assistants in the country in 2014/15, report struggles maintaining discipline in a classroom of spoiled and often surly kids and Marie in particular seemed to be glad when her time in the country was up and could get away from second hand smoke and the racism she faced as a Japanese American.
Au Pair & Nanny Jobs
Other Ways to Work in Andorra
Andorra has a year round tourism industry but we couldn't resist sharing one last piece of advice from Steve (see above) about finding summer season work in Andorra: “I doubt you'd find much work in Andorra in June unless you speak Catalan and want to help herd goats!”
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link).You can get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.
More Resources from our Sites
Directory > Spain & Portugal Links - Andorra's a bit too small to have its own section in our directory but any useful links we find we put here.
More Working in Andorra Resources
Finding Work in Arinsal - Information on going to Arinsal to work for the winter season.
Jobs in Andorra - Expat job opportunities from JustLanded.
Transitions Abroad - Scott Shefloe shares ways to travel cheaply and work in Andorra.
Ski Andorra - A map of ski resorts.
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