We are now 4 weeks away from completing our first season as Campsite Couriers, in Germany, and we thought it was about time we shared what we actually do each day. Its not all day trips and eating out at amazing restaurants…..honest!
What is a Campsite Courier and is it the right job for you?
If you are considering moving abroad and are looking for work, particularly if you are a family, then you might think that your options are limited.
There are loads of jobs abroad that can work for families, we’ve even written a post all about it here, but being a Campsite Courier is definitely our preferred option. It works for us.
So what does a Campsite Courier actually do?
Gav’s day starts around 9am, he works full time. I don’t.
In the morning, Gav sits in the reception area to be around to answer any questions our guests may have, and fixes any maintenance problems that may crop up with the accommodation. He also helps guests that are checking out and gives out advice and suggestions on places to visit, for guests that are looking to make plans for the day.
Around 10am we get our cleaning equipment ready and prepare welcome information for our new arrivals, we then head out to start our favourite part of the day, cleaning. <—- Please note sarcasm.
We can whizz through cleaning a mobile home in about 40minutes, if its been left in a good way. If it hasn’t, then it will take around an hour. Tents are usually around 20-30 minutes. I’m sure cleaning isn’t anyone’s dream job, but it really isn’t that bad. We have a laugh whilst we are cleaning, usually at Gav’s expense, it helps pass the time.
Once we have finished cleaning we visit some of the guests to make sure they are ok, and make sure their mobile is topped up with gas, because you can guarantee the moment we go out somewhere, someone will run out. A conspiracy I’m sure!
By around 1.30pm we are done and its time to have some lunch and relax. We might go down to town for an ice cream, do some shopping or some do some book work with the kids, or just simply put our feet up and relax. Its a hard life.
Reception duty is from 4-6pm, this is the time when we check in our new guests and spend time catching up with the other guests that we didn’t see earlier in the day. This usually happens over a glass of wine or a cold beer. I’m sure drinking is part of the job description.
What are the worst bits about being a Campsite Courier?
Cleaning toilets and managing customer expectations.
Cleaning toilets requires no explanation, its a crap job, pun intended.
Managing customer expectations is a little harder to explain, they are all so different and therein lies the problem. You just cant please everyone. I’ve really struggled with that at times. I want people to come to us and have an amazing holiday, most of them do, but there are a small minority of customers, that have left us less than average reviews, and it hurts. Maybe I’m not as thick skinned a I thought I was?
What are the best bits about being a Campsite Courier?
Meeting great people, living in a beautiful location and only having to work for 8 months a year.
Our work days are busy, but we have plenty of time to do what we want to. This job has enabled us to explore Western Germany, a place that we would never have considered visiting if we hadn’t done this job. There are not many jobs around that give you this level of freedom and flexibility, or to pay enough to give you 4 months off a year.
How do you manage a family and being a Campsite Courier?
Its all about being open minded and flexible, it wont work for every family and if I was a single parent I wouldn’t do it, but for us it works. It helps that our kids aren’t little anymore, they are quite independent and are happy to do their education work or go swimming whilst we are cleaning. We have had to change our idea of what education means and what it should look like. A traditional school day just wouldn’t work, but that’s ok, we didn’t like traditional schooling anyway! You can read more about this here.
How do you become a Campsite Courier?
We work for Canvas Holidays, there are lots of other companies out there, but we like Canvas. Applications open each year around October time, if you are successful you will probably start work the following March. You can usually apply online but we would suggest you call, or email companies directly first and do some research to make sure that they are the right fit for you.
Have you been a campsite courier? Would you like to? If you have any questions for us just leave us a comment below.
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