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Finding a quick job doing any sort of work when you don't speak French

Ok so...

I'm interning in Geneva for the summer, and my boyfriend would like to come stay with me for a month or 2. He doesn't speak French. Any chance he can find a job at a small cafe or something? Or can anyone think of some sort of job where they might hire non-French speakers?

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Old 20.05.2011, 16:33
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Re: Finding a quick job doing any sort of work when you don't speak French

Not very likely, especially if he doesn't have a permit or is not a citizen of an EU country (or Iceland/Norway).
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Re: Finding a quick job doing any sort of work when you don't speak French

This is something I would LOVE to do-

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Do they have a drivers licence?

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Re: Finding a quick job doing any sort of work when you don't speak French

staying on a theme.... if he has any bike knowledge www.bikeswitzerland.com
is run by Americans....
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Re: Finding a quick job doing any sort of work when you don't speak French

He can always offer intensive EN conversation tutoring, plaster the message boards at UNIGE campuses.
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Re: Finding a quick job doing any sort of work when you don't speak French

Anyone else any ideas??

Is there anyone here who owns a restaurant and needs a buser or something
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Re: Finding a quick job doing any sort of work when you don't speak French

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Anyone else any ideas??

Is there anyone here who owns a restaurant and needs a buser or something
You mean work illegally?
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You mean work illegally?
No? He would obviously get a work permit, you just need to have a job before you actually apply for a permit....
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No? He would obviously get a work permit, you just need to have a job before you actually apply for a permit....
Wrong way round actually - the employer applies for the work permit. Plus the employer would have to show why no Swiss and then why no EU person could do the job.
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No? He would obviously get a work permit, you just need to have a job before you actually apply for a permit....
Obviously!

Just in case the sarcasm doesn't pass through: the probability of getting a (normal) work permit for a non-eu who wants to do odd jobs for two months is around -50% give or take 25%

On the other hand, it is relatively easy to get internships in international organizations. The only problem is that they are usually unpaid.

If he is a student he could apply to a couple of things at CERN, EPFL, UN, Embassies, etc.

Working illegally is, of course, frowned upon by those of us who went through all the loops to live and work here. It can also have serious consequences if something unexpected were to happen.
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