Paid Ski Season in Romania
Become part of a prestigious ski and snowboard school in Romania’s largest ski resort, Poiana Brasov. Train to become a ski or snowboard instructor before being employed to teach tourists, take them out on the slopes and improve their technique. Enjoy all that Eastern Europe has to offer in your free time, from immersing yourself in the snow sports to tasting the hearty local cuisine to exploring Transylvania.
Teach skiing and snowboarding in a growing winter resort
Spend your ski season working as a ski or snowboard instructor in the breathtakingly beautiful resort of Poiana Brasov. Founded by an Olympic skier and multiple national champion, this eminent school is looking for more instructors to join their successful and developing team. Poiana Brasov is Romania’s leading ski resort and the number of people coming to ski here is on the rise, many from all over Europe as well as Romania. Your English skills are a bonus, as often the main language for communication between instructor and pupils is English – any other language skills that you might have will also be useful.
The ski season in Romania opens mid-December. You will head out to Romania at the beginning of the month for your ability assessment and training. After up to 2 weeks of training and upon successfully passing your qualification, you will be employed at the ski school up until the end of the season in mid-March.
How does it work?
All participants need to have at least 4 weeks of skiing or snowboarding experience before being accepted onto this programme. You need to enjoy being out on the snow each day and to have at least the basic skills to be able to teach others. It is important that you are honest about your ability at interview so that the ski school is well informed of your level before arrival.
At the beginning of the season, you will receive up to 2 weeks of training before you will be able to be employed as an instructor. The training encompasses both theory and practical sessions to ensure that you become a competent instructor. Usually you can expect to receive 3 hours of training in the morning and 2-3 hours of training in the afternoon, so do expect to be tired! Part of this training will be towards your ISIA level 1 qualification, which you will need to become a ski instructor in Romania.
On completing your training and gaining your qualification, you will be offered a job at the ski school. You will be working varying hours between 8:00 and 16:00 each day, depending on the schedule of the ski school. Some days you will be instructing for just an hour or two, whereas other days you will have a full lesson schedule. The busiest season is from mid-December to the end of February, when you may find that you are working every day for several weeks without a break. The good news is that the more you instruct the more you are paid – you will receive an average of about 40 lei per hour, with tips on top. You should expect to teach for at least 2 hours each day, although in reality you are often much busier than this. This wage has been more than adequate for participants in previous seasons to live on and lead an active social life. The cost of living in Romania is much lower than you might be used to, so your money can go a long way here.
Although you will be employed as an instructor, there will be many other aspects to your job. Your day could involve shovelling snow from the forecourt of the school, putting up signs, dealing with customers, booking lessons and taking customers out on the slopes. Initially you will begin coaching novice skiers and children in order to gain more confidence in your role. As you develop as an instructor you may have the opportunity to teach all abilities and ages, and even do some ski guiding. Approximately once per fortnight you will be asked to work in the evening on the ski school reception desk, taking bookings and answering questions.
What experience do I need?
Childcare: It is important that you have good experience of working with people, especially children. It is a big responsibility to be charged with someone else’s children on a mountain and you will need to be able to build a good rapport with kids and make them laugh. If you do not already have childcare experience, we would recommend joining the childcare programme in Romania prior to the season for 4 weeks to build up your confidence. Alternative examples include:
- Volunteering at your local Beavers or Brownies group
- Coaching sport to younger years at school
- Volunteering in a nursery or primary school as part of work experience
To help you to gain your confidence both with children as well as the Romanian language, you will get involved in helping out at a local children’s home for up to a week before ski training begins.
Ski experience: In addition to having good childcare experience, you also need to be a confident intermediate skier or snowboarder with at least 4 weeks experience. You will be expected to be able to film your students as you are instructing.
Health and safety: All participants must have completed a First Aid course prior to arrival in Romania. Participants must be DBS checked / police checked.
Fitness: Working long hours outside can be very tiring, especially in cold temperatures. You need to have a good level of fitness, and ideally some experience of having worked long hours outdoors.
Customer service: Work experience in a customer-facing role is beneficial. The ski school demands a very high level of customer service – and the better you are at your job, the more tips you could earn.
You will be expected to hit the ground running, so the more experience you have the faster you will be able to progress as an instructor.
European passport: Participants must have a European passport to join this project. This is for visa reasons.
Accommodation and Food
You will be based in Brasov, living in a comfortable, central apartment that Oyster rents for you and your fellow instructors. You should expect to share a room with at least one other participant. You may even be sharing with volunteers on our volunteer programmes in the area, giving you a great and varied social life.
The apartment is set at the foot of towering Mount Tampa and is just a few minutes walk to the centre of the town and all amenities. It is a 20 minute bus ride to Poiana Brasov, and your bus pass is included for the season. The apartment provides a comfortable home for you during your stay in Brasov. There is wifi available for use, as well as television and books at your disposal. The fully equipped kitchen means that you can cook with fellow participants or treat yourself to dinner out in the evening. We believe that living in relative comfort is important and should help you unwind when you are working hard in the fresh air all day.
- Qualify as a ski or snowboard instructor in just two weeks, allowing you to work for a prestigious ski school
- Live in an up and coming ski resort in the beautiful mountainous area of Transylvania.
- Get paid to do the snow sport that you love!
- Live a well-rounded lifestyle – combine ski instructing and après ski with exploring Eastern Europe and volunteering at a local children’s home.
- Explore the medieval city of Brasov with its many bars, restaurants and cafes.
- Head to Budapest or Bucharest on a long weekend off to really sample Eastern European city life.
Whyshould I do this?
Romania is really growing as a ski destination for Europeans, and as such is an exciting place to be right now. With quieter slopes, absolutely stunning vistas and a fascinating lifestyle and culture to boot, working a paid ski season in Romania is a great way to live the life of an instructor whilst also exploring the beauty and diversity of Eastern Europe. Brasov, where you will be based, is a vibrant and buzzing city. It has a great range of bars, restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a few beers after a day out on the slopes. On your days off you can relax in Brasov, head to the slopes to do more skiing, or explore the local area.
Oyster can arrange a wide variety of activities for you to get the best out of your time in Romania: skiing in other resorts around Transylvania, visiting Dracula’s Castle, spending a day volunteering in a bear sanctuary or dog shelter, working with children in family homes or taking a trip to the local cities of Sighisoara and Sibiu – or even further afield Bucharest and Budapest. Brasov is an ideal base for getting plenty of skiing in over the winter as well as making the most of an exciting area of Eastern Europe.
You will fly to Bucharest airport (OTP). You will be collected from your flight and driven through the beautiful scenery to Brasov, approximately 2-3 hours drive from Bucharest. Once there Razvan will help you to settle you into your flat, before giving you a thorough orientation.
A perfect English speaker and probably the most dynamic person you will ever meet, Razvan has run our Romania programmes since 2003. A veteran rep – he has dealt with over 400 participants so far – he always goes way beyond his Oyster job description, organising wonderful trips (to Dracula’s castle and the Black Sea among others) for participants. He loves to ski and so will be keen to see you in action once you are up and running on the ski slopes!
What is provided
- Full briefing, interview and guaranteed full time job before departure
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the programme and manage your booking.
- Welcome at the airport and transport up to Brasov
- Return transfer to Bucharest airport at the end of the season
- Fully equipped accommodation in a central flat in Brasov, 20 minutes from Poiana Brasov
- Wifi at the apartment and all utilities
- Season bus pass from Brasov to Poiana Brasov
- Season ski pass from for training and work purposes
- Uniform, to be worn only when on duty
- Full ski or snowboard instructor training in English of up to 2 weeks designed to your ability and discipline
- EU VAT at 17.5% on UK cost elements
- Additional trips can be arranged by our rep, Razvan, in Brasov
- Full help and support both before departure and whilst in Romania from Anne in the UK (who spent 3 months in Romania) and Razvan, our experienced representative since 2003.
- Basic Romanian language guide
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- An EU passport passport valid for 6 months after your planned return
- Insurance (we can introduce you to a specific policy)
- First aid qualification
- At least 4 weeks of skiing or snowboarding experience
- Childcare experience
- DBS check or equivalent police check
- Original certificates of most recent qualifications (exam certificates, diploma etc)
- A medical letter – we will provide details of what this entails
- Passport sized photograph – digital and hard copy
- Flights to Bucharest. We can help you organise these.
- Helmet, ski equipment (skis, boots, poles) or board equipment (board and boots)
- An unlocked smart phone with access to WhatsApp
- Cost of changing your return flight date if you need to
- All home country travel costs
- Independent travel costs whilst in Romania
- Cost of food and going out (£25-£50 per week dependent on lifestyle)