How will working overseas as a carer work?
The first step to starting a rewarding career that fits in with your lifestyle is apply. One of our recruitment coordinators will talk to you and tell you lots more about the role, the process and training. For our overseas carers there are many questions, which we will address here but if you do have other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A member of the team will be happy to help.
We have 3 training centres – in the UK and Spain – so it’s up to you which one you would like to attend. You might experience slightly different localised training depending on where you train; but all of the centres are set up as our Centre of Excellence in the UK and Helping Hands is renowned for its quality and really enjoyable training week.
Travelling to the UK for training and assessment
We do hope you are looking forward to starting a career of live-in care with Helping Hands. Before you start, there are some practical things to consider to make sure you are as organised as possible. For example, you need to be able to pay for your own travel to get to the UK and then to Stratford-Upon-Avon train or coach station and then we will assist with picking you up from there. You’ll love seeing Stratford-Upon-Avon, it’s Shakespeare’s birth place and it really is a beautiful town. Alcester is just a short journey from here so you’ll be ready to start training.
Staying in Alcester and our cottages here is very quaint and it will cost you just £40 for the 5 nights accommodation. If you choose to train in our centre in Spain, we will help source overnight accommodation for you – this costs approximately 15Euros per night.
Travelling to the UK for a placement
It’s an exciting day when you begin your first placement as a Helping Hands carer. In advance of your work starting we will advise you on the best route to get to the customer’s home from your home. When you arrive there will be a 24 hour handover with the previous carer which is a great time to really get to know your customer and the house – and even to swap practical advice with the existing carer, afterall they might have been with that customer and house for quite a while and they will know lots of useful things about day to day life there that will assist you in your stay. The existing carer and the family will be able to tell you where the local library, tourist centre or leisure centres are; so if you’re into swimming, reading or sight-seeing you’ll know exactly where to go when you have free time.
Within 24 hours of starting in your placement you’ll hear from your local care service manager who will call or visit to help you settle into your role. There is support at the other end of the phone at all times too so you are never alone.
Cost of living in the UK
There are many references to the cost of living in the UK compared to the rest of Europe and all agree that since 2002 when the Euro became the single currency, all countries have experienced increased costs to daily living. Depending on the country some experience higher or cheaper prices compared to its neighbour. For example, you might find that the cost of local travel, food, wine and eating out in the UK is higher than in Spain but in comparison, the UK is known for its competitive phone tariffs compared to the rest of Europe. Phone and internet costs are also comparatively cheaper. It’s wise to speak to your mobile provider before you travel to ensure your phone works in the UK.
When living and working in the UK it is also wise to bear in mind that cities like London are more expensive to live in than towns and villages. Fortunately, as a Helping Hands carer you do not need to worry about accommodation and food whilst in placement with a customer as this is all included, although you will need to buy your own toiletries like shampoo. Live-in care is a great way to be able to explore the UK whilst keeping control of your costs.