Best Summer Jobs in Miami

Summer in Florida is a season filled with fun in the sun and family vacations. It can also be a great time to make some extra cash for those looking to boost their income. In Miami things tend to slow down when summer starts because it’s known to be our “off season”. This means that your employment search may need a little guidance.

Check out the list below for some job ideas you may not have thought of.

1. Papa Pal

Papa is an on-demand service for seniors in need of a little help doing errands, getting around, or just in search of some companionship. Our Pals get the luxury of flexible hours and no long-term commitments making it a perfect summer gig. Even greater than that, we offer people a chance to impact the lives of the elderly and make a positive difference.

Miami has a rapidly increasing senior population, so Papa is always looking for motivated people to join the team. Who knows? What starts as a summer job could wind up being a true calling! Check out the Papa website to learn more today.

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2. Camp Counselor

Summertime means summer camps, and summer camps need camp counselors. I’m sure you remember your younger years where every month of your summer was carefully scheduled between different camps. Well, now you’re probably old enough to be a counselor at those camps and make good money doing it.

The seasonal nature of the job means that plenty of people simply won’t be able to walk away from full time positions or have interest in temporary employment. This creates opportunity for those specifically in search of a summer gig. If you can handle a group of kids while potentially being outdoors in the hot Miami sun, look out for summer camp counselor jobs and give it a try!

3. Summer Intern

Companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce their cost of employment. In some companies, summer interns get paid-- just not the full-time employee health benefits. Check out companies on Indeed or ZipRecruiter to help you find what internships are paid and unpaid. 

Miami is a major hub for corporate enterprise and finance both domestic and international. There are hundreds of companies that could use the additional manpower and summer intern positions make it much more attainable.  If you’re going to school and can align a job with your preferred career path, even better!

4. Babysitter

Parents want to have fun too! During the summer kids are typically out of school which means an additional 7 to 8 hours a day where they aren’t being watched by a teacher. If you can find an opportunity and establish some rapport with the family, you might have yourself a client that lasts the whole summer! Babysitting is a cash business that doesn’t require much work. Sounds like a good gig to me!

Check Craigslist or other more local job listing avenues to see what’s out there.

These are some of the most popular summer jobs in Miami. It's time for you to get up, get out, and find yourself some seasonal work. Start your application with Papa now!


Best Summer Jobs in Orlando

Orlando is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, literally. Many of those tourists are families looking to visit the famous mouse in Disney or ride the action-packed attractions of Universal Studios. So, as you’d expect, summer equates to a booming tourism economy in Orlando. Kids are out of school and the fun can finally begin!

For those living in the central Florida city, this can bring a flurry of seasonal employment opportunities. Don’t worry, there are plenty of jobs that don’t involve over-excited children!

Check out the list below for some of our favorites.

1. Papa Pal

Papa is an on-demand service for seniors in need of a little help doing errands, getting around, or just in search of some companionship. Our Papa Pals get the luxury of flexible hours and no long-term commitments making it a perfect summer gig. Even greater than that, we offer people a chance to impact the lives of the elderly and make a positive difference.

Orlando happens to be a very large city, so getting around is not always an easy task for the elderly. Papa is always looking for motivated people to join the team. Who knows? What starts as a summer job could wind up being a true calling! Check out the Papa website to learn more today.

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2. Tutor & Test Prep

You might not have classes to worry about during summer vacation, but not everyone is so lucky. If you’re a current student or recent graduate, your skills could be in high demand. Summer is a popular time for those seeking extra help in school or for SAT/ACT preparation.  

There are plenty of companies in the test-prep and tutoring business looking for competent young adults to help bolster their staff, even if only for the summer season. Orlando has a massive student population, so there is a steady stream of demand. If you have a particular class or just a knack for knowledge, then see what type of opportunities may be out there for you! If there aren’t any companies hiring, then you can always consider going solo and looking for your own “clients”.

3. Camp Counselor

Orlando offers much more than just amusement parks as summer entertainment. Locals have been to the parks enough times to where they can safely avoid the summer crowds. Families living in Orlando year-round prefer a more conventional summer camp for seasonal entertainment.

Lifeguard, life-skills, and sports coach are just some of the potential teaching roles that camps look for when filling out a seasonal staff. Camp counselor roles can be a fun way to make some extra cash over the summer months. No experience necessary!

4. Seasonal Hospitality

Hotels, vacation rentals, and tourist-oriented restaurants all experience a huge boost in business over the summer. Orlando had over 70 million tourists in 2017 and a huge portion came in the summer. Those folks need places to stay, food to eat, and people to help make it all happen!

Check out some of the seasonal resorts & hotels, or the big restaurants up and down International Drive to see what kind of employment opportunities may be available. The hospitality business can be a blast and pays well!


Well, there you have it! Don’t waste your entire summer laying by the pool or watching Netflix. Take advantage of the time off and go make some extra cash. Your future you will appreciate it! Start your application here with Papa!


The Best Part-Time Jobs in Tampa for College Students

Tampa Bay is a growing city with USF leading the way. They have over 50,000 students currently enrolled across their 3 campuses and show no signs of slowing down. If you’re one of those students looking for suggestions when it comes to part time jobs, you’ve come to the right place.

1. Papa Pal

Papa is an incredible organization that you may or may not know anything about. Their purpose is to provide compassionate service to the senior population and better the lives of those who are too often forgotten. Papa Pals are typically expected to assist seniors (on-demand) with tasks that may seem simple to us but are difficult for the elderly.

Things like driving for errands, helping around the house, or simply keeping them company all fit under the Papa job description. If a flexible schedule and good starting pay sounds interesting to you, then give Papa a call. You’ll make more than a paycheck, you’ll make a difference in someone’s life.

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2. Tutoring

Is there a class or subject you have down pat? That knowledge can be very valuable to a fellow college underclassman who may be struggling in that same subject matter. Tutoring can be a relatively painless, and quick way to make an extra $100 or so per week with just a few hours of work.

You might as well use what you already know, and you get the benefit of knowing that you’re helping a fellow student. Just look for the kid who’s sleeping next to you in class and sign up your first client! In some cases, you may even tutor without leaving your house via Skype sessions.

3. Service & Hospitality Industry

As Tampa & St. Pete grow in popularity, so does the number of people that visit every year. With those people come opportunities for young bucks to make some cash in the service and hospitality industry. Hotels need valets, and restaurants need waiters. Sure, you may end up working some late nights and weekends; but the tips are generally a better bet than minimum wage and being in a cash-business is a plus.

Between the hotels and restaurants of this booming market there should be plenty of part time jobs to help pad your pockets.

4. Theme Parks

Believe it or not, Tampa has a strong reputation for its theme parks. Tampa is home to a massive 350+ acre “Amusement Complex” featuring a number of “attractions” including Busch Gardens and Sea World. They tout over 4 million annual visitors which means they have a lot of guests to look after.

Discounts on park entry and a fun culture are just a few perks of working the gates or ground of this mega-amusement-complex. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to work at a theme park?

Now, pick yourself up from your couch or chair and go get that job you know you need! If you’re interested in learning more about Papa and how to become a Papa Pal visit our website and apply today.

Preparing a Loved One for Assisted Living

When the Realization Hits

There comes a time in the life of a caregiver when it is painfully clear things can’t go on as they are.

This is where I found myself after several years of utilizing senior centers and even adult day care outlived their usefulness.

In my husband’s regular cancer followup, his specialist took several looks at me, the caregiver, and after discussing blood work and his general condition turned her focus on me.

She said, “You’re in trouble here; you need to find an Assisted Living place close to where you live.”

She knew I had been a 24/7 caregiver for 13 years.


She had also followed his case for about 7 years, so she felt confident in her observations about “caregiver wear-out” and the increasing challenges presented by his condition.

Then and there, she spoke to him about the need for more help and he listened but gave no further response, probably hoping it would all go away.

As a caregiver, I had just gone through the process of realizing that placement is the right thing for my loved one.

After doing research and seeking professional counsel, it was time to embark on the road of making it a positive experience for the patient.

Caregiver Concerns

When I reached that point I was worried that my husband would feel rejected or displaced, so I devised a series of steps to lead him gently into acceptance of Assisted Living.

Being a retired teacher, this successive approximations approach made sense to me.

First, I weepingly told him over several days when he fell that I could not keep it up and that I was wearing out and losing my health.

This was right after three EMTs pulled him out of the bathtub—not once, but several times.

This event was becoming a habit. I spoke till I knew he was understanding.

Then I went to do some work and let him process that.

A Process to Introduce the Idea of Placement

A week later I prearranged with a good friend of ours to sit by him as we ate lunch after church.

I was strategically placed at the other end of the table.

I knew he respected her, so she asked him if he’d noticed that his wife was wearing out.

He was rather noncommittal but he did hear her and seemed to be processing that information.

To support this coordinated effort of enlisting help from friends and family I used the weekdays in between these social events to put out one clear message to him.

I focused on how I needed his help rather than his weaknesses. The message involved my need to regain and retain my health since it was getting too hard for me.

The next week I scheduled him to drop by and see our minister before services.

As they chatted she brought up the problem, saying his wife was in over her head.


He became concerned. (Even though his life sphere had grown smaller, he did have a deep love and caring for his wife.)

The reverend said she’d heard his Doctor recommended a great Assisted Living place not far from home so I as his wife could visit more often.

The minister allowed him to express his concerns that he would miss his wife.

Then at our usual after church lunch, his male buddies got him to talk about it and voiced their approval and support of the idea.

When my hubby said, “My wife is kicking me out” his good friend looked him right in the eye and countered with, “No! She’s taking care of you.”

Staying with One Clear Message


That day in the car on the way home we discussed the matter.

I, as his spouse and caregiver, had to stay strong and point out the positive to be gained from placement.

I reiterated to him that my doctors were telling me I must start taking care of myself.

Also, I reminded him that this was what his own doctors recommended.

He then expressed sadness and empathy that I was having health issues.

That gave me the opening to tell him how his allowing others to do some of the caregiving would help me.

He seemed to be okay with that.

The next week we went for a meeting at Williamsburg Landing, the assisted living place I had chosen after much research and many site visits.

The wonderful director was most helpful and took him on a tour, introducing him to people as we walked around the facility.

Value of Planning Ahead if Placement May Be Down the Road

There is no doubt that long-term care insurance has made a momentous difference in our lives.

We had spent down most of our retirement funds for copays and other medical expenses, and when it was time to utilize the long-term care insurance it was truly a godsend.

If you are in a position to make that decision to start or continue a long-term care insurance policy, think long and hard before you say no since it’s worth its weight in gold.

I faithfully paid my long-term care premiums even when I had to cut back on groceries because watching Suze Orman had convinced me of its importance.

Now my first-hand experience verifies the value of having somewhere to turn when things become too challenging for you to handle at home.

Also, long-term care insurance can help with continuing care at home to allow living at home for as long as possible.banner-papa-blogs

If that isn’t an option schedule a meeting with a qualified placement counselor or social worker and consider places close to you so visitation will occur more often.

In conclusion, caregivers are usually mentally and physically exhausted when they reach the point to finally decide to explore placement, so a multi-step plan could make the process much easier.

At that time they are confronted with the need to turn it into a good experience for all. Above are some of the ideas which worked for my husband.

It was worth all the effort to ensure that he had a positive transition into assisted living.

The good people at can pitch in to help in the transition, providing respite, companionship, etc while the caregiver visits various facilities or seeks consultation.

A Papa Pal could make this journey of change a bit easier for you. And they can even drop by the assisted living center to provide companionship and other services for you there.

Placement may be a hard choice, but when it is necessary, you can find your way through it and come out happy with the result.


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Happy Valentine's Day: A Caregiver's Love Story

February brings thoughts of love and romance. Yet some stories are worth hearing any time of year:

Jack's life was no big deal. He excelled in business but seemed to find affairs of the heart a bit challenging.

Yet he eventually lived a love story that would melt the heart of the devil himself.

On the way to his defining moment, he stumbled onto the altar with a succession of ladies.


As his middle years were passing him by, he once again divorced and married a 4th wife. As is often the case with multiple marriages, that love interest did not last.

Fatherhood did not work out very well for him either.

His son had been in and out of drug rehab programs more often than you could count, and his life had never taken hold of any purpose.

This brought Jack untold grief as he kept throwing both money and parts of his heart at the lifestyle of addiction his son had embraced.

Friendship seemed to work out better for him. He relished time spent with Jaques Cousteau's son since they both shared a love of underwater ocean beauty.

He owned a hotel in CanCun and booked exotic trips for diving amidst nature's shining sea treasures.

As a single and greying older man, he heard a doorbell, then an urgent knock at his door one day.

He opened to find his third ex-wife looking desperate as she pleaded to be invited in

She told her compelling story between sobs of both deep sorrows while finding comfort in his presence once again.

She had come to the realization that something was horribly wrong with her and she was out of her mind with a cold gripping fear.

After their long talk, Jack went into hero mode. First, he remarried her so she could get on his insurance and could inherit from him if she were to outlive him.

Then he got her a thorough medical checkup. The heart-breaking diagnosis was Pick's Disease, a very debilitating form of dementia.

This did not help the suffering but did give him some direction for his efforts at helping.

Before too many months had passed, her condition continued to worsen.

Eventually, he secured a 24-hour team of nurses and caregivers to allow his wife to stay home as she so dearly wanted.

The ocean view at Bal Harbour by Miami seemed to be calming to her.


Jack may have had challenges with marriages, and even parenting, but it is clear he excelled in love.

No doubt he came a bit late to the role of hero-lover, but the daily gift of love he gave his wife was truly amazing.

His attention to vital details and his kind way of including her in his senior years speaks volumes for the type of man he had become.

Eventually, he discovered that he had an advanced incurable cancer and soon was pronounced terminal.

He stepped up to take charge of her future and his by managing crucial details while he himself was suffering and grieving his own demise.

He coordinated with her family in Savannah so she would continue to receive tender loving care.

It was both heart-rending and impressive to attend the "going away party" he gave a few weeks before his demise.

He used this as a chance to connect once more with a number of his friends, and to even coordinate plans on tying up loose ends of both his personal and business affairs.

When his time came and he passed on, his life was a testament to the wise fact that it is never too late for doing something marvelous with one's life.

Careful end of life planning proved vital to seal his love story with a kiss.

Perhaps when the romance and fervor of a relationship are growing dim, a reassuring hug and a quiet kiss can be one of the greatest love stories ever told.

Many caregivers know this is true, and labor daily to bring love and care to their loved ones.


Life has taught them that love can be expressed in many ways including caring for needs day in and day out.

Caregivers dispense their love and kindness without many breaks or expressions of love directed their way.

Wouldn’t this be a great time to call and schedule a break for a caregiver you know?

They can help out with regular routines, provide transportation, cook a meal, and do whatever is needed.

No doubt companionship may be one of their greatest gifts.