How to Walk a Lion
TweetI took a lion for a walk the other week. I know, read that again – I really did say I took a lion for a walk. Taking lions (and tigers – more about that in another post) for a spot of exercise is just one of the things we did when we pitched up in Kanchanaburi, at the doors of the Safari Volunteer Initiative as two of their more incompetent volunteers.
Walking a lion is just one of the tasks offered to volunteers. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information and photos about the animals at the Safari Park.
An Evening with the Colonel
TweetThe Colonel leaned back against the sofa and orchestrated conversation around the large living room. During his thirty years of service in Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army this man had within my lifetime twice been the enemy of my country. But sat in his house sipping tea served by one of his sons it was difficult not to see anything other than a courteous and respected man happy to have retired to his beloved Kurdistan.
Paid and Volunteer Work Abroad
TweetA compilation of all our jobs abroad and volunteer work articles, plus links to useful information on our other sites
Though our sites are dedicated to helping those who otherwise couldn’t afford to travel widely by providing information on finding jobs abroad and volunteer work, we consider The Working Traveller to be as much a travel site and centred on the reason we are looking to work overseas in the first place. Take away the desire to explore Europe or experience daily life in Chiang Mai, Cusco or Cape Town and we might as well stay at home where wages are generally higher and jobs more secure.
WorldWideWorker: Katie Wilter, Superyacht Stewardess
TweetRhodes graduate Katie Wilter is a graphic designer and social media enthusiast with itchy feet. Now a super yacht stewardess she is seeing the world from a porthole and blogging about it. When we spoke to Katie she was heading along the east coast of the USA from Nova Scotia back down to Florida.
What experience or qualifications do you have for this position?
You need to do a one week STCW 95 course which includes Fire Fighting, Sea Rescue and First Aid. You also need an ENG 1 Medical to state that you are fit and healthy. There are also other courses that you can do such as a Stewardess course, Power Boat 2 course but they are expensive and not essential if you have some prior service experience.
Istanbul: A Tale of Two City Experiences
TweetOur guidebook warned us about Tanya*. She worked in a club just off Taksim. The sort of place where, according to the Dangers and Annoyances section of our guidebook, the following might happen:
One of the most popular scams targeted at single men is the nightclub shake-down. You’re strolling along Istiklal Caddesi in the evening and a well-dressed man or couple of men approach and start to chat. They offer to buy you a drink in a nearby club. You’re given a seat next to some girls… when the bill arrives lo and behold the girls’ outrageously expensive drinks appear on it.
TweetWe have been back from Southeast Asia for a while now but the not wholly linear nature of this blog means there are always loose ends to tie up and stories still to tell before we decided when to draw a line and wrap things up for this trip.
While our online blogging persona is quite small compared to other travel bloggers – there are few pictures of us here – it is lagging behind and suggesting last week we were volunteering in Thailand when our real selves are in fact seeing out the end of winter in Turkey.
TweetWe were once enticed over to Pelekas from our then Corfu Town residence with the offer of a free lunch and some wine by one of Sunrock Backpackers Hostel’s former volunteers and are glad to see this backpacker resort is still welcoming volunteer staff.
We only enjoyed one meal from the terrace overlooking the bay but participants in their ‘Pay Your Way’ volunteer programme can benefit from free meals and accommodation for a month or two. Come the tourist season, work will be available on their organic farm or in the hostel itself.
More information is available at http://sunrockhostel.com/volunteer-hostel-corfu-greece/
TweetFor the first time since we began our Monday Photo feature we not only include a few words but use a photo that isn’t our own. Last week we hosted Travel Photo Roulette and today hand over the baton to Carole Terwilliger Meyers, whose picture of a woman putting the finishing touches on a huge umbrella at the Umbrella Making Centre in Borsang Village we have chosen as our winner:
Thanks to everyone that submitted a photo to us last week. We enjoyed seeing them all and look forward to the next Travel Photo Roulette on Travels With Carole.
TweetBottle feeding leopard cubs and taking a playful lion for a walk were just some of the many highlights to our two days near Kanchanaburi with the Safari Park Volunteer Initiative.
The Volunteer Initiative
The genesis of the Safari Volunteers initiative was formed when Tat and Ned first visited the Safari Park as tourists. Unhappy with some of the conditions and practices at the park they badgered the owners into allowing them to set up a volunteer programme to help bring improvements.