I haven’t written for some time, partly because there were a lot of things to sort out and to think through and on the other hand because I didn’t have any internet access. My last days here were a bit miserable, mainly because the Wwoofing went quite horribly, but also because I found it very hard to decide what I want to do. So, I try to tell you about it chronologically.
First the jobsearch didn’t went very well. There were two Horse-stables left, to whom I had applied and waited for an answer. 1) One in Mount Cook that seemed very tempting as they wanted me not only to be a trekking-guide, but also to train the horses and manage the whole business by myself. But as it turned out they expected me to work 7 days a week and couldn’t promise me any fixed days off. They said if the weather would be bad and there were no customers, I’d have the day off, but that would only be decided on the morning of each day. I already found that quite hard as we have summer in NZ and the weather is constantly getting better and better, but also they wanted me to commit to the job until the 10th of april and I hadn’t even planned to stay so long any more. So in the end I turned them down.
2) the second one was the famous Lord of the ring stable I had already written about. After my trial day they didn’t contact me, so I wrote them an Email. They told me they were still interviewing about 40 people (it’s certainly a popular job) and after that they wanted the best to come back to meet their boss, who had been on vacancy the last weeks. I was a bit surprised and asked, why they had invited people for trial days then if they were actually not able to decide without their boss. And they said, their boss was too busy to see all people, he would only see the best ones. I found that quite unfair, we all travel to that stable and then we have to come again one month later for another trial day? I mean it’s only about a job that will last about 2-3 months, so that’s a bit of an effort. When I had a look, I saw it would cost me about 170 Dollars (almost 100 Euro) to travel to Glenorchy again and even then it wouldn’t be sure they’d hire me. Eventually when I got the invitation to the next round, I decided it was too much effort and money for a slight chance.
So, I decided I’d spend my time with Wwoofing, that’s mainly why I went to the Connemara-stud last Monday. It only took me three days to figure out, that you can have very bad luck with this and loads of people will just abuse you as a cheap worker. Instead of the promised 4 hours per day I worked 8 hours every day and they couldn’t even bother to say thank you. Plus: My accommodation was just terrible. It was a dirty shed without electricity or running water 15 minutes away from the main house, so practically just nowhere and the toilet was a dirty, stinky container a short walk from the house. So on my third evening I decided I’d leave them and when I told them so, they weren’t even surprised, I guess I wasn’t the first to do that. Only the children were really sad and as I liked them a lot, that was the only point I was sorry about too. The family was used to having wwoofers all the time, they even told me they’d had some Germans to springclean their house, which is really not what wwoofing is about. So in the end it’s the same problem as being an au-pair, it’s just another program, very inviting to abuse young people as cheap helpers. Of course you can also be very lucky and have a great time, but I really didn’t and was absolutely relieved to be back in Christchurch in a hostel after that. Working eight hours a day without getting paid and only for staying in a dirty shed is just definitley not worth it.
I had to find out now what I was going to do as I couldn’t afford staying in a hostel forever.So, in the end, I decided to do, what I have been thinking about for days: to fly back home. It’s been 8 months now and I have seen the whole country, my money is not going to become more without working and I don’t want to start in a cafe or something like that. I had three month of that in Auckland. When I booked my flight, I realized once again how much I miss you all and how much I miss my hometown (even in grey winter-weather). Moreover I feel have to start with my “serious” application time, it might take some time to find a nice “Voluntariat”.
So next tuesday, on the 18th of november I’ll be back and I really almost can’t wait!
Thank you so much for participating quite a lot on my blog!!! I had a great time writing in here and hope you’ve enjoyed taking part on my journey. I can’t wait to see all of you face-to-face again!
See you soon, Anna
Frerk: Es tut mir so leid, dass ihr den Blog so spaet gefunden habt, ich dachte, meine Eltern haetten Euch die Adresse schon laengst gegeben. Ich freue mich nun doch Weihnachten zuhause verbringen zu koennen! Eine Postkaqrte ist auf dem Weg zu Euch.
Katha: Viel Spass hier noch. Ja, in Neuseeland hat es selbstverstaendlich auch einen Regierungswechsel gegeben, jedoch einen von links zu rechts und Helen Clark ist nach etwa 10 Jahren als Premierministerin abgeloest worden!