How about this for an advertisement for a short term job :
Wanted – People for a week’s manual labour .
Description – you will travel to the poorest country in the western hemisphere with a group of like minded people . You will be working from 5 am to 5 pm each day in temperatures in excess of 45 degrees Celsius . Work will be carried out at a higher pace than would be normal in Ireland . You will construct 45 houses , one community hall , two soccer pitches , one garden area , one playground and numerous latrines . You will work with a very limited supply of building tools , equipment and supplies and may be exposed to torrential downpours during this 6 day period .
You will need to provide your own work boots and clothing etc . Accommodation will be provided in 6 man tents – please bring your own bedding , torches etc .
Medical – Please prepare against Malaria , Cholera , Tetanus , Typhoid , Diarrhea and other such conditions .
Wage – None
Oh , I forgot – please pay us €4,500 before you leave !
Would you go ?
Well , 350 people did go . Here are just some of these people :
From the left :
Jerome MacCarthy – Civil Engineer , originally from West Cork , now in Limerick
Thomas Atkinson – Building Manager from South East
Aideen Fahy – HR Manager from Galway , working in Dublin
Ger Shinnick – Facilities Manager from Fermoy
Martin Walsh – Truck Driver from Waterford
Padraig Cleary – Supermarket Manager in Carlow
The job description above was prophetic – it was possibly a little worse than described . These guys worked their butts off for the week – I found it hard to keep up with them .
Guess what – this group and so many more want to come back again next year .
As they say – go figure !
Interested ? Check it out at http://www.havenpartnership.com/