What's Your Day Job?

Jul 21st, 2006, 10:03 AM
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I am a Dutch ex-copywriter in publicity, living in the South of France and my -French-husband is an endocrine surgeon and university professor. As to writing I am still doing some translation work.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 10:26 AM
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Barman,computer tec,driver,chef,mechanic, you can be anything in Africa just go for it.Moved here 6 years ago and 1st job was best Barman.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 11:12 AM
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Updated info: Interior Architect, Architectural renderer - think that's useful in Africa, bots.? - will work for meals and roof coverage

Still doing medical scar and pigmentation work and renovating and turning houses over.

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Jul 21st, 2006, 11:57 AM
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Can you do some cooking in the bush?
Safari chef maybe,
What about lodge desighn,decorating etc lots
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Jul 21st, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Your information about what jobs foreigners can do in Africa sounds to good too be true (for me and not for unemployed Africans). I suppose itís in Botswana. In Kenya, where I want to live, Iíve been told itís impossible. How did you go about it? Where you there officially as a tourist while working as a barman? What are you doing now and do you have a work permit? Sorry if my questions are impertinent, but your post was a bit too interesting.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 01:42 PM
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What she said - would also like to hear particulars.
Cook - yes, design/decorate -yes, Go-for - yes,
cleaning - hell no!
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Jul 21st, 2006, 02:44 PM
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EBEN - I've worked in the entertainment industry for many years (now I'm trying to figure out what i want to be when I grow up). Do you need someone to write and line produce your documentaries? I could be your Hollywood connection!!!

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Jul 21st, 2006, 08:33 PM
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I did my research and found out that if you have a skill that there is a shortadge of in the country you can get a permit.
My luck it was computers.Then you have to employ an amount of citizens and provide training and employment.The barman side was while I was putting all this together.From there you can do varios stuff as long as you create employment and training.I had a small bar later that is now closed,TOOOmuch party at the Powerstation in Maun.
The best is to end up in partnership with a citizen.It is all about empowerment and training.If dont look at taking jobs but creating jobs and you can put together a plan for investment in the country and its people the country you are planning on staying in should not have a problem.
Hope this gives you some ideas.
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 01:57 PM
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Looks like the rules are the same as in Kenya. Iíve read that foreign camp owners used to break the rules in a neo-colonial way employing people from their home countries as unskilled managers to boss over people with 30 years in the industry. Iíve never seen any managers of that kind myself, but here on Fodorís Iíve got the impressions that things like that are still going on in Southern Africa. My obsession with Africa is turning me into a rather immoral being, and I was hoping you were saying there are ways to get employment as a not too skilled foreigner. Since an investment is needed my chances look rather slim, unless I rob a bank Ė but I do have some plans.
When I find some money Iíll open a milk bar in Talek and Iíll employ some local alcoholics.
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 10:43 PM
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Dont know if this helps but try http://www.jobsabroad.com/Kenya.cfm
Good luck with your dream & dont give up.
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 08:29 AM
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Thanks Bots. It seems like there are a couple of paid jobs: for a ďmarine science officerĒ and a ďterrestrial science officerĒ to work as expedition leaders for volunteers, and a qualified Christian teacher that will eventually get a paid job. There canít possible be a shortage of Christian teachers in Kenya Ö
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 09:35 AM
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I work for a LA law firm but on the IT side (Software Applications/Training manager).

Thankfully, law firms tend to be more generous with vacation than other US industries.

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Jul 29th, 2006, 04:04 PM
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I'm a freelance writer, specializing in writing about dogs and cats: behavior, care, health, breed profiles, etc. I've been doing that for 10 years, and for the 11 years before that I worked as a magazine editor in the pet field.

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Jul 29th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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I'm an insurance broker.... (I know boring). But I now have my own firm and, hey, it pays the bills and the way to Africa!
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Jul 30th, 2006, 01:16 AM
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Jul 30th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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I'm a medical social worker in a community-based clinic in San Francisco, providing primary medical care to uninsured and underinsured adults. It's tough work dealing with marginalized and disenfranchised populations...Thank goodness I can go to Africa every year and get away from the madness!!
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Jul 30th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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Retired last year from management position with leading provider of audience ratings for Radio and TV worldwide. (NOT Nielsen).

Currently gardener, birdwatcher, photographer, interior designer, oenophile and travel planner, as well as Durham (NC) Savoyard (Gilbert & Sullivan troupe) and reading all those books I never had the time to read.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 09:22 PM
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Used to be an operational manager, was diagnosed with cancer and thought " If im gonna die, im not gonna work 70 hours a week, there must be something better for me". Then I stopped at my work and got a job as a stewardess on an oilrig in the North Sea. Working 2 weeks and have 3 weeks off.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 05:14 PM
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A beer at the Deer Park would be so cool!

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