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tadpole
GOLD Member since Nov 2002

enthusiast
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Total posts: 200
Posted:I have a dilemna, and it's driving me insane. In order that anyone else can understand it, a bit of background first...

I come from Zimbabwe, which I left after being caught in ten riots too many, and came to the UK to save a few quid and then globetrot. That was the plan.
I now have the opportunity of returning to Zimbabwe to manage a game farm, which I think would be an awesome career, if slightly unstable, given the situation in Zim at the moment.

Where is the problem, I hear you cry?? It goes as follows :

If I decide to take the job back home, it has to be done within the next couple of months i.e. just time to save the airfare home. This leaves little room for traveling the world, as the job would be permanent (barring Zimbabwean hiccups), and therefore, travel would have to take a backseat for many years. This is a real bummer, IMHO, because it's something I've always wanted to do. Travelling somewhere for a couple of weeks every year is not an option either, due to complicated circumstances at the game farm. It's also not travelling then, IMO, it's just holidays, which isn't really what I want.

I realise that in the grand scheme of things this is hardly what most people would call a problem, but it's doing my head in. I also realise that it's a personal choice that only I can make, but any feedback or ideas or anything at all really would be both welcome and appreciated.



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tadpole
GOLD Member since Nov 2002

enthusiast
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Total posts: 200
Posted:Just read that, and to clarify :

Take the job, kick travel in the teeth for several years, or,

Stuff the job, and travel the world. It's unlikely an opportunity like this will arise again.



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_Stix_


_Stix_

Pooh-Bah
Location: la-la land

Total posts: 2419
Posted:Where is the farm hunny?

You read my report that I gave you - obviously that was skirting the issues -

one question I would ask is wether you'll be paid in Zim dollers of ForEx.. inflation is 3000% and rising.. it's not good there at the mo.. but do they need a cook??


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Magnus


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Location: Bath, UK

Total posts: 279
Posted:Travel the world, or move to a primitive, violent country to breed animals to kill them for profit.

Tough one...


Magnus... pay it forward

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tadpole
GOLD Member since Nov 2002

enthusiast
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Total posts: 200
Posted:MisStix - it's in an area called Mateki Hills, which is near Beitbridge. Reports from people in the area say it's fairly unaffected from violence due to the fact it's not good farming country.

Magnus - it's not quite as clear cut as that. It's not "breed animals to kill them for profit", responsible game management is a necessary technique for species survival (only because of the way man spreads, which makes it rotten, but still necessary). I disagree with hunting personally, and the farm emphasises tours as opposed to hunting, I'm led to believe, but by controlling necessary evils we can minimize their impact.


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_Stix_

Pooh-Bah
Location: la-la land

Total posts: 2419
Posted:Tadpole - I can only suggest that you follow your heart - as you say this oppertunaty comes once but a life time.. I'd go back home.. troubles and all.. what is the worst that can happen? You don't like it/ you have to leave/ you are made to leave.. then you can go traveling - the world is aways out there- granted they say it's best to travel when you are young.. but man - game farm?? the touristy thing is gonna get shittier, but conservation is something that Zim needs the animals that I saw up round the Kariba park (can't remember what it's called - the livestock there was dying - they had no special conservation program going)

The best that could happen - you spend your life in a beautiful country working with the animals you grew up with.. sun, and Zambizi/Castle.. hard one hun - but me. I'd go home too...

Plus we need to infiltrate poi to Zim.. and you can always stay with me if you wanna come over to the cold, wet, extotionatly overpriced shops to look at miserable people all day in your little office..

Edit - plus if you need anything ie petrol or food - you could always do a deal with my dad.. they've just bought the petrol station @ Makuti..they are thinking of getting more..

[ 28. January 2003, 06:47: Message edited by: MisStix ]


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Yemu


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Total posts: 1
Posted:zim is awesome... hope you came????

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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...

Total posts: 8737
Posted:if the job is a great opportunity take it. is there anything that says you can't chuck it in if it's aweful or to stop you travelling the world when your older or if things go horribly wrong?

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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This Jaded Flesh
SILVER Member since Oct 2009

This Jaded Flesh

One soul is as good as another...
Location: England, Durham

Total posts: 323
Posted:In my humble opinion, go traveling, another job will turn up that you'll want. One that is more than likely more stable. With all the experience you'll get from traveling the world you'll actually have something to take back and enrich it. to be honest, once you start traveling I doubt you'll want to go back, but that's another dilemma for you to face in the future. Ask yourself and be honest, if I gave you the money for a plain ticket home or to the far east which would you take? there's your answer. I doubt the pull will be equal. Home will be waiting for you.

"I may lack virtue, but I'm penitent"

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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

Total posts: 4061
Posted:Originally posted in 2003. Just btw.

Also, cool new avatar TJF.


'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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This Jaded Flesh
SILVER Member since Oct 2009

This Jaded Flesh

One soul is as good as another...
Location: England, Durham

Total posts: 323
Posted:Pmsl I need to check the dates from now on. all these necro'd threads everywhere.

And cheers ^ ^b


"I may lack virtue, but I'm penitent"

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