As many people will know I have a longtime love affair with Africa. There was a point where I had literally read everything Brisbane City Council had to offer on the topic of Africa.
But I have longtime love affairs with quite a few things – peppermint chocolate, Law and Order SVU, Jessica Beaton, my giant giraffe, travelling, saving money – and sometimes my love affairs conflict with each other. For example, when my giraffe is too large to fit on an airplane.
Back on topic, it’s important to love your workplace because you spend half of your life there. I love my job, supporting people with a disability. I love the people I work with and I’m passionate about inclusion. I don’t want to leave the disability sector.
But I’d also like to move overseas to work in a developing country and that’s a little difficult to achieve when you work in the disability sector because not many countries are investing in quality disability programs. Conflict: how to work in the disability sector and international development sector at the same time.
I applied for a few jobs working in schools in Africa but none of them included disability work so it didn’t feel like the right fit. It was difficult to find a job that I wasn’t going to use as a career step, and instead was going to have meaning.
Then released on the inter webs was an open application for a magical role in Fiji! It fit all of my job seeking criteria:
International Development work
Opportunities for my husband in the region
Josh and I visited Fiji in 2014 and loved the culture and communal atmosphere. I’m really excited to become a part of (what I hope will be!) a loving community.
And this time, I’ll remember my sunglasses.
Fortunately, Josh is a travel agent and Fiji is a tourism hub. He has some contacts that will hopefully help with finding a new job role.
Fiji is 3 hours and 40 minutes from home. It’s closer to Brisbane than Perth. We therefore expect lots of visitors and hope to offer free accommodation in return!
We are due in Suva February 28th, so in the meantime I am making the best of having a partner in the tourism industry and we will be travelling through Asia over January. Keep an eye out for pics of Petra, orangutans and unlimited noodle soup!
And please, please, please, keep us from loneliness by taking advantage of flight deals to Fiji and make sure you come for a visit!
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