Roaming Newton Chapter 9:  
 
Welcome to Auckland:
 
Keeping up with the Jones is something that many people like to do, however on arrival in New Zealand I realized it was all about keeping up with the Aussies, but in a more relaxed sort of manner, which I guess gives New Zealand that really calm feel as opposed to a metropolis build that Australia has. Stepping into Auckland International Airport was great fun, especially the part whereby the customs officer asked me if I spoke English! My reply was garbled swear words, well that was what I was saying exceedingly loudly in my mind, my real response was nothing short of a polite “yes maam, I do…” the customs officer being about three times my size, enough said.
 
It didn’t take long for me to get settled into the way of living in Auckland city, everyday there is happy hour at most pubs or restaurants, well you cant call it an hour because it runs from 5pm to 8pm! These kiwis sure like to entertain. What did scare me was on my second night in the city I was on the late night bus and I saw a man walking a sheep on a leash! It was my first sheep encounter in New Zealand and I get the one who has been confused as the family dog!

Roaming Newton Chapter 7:  
 
Back in Good old South Africa:
 
I grew tired of winging it in Dubai, so instead I winged it back to good old South Africa. It’s always nice to come home and enjoy what you know best. South Africa just oozes energy and potential, the sort of factors that attracts me to a country in the first place. You realize quickly that it is truly the hub of activity of Africa and that Johannesburg in particular is the New York of Africa!

Travel documents can be a heavy admin job, from Passports to visas and even work permits, it’s not an easy process but rewarding once everything is order and you can go about travelling or working through another country…
 
Passports: are country specific, it’s an individual’s initial document that allows them the opportunity to travel to another country. These are obtained at a countries government office where passports and identity documents are issued. Check out Wikipedia for their breakdown on Passports: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passport

Looking for Gap Year jobs can be tricky, so much so that one can find themselves walking the streets in a foreign country handing out their CV’s to every shop, café or business they can find. It’s one of the challenges of taking a Gap Year, we checked out some of the more popular Gap Year jobs, allowing individuals to be more prepared before they venture off into that awesome adventure that is a Gap Year or an Overseas Experience or a Sabbatical, or whatever you want to call it!
 
Au pair: Despite what people think, Au pairs aren’t just other people’s toilet cleaners. Au Pairs are individuals whom are hired by host families in foreign countries to help assist in household duties as well as helping with childcare. The Au pair is usually provided with accommodation along with a salary or allowance. The idea behind Au pairing is to be able to travel and learn about cultures especially when having to live with them.

When again will you be able to develop your abilities and expand your horizons?
By Neville Beard
 
If you are about to finish with school or university you probably do not yet feel confident about taking on the challenges of the working world. There seem to be so many other requirements besides an academic qualification that employers want. How often do you hear or read about the ‘skills shortage’ and how difficult it is for companies to find the ‘right’ staff? Academic qualifications by themselves do not seem to be enough to solve either of these concerns. It is the Catch 22 of work – how do you get the experience and skills demanded by employers without first being given the chance to develop the required skills whilst working? And just what skills are employers today looking for?