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Working in a Packhouse in Auckland
I came to New Zealand with a friend, fromChile, looking for an incredible experience. We were two weeks in Auckland looking for jobs, visiting hostels, restaurants and offices who can help you finding jobs, also we spent a lot of time going to the library of Mt. Eden,where you can use free internet, sending CVs every day, while we were living in the house of a family, specifically in acouch of the living room trying to save money, lovely family!. Every day emailsarrive to us saying “After a hard selection we have to say that in thisopportunity your application was unsuccessful”, very frustrating. To forget thosebad experiences we used to visit the amazing parks of Auckland, we walk untilthe top of the highest mountains of Auckland, Mt. Eden, awesome view; we werein the top of another beautiful hill called “One Three Hill” with a hugeobelisk in the top. After a couple of weeks waiting desperately for any job wedecided to travel to Tauranga. Once in Tauranga we met a lot of persons fromevery part of the world, and one week more looking for job without luck, until!We saw an advertisement of one guy who was looking for persons to work in kiwipruning, we called and SUCCESS! The day after we were working in a huge place,the bad part, it was illegal and he paid per production, without experiencelike us we could obtain just 30 dollars per day, considering that we werespending 24 dollars per night in a backpacker, and spending near of 10 dollarsin food per day, we just couldn’t survive for much more time. After the thirdday of work we arrived very tired to the backpacker and a guy told us thatthere was a possibility to work repacking kiwi fruit, our eyes began to dropsmall tears just imagining we could have a normal job, so we went very early theday after to a big company of kiwi fruit asking for job, but we just gotanother unsuccessfully phrase “sorry we are full, but you can leave us yourcontact in case we need more persons”. After that, seeing no future, we spentthe last energy that we had going to the library of Kati Kati, someone told usthat they could help us to find a job, once in there we got a list of a coupleof packhouse in the zone, go for it! –I said-, began calling to the first, butthey were full, the same with the second, the third, the fourth and the fifth,my friend told me return to the backpacker to rest, but I said NO!, there isstill one more company and I will call, I did, saying the same speech for sixthtime “Hi me and my friend are looking for job”, she said “great, we need twopersons now, can you be here in 1 hour more?”, WOW!, “Of course” I said, andthere it was our first legal job!, we were working quite hard for 2 weeks,selecting only the Best quality of kiwis to export them to Asia, but it had agood reward. Finally we have had several jobs, the most are sporadic, and so welearnt to look for jobs continuously. In spite of having this hard experiences,we love this beautiful country, quite kind people, incredible places to visit,is all so green and blue that you feel an unique contact with nature. And now,save money to continue this awesome travel in New Zealand!
Submitted by: Cristian Santibanez Date submitted: 18/10/2011 9:54:31 a.m.