Work and Travel in beautiful Australia

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Ever thought of taking a gap year? So what stopped you from leaving work for inspirational time off or from taking a sabbatical year?
In 2009 I resigned from my job, sold most of my belongings and went to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. For a whole year I carried all I had in a backpack and never planned ahead for more than a week or two. I just went with the flow and had some of the best times of my life!…

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Life as a Jillaroo (Part II)

cattle station in northern territory Australia

Apart from working on horseback as described in Part I, I experienced true remote living on a cattle station in the Australian outback of the Northern Territory. I vividly remember my first day at work having to vaccinate about a 1000 yearlings of wild Rahmen cattle. Not that I knew much about it; I had once vaccinated a pig during a school internship with the local vet… And here I was again, 14 years wiser and holding a gun like syringe in my hands dreading to hurt any animal. I also had a drenching gun in order to spray worming …

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Life as a Jillaroo (Part I)

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Most of you might ask: what’s a Jillaroo? Wikipedia explains it as the “female equivalent of a Jackaroo” which is the Australian expression for a “trainee working on a sheep or cattle station to gain practical experience in the skills and traditions of Australian stockmen”. In North American terms it’s somewhat like a cowgirl. Except that I was in the Australian bush of the Northern Territory: that’s crocodile and snake country where Crocodile Dundee was from. And I really loved it!…

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