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圖片:為世界各地失業者準備的十大熱門度假方式

   
 

   

美國《旅遊與閒暇》雜誌網站報道:失業了?別擔心,旅遊可以是你拓展視野、鍛煉新技能的好機會。Travel + Leisure Magazine 出爐了一份專為失業者準備的十大熱門度假旅遊勝地清單。(點擊查看原文:Top Vacations for the Newly Unemployed


Farm Your Way Around the World

 

1.周遊世界去種田

加入非盈利性組織--全球有機農田計劃(Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms),你可以通過在全世界1,200處有機農場中的任意一家兼職務農,換取免費食宿。例如,去新西蘭種獼猴桃,在學習自給自足基本能力的同時,還可以瞭解有機烹飪、替代能源的相關知識。 

Chuck that BlackBerry and learn how to grow the real thing (it’s a dark, juicy, sun-ripened fruit that grows on a vine, for those of you who have forgotten).

Where: Join the nonprofit network Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In exchange for your room and board, usually in a family home, you’ll work part-time on one of 1,200 organic farms around the world. Grow kiwis in New Zealand, for example, while living in what the owners describe as an “idyllic” converted barn by the sea. Your hosts will teach you the basics of self-sufficient farming, organic cooking, and alternative energy—some farms even teach how to make organic wine, bread, and cheese. Bonus: this knowledge will come in handy if the economy gets any worse.

Price: Each country membership fee is around $40. A complete list of countries is available at www.wwoof.org.

 


Swap Your Life for Someone Else’s

 

2:和別人交換生活空間

交換生活空間意味著你可以與世界任意一個角落的人交換房子,無論你是想換一座400年歷史的老房,還是滑雪勝地旁的公寓,除了低廉的會費(20美金),其它都是免費的。HomeLink

So long as you still have a home, you can trade it.

Where: Home swapping allows you to exchange your house or apartment (and while you’re at it, your car and friends too) for someone else’s, anywhere in the world. Whether you trade for a 400-year-old stone house in medieval Padua or a ski condo in Aspen, you won’t pay a penny beyond the small registration fee. Meanwhile, your swap partners will take in your mail, water your plants, and feed your cat. They’ll be highly motivated to do a good job too, because you’re holding their home hostage.

Price: Use a reputable home-exchange service like HomeLink (800/638-3841 or 954/566-2687); registration fee is $20.

 


Sail Off Into the Sunset

 

3.向著日落啟航

為遊艇擔任志願服務。登錄免費資源類網站CrewFile,在全球找找與遊艇一起出海的機會。你無需懂得航海技術或有類似經驗。船長常常願意接納新人,只要你態度端正,船長會教授你需要知道的一切。

Spend a budget winter on the sea, chasing the sun on a luxury yacht, and let the folks on Wall Street wonder what happened to you.

Where: If you’ve just been given the pink slip, your foremost worry probably isn’t how to make sure your yacht makes it from the Canary Islands to Ibiza without a scratch. But even in this economy, someone else is worrying about just that. Make their worries go away by volunteering to work with a yacht delivery crew. Find opportunities around the world through the classifieds on Crew File, a free Web resource that links yacht crews with sailing opportunities around the world. You don’t need sailing skills or experience. Captains will often accept novices, if they have the right attitude, and teach them everything they need to know to be a competent deckhand and day skipper.

Price: Some boats accept “donations” from volunteers, but you might even get paid if you find the right gig. Registration is free.

 


Cash In Your Investment In the National Parks

 

4.在美國國家公園裡上課

露營或是住在便宜的公園客棧裡,聽美國國家公園管理處提供的課程。例如,在美國黃石公園學習冬季野生動物攝影,或是在比斯坎灣學習捕魚技巧等等。www.nps.gov

You’ve been paying taxes for years. You own the national parks—now you can enjoy them.

Where: Camp for a nominal fee, or stay in an inexpensive park cabin (usually about $30 a night) and take classes offered by the U.S. Park Service. Study the technical aspects of winter wildlife photography at Yellowstone National Park, learn new fishing techniques from the marine biologists at Biscayne, or hone your wilderness orienteering skills in the Great Smoky Mountains. Almost every park offers some kind of class, from printmaking with the park’s artist-in-residence to poetry workshops.

Price: Thanks to your taxpayer support, the fees range from next-to-nothing to nothing. Learn about programs at www.nps.gov.

 


Stretch Your Savings with Yoga Teacher Training

 

5:用存款參加瑜伽培訓師課程

不論你身在何處、預算多少,總有一款瑜伽培訓師課程適合你。但如果你手頭富裕,選擇在泰國蘇梅島學習Absolute Yoga吧,其中一些培訓師以前就是投資銀行家,他們肯定能理解你的處境。並且他們表示,多數畢業生4個月內就可以收回學費。

Striving, materialism, greed, and attachment—how did those work out for you? The antidote can be your new meal ticket.

Where: Yoga teacher training is available around the world at prices to suit any budget, but if you can afford it, do it in style at Absolute Yoga on Thailand’s palm-canopied Koh Samui island. Some of the instructors are former investment bankers, so they’ll know just where you’re coming from. Take classes in yoga philosophy, anatomy, Ayurveda, and meditation, then swim in the infinity pool, sweat out your toxins in the steam room, and enjoy a four-handed massage in the spa. They say that most graduates recoup the cost of the tuition within four months. Bonus: yoga’s a recession-proof career. The more stressed-out the world becomes, the more yoga it needs.

Price: The 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Course, with accommodation and meals, costs about $5,000.

 


Do Good Works with Woodwork
 

6:如果你是個好木匠去委內瑞拉和平村吧! 

 

與您的手中,並幫助有需要的兒童委內瑞拉和平村。 

如:學習基本的木工,取得流利西班牙語,並幫助有特殊需要的兒童的志願活動在和平村中心的殘疾兒童在聖埃倫娜Uairén日,在委內瑞拉的心臟薩巴納香格里拉大國家公園。您可以幫助建設一個遊樂場和治療騎馬設施,整修客房和花園,並瞭解木材和stoneworking技術。小型的,高海拔城市所包圍雲霧林,蘭花, bromelias ,壯觀的平頂高山,河流,和熱帶瀑布,享有完善,溫帶氣候全年。您的主機將提供指導西班牙語會話的機會,同時也正式西班牙語班,一對一或團體。

價格:住宿和膳食上的和平村理由成本為750美元的第一周和230美元,每增加一周。呆的時間感到鼓舞。

 

Work with your hands and help children in need in a Venezuelan Peace Village.

Where: Learn basic carpentry, acquire fluent Spanish, and help children with special needs by volunteering at a Peace Village center for handicapped children in Santa Elena de Uairén in Venezuela, in the heart of La Gran Sabana National Park. You’ll help construct a playground and therapeutic horse-riding facilities, renovate rooms and gardens, and learn wood- and stoneworking techniques. The small, high-altitude town—surrounded by cloud forests, orchids, bromelias, spectacular flat-topped mountains, rivers, and tropical waterfalls—enjoys a perfect, temperate climate year-round. Your hosts will provide guided conversational Spanish language opportunities as well as formal Spanish classes, one-on-one or in groups.

Price: Accommodation and meals on the Peace Village grounds cost $750 for the first week and $230 for each additional week. Longer stays are encouraged.

 

 


Finish Your Novel in a Medieval French Village

 

7:在法國古鎮寫小說

抽屜裡有一本未完待續的作品?那就去法國朗格多克省的古鎮找尋靈感吧,古鎮的寧靜意味著那裡不會有紛擾,和幾個作家朋友一起來這裡,吃當地的農家菜,完成自己的小說。

Have a half-written novel sitting in your dresser drawer? Dust it off at a writers’ retreat in the Languedoc.

Where: Find inspiration at La Muse writers’ retreat in Labastide-Esparbairenque, in the heart of Cathar country in the Languedoc. Its location in a quiet, secluded medieval village means there are no distractions here beyond the rustic food, the local farmers’ markets, the nearby wineries, and the company of other writers. Bonus: writing a scathing roman à clef about your former employers will make you feel much better.

Price: Rates for three-week retreats range from $975 to $1,365, depending on the room. In winter, you can barter for your room by working several days a week—your tasks might include building stone walls or gardening.

 


Work the Slopes

Base Camp Group為世界各地不同消費能力的人提供滑雪培訓師課程,課程結業後可以獲得國際認可的滑雪教學資格證書。

Losing your job doesn’t mean you have to give up skiing. It just means you have to make skiing your life. Hardship duty, we know.

Where: The Base Camp Group (44-0-20-7243-6222) offers ski instructor training courses around the world from Banff to Verbier, at prices to suit every budget. It provides coaching on the slopes, exam preparation, instructor shadowing, work experience, and credentials in first aid and mountain safety. When you finish, you’ll have an internationally recognized qualification, and you’ll even get job-interview coaching and access to Base Camp’s extensive online job vacancy database.

Price: A six-week course averages about $5,000.

 


Become a Chef—Or Just Eat Like One

9:改行做廚師

在佛羅倫薩以南山谷的Casa Ombuto豪宅裡學習經典意大利菜餚的烹飪方法,例如意大利湯團、在燒柴的烤爐上做比薩等。你即使無法靠烹飪技找到新工作,至少會令你在朋友中倍受歡迎。
 

Immerse yourself in Italian culture while acquiring the world’s most lovable job skill.

Where: Study the classic repertoire of Italian cuisine at the Casa Ombuto, a restored luxury villa high in the tranquil hills of the Casentino valley, just south of Florence. You’ll make gnocchi, roll pasta, bake pizza in a wood-burning oven, prepare a wild boar with polenta, and whip up a warm lemon pie with Italian meringue—welcome additions to any job-seeker’s resume (and if these skills don’t get you a job, they will at least make you very popular). The cooking lessons don’t start until a civilized 3 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the pool, the gardens of fruit trees, and the golden Tuscan sunshine.

Price: A one-week class is $2,750 (based on double occupancy), including all expenses apart from airfares.

 

 


Save the Whales, or Whatever Else Needs Saving

10.拯救動物

Your high-flying job left a Sasquatch-size carbon footprint. Repaying your debt to the planet will be more fun than running it up ever was.

Where: Protect the world’s endangered animals and habitats by volunteering with Earthwatch (800/776-0188; info@earthwatch.org). You’ll work with crackerjack scientists on a field research or conservation project in one of 50 countries around the world. You can band penguins in South Africa, tag endangered sea turtles on the beaches of the Pacific, or—our favorite—snorkel for science while monitoring coral reef health in the Bahamas. Paddling through the bathtub-warm, crystalline waters near San Salvador Island is bound to be a serious improvement over preparing the budget figures for the 10 a.m. marketing meeting.

Price: The cost of participating in a project ranges from $700 to $4,500, excluding airfare.

Kristen Ervick/EarthWatch.org

 

 原文及圖片出自:www.travelandleisure.com

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