Tristan da Cunha – level 3
It’s only got 265 residents and as much coastline as you could possibly want. There happens to be a volcano, too, but the last major eruption was five decades ago, and it certainly helps if you enjoy your own company, as Tristan da Cunha is situated midway between South Africa and South America.
So if you know something about tending livestock and crop rotation, the islanders are hoping this could be the place for you. They’re seeking a farmer who can help them increase their food production and make them less reliant on imports. It’s seven days on a fishing boat to the nearest mainland.
However, the work could be challenging says one agricultural adviser who did the job a few years ago.
“There’s about 1,500 acres of grassland on which they run cattle and sheep and they also have a small area where they grow potatoes, but that’s the sum total of the agriculture.”
“This is the loneliest human colony on Earth…”
Tristan da Cunha, a British overseas territory hit the headlines in the early sixties when a volcano forced its inhabitants to be evacuated, first to South Africa 1,500 miles away and then on to England. When they returned, not all of them seemed happy to be back on the most remote inhabited island on Earth.
Islander Basil Lavarello shared his feelings in 1965.
“If they had a vote now for people to return to England, I’d say three-quarters of the community would just turn back there again.”
“Would you be one of them?”
“I would be one of them.”
Basil’s first cousin once removed is still on the island and he maintains it’s the dream place to live and work.
“It’s very pristine, and of course there’s no crime, and I think anyone who comes here for a short term contract, they just enjoy so much they are always saying they’d like to come back.”
So now – a rare chance to find out for yourself – the salary’s undisclosed but there is a pub for after work, and of course, all the view you could ever need.
Difficult words: seek (to look for), resident (a person who resides – lives somewhere), agricultural (farming), sum total (the total amount of something), maintain (to argue), pristine (clean), undisclosed (not known publicly).
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