There’s a job posting on Facebook for a paid vacation to a small Greek island where you take care of a bunch of rescued cats.
How does hanging out with 50+ rescued cats on a small secluded island in the Mediterranean sound? Idyllic, right? Well, that’s what this job offer is asking applicants to do.
For whatever reason, the owner of the God's Little People Cat Rescue on the Greek island of Syros is taking some time off. This means that they need someone to take over the operation, which means someone to live on the island and take care of their 55 rescued cats.
The successful applicant will need to feed, medicate, and occasionally handle a feral/non-sociable cat and force it to take its meds. Trained vets and nurses are preferred, but anyone with experience handling way too many cats is welcome to apply.
Here’s where things get vacation-y. The part of Syros that the cat rescue is located on is a nature preserve, which means that it’s basically deserted during the winter months and gets the occasional tourist in the summer months. There’s also a garden, a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea, and a fully accommodated house for you to sleep in at night.
Room and board are both fully included.
But before you think you’re going to strike it rich taking care of Greek cats, keep in mind that Greece just recently suffered an economic meltdown and the rescue doesn’t exactly offer a six-figure salary. The owner is stating that you’ll work about 20 hours a week, and considering the average monthly salary in Greece is around 1,000 euros, you’ll probably take home half that. Which is less than 600 bucks. Per month.
So the pay isn’t great. But you do get to play with a bajillion adorable cats. And feed them. And occasionally take them to the vet (note: you’ll need to know how to drive a stick-shift to use the shelter’s car).
Also, you won’t get paid right away. The training period begins at the beginning of October, but it’s unpaid. Payment doesn’t actually begin until the real job starts, which is November 1st. The contract is for 6 months but can be extended depending on the successful applicant's performance.
Really, this is a 6-month vacation that gives you a tiny bit of spending money. If you’re retired in Greece and want to spend your day with a bunch of cats, this might be the job for you.