GUEST POST: Call to all backpackers in Australia: Do not work here!
“Do not work here.” I wish I had listened to the signs more carefully. But I did not. And three days later, 300 dollars less and with a damaged ego, I really wish I had. Call to all backpackers in Australia: Do not work here! There is a job advertisement going around by a woman named Hayley Adamson. She is a backpacker working for a blacklisted woman named Mayla with a company called Elite Harvesting. It seems legit, but trust me, it is not. The work takes place in Gatton, an hour and a half west of Brisbane.
I have been in Australia for four weeks now. I went from Sydney to Byron Bay and had the best time of my life. But I also spend a lot of money. So while all the new friends I made carried on with their travels to Brisbane, I thought it was a good time to look for a job, do some fruitpicking and earn some money before the summer holiday starts. I started looking online for jobs close to the area. I thought I found a good one!
I arrived in Australia as a member of Work And Travel Company, a reliable source that helps backpackers find work as they travel. I found the advertisement on their job portal, applied for it on Monday and got an email back the same day, while other job offers didn’t reply. It all still seemed legit, I emailed with my contact person Hayley Adamson, asking questions about the job, housing, equipment to use…
So I left to Gatton on Thursday. I said goodbye to my friends who stopped at Surfers Paradise and Brisbane, and I took the bus to Gatton. I was feeling very positive and motivated to go fruitpicking! But as soon as I arrived, I noticed things were wrong.
I called the number I was given and a woman with bad English answered, saying someone would pick me up in 15 minutes. I waited for an hour in the heating sun while no one showed up. I tried calling the number again but no reply. Then the next Greyhound bus stopped and I was considering just jumping on the next one back to Brisbane. But then Alex jumped off the bus! Alex is a British girl who lives in Gold Coast, trying to get her Second Year Visa at the farm. We were both going the same direction so we started talkin. A German couple, Timo and Chalin, stopped and asked if we knew somewhere where there was work. We told them to tag along.
Fifteen minutes later a van stopped with a few cheerful backpackers inside. Alex and I got in and we drove to ‘the office’, a house in town. We heard a woman named ‘Mayla’ wasn’t there so we had to drive to her house. But before we went there we had to stop at Coles to get our groceries because there wouldn’t be time after. Alex and I hastily grabbed some stuff, not knowing what to expect.
To read the rest of this post please go to – Fruitpicking in Gatton – a scam story
Guest Post written by Ester (a recently arrived backpacker).
To watch the full video please go to – I’m not stupid
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Sourced by Chris Harrison