I almost got a job this week. In fact, I accepted a job over the phone for $15.25 an hour, 30 hours a week, only to get a call back a few minutes later that the gig was going to be limited to 20 hours a week.
From June through August only, I was going to manage a group of rain garden projects with Cleveland area high school students as part of a non profit organization (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) . I found the position listed online this week and interviewed in person a couple days later.
Genuinely I'm a little bummed I couldn't make this work. I've enjoyed working with elementary school kids in the past. And this would've been a new way to pass on some skills I've picked up over the years.
Serendipitously, I had a vision of running an outdoor youth organization while hiking the PCT. If it ever comes to fruition I will call it "Inside Out" and the mission will be to take randomly selected middle school age kids of all socioecomic backgrounds on an expenses paid overnight backpacking trip where they walk to the point where they exhaust their water supply and need to collect more from their environment. The purpose would be to spark a greater respect for water amongst youths as well as potentially inspire friendships across economic boundaries.
Unfortunately, this summer position became too much of a reach when they reduced the hours. I've got bills to pay, which would get paid by the skin of my teeth bringing in $1,800 a month before taxes.
The >50% paycut (compared to an engineering job) would've been worth the experience, but ultimately there were just too many hoops to jump through to pay my bills and working that commitment 20 hours a week.
So back again to the drawing board.
In the meantime, I've been on a tear working on the van.
There is insulation behind the rest of kitchen wall as well as paint in new places. I've also gotten back into my to-be closet, making progress there as well.
Without a job at the moment, more progress is to come faster than you're used to.