WWOOF means World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farm, it’s an organization created to share ideas of sustainable ways of life. The website links volunteers to host farmers, the volunteer will work for the host and the host will provide accommodation, food and teach organic production methods.
To become a WWOOFER you may access the WWOOF organization of a country and register, the price depends on the country, the american WWOOF the lowest fee is $ 30. Once registered you’ll have access to the farms directory, this way you can choose the farm you want and contact the farmer to check if he needs help.
It also might be a good way to practice your English!
According to a research of Booz & Company the countries with the highest gender equality level are:
5º New Zealand
The research used data of 128 countries and criteria were, preparation (education), access-to-work policy, entrepreneurial support, inclusion, advancement and equal pay.
The thumbs up generally means approval, “good”, “terrific”, “awesome” and also is used by hitchhickers to stop vehicles. The precise origin is unclear, some people say it’s derived from the gesture used for passing the verdict of defeated gladiators in ancient Rome. During World War II it was also used by american pilots to indicate that they were ready to take off.
Generally it means a good thing, but in the Middle East… it means “Up yours, pal!”. During the american invasion of Iraq the soldiers thought that the gesture that Iraqis were doing was an approval…
In the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa if you order 2 pints using peace hand sign (the V sign) with the back of your hand turned to the bartender you’ll be telling him simply “Go fuck yourself”. Ok some people are already used to foreigners doing it and won’t be offended, but they still using it between them. This gesture for them it’s like the finger in the US and also means defiance.
The origin came from middle ages when french knights captured english longbowman they used to cut the two fingers, this way they couldn’t use the bow against them again. The archers that had the fingers, used to show them to insult the frenchs. So try to avoid it!
Comparing to other countries the requirements for student visa of Ireland are quite simple. I’ll talk about the requirements for the most common type of course, 6 months of general English, which afford you a 1 year visa, counting the other 6 months like vacation. With this visa you can work 4 hours during your English course and 8 hours during your vacation period.
The citizens of most countries don’t need to apply for a visa before coming to Ireland, check here if you need a visa. To enter in Ireland you need a letter of the school, a letter of your accomodation and the boarding pass of your fly back. The immigration control at the airport will give 30 days to apply for the visa at Garda National Immigration Bureau. After your 30 days if you don’t have a visa and travel to other country, this country will not let you enter and send you back to Ireland, which can even deport you.
To apply for the visa you need:
- A letter of the school (a different one)
- Evidence of medical insurance
- Bank statement proving that you have € 3000
- Pay the €150 fee (you can’t pay in cash)
There they’ll give you the GNIB card, your visa. GNIB means Garda National Immigration Bureau. You must register at GNIB offices at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
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Here are the most visited jobs websites:
The website Jobsearch belongs to Australian Government.
The social media LinkedIn published the results of a survey done with its users. Here are the top 20 most desirable:
6º General Electric
10º The CocaCola Company
11º The Walt Disney Company
18º Ogilvy & Mather
The results show that technology companies are the most desirable, this is expressed by first four positions of the ranking and the fact that 21 out 100 ranked companies are in this sector. I would say this is due to their higher wages. The results also show that a good brand helps, but it is not the main thing and that to be one of the most sought-after the companys don’t need to be huge one, because half of the companies of the ranking has less than 7,000 employees.
Some days ago I’ve posted about some americans universities that offer free online courses and now I’ve just discovered another platform that offers even more courses, its name is Coursera. On this platform 33 universities offer 198 courses in 18 categories, among the universities that are participating are Princeton, Stanford and Yale. The platform was launched on April 2012 and it has more than 1 million users.
Signing up for one of the courses you will have access to video lessons, interactive exercises, tests and you can learn at your own pace. The offered courses goes from 3 weeks to 15 weeks long and some of them give certificates at the end of the course. The courses now are for free, but according to one of its venture capitalist, in the future people may pay for premium services.
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It offers 1,5 million pronunciations in 300 languages. The biggest pro of the site it is the fact that it offers pronunciation of people names, streets and country names. In English there are more than 90,000 pronounced words. Join Forvo you can collaborate to pronunciations in your language. If you create a sound clip of a pronunciation other users will rate your clip, a way of ensuring high quality content.