Proceed with Phase Two




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To whom it may concern,                                               November 14, 2008

Beginning in Janurary, 2009 we are planning on hiring Earl Goodson as the caretaker of our monastery. He will be working for the Auckland Theravada Buddhist Association, a registered charitable organization in New Zealand. During Earl’s stay, we will provide him with lodging, food and a stipend.

We hope that he will be able to obtain a suitable visa without difficultly.

Kind regards,

Ajahn Chandako

Abbot, Vimutti Buddhist Monastery


Step 2: Send this and the appropriate proof to the Embassy in NZ and get them to give me a Visa. The monastery says I should go for the Working Holiday Scheme…So I’m back to square 1 as far as available funds as I’m supposed to have $2,400 American. I’m not too far off but it’s still a pain as I’ve yet to get a return ticket yet. Still, I don’t forsee any concerns as long as the Visa process is fast.

My Pontiac lawn-ornament goes on the auction block soon, for she lives once again!

Working Holiday Scheme: United States

You must:

  • have a passport from the United States of America that‘s valid for at least three months after your planned departure from New Zealand
  • be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
  • not bring children with you
  • hold a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket*
  • have a minimum of NZ$4,200 available funds to meet your living costs while you’re here
  • meet our health and character requirements
  • hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
  • be coming to New Zealand to holiday, with work being a secondary intention for your visit
  • not have been approved a visa or permit under a Working Holiday Scheme before.


….In other news I made a complete goof of myself at the Echo chain saw retailer presentation on small engine maintenance. I just can’t stand being lectured at; I’m a hands-on learner. Lectures bore the living crap out of me. Apparently I did this nodding "dance" between sleep and near-wakefulness for most of the presentation, to the amusement of both E-Corps crews. I noticed nothing, of course. I actually thought I wasn’t drawing too much attention to myself; I’d snap awake and think "ok, no one’s staring at me, focus, focus…..foc-zzz….NO! Think about something interesting…like…zzzz…" I haven’t had moments like that since…Well, since E-corps started and I got to listen to lectures on Stihl saw maintenance.

I also committed to another week of E-Corps in December, to rake in some extra cash for my trip. Holy crap, its already November 13th?!

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  1. hell yeah dude!
    Are you going to have internet access there? It’d be awesome to get some updates from you in BIZARRO AUSTRALIA

  2. You have to promise to get as many insect pictures as you can. Okay?


    And dogs. I need dog photos from people!

    (My fingers have been crossed for you since you brought up this whole trip idea. You know my feelings. Good luck!)

  3. Thanks guys!

    Re. Greg: I SHOULD have internet access, but I’m uncertain as of yet

    Re. Miah: A new digicam is high on my list for things to get before I go. They have the world’s heaviest insect there, the Weta. I really wanna get a shot of one for InsectPOD, for sure!

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