I am staggered.
As a hard-working self-employed person who also knows what it’s like to work for a boss, for an institution (years and years of it, thank you), my mind is now officially blown. I must have been living under a mushroom!
So I’m looking up possibilities for my oldest to job-shadow, volunteer or whatever, in her gap year while she takes time out to explore which way she wants her life to turn. I always thought, if you work, you are giving of your time and effort, and especially if you are good at it, that is worth something to the person you are working for. So by reason, they ought to pay you. If you volunteer, that is an enormous gift, because you are giving your valuable time to them for free!
South Africa manages to take your time and effort that you are offering as a gift, and sell it back to you as an “unforgettable experience”. Not enough that they are getting your effort for free: Now they want you to pay to work? Not just one organization, but just about every one that advertises online!
Does that sound wrong to you too?
The mind boggles.