Well have we got a bucketful of lovely stuff for you today. There's the chance to win a trip to Thailand, our free stuff round-up, new career breaks, new stuff on the site, recruitment, photography, tips, blog posts, and of course, the sometimes-amusing joke.
So fetch yourself a hot beverage, grab a biscuit or 3, and dive in!
COMPETITION - WIN A VOLUNTEERING TRIP TO THAILAND!
This is literally a prize that money can't buy - because it's organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, with some of our partners. You make a video saying why you should win, then 10 finalists will be chosen to pair up with 10 Thai winners to volunteer on a 2-week project. You will blog about it so that everyone can feel jealous!
The team with the most popular blog will win $5,000 for their project and a $500 hotel voucher. If your video gets the most views, you'll also win a $1,000 Apple gift card. Nice eh?
For more details, visit www.thelittlebigprojectthailand.com. You've got until 20th May. Good luck!
SPONSORED: VOLUNTEER MANAGERS URGENTLY NEEDED THIS SUMMER
Raleigh International are urgently recruiting volunteer managers to fill the final few roles on their summer expeditions. These are volunteer jobs for career breakers with professional skills, including administration, finance, project management and medicine. You'll be managing a team of volunteers, and your role will be matched to your interests and experience. The projects are in Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Tanzania.
So if you want to spend your summer being useful and awesome at the same time, click here for more info, and to apply.
CAREER BREAKS STARTING NEXT MONTH
FREE STUFF ROUND-UP
Free job interview e-book download (it's Australian but unless you have to box a kangaroo to get a job there, the advice is probably pretty similar to here)
60 minutes free Skype credit if you make MSN your homepage (I know, it's a big sacrifice but at least you can talk to your nan on your career break!)
Free earphones for your iPhone, MP3 player etc (limited time and quantities)
Have you found anything free that is work or travel related? Tell us and we'll stick it in next month (we'll credit you if you want).
PHOTO CORNER - YOUR MONTHLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
Winners of the Sony World Photography awards - they're not all travel related but they are from all over the world, and some are stunning! (Warning if you're at work, there's one incidence of non-sexual nudity)
ON THE BLOG
Finding a job on a super-yacht - a guest post by someone who actually did this!
How to take a career break without it hurting your career - pretty self-explanatory (we hope!)
NEW SECTION - NEW ON THE SITE
Free housesitters' accommodation ad in the Australia and New Zealand section
Funny British street names has been updated after someone told us about Smack Alley
Kaya Responsible Travel have added new career breaks, including volunteering, paid work, TEFL and diving
Amanzi have also added new career breaks - 4 are volunteering in Africa, and one is a field guide certification course
TIP OF THE MONTH
Today's tip comes courtesy of Alan Adams. He says: "Book your prefered seat on line before going to the airport. I like the aisle, so booking online saves the worry of going to the desk and being told you have to sit in the middle of a line of five seats."
If you have a tip for us, email firstname.lastname@example.org - we will credit you unless you want to stay anonymous.
NEW - RECRUITMENT
We're currently looking for freelance writers to help us out with the blog (and possibly some other bits of the site) - if you are an experienced writer or blogger, please drop us a line with availability, rate and examples of work. Also, if you know someone who would be interested, please forward this email to them, then they can buy you a drink with their earnings.
My boss told me my communication skills were awful.
I didn't know what to say.
Until next month,
The Career Break Site