Tourism Australia’s Best Jobs in the World contest was introduced in March, and Messeroff entered a video application. (You can see it at www.australia.com/best-jobs.aspx.) Although the dream jobs on offer included lifestyle photographer, wildlife caretaker and even the whimsical chief funster, she decided that outback adventurer was her best fit. She wasn’t alone. Some 600,000 applications for the contest’s six jobs poured in from 196 countries, and more than 45,000 candidates wanted to become outback adventurers — a kind of hybrid tour guide/spokesperson/blogger. Last week Messeroff was named one of the final 25 candidates for the spot, and she has begun a campaign to support her cause.
“I am thrilled that I am a finalist!” she said, pointing out that to make the final three, who will be announced on May 15, she will need to “round up as much support as possible.” To that end, she started a Facebook campaign under the name Alisa for Outback Adventurer. The page has already collected more than 2,300 “likes” from all over the world, and she hopes to garner even more support before next week’s deadline.
“I am so thankful to have support from people all over the world,” Messeroff said.
“I want to bring more people to Australia and have them experience what this wonderful country has to offer. The landscapes are jaw-dropping, the Aussies are so kind and life is so peaceful. As Australia’s Outback adventurer, I would explore the Northern Territory, camp under the stars, go camel racing and fly in hot-air balloons while sharing my adventures with the world.”
Visit www.facebook.com/AlisaTheOutbackAdventurer to register your support.