Wednesday 29 March 2017

Jan on a mission to work 33 jobs in 33 countries in just 33 weeks

Jan Lachner at work in the Brazen Head
pub in Dublin last night
Jan Lachner at work in the Brazen Head pub in Dublin last night
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

HE'S worked as a flamenco teacher in Spain, a fisherman in Malta and a tour operator in Cyprus in less than a month.

And now Jan Lachner can add barman at Ireland's oldest pub to his rapidly expanding CV.

The 24-year-old aeronautics engineer from Paris will be pulling pints at the Brazen Head in Dublin this week as part of his mission to work 33 "typical" jobs in 33 European countries in 33 weeks.

The new year will see him brewing beer in the Czech Republic, making chocolate in Belgium, working as a florist in Holland, and tending to zoo animals in Estonia despite having no previous experience.

But unlike the hordes of his Irish contemporaries who have been forced to emigrate to find jobs, Mr Lachner's goal as a "super backpacker" is to gain as much insight as he can into the lives and culture of our European neighbours. He is also considering writing a book about his adventure.

Meanwhile, he learns valuable skills and earns a little cash on the side.

He speaks fluent French, German, English and some Spanish, and funded the project himself.

Along with setting up a network of employers, he also arranged a number of hosts in the "couchsurfing community" across Europe who will provide a bed for him during his stay as he travels the continent and beyond in a car.

He spent his first day in Dublin helping his host move house. But that didn't stop him from being keen and ready to learn when he was shown how to pull his first pint of Guinness yesterday.

"He's doing great. He's eager and he's a great learner," said bar manager Steve Wilson.

Fantastic

"It's a great idea. The things he's done already are fantastic."

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, Mr Lachner said he was having a great time here. He approached several pubs but was delighted when the Brazen Head agreed to take him on for a few days.

"I was very eager to work for this one because it's not just any pub. There are 800 years of history," he said.

Customers have no idea what he is doing and he surprised a group of French tourists in the pub by taking their orders in their native tongue.

But each day presents a new and exciting challenge even if he doesn't achieve his goal in his designated time period.

"Even if I only do 20 countries that's already great," he said.

His next job in early January will take him to Luxembourg where he will be working as an estate agent, followed by a stint making alpine horns in Switzerland and blowing glass in a glassmaker's shop in Venice.

"Beyond being a nice project for myself, I want to show there isn't much difference between someone in Lithuania, Spain or Germany," he said.

"We all go to supermarkets, we all want to have a bigger car than our neighbour, and we all want to have nice holidays in Phuket. What brings us together is so much more than what makes us apart," he said.

Anyone interested in keeping up with Mr Lachner's travels can do so by logging onto his website eurojobsproject.com.

Irish Independent

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