RESEARCHER APPLICATION Due by 5pm, Monday, March 2, at Let’s Go, 67 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd floor PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE Information Session Tuesday, February 17, at 5pm in Quincy Spindell Room Applications Due Monday, March 2, by 5pm (no exceptions) Interviews Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 Notification Friday, March 20 Researcher Training Days To be determined (series-wide training will be 15-20 hours in April and May) Researcher Travel Departure Date Late May or early June (as soon as possible after exams are completed) Researchers are the bedrock of Let’s Go, the team in the field. Researchers work alone, moving from town to town along planned routes, stopping in each place long enough to update, improve, and add to the previous edition’s coverage. They receive reimbursement for open- return round-trip airfare to their destination and a daily stipend to cover their expenses. Fifteen to twenty hours of preparation work are required during the semester; itineraries begin in late May or early June and last six to eight weeks. Researchers may be wide-eyed newcomers to their destinations, or veteran travelers (even natives), looking to uncover secret charms and back door finds. Foreign-language skills and travel experience help, but are by no means necessary. The ideal Researcher possesses a true curiosity, a sense of adventure, a passion for travel, an independent spirit, an iron drive, a keen eye and ear for detail, and a love of writing. If you have questions, please come to one of our information sessions, check out our application website (http://apply.letsgo.com), or contact any Let’s Go Director or Managing Editor. Laura Gordon Dwight Curtis Vanessa Dube Director of Publications Editorial Director Publicity and Marketing Director laura.gordon®letsgo.com dwight.curtis®letsgo.com vanessa.dube®letsgo.com RESEARCHER APPLICATION Applications are due at Let’s Go, 67 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd floor on Monday, March 2, at 5pm. Unless indicated, all responses should be hand-written. Please write your name on each page you submit. Name: Email: Phone #: Harvard ID # (all 9 digits): Campus Address: Class: Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Grad _______________________ (school and year) Interviews will be held on the weekends of March 7-8 and 14-15. Because of the volume of applications, we may not be able to interview every applicant; those who will be interviewed will be notified on a rolling basis by March 5th. A few words about the Researcher hiring process: If you are extended a job offer, you will be given 24 hours to take or leave that job; you will not be extended multiple offers, and offers are non-transferable, so think carefully about your preferences before submitting your application. I, ______________________________________, certify that I am a student in good standing at Harvard University and that all information presented in this application is the truth and constitutes my own, original work. _________________________________ _______________________ (Signature) (Date) BOOK PREFERENCES List the top six areas where you would like to research in order of preference, and then rank all of the destinations that you would consider in the box below. Also, note the strength of your preferences. Please cross out from the box below any routes that you would definitely not accept. Are you willing to research for any guide (circle one)? Yes No TOP SIX PREFERENCES: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. RESEARCH DESTINATIONS __ PANAMA __ COSTA RICA __ LONDON __ ROME __ BELIZE __ EL SALVADOR __ OXFORD/CAMBRIDGE __ FLORENCE __ GUATEMALA __ NICARAGUA __ EDINBURGH __ BARCELONA __ HONDURAS __ ISRAEL __ GREECE __ PRAGUE & BUDAPEST __ MEXICO (PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR): __ BAJA CALIFORNIA __ THE YUCATAN PENINSULA I. PRACTICAL INFORMATION 1. Please attach an up-to-date copy of your resume. Include the names and phone numbers of two individuals who can comment on your experience and abilities. 2. Please explain the specific reasons for your particular choices, and the strength of your preferences among your top six. Include information about any knowledge you might have about the selected regions. 1st Choice: 2nd Choice: 3rd Choice: 4th Choice: 5th Choice: 6th Choice: 3. Why do you want to work for Let’s Go? 4. Working for Let’s Go is the toughest job you’ll ever love, and out there on the road, you’re going to work hard. Which aspects of the Researcher position sound the most challenging to you, and what makes you particularly qualified to meet these challenges? 5. Let’s Go Veterans: What did you learn from your experiences with Let’s Go? What were your most significant successes and failures? What would you do differently this time? And what exactly is it that brings you back to Let’s Go? Feel free to continue on the back. 6. LANGUAGE SKILLS. In the chart provided, please list any foreign languages you know. For each language, indicate your level of proficiency, according to the following scale (don’t be afraid to use decimals, e.g., 2.5). In the interview, you may be asked a question in a language in which you are proficient. 1 = Able to follow and participate in conversations, and read and write simple texts. 2 = Able to conduct conversations and to navigate complex situations. 3 = Learned proficiency. 4 = Native proficiency. Language How Acquired LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY Speaking Reading Writing 7. TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. Please describe your recent (from the past four years) significant foreign and domestic travel experience in the chart below. Include the dates and duration of trips, the types of accommodations used (hostels, hotels, campgrounds, etc.), modes of transportation (plane, boat, foot, hovercraft, bison, etc.), who (if anyone) went with you, and the purpose of the trip. Also list any foreign countries or different regions of the US in which you have lived. Former Researchers should note all trips undertaken for Let’s Go by marking the letters “LG” in the “Purpose” column. Feel free to continue on an attached sheet. Dates/ TYPE OF Destination With Whom? Purpose Duration Accommodations Transportation 8. Briefly describe your outdoors/hiking/wilderness experience, if any, as well as any developing world experience, if any. 9. A few routes may require driving. Do you have a driver’s license? Are you 21? Do you know how to drive stick? II. WRITING SAMPLES Please begin your response to each question on a new page. Remember to write your full name on the top of each page. Attach your responses to this application. PLEASE TYPE THIS SECTION OF THE APPLICATION. 1. Let’s Go’s 2010 guides will include several editorial features, among them interviews with locals, personal narratives, and “hot topics” about issues facing towns and regions we cover. Take a look at the two examples below, and then write one about a place that you have lived or visited. The samples are given for guidance only; DO NOT feel as though you have to emulate their tone. (200-word limit.) INTERNATIONAL FOOD FIGHT HAUNTED HANDBOOK When the International Olympic Committee Whitby is full of ghostly legends and terrifying awarded the 2012 Olympics to London rather haunts, but you can protect yourself against than Paris in 2005, pundits speculated about phantom encounters. Here are some helpful the geopolitical forces behind the decision. But precautions: a simpler factor may have been at play: Jacques Chirac talked smack about British What if… You see a man dressed all in snacks. black clutching a bloody knife? This is the Man In the week before the final vote, a in Black, a puppeteer who visited Whitby in French journalist overheard Chirac joking 1710. After one too many pints at the Black about the quality of his competitor’s food. “One Horse Inn, he murdered a local man and was simply cannot trust people whose cuisine is so later hanged. bad,” he said. “The only thing [the British] have What to do: Don’t look at his face—anyone ever done for European agriculture is mad cow who sees under his black hood goes insane. disease.” On a roll, Chirac decided to bring another European country into the mix. “After What if… You see someone walking the Finland,” he continued, “[Britain] is the country streets who looks exactly like you? Careful— with the worst food.” The comments seemed you have just encountered the Waft, the most unwise since Finland held two votes on the dangerous haunt in Whitby. This phantom committee. takes the exact image of its next victim. In keeping with the Olympic spirit of What to do: Throw curses and insults at international understanding, the ultimately the spirit. Yell loudly—if the Waft is not victorious Tony Blair declined to respond to his deterred, it will pull your soul out of your body. opponent in kind. But several of his compatri- ots threw back some rotten tomatoes of their What if… You are sitting in the White Horse own. “Don’t talk crepe, Jacques!” screamed Restaurant, when you look out the window to The Sun, Britain’s most popular tabloid. A see a ghost floating down the street. famous Scottish butcher sneered: “They think What to do: Relax and have another glass that snails and frogs’ legs are a delicacy.” of wine! Although the White Horse Inn is reputedly the most haunted building in all of Whitby, its owners brag that its ghosts are also the friendliest. 2. In what you perceive to be the Let’s Go style, briefly review an establishment in the Boston area, be it a restaurant, lodging, sight, etc., that you think would be of interest to student travelers. Reviews of establishments outside of Harvard Square are preferable but not required. Note: “student” does not necessarily mean “cheap”— feel free to write up a unique establishment that a traveler should see despite the cost. Be sure to make this a product of research that’s informative as well as engaging: include information like telephone numbers, hours, and prices. (100-word limit.) 3. Please attach an additional writing sample. Possible sources include work for campus or other publications, compelling essay excerpts, insightful journal entries, etc. (No more than 1 page, Times New Roman 12-point font, single-spaced.) III. GIT-R-DONE 1. Try your hand at editing the Moonshine map in Section VI. Look for spelling errors, inconsistencies, general style issues, and any other problems that you can find. 2. Imagine that you are a Researcher for the fictional guide, Let’s Go: Moonshine 2010. A hard day of schlepping across the vast deserts and steamy jungles of Moonshine in search of cheap thrills has almost come to an end, but you have one more task: You’ve been asked to add an establishment to the Nightlife and Entertainment section. You’ve taken the notes below during your day of researching, and now you must write a review (75-word limit) of one and only one of the following two establishments for Moonshine 2010. Your choice between the two establishments does not matter. The Domicile Golden Lotus Open until 2:30am $20 cover on weekends for guys Really popular with students and struggling, starving Swimming pools (one inside the club, the other artsy types outside) are favorites Hundreds of board games (like Candyland and Risk) to Godiva chocolate martini is unimaginably divine play ($30) $1 pints, but no Pacifico (my favorite beer) on tap Amazing sound system blasts the latest trance Owner brews his own brandy in the pub; served straight Someone told me that strangers do drugs and hook from the barrels to customers up in The Backroom Poetry Slam every other Thursday Barely-there tops and tight pants required Burger ($4), nachos ($2.50) Fatboy Slim a frequent guest DJ Claims it was the haunting ground of Shel Silverstein All bartenders are amateur models or professional Giant pink pelican figurine in the bathroom strippers Barkeep Trevor (seemed really drunk at the time) only Oxygen bar on the balcony level knows 5 drinks—but makes them strong Wouldn’t let me in for free, the greedy bastards Regular contingent of ex-pats sits at bar Lindsay Lohan and 50 cent are regulars No cover Specialty drink is the mind-blowing “Atomic Tiger” Neighborhood felt unsafe after dark Open until dawn Decided not to even attempt eating the food after I Long lines at door found a cockroach on the staircase Former warehouse with ultra-modern chrome decor Live music most nights Opened New Year’s Eve 2000 Monopoly set missing the dog Huge dance floor is constantly crowded (but people Stools surround the bar, but elsewhere there are I saw couldn’t dance at all) reclining chairs and worn-in sofas VIP room has plush couches ($100 cover) Kitchen closes at 10pm Gay-themed “Queen for a Night” on Wednesdays Competes with Pompidou as the trendiest nightclub 3. Now imagine that you are a Researcher for the fictional guide Let’s Go: Cambridge 2010. You’ve checked up on all of last year’s coverage except this little gem buried in the back of the Food section. Based on your experience, rewrite one and only one of the following two listings, keeping as much or little of the original as you like. Be sure to correct factual, grammatical, and stylistic errors, as well as update any information you feel is missing. Use approximately the same space as the write-ups below. Tanjore’s, 16 Elliot St. (617-467-9825), in Harvard Square. In the Square’s wide selection of indian restaurants, Tanjore makes its mark with regional specialties. With a longer, more varied menu than your run of the mill Indian restaurant, your not going to get just a colored Chicken Curry. This “temple of food” is a vegetarian's delight. The navratan tikka masalla ($13) is a lighter, vegetarian version of the ol' standby chicken tikka masala ($15). Come for the plentiful lunch buffet ($6.50; 12-3pm), and you'll understand why their motto is “eat at Tanjore and add some spice to your life.” Everything is always fresh, even for the buffet. Entrees $7-13. Appetizers $4-12. Have the mango lassi ($2.50) to cool your palate after all that spice. Open 10am-3pm and 5-10pm. AE, D, V. Darwin’s, on Mt. Auburn St., 5min. from the Harvard T stop down Mt. Auburn past Chili's and the post office. Don't let the Busch beer sign mislead you—Darwin's is an undiscovered oasis of gourmet food, just mins. away from the heart of the square. But don’t let the promise of gourmet food fool you, either; Darwin's also carries a decent selection of beers and wines. The deli counter is the home of the best sandwiches ($4.75-$9.00) around, many named for local streets intersecting with Battle and some named for other streets like Turkey Rd. and Ham Blvd. Try the “Story” (prosciuto and mozzarela with a vignaigrette) or the “Mount Auburn” (smoked turkey and cheese with avocado and tomato). Add some variety to your meal with one of Darwin's tasty sides, like pasta salad or broccollini, and enjoy it in the relaxed atmosphere of the store’s fully stocked coffee bar. The staff, mirroring the general ambience, is friendly and inviting. Also offers a good selection of fresh fruits, veggies, and organic and specialty foods. Open Su 7am-7pm and M-Sa 6am-11pm.