My name is Mallory [REDACTED], I was wondering if you guys ley 13 year olds work there. I am 13yrs old and I love animals to death, I myself have 10 dogs, 1 rabbit, 2 fish, 2 cats, and 2 hermit crabs. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, please write me back.
Sincerely, Mallory [REDACTED]
I find this completely touching, as I might have written a similar letter myself — around that age I was petitioning the local humane society to let me work for them. And her wording is funny. One wonders whether Greenpeace would actually hire someone who loves animals to death even if they weren’t 13.
Many thanks to alternative-ed blogger Tiara for being the first one from MetaFilter to send me solid links for this project — and she sure sent me a number. Because she posts a number of opportunities for youth from NGOs, Tiara gets confused with these NGOs with some regularity: she’s been mistaken for Oxfam, the World Bank, the International Youth Initiative Program, the International Youth Volunteering Summit, the UN, and a range of essay competitions, as well as other bloggers she has linked to. (I’m not linking to the World Bank one here because it really deserves its own post.) Again, it looks like the critical point of misunderstanding here is the post title; Tiara titled each of her posts with the name of the contest she was linking to, which I am getting the feeling correlates with a high gumbaby concentration. Just a hunch. Anyway, thanks, Tiara!