The Most Remote Places to Work on Earth
Next time you sit in the office thinking youΓÇÖd rather be anywhere but here, imagine the day-to-day working lives of these distant and daring desk monkeys…
How far would you travel for the perfect job? You might consider commuting a few towns over or upping sticks and moving to a whole new part of the country. The most daring among us might even depart these fair white shores for New York, Hong Kong or Paris.
But we explore how far you really can go and what working life is like each day at EarthΓÇÖs extreme points.
The Coldest Workplace in the World
To work in pitch darkness for 6 months of the year you’d have to be based at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. In this part of the world, the warmest it has ever been in recorded history is -12.8c. In a bad season, it can get as cold as -82.8c.
People who work at this southernmost point of the Planet Earth are conducting scientific research or astronomy experiments and tending to a small fruit and veg garden. It is tradition to watch screenings of ΓÇÿThe ThingΓÇÖ and ΓÇÿThe ShiningΓÇÖ during the worst months when no one can leave or approach the remote station.
The Highest Workplace in the World
La Rinconada is a Peruvian city that stands at 16,728 feet above sea level. High in the mountains, La Rinconada is a cold and misty place dominated by its gold mine. Most workers are gold miners or scavengers, who are unpaid for 30 days and allowed to take as much slag as they can carry home on the 31st.
But the mine isnΓÇÖt the only business in town. Resident entrepreneurs of the under-developed city in the clouds have set up cafes, hotels, bars, shops and a school despite the fact that entire city has little oxygen and no heating or sanitation.
The Wettest Workplace in the World
The award for the wettest workplace in the world goes to Vanuatu PostΓÇÖs underwater office. 50m off-shore from Hideaway Island and 3m underwater, this little post office accepts and sorts mail ΓÇô mostly from tourists who want to send a postcode with a difference.
Working shifts underwater are a small group of trained and dedicated postmen and women who undertake all the normal post office duties in their snorkels and diving gear. Cruise ship season is by far their busiest time and their desk neighbour is a friendly octopus.
The Furthest Workplace from Humanity
The furthest you can get from the rest of humankind is on the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha. Here a community of less than 300 natives ΓÇô mostly descended from British settlers and flying the Union Jack ΓÇô live and work and effectively self-govern.
Unfortunately no outsiders are allowed to settle on Tristan da Cunha. If you were able to take a job there, youΓÇÖd probably be farming the land, working shifts at the lobster factory or trading in stamps. Your income tax would be approximately ┬ú1 a year and there would be two basic broadcasting channels on television.