Diary: Raleigh seeks PROs with a touch of jungle fever

Fed up briefing rude journalists and knocking up trivial press releases? Fancy a once in a lifetime challenge, something that will make you feel smug for years?

Fed up briefing rude journalists and knocking up trivial press

releases? Fancy a once in a lifetime challenge, something that will make

you feel smug for years?



Raleigh International, the group that tried to recruit you for jungle

treks when you were a student, is looking for an agency PR person to go

on its Inchcape-sponsored 10-week Malaysian project next summer.



Last year’s brave volunteer, Jean Wiley, who will soon be back

freelancing at Hill and Knowlton, says she would recommend it to anyone,

although not the faint-hearted.



’At one point I had just embarked on a four-hour drive to get a

journalist from Hong Kong back to the airport in Kuantan (on Malaysia’s

east coast), when the truck’s battery went flat. The flight was

scheduled to leave in four-and-a-half hours, so I had to run around lots

of little restaurants trying to explain my predicament to the Malays

using sign language.’



’Luckily one of the restaurant owners understood and recharged the

battery for me.’



Although Wiley spent a lot of her time liaising with Asian journalists

to arrange publicity, she wasn’t spared the menial jobs. Like the 120

students working on community and environmental projects, Wiley had to

take her turn at cooking and sleeping by the camp radio.



Next year’s jaunt will be the first in China and will run from 9 July to

21 September. The PRO, however, will be needed from June, to handle

pre-publicity for the event.



Aspiring adventurers should call Olivia Adcock at Raleigh International

on 0171 371 8585.



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