On Tuesdy Will got handed a flyer for an LGBT canvassing job paying 12-16 dollars an hour, called the number and got invited for an interview, which I said I’d accompany him to so he didn’t get lost.
I went along and they were like “you can interview too if you like~”
I got along really well with them, they were working for Planned Parenthood, Lamba Legal, and Doctors without Borders. I had a really good chat with the person interviewing me and didn’t really know what the job entailed, it just called itself a grassroots program. I was sort of hoping for internet stuff.
They invited me and Will both to work there, but asked for Social Security numbers so Will bailed.
I went back the next day for training which was learning off a script for stopping people in the street trying to get them to donate. Everyone was so CHIRPY and AWESOME and having the BEST DAY. It was pretty full on
We did our second batch of script learning with a nice guy called Jacob. I was with a guy called Gabriel and a guy called Israel who unfortunately didn’t speak English as his first language so was having a bunch of trouble trying to remember the script perfectly. I know how he was feeling too because I remember trying to learn scripts in Chinese. You gotta make the conscious decision to either remember the meaning and try recreate that with your own grammar knowledge, or just remember the sounds without digesting the meaning because there simply isn’t time to do that on the fly. My heart was breaking for him.
I was paired with Gabriel for our first day out on the street, with a girl whose second day it was, and a the team leader who interviewed me the previous day
After some AWESOME group cheering we went out to the street
I don’t really know what I thought the job was going to be when I interviewed, but I didn’t expect it to be hardcore asking people for money to support planned parenthood. It was a really aggressive canvassing job. Like, if you don’t raise over 140 dollars in your day, you only get paid 8.75 an hour. If you hit your goal, you earn 13.50 an hour and then 20% of whatever you earn above that goal.
I’m not good at asking people for money.
And standing in the sun all day in a fleece was not my idea of a good time. People seem to think because you’re trying to talk to people on the street that gives them a licence to touch you? Also that pro-lifers would come over and try convince me (which honestly baffles me)
A republican man threatened to spit on me.
It was wild.
Anyway I only earned like 40 dollars so I got the base pay.
I went back the following morning because Gabriel and I decided we’d give it one more day, but the extended script we were learning was so pushy and manipulative and persuasive and it just left a bad taste in my mouth.
I probably would have gone out but when we were all gearing up to cheer and leave, I got a text from CIEE saying they didn’t have approved work papers for me and I was in trouble. So I had to make some calls, and top up my phone, and T-Mobile were being difficult and CIEE are always sort of awful.
But yeah I bailed on canvassing, I said I’d call them but I had some pretty serious visa things to sort out.
Haven’t been back. Could probably still go back. Kinda really don’t want to. But am v broke and other job has STILL NOT STARTED