A Maldives resort is looking for a 'Barefoot Bookseller' to run its island bookshop for 6 months

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  • A resort in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi, is hiring a "barefoot bookseller" to run its on-site bookshop for six months starting in mid-October.
  • The bookseller will manage the store, run creative writing workshops, and write blog posts documenting their island experience on social media.
  • The resort is calling the job "the ultimate vacancy for a desert island bibliophile."
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19" and says "staying home" is the best way to avoid spreading the Covid-19 virus to others.
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A luxury resort in the Maldives is looking to hire someone to run its on-site bookshop for six months.

Soneva Fushi is an eco-resort located on the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives, an island nation in South Asia.

After being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the resort reopened on September 1 with a number of health and safety measures, such as requiring masks to be worn in public spaces.

Soneva Fushi is also restarting its Barefoot Bookseller programme, which hires voracious readers to work at the tropical property's bookshop. The resort announced on September 10 via its official Barefoot Bookseller Instagram page that it has opened applications for the position.

"Fancy getting away from it all to sell books on a desert island in the Maldives? Are you passionate about reading, an excellent communicator, and love writing?" the resort's Instagram caption read. "If this sounds like you, then you'd be perfect for our Barefoot Bookseller 2020."

Soneva Fushi partnered with UK-based book collection and library provider Ultimate Library to open the Maldives' first pop-up bookshop in 2018. That year, the resort hired its first Barefoot Bookseller to run the shop and has hired new people for the position ever since. 

The resort describes the position as "the ultimately vacancy for a desert island bibliophile: barefoot bookselling, in one of the most beautiful places in the world" in its online application.

The bookseller will not only run the resort's bookshop but will also have opportunities to host creative writing workshops and tutor guests.

The "Barefoot Bookseller" will be document their experience on Instagram.

In addition, the bookseller will be responsible for running Barefoot Bookseller's Instagram account and writing monthly blog posts and newsletters.

The job posting says the ideal candidate will be a team player with a passion for books and the ability to engage with guests of all ages. The resort has welcomed people from around the world to apply for the position. The application, which is available online, closes on September 30 and the bookshop reopens in mid-October. 

The Maldives reopened to all tourists on July 15. In order to enter the country, travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 test that was taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. 

Before planning a trip, visitors should check for Covid-19-related travel updates via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC warns that "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19" and states that "staying home" is the best way to protect others from and stay protected from Covid-19, the disease that's caused by the novel coronavirus.

Representatives for Soneva Fushi did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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