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Dream Job Vacancy in The Maldives – Barefoot Bookseller 2022

The dream job vacancy for bookworms is back!  Ultimate Library together with Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives are inviting applicants for the world-famous role of Barefoot Bookseller – truly one of the coolest jobs in the world.

If you've never heard of this job, where on earth have you been and why didn't you read our previous article about the very same role?  The position was created in 2018 and has been made available to one lucky person every year. 

As the job title implies, the role involves selling books to guests of the luxurious resort, from the comfort of a thatched, beachfront pop-up bookstore.  For the 12-month placement, you'll be asked to share your enthusiasm of literature, help guests choose their next read and come up with any cool new ideas for the role.  Previous barefoot booksellers have been able to offer writer’s workshops and personal reading consultations to guests.

Ultimate Library describe their search criteria;

'The ideal candidate will be a team player with a passion for books and the ability to engage with guests of all ages. They will have excellent written and verbal English skills; a lively tone of voice to write an entertaining blog that captures the exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller, and the skills to host workshops and other guest experiences. They must have the ability to fit in with the distinctive Soneva culture.  The lucky individual will fly to the Maldives to join the Soneva Fushi team in early October for a twelve-month placement role'.

Barefoot Bookseller – Activities, duties & responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day running of the bookshop including sales management, engaging with guests & hosts

  • Responsible for all stock management and reporting back on sales & stock updates

  • Hosting experiences for Soneva guests such as creative writing classes, bibliotherapy, tutoring (Ages 9-18) and literary lectures.

  • Running the Barefoot Bookseller social media presence, including Instagram

  • Writing monthly blog posts & creating entertaining and informative newsletters

  • Liaising with Ultimate Library & Soneva marketing teams on potential events and collaborations

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Excellent written & verbal English skills

  • A love of reading & in-depth knowledge of both classical and modern literature

  • Experience in bookselling/publishing is essential

  • Strong knowledge of running social media pages and following trends

  • Experience writing blogs or newsletters

  • To be a team player and self-starter with a sense of fun and creativity


  • Creative Writing

  • Photography

  • Tutoring

Apply Now For The Barefoot Bookseller Dream Job

If you'd like to apply for the Barefoot Bookseller dream job, simply click the link here and you'll be taken to their website.  If you're still unsure about whether this is the dream job for you, listen to what 2019's lucky candidate had to say: 

'Being the Barefoot Bookseller was an absolute dream. I got to meet amazing people, work with incredible books and live on a stunning luxury island. Very much the dream job!' – Aimée Johnson, Barefoot Bookseller 2019.

Terms & Conditions for the role, as published on their website are as follows:


  • We can only accept and respond to applications written in English

  • Due to such a high volume of applicants, we will only be responding to successful candidates 

  • Applications will only be accepted through the email provided above and will not be considered unless they include a cover letter, CV and sample of work

  • Please don’t apply using any other channels or contact details, especially the website'.