It was a 6 month contract and even though the job sucks you can be whoever you want for 6 months since you just leave at the end.
Very enjoyable experience, and something I first discovered when moving across the United States. Think it's part of why I've turned to hiking and camping so much, too. You find sides of yourself you didn't know existed. But I think at the same time it provides an interim period that contributes to the issues in my initial comment.