Oliver

From: Germany

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Antarctica, Argentina, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam

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    Travel dates

    01/07/2016 - 31/12/2017

  • number of facebook friends

    Nº of Facebook friends

    301


  • Description

    China (July & August).
    Berlin, Amsterdam, Porto (September)
    Morocco (October)
    Currently in Lisbon, Portugal
    Open for interesting projects - write me!

    2nd prize in Workaway's photo competition (October 2016)
    https://www.workaway.info/travel-photos/en/2016-10

    1. Intro {
    My name is Oliver and I'm a cultural hybrid. Let me explain:
    I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany but my whole family is originally from Poland and migrated to Germany around 35 years ago. My older brother and I grew up in a very multicultural part of Berlin. Since most of our friends were foreigners it was always important to learn about their cultures, including to understand their family traditions and behavior. Because of my polish roots and traditions, I visited a catholic elementary school for 6 years where I gained the ability to understand and accept religion. I started playing soccer at the age of 7 and played for 10 years. 4 years on a professional youth level at my sport focused high school. This gave me the opportunity to participate in tournaments in Germany and Europe. As a result, I developed a sense of traveling and expanding my horizon.

    Going to a multicultural school, traveling with my team, having friends with different cultural backgrounds and maintaining the polish traditions created a great foundation for my development as the person I am today: a cultural hybrid.}

    2. Personality {
    People see me as an open minded, very respectful person and a team player as well as a real friend.
    My biggest passion is cultural exchange and expression trough art / creativity.
    My interests are traveling, photography and meeting people.
    Loyalty, humility, authenticity, kindness, honesty and a lot of humor are very important values in my life.
    My core abilities/values are my high level of empathy, adaptability, passion, humor and modesty.
    It is very important to me to work with people and exchange on different levels (language, emotions, etc.)

    Besides all the seriousness, I'm trying to stay weird, unique and funny. I am very versatile and interested in a lot of different topics. You can talk with me about the funniest things ever but also about some thoughtful and very serious topics. I need a healthy mix of seriousness and silliness in my life and I reject materialism, racism and violence.}

    3. Future {
    My plans for the next few years:
    • I will leave my work path to focus on improving my social skills and interests in people, cultures, and volunteering.
    • I am planning to spend a few month in Japan as a volunteer at different projects around the country
    • I want to visit some selected destinations and volunteer & photograph (Tibet, Mongolia, Patagonia)
    • I would love to travel around the world and photograph
    • After a few years abroad I am planning to combine my former creative skills with the skills I'll gain and improve while traveling / volunteering. I am thinking about to create own multicultural brand with the focus on photography, philosophy, mental coaching, consulting and creative expression.}

    4. Business & past {
    I finished my last job as a creative in marketing and communications design. In my past, I preferred working on small creative projects and I always chose experience over the money. I am skilled, but I'm not very into my job area anymore. At least not on the business level. I turned my hobby into my job but it's time to bring it back as a hobby and a form of creative expression and focus on different and more important things in life. Since I worked on many start-ups in my past, I have a lot of experience in creating something from zero and work in an unusual way and conditions. The biggest thing I learned is the ability do adapt on my projects within a short amount of time.

    Some facts about my past 10 years:
    • I did some volunteer work at a kindergarten, hospitals, and aid agencies.
    • I started as a Media Designer after I stopped playing soccer at the age of 18.
    • I did a sabbatical in 2012 and spent the most time in Poland where I tried to learn more about my polish roots and the culture. It was one of the most important years in my life.
    • I had a leading role at three start-up companies (Advertising 2006, Fitness & Health 2012, Wellness 2016) which are all still in business and I supported 3 creative start-up companies (Technology, Fashion, Art), which are growing healthy.
    • I like drinking wine and dancing :)


    "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." - Paulo Coelho


    Feel free to contact me.

    Oh, and I am 2 meters tall! :-)
    Have a look at my pictures: www.kulturhybrid.com
    (visit the site with your laptop or desktop PC for a better experience)

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Elderly Care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farming
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • What skills do you have?

    I can work in schools, on farms, with kids, families, in cities, at remote places, at day or night, inside or outside. As a kid, I really enjoyed building and repairing things with my dad. To be honest, I am maybe not a trained craftsman and there is probably a lot of stuff that I have to learn first, but if you show me what and how to do it, I am sure I will learn it very fast. Same with cooking... well I guess the most things :-) I will bring the enthusiasm, passion and adaptability and you the tasks!

    I would love to work on social and cultural projects in the countryside and in remote places. And It's very important for me to have a good relationship with my host and other volunteers. Work is fun and an essential part of my journey but the most important thing for me is the cultural exchange. I am looking forward to learning a lot from you!

    My business skills (if needed) are: IT Computer, Marketing, Advertising, Design, Photography, Lead, Coordinate, Mentoring, Talk, Consult, Laugh.

  • Languages spoken

    German, English, Polish

  • Age

    29

  • Nationality

    German Passport / Polish Family / International Mind

  • What else ...

    Dear host, I noticed that some hosts are concerned about my height and if they can provide a proper bed etc. Please don't be. I'm tall my whole life and not since yesterday :) I have learned to adapt and I have no problems with it. 2 meters might sound super tall but let me tell you from my point of view that it's much closer to normality than you probably think :)

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements

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My Photo Album

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(2016) Workaway in the Sahara, Desert near M'hamid, Morocco.
I took my backpack and a tent and went to the border of Tibet. Found some Tibetan monks and lived with them for 5 days. No english, simple hand gestures communication and a lot of fun. Best experience ever. (2016)
I took my backpack and a tent and went to the border of Tibet. Found some Tibetan monks and lived with them for 5 days. No english, simple hand gestures communication and a lot of fun. Best experience ever.
I took my backpack and a tent and went to the border of Tibet. Found some Tibetan monks and lived with them for 5 days. No english, simple hand gestures communication and a lot of fun. Best experience ever. (2016)
Friends from Amsterdam
My best friends.
My family: Cousin from Amsterdam and my brother & his girlfriend from Shanghai.
My close friends from Ukraine and Poland.
(2014) With friends I made in Osaka, Japan.
(2015) Portugal
(2014) A picture I took in Chengdu on my one month long trip through Japan and China.
(2012) Spent a whole month traveling around Poland during the Euro 2012
(2012) Discovering our polish roots. 2 weeks roadtrip through Poland with my cousin.
(2015) Discovering Portugal with my cousin.

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