20.07.2019 - 25.08.2020
Back home again.
My next Year of Travels will start in July 2022.
Probably through Switzerland to mainly Slovenia, Hungary and Bulgaria.
Or: Ireland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Orkneys, Scotland, Lake district, and other parts of norther Europe.
Before, I will travel during the
-1week during autumn-holidays;
-1 week during spring-holidays;
-2 weeks during Christmas-holidays.
Destinations for the short holidays:
-depend on The Virus;
-bike distance from Ghent, Belgium (1 day of biking = max 140 km);
-by train, some hours away from Ghent, Belgium = Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Britain, Netherlands.
Useful skills for volunteering abroad:
° Painting & Decorating.
Also sketch and paint (decorative) murals and small designs (I like to be involved in Artistic Projects)
(Self-employed designer/draftsman during 10 years)
° Experienced in hand weaving and -tufting.
° Party make-up for children.
° Active Home-sitting & Animal-sitting.
° My all-round skills are okay (See the pictures volunteering for Mountain Bothies)
° I have a drivers license (with me).
* I can give/organize a talk/dialogue about my travels (for free) for your community/neighborhood/friends & family etc...
Long term- volunteering in Belgium:
- Training-actor for GP's in training.
- Neighborhood mediator in my hometown
- Co-operator integration-course.
Teacher/mentor young newcomers.
One of my favorite skills: using things in unexpected ways.
Belgian (Lived 10 years just over the border, in The Netherlands)
Do me a PAINTING AND/OR DECORATING proposal and I'll tell you if it's in my interest and competence.
I combine Workaway with covering distances on a bicycle.
Staying in a family for 3 weeks is therefore to long: 7, 10 or 14 days is more realistic for my way of traveling.
So, because of my rather short stay, it must be clear from the beginning what type of work I can do ... and painting and decorating I can :-)
I have very good experiences with working in this way. When I was a 'fresh' Workawayer I needed to search for hosts. In this way I could direct the search to painting & decorating. Look at the feedback and you will see people were happy :-) and I was happy too.
Before my last year of travels, started the situation changed: potential hosts started asking me to come to work. Great ... I thought. But also: 'why exactly do those people want ME to work for them?'
By now I have had 2 Workaway-experiences, I left with relief.
So I will go back to the situation in with I know WHY people want me to stay at their property ( because they are in need of a painter/decorater).
It's also my experiences that when the relationship concerning the work to be done, is fine, it's easier to get a nicer relationship in general. Important when you just stay for 7, 10 or 14 days!
This is a link to an article, describing my good deed for the year 2020, during my last travels:
This is a link to an article, made by a journalist, during summer-holidays:
And this was made during my Nordic Trail: