19.01.2021 - 19.01.2022
unterwegs auf Reisen
I'm always open to learning all sorts of new things but would like to use Workaway primarily for learning more about working with and caring for animals. I do have some experience with a variety of animals, but I know each animal is different and everyone has a different style of caring for them. I very much would like to learn from you about how you do things!
My other main interests include learning about what it takes to run a retreat center, environmentally-friendly living, permaculture, and holistic therapeutic practices.
-- Animals --
I grew up with cats, dogs, rats, mice, and fish so I know the basics of living with and caring for these animals. I also gained experiences with horses through a year of riding lessons (English) and multiple years of vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). However, it has been quite some time since either of those activities.
Additional past experiences include: volunteering at a bird rescue center but only for a couple days; monitoring birds, snakes, and insects at a prairie restoration center; caring for lab rats and mice; dog- and cat-sitting for friends or other acquaintances; day excursion with llamas and alpacas; and a brief experience with a wombat.
Since I started using Workaway, I spent 2 weeks on an animal rescue farm in Ireland and helped take care primarily of the horses, ponies, and pigs, but also got to help out/interact with the sheep, goat, dogs, donkey, and chickens. I also spent 1 month on a dairy farm in Italy and helped with the care of the cows, calves, goats, chickens, dog, and cats.
-- Gardening/Building --
I helped tend the family garden growing up but only have more recent experience with taking care of a few inedible plants. I've had experience with land management (e.g. invasive species management, preparing plots for research projects) through an internship at a prairie restoration center, and trail-making through a 2-week volunteer excursion.
-- Cooking --
I can follow a recipe well enough, but my main method is making a random concoction based on the ingredients available to me.
-- Cleaning --
I was raised with ideal of cleanliness and neatness, and those values have stuck pretty well with me. I also love organizing things.
-- Other --
- I'm proficient with a computer (stronger with Windows than Mac) and am generally willing to look at any issues with one to see if I can fix it.
- I've worked with older adults (mostly low-income) for the past 7.5 years as a Resource Specialist so I've learned pretty well how to provide great customer service and search for community resources.
- I've taken enough yoga and pilates classes that I could probably lead you through an easy/gentle session inspired by those two forms of movement, just don't expect anything fancy!
Swahili (Kiswahili): Grundkenntnisse
I am non-binary, meaning I do not identify as a man or a woman and I really appreciate it when people refer to me as my name, they, them, or theirs instead of pronouns like he or she. I am generally happy to discuss this, but will let you know if a question or comment crosses a line.
Environmental allergens such as dust and pollen, but are usually manageable with medicine
Allergic to soy; no dairy, pork, or shellfish; my preferred sources of protein are chicken and fish but will be fine with a vegetarian/vegan diet