I'm a 50-year old teaching assistant and doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh business school. In my own time, I work as a marketing consultant and market researcher for commercial clients in the IT industry.
I'm happy to live in a double-glazed (important fo Edinburgh!) three-bedroom apartment on Gordon Street, in the heart of the city's gentrifying. hipster, district; Leith.
After four years of hosting workaway people in Edinburgh, from 2014 to 2018, I took a pause from the site. That's pushed down my responsiveness score, but please check out my reviews.
Help with Computers / internet
Although I have some experience of the tasks that other workawayers have enjoyed here, it's important to me that we have an exchange that is mutually beneficial and culturally useful. As well as offering help and a bedroom, I'll be delighted to share meals, stories and languages with you. I speak intermediate Dutch, French and German, took a semester of Spanish at university, and am currently working on Finnish and Norwegian.
I am moving at the end of the year and need help listing thing on eBay between March 27 and April 14 (with a bit of flexibility either way).
The core help will be preparing stuff to ship, to donate or to list on eBay. I think a lot of time initially will be taken up photographing and listing surplus things, since I will have less space at the new home.
Do get in touch if you'd like to speak to one of the volunteers who has worked with me, of if you'd like to talk with me directly. I would prefer to have one guest (or one couple, since there's a double bed) for the whole period.
The apartment has three larger bedrooms. There are modestly bright (when the Scottish sun allows it) and are furnished.
The apartment has a full kitchen, with dishwasher, freezer, washing machine, and plenty of space for cooking. There's a bath and electric shower, a large living-room/dining room with a comfortable couch, and friendly neighbours. I provide bedding and towels.
I prefer to have one person at a time.
I'm a non-smoker, and smoking (tobacco or anything else) should be done elsewhere. In terms of food, my approach has been a bit simple -- I buy the food I normally eat, and you are welcome to eat it. I am open to discussions when that needs to change. My aim is to make sure there's basic vegetarian food in the house: fruit, vegetables, pulses, rice and pasta, herbs and spices, tea and coffee. There is a fridge and a separate freezer as well as some cupboard space so you are welcome to buy stuff I don't tend to buy, like bread and meat. If you'd like to cook and eat together, then that's totally up to you.
One of the volunteers has written a useful Google document with some tips about how we can look after the flat and each other, and about Edinburgh. Send me your email address and I can share the document with you.
Both supermarkets and a 24-hour food store are very close. The neighbourhood around Leith Walk has many cafes, gym, restaurants, bakeries, yoga studios, and bars within a short walk. We are around a mile from the airport tram and bus stops, with frequent bus connections on several routes.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 5 days a week