Ulrika

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  • My status

    At home

  • Description

    Wild at heart and full of energy, I realized some time ago that travel, exploring new places and cultures, connecting with people who can show me the world from a wonderful different angle, is what I want my life experience to be. I am an actress on my artistic journey, a jack of all trades when material reality bites, and a seeker on a spiritual path. I am passionate about languages: bilingual in English and Latvian, I also speak some Russian, French and am avidly learning Spanish. I have been teaching English as a foreign language, have volunteered at a countryside stables (and learned how to saddle a horse, though I still hope to learn horse-riding beyond a trot sometime), and have sold boutique perfumes in luxury shopping centres. I am a terrible cook but a great kitchen helper and declutterer. An extraordinary camping trip to Siberia kindled my love for nature and the great outdoors, and ever since I have been on the lookout for opportunities of active travel: climbing, hiking, rafting. Ancient and not so ancient cultures, traditions and cultural sites fascinate me, and I have a soft spot for ethnic arts and crafts (I love to wear ethnic clothes, accessories and bring home practical souvenirs from places that I have visited). I am working on being eco-friendly and environment-aware - reducing my plastic use. Although not a strict vegetarian, I prefer to reasonably cut down on my meat and fish consumption (depends on my geographical location, too!) In a nutshell: working on non-office-based projects, learning new life skills and sharing knowledge and experiences with other people (and becoming friends through shared experiences), enjoying nature and culture is at the forefront of my life right now. Happy to workaway!

  • Interests

    Mountain
    Nature
    Camping
    Sailing / Boating
    Adventure sports
    Yoga / Wellness
    Cycling
    Dancing
    Outdoor activities
    Hiking
    Van life
    Sustainability
    Animals
    Languages
    Architecture
    Art & design
    Performing arts
    Drawing & painting
    DIY & crafts
    Writing

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  • Skills and knowledge I'd like to share or learn

    Some knowledge of:  

    Gardening
    Babysitting and creative play
    Being an elderly companion
    General Maintenance
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Helping with Computers/ Internet

    Able to teach about:  

    Language practice
    Teaching
  • More details about your skills

    Language skills: English - next to native (CELTA qualified teacher), Latvian - native, Russian - quite fluent, French - basic conversational, Spanish - basic conversational
    Communication, guidance, welcoming guests - I have worked as a receptionist, been an usher in theatre performances, have worked in sales. I am positive, open and welcoming when giving directions, good at explaining things, showing people around, preparing guest spaces for use.
    I am good at tidying up and decluttering spaces,
    Have done some basic gardening, weeding, fruit-picking. I enjoy going mushroom-hunting and berry-gathering alone or in group with others.
    Happy to work in a group or unsupervised, with minimal guidance.
    Good stamina for physical work (I trained a s a contemporary dancer)
    Good all around kitchen helper (chopping, grating, peeling preparing food items), though I don't cook much on my own initiative.
    Yoga practice - I can help organize yoga sessions, breathing exercises
    Meditation and Movement meditation - can help organize meditation sessions and relaxation through dance sessions
    Astrology - I can read astrology charts (interned connection needed and an exact birth time/ date/ place)
    Experience working with animals - have helped with horses (saddling them, brushing them, leading horses to the practice yard), done some light stable duties - brought in hay, swept the grounds. Happy to work with other animals, too.
    Experience with office tasks - data processing, sorting information, organizing emails, making travel arrangements, friendly telephone manner
    Interested in practical outdoor tasks and learning new life skills

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Latvian (Lettish): Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Age

    39

  • What else ...

    I am learning to play the harmonica. I like participating in cultural festivals and activities - especially if they are dance or performance related. Although I am not really a crafts person - I am eager to participate in crafts workshops and learn a new craft (like - maybe basketmaking? or leather-working or helping with beading). I am curious the making of natural cosmetics and oils and such, learning about the use of different herbs and plants. To rewind I enjoy reading, doing crosswords. I absolutely love working with colours - there was a time when I tried my hand at drawing and painting. I am quite good at composition for photography - taking pictures of other people, of nature (although I am not very technical about it, still taking baby steps with my camera).

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    • Special dietary requirements

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