France, Italy, Spain
01/12/2019 - 31/12/2020
I like discovering other cultures and societies. As my kids are both growns up, I'm free to do so.
I'm found of my french mother tongue and I love to make people discover how language and society and history and way of thinking are related.
I'm open to meet and help quiet people who want to live in peace and harmony, related to language teaching or not. I would like to help with gardening as I love it so much, to help taking care of animals and potentially to help with developing projects.
I'd rather prefer to be a long term workawayer. I usually don't plan the duration of my stay, staying somewhere as long as it suits everybody involved. It can be weeks or months.
Right now, I'm between Lyon and Chambéry (France). I'm looking for a host to welcome me, preferably a host nearby who would give me the opportunity to help with animals I don't know yet and to get to know them, like donkeys, horses and others. Nevertheless, I'm open to other kinds of help.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
First of all, I love learning and I'm very good at it. If I've got nothing to learn or nothing new to do/discover or a project to be part of, after a while I get bored.
I teach French to young adults and adults. For instance, I've been teaching at the Alliance Française of Bethlehem (Palestine) for 6 months and in a small countryside town in Morocco for 4 months. My specialty is to design new training courses. Some people also asked me to teach them English at beginner and intermediate levels. I strongly insist to get my students improve their prononciation and think in the target language.
I'm also proofreading thesis and memories in French, through internet. I'm creating ebooks in epub format, starting with a pdf format.
Besides, I've been gardening in the organic way for years (I love hand weeding, weird isn't it ?) and managing for 15 years my small business in training and helping people to work. I've recently been told about my way of gardening that I'm fast and efficient even being an artist with it :).
I've been taking care of more than 40 abandoned cats for my hosts. They got to know me when I fed them of course but I noticed that those in cages liked to come to me, at their own pace, when I was cleaning their place as it was a moment when I was spending a quiet time with them and they had started to wait for it.
I'm used to design and built my own furniture at home.
Also, if you wish, on my spare time, I can knit something for you, even socks. I would be pleased to do so as I miss knitting.
Although I'm 59 years old, hopefully and luckily, I'm very healthy.
As a workawayer, I've been teaching, gardening (oranges trees, vegetables, weeding of course), being in charge of gardens, designing and creating a garden from scratch, painting, taking care of a diseased person and of rescued cats. I can't deal with constantly barking dogs, it's too noisy for me although I have no problem with owls, frogs, donkeys, cows and bulls which I have had as close neighbours.
I like to work within a team as well as to work alone, being in charge of a project to go through.
French is my mother tong. I live mostly in English since 2011.
French and Swiss
I need a private room where I can enjoy some time alone and quiet, with a table I can use as a desk for my laptop. I can't share my bedroom.
I'm a very quiet person and I really like to have the opportunity to be outdoors (balcony, terrace, garden, countryside).
I'm driven by the curiosity about many things, except for gossips.
I'm so far getting along with people of all ages and of all countries.
But I'm no good at all with social networks: I value my privacy and keep myself away from them and I'm not going on the internet with my phone (no whatsapp on it).
For now, I'm going from a place to another one. If I happen to meet a kind of community we get along nicely together and if I love the place, I would like to settle there, at least for a while, and contribute to this community.
Aloe Vera. Cold and humid house: it gives me cramps into my feet and legs and rheumatism.
Special dietary requirements
I am a vegetarian but I don't mind that people around me are not. I eat some fish once in a while.