Gerard & Laraine

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    New Zealand

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    Travel dates

    18/10/2017 - 22/05/2022

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  • Description

    We are currently In NSW and looking for suitable opportunities
    We are probably not your typical workawayers, we are a mature married couple in our late 50s but extremely young at heart, we have both lived our lives and grown up in the UK mostly in Oxford.
    In recent years we have both felt an increasing yearning for adventure and travel
    In May 2017 we both quit our jobs, and retired early, this was the start of our journey we have visited 29 countries so far.
    Ged was an award winning construction site manager for 30 years after starting his working life as a carpenter.
    Ged is a great organiser and natural problem solver and commits 100%
    Thanks to Ged's skills we always had a nice modern home to live in we did all our own dry walling, ceramic tiling, wall papering, and painting and decorating.
    Ged is also a keen photographer a qualified first aider, and computer literate.
    We were both keen gardeners and spent a lot of our spare time creating and cultivating our lovely landscaped garden which included decking, fountains, terracing, and vegetable plot and raised beds.
    Laraine worked for most of her career in Oxford University as an accommodation officer.
    This involved arranging/organising accommodation for over 400 students living on campus and over 150 students living in Oxford in privately rented properties, the role was akin to being a hotel manager with responsibilities covering all aspects of hotel management.
    Laraine is computer literate and is comfortable with Excel spreadsheets etc outside of work Laraine is extremely passionate about gardening and home improvement and was the driving force in turning a large scruffy yard into an immaculate landscaped garden.
    Laraine enjoys getting stuck in and does not mind getting dirty and also a dab hand at a builders labourer, including wall paper stripping, sanding and painting.
    We are parents of one son who is an Electrician and adventurer who loves to travel and has done so extensively.
    We are animal lovers and in the past have had our own dogs, cats, parrots, chinchillas and tropical fish.
    We have provided house and pet sitting for home owners who are taking vacation or away on business, giving them complete peace of mind with our professional home and pet care.
    We love all aspects of nature and wildlife, it is a great interest of ours
    We both want to learn more about and get involved in conservation, bioconstruction and permaculture or any eco project.
    We are entirely adaptable, and would relish any challenge.
    We are both fit & healthy, (except for carrying a bit too much weight,) and take no medication.
    We love to scuba dive and have open water certification, we swim and snorkel, we are both non smokers, we both love good wine and good healthy food, we try and follow a vegetarian diet wherever we are but do not bang a drum about it.
    We plan to keep traveling , meeting nice people, see new sights and add to our adventures
    We have no real plan, we can go anywhere the mood take us, but we want to be active
    We really want to see new sights and experience different culture and immerse ourselves more in the local life and customs, ( wherever it may be) working closer with nature if possible.
    We love to be near, in or on the ocean we have done a number of cruises, and have looked after and been involved in the upkeep and maintenance of several boats, we also have our open water PADI certification.
    I would like to think if our friends and family were asked to describe us briefly, I feel they would say that we are both kind, thoughtful, and generous people, who are funny, good company, and always willing to lend a hand.
    We are both 100% trustworthy and very clean and tidy, we both make friends very easily.
    We have been a host family in Oxford for foreign students and travellers for over 20 years many of our students remain friends to this day.
    We have also both worked in 3 different pub/restaurants for over 10 years and ran and looked after them when the owners took holidays,, we have also managed several Airbnb’s, vacation rentals and a backpackers hostel.
    In the pubs we ran Laraine was cooking in the kitchen and helping out in the bar and Ged was running the bar and cellar, we have always been hardworking and for much of our early working life we both worked 2 jobs
    If you think we can help you in whatever project you are undertaking, regardless of where you are in the world, please get in touch, this may help us make some plans for our travelling, maybe we are destined to meet, who knows ?.
    We are happy to spend anything from 1 week to 6 months or more anywhere in the world, there is no real plan, we are making it up as we go, please do not hesitate to make any sort of suggestion or offer.
    We both thank you in advance for taking the time to read this far , you can also view our web site here :-
    Laraine & Ged Mahon x

  • Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice

  • What skills do you have?

    We are a friendly mature married couple, carpenter by trade, painter, tiler, dry wall, gardening, most aspects of building and renovation, pool maintenance, problem solver, planner, organiser. computer admin, reception, hotel,office cooking, help with English,
    Reliable, trustworthy and adaptable, PADI scuba qualified.
    Since joining workaway we have undertaken several house and pet sits, references available.

  • Languages spoken

    English, learning Spanish slowly.

  • Age

    60 & 59

  • Nationality


  • What else ...

    We would like to get involved in projects where we can make a positive contribution, we would like to help out in any type of works or projects and come away with a sense of achievement
    We are looking for a complete change of lifestyle and environment, we are very quick to learn new skills, are up for a challenge and willing to try almost anything.
    We are hoping to have lots of fun as we travel the world.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      No allergies, non smokers, minimal meat eaters

    • Special dietary requirements
      Fish, seafood and vegetables, no meat, we have clean driving licences UK and international