01/09/2017 - 01/11/2020
Hi, I am Gerard.
I am from the Netherlands, born and raised on a small sheep farm. I am an outdoors person, who likes to work with his hands. I love nature and wildlife. I like birdwatching, hiking, camping and pretty much any reason to go outdoors I think is a good one. Furthermore I am very interested ecological systems, living off the land and folklore. I also have a soft spot for anything regarding snow.
Most people would describe me as easy going, responsible, friendly and calm. I get along with people well but I also enjoy solitude. I found that in Canada I loved being far away from any city or town and only being surrounded by forests and a small group of people you really care about.
What I like about Workaway the most is not only getting to know new cultures, but mainly getting to know new lifestyles and learning skills which you would never learn in any school (like butchering chickens or skinning coyotes). As you can see in some of my pictures I greatly enjoy building projects. I like making things myself and being independent because of it. Besides building I enjoy forestry work. Earlier this year I did my internship with the Dutch organization for forestry and nature management on an island in the Wadden Sea. It's great to be out and about in nature just working. I also enjoy working with animals. My carpentry- and building skills are something I'd like to improve and expand on. Furthermore I love hunting, and in Canada I was happy to learn and experience so much regarding hunting, and I am set to learn more about it in the future too.
My travels started in 2016 when I went to Norway for three months and then to Sweden for one and a half months. Since then I can’t stay at home for too long anymore. When I came back from Sweden I worked for two months, six days a week to save up money so I could leave as soon as possible again! :). The next October I went to spend half a year in the Canadian wilderness, and when heading home I made a two month stop in Iceland to work on a sheep farm. When I came home I almost immediately was itching to go travelling again. After working some months I visited my good (workaway) friend and sailed along the norwegian coast. The rest of the winter I spend with a lovely family in the Norwegian wilderness.
I am now back in school, in the second year of the course Eco & Wildlife. It is a secondary vocational education focused on supervising green open spaces. I learn about the management of nature, conservation of wildlife, making an inventory of plants and animals, tourism and guiding, educating people and working in the outdoors.
I finished my Higher General Secondary Education. I have some experience in gardening, animal care, and building/carpeting. I've worked for a construction company for three years as a side/summer job. I've been assisting and doing some small jobs. Although I mostly helped building bigger stables, I know about sawing, how to use tools, basic woodworking and what hard work looks like ;). I enjoy physical work, and don’t mind doing the dirty work. I have also worked at a tree nursery. And because I live on a farm, I know about taking care of animals and generally get along well with them. As mentioned before I have also worked for the Dutch governmental organization for forestry and nature management as an internship. I am licensed to operate a chainsaw. I'm used to working independently and taking responsibility for tasks.
Because of my hobbies I am also good with identifying birds and mammals.
At the moment I am hoping to find an internship placement for the period from November until February. I am looking for a place that is related to working with nature/wildlife, outdoor activities/guiding, conservation/management work or reseach/monitoring.
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