John

From: United States

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Australia, New Zealand

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    Travel dates

    06/10/2019 - 30/06/2021

  • Badges

    Explorer
    Good Workawayer

  • My status

    Travelling


    Hiking
    Swimming
    Museums
    Gardening
    Farming

  • Description

    I’m a recent graduate from New York University. After a couple years in Manhattan I was ready to get back into nature and for a change of pace. I'm currently working on a farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. I'm always looking for a new adventure and far corners of the world to explore. My fondest memories are of working at summer camp out in the woods of Wisconsin and living out on a ranch in the mountains in Colorado. I want to see it all and I'd rather see it by doing than by spectating.

    Workaway jumps out to me because of the human connection available as well as the connection with nature, instead of that to a hotel. Anyone can drop a couple hundred dollars and say they've "been" somewhere. I think immersing yourself is the only way to know what a place is all about.

    I’m always looking to be a part of a new process, learning what makes them "go", and I look forward to what that means in different parts of the world through different cultures.

    I love being outdoors all day and have yet to meet an animal I don’t love. The ocean is one of my greatest love but my hiking boots don't go unused. The world is pretty big and I want to see more than less of it. I grew up just outside Chicago in the Midwest of the United States and went college in New York city. I love the hustle and bustle of the city but it's not the whole world, my spirit for adventure yearns to see and do more. I'm young and have seen so many friends throw away their years of youth in jobs in small cubicles. There's nothing wrong with that but when I'm 60 I hope to be able to tell tales of adventure, hardships, distance places, and interesting people. I demand that my life be interesting. There will probably never be a biography written about my life (I hope there is) but if there is my goal is to make one worth reading. I look forward to finding those experiences.

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

    Some knowledge of:  

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Helping with Computers/ Internet

    Able to teach about:  

    Gardening
    Babysitting and creative play
    Being an elderly companion
    General Maintenance
    Life at a Farmstay
    Helping around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Teaching
  • More details about your skills

    A Bachelors Degree of Arts-Sociology (All that means is that I'm good in groups, communal living, tight spaces, etc)

    Farming (Planting, Harvesting, Weeding, Irrigation, Torching weeds, Machete)

    Social Media/Marketing (Ran the social media account of a 600 person college Model UN conference, $30,000 revenue)

    Working with kids (Worked at a summer camp with kids aging from 5-16)

    Arbor Skills (Chainsaw, log splitter)

    Can drive: Cars, Van, Pick up trucks, quad bikes/ATV, side by sides/UTV

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    More details about my language interests
    I would like to increase my proficiency in French and Spanish primarily but am very keen to learn as much about as many languages as possible.

  • Age

    25

  • What else ...

    Everyone says it, I'm sure, but I'm looking for an adventure, a story worth telling. Those kinds of experiences don't come without a little bit of hardship, maybe a scrape or two. I'm the guy who isn't bothered by those things. I've always felt that attitude is a choice and as long as you've got a good one and some common sense the rest can usually work out. I'm determined not to be dead weight, it's my least favorite thing, so if I'm there, I'm making sure I'm an asset. I don't pretend to know what I don't, I've always said a stupid question is better than a stupid mistake. I don't like stupid mistakes.

    I grew up going to Wisconsin for the summer and fell in love with being on open water. It was just a lake but being in fresh water, on sailboats, near beaches, around water that didn't have chlorine in it made me realize I needed more. I have my PADI open water diver certification so I'm not a liability when it comes to feeling and being safe in the water. I'm always looking for a way to increase my interaction with the water.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      Nope!

    • Special dietary requirements
      Nope!

Photos

Kona, Hawaii (I'm the one holding the chameleon, not the actual chameleon)
Grand Cayman, Somewhere off the western coast
Glaciar National Park, MT (I'm sitting)
Los Angeles, CA (Somewhere near the Hollywood sign)
Central Park, New York City (It's the closest to the great outdoors I can reach in the city)

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