Johanna

From: Germany

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Spain

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    Travel dates

    01/03/2019 - 29/03/2019

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    Nº of Facebook friends

    340

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    Good Workawayer
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  • Description

    Why I travel:
    As a kid of travellers I wanted to take the chance after my gradution to explore the world on my own. With my family I spent several vacations in other countries on other continents, often driving around to see more than one place. All this travelling in my childhood led, no surprise, to me doing exactly the same now.
    In 2015, when I spent an lifechanging time in South Africa on a students exchange, I first became aware of the kind of person I can be besides my normal life in Germany and fell in love with travelling and everything that comes with it. Unusual experiences, being out of the comfort zone and then finding a new one at a place you never thought you´d feel at thome, meeting people and having amazing times with them, learning about other cultures, histories, languages and learning about yourself. It is a great thing to do.

    What happened so far:
    I was born in Hamburg, Germany and raised in a town close to it. I graduated high school in 2016 and worked as a lifeguard at a public pool over the summer, having an eye on swimmers and especially non-swimmers. When the pool closed in autumn I packed my bag and left to sunnier places, to southern Africa.
    The next 1,5 years I travelled and volunteered in 10 countries in the continent where the sun always shines. A great experience in all meanings. Through workaway I got to do the most various jobs, at schools, festivals, gardens, farms, hostels and families and learned somethings about everything, especially myself of course. The time in between I travelled, solo most of it even though I really enjoyed the company I had for some part of the road. No kind of transportation was not used and I can certainly tell some stories about africans and their way of travelling, it is mindchanging and very humbling.
    I loved it and am so thankful that I used my chance of doing this big trip that should bring me so far.
    Now quite some time has past since I am back in Germany, I travelled europe a bit, did a 2month internship in a hospital and then moved to Berlin to study landscape architecture. I really enjoy my university career so far and the city teaches me a lot but being surround by buildings and cars for most of the days makes me long for some nature and quietness around me. So I use the semester breaks to get out of this busy place.

  • Type of help

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

  • What skills do you have?

    I have mostly general skills for all types of work shown above but I´m interested in learning new things and I can say about myself that I´m a quick learner so that should be no problem :) Also now I can say I have a bit more of an insight of landscape architecture than the average person and am looking forward to share what I know.

  • Languages spoken

    German, English, learning Spanish

  • Age

    21

  • Nationality

    German

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements

Photos

Painting an igloo-like building that was supposed to look like a giant strawberry when work was done. It looked awesome ;)
Herding cattle in the Karoo desert in South Africa. A great experience I never thought I´d have.
Travelling in Mpumalanga, South Africa. This landscape reminds me of the travels of my childhood and is one of my favourites.
The view on Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
One thing Africa taught me was to make something out of everything around you. Lacking a ladder at this working place it turned out the caravan was so much more useful.
Working in the heat in Namibia, always wearing long shorts because of the spiky, dry grass
Giving swimming lesson at lake Malawi in Malawi, what an adventurous and fun task in daily changing weather and water conditions.
Taking pictures of yourself is one thing you have to learn as a solotraveller. Automatic shoots and videos are your best friends while trying to capture yourself in the beauty around you.
The northernmost point I got during my travels in Africa, Moshi at Kilimanjaro.

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