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  • Description

    I'm a mature solo traveler who loves to intersperse bouts of sightseeing with opportunities to spend quality time really getting to know a place. 12 years' ago I took a 'career break' and volunteered via WWOOF, HelpX and Conservation Volunteers -- I made great friends, learned new skills and got under the skin of the places I stayed. I worked in a plant nursery in Malta, Wwoofed on a permaculture holding in Sicily, helped out at a vineyard in southern England and spent a lovely month speaking in English to two very bright young girls in Rome. I also did whatever needed doing at an art school in Tuscany -- cleaning, helping out in the kitchen, driving a van. I also helped build a swimming pool at an agriturismo in Spain. Everywhere I went I made friends, some of whom I'll be catching up with on this trip. Later adventures included rounding up cane toads in the Kimberley and my new favourite -- pet sitting.
    In 2006 I undertook a CELTA and some of my volunteer stints at home, in Tasmania, have involved helping migrants to learn English and teaching English literacy.
    I love walking/hiking, art and culture, and reading, writing -- something I've taken up since I retired -- and travelling.

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

    Some knowledge of:  

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

    Able to teach about:  

    Language practice
  • More details about your skills

    I have a CELTA -- that is a certificate of teaching English as a second language --http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/ -- and I've worked as a volunteer language tutor for both migrants and first-language English speakers with low literacy skills.
    I'm an excellent gardener -- particularly love vegetable and herb gardening. I can turn my hand to pretty much anything inside a house: cleaning, washing, ironing, cooking. I also have a driver's licence and am prepared to drive.
    In my former work life, I worked in marketing for more than 27 years, the last ten of those years focused on digital marketing. I have a website and blog http://kathygates.website. I've also written for sites such as http://boomercafe.com, http://thegoodheartedwoman.com and http://amreading.com

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

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    I love art, music, literature and exploring each place's unique culture.

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    • Special dietary requirements
      I'm a vegetarian