Monika & Thomas

From: Slovakia (Slovak Republic) & New Zealand

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    Italy, New Zealand, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

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    Travel dates

    17/07/2019 - 23/12/2019

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    Super Workawayer
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  • Description

    Hi there, thank you for looking at our profile!

    I come originally from Slovakia but I spent the last five years in New Zealand where I've done woofing all around the country. I met my kiwi partner Tom, together we are starting a new adventure now- traveling across Europe. We are both very passionate about food, where it comes from.

    We love cooking, baking, gardening, landscaping, all sorts of outdoors activities and DIY projects.

    We care a lot about the environment and try to produce as little waste as possible, we use organic eco-friendly products, recycle & re-purpose, and love to give things a second chance...we try to be good to this planet in general.

    'Real Jobs':

    I love to do photography with post-production editing, upcycling furniture, landscaping, baking bread and making preserves from the food we grow.

    Tom is an ethical hunter (but we have no problem with purely vegeterian\vegan meals), he recently started blogging about the craft of meat curing (dry cured & smoked goods). Tom loves camping, passionate people, fishing, gardening, talking:) (if you want to improve your English he is the right person)

    It would be awesome to meet like-minded people and maybe learn new skills :) We are interested mainly in woofing on farms in a rural environment, we love to work with the animals and nurture plants. Learning more about permaculture, food forests and how to cook your traditional dishes is definitely what we would love :-)

  • Type of help

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

  • What skills do you have?

    We both grew up in the countryside so growing & propagating plants, doing the lawns, looking after animals and general work around the house are very common for us.
    I have a Masters Degree in Natural Sciences, after University, I decided to travel and got ''stuck' in New Zealand for almost 5 years. I traveled all around New Zealand and seasonally worked around various horticultural industries. Including kiwifruit orchards, cherry orchards, organic/biodynamic vineyards, blueberry farms, and citrus farm - I am not afraid of getting my hands dirty! I worked in clean eating organic cafes as well both in the kitchen and service aspects.
    My last role was a customer service role for a small family business, LilyBee Wraps which hand makes eco-friendly products - beeswax wraps which are used as a replacement for cling foil/plastic cling film. This job definitely changed our lives.
    We started to see plastic everywhere around us and we became more aware of what we buy. We are far from being zero waste but we try to do our best. For example, choosing paper packaging, using refill stations for our soap, shampoo, saying no to plastic bags, recycling...
    I have a big passion for upcycling old furniture, just give me a sander and paint and I can do miracles. :) She loves landscaping, baking sourdough bread, photography.
    Tom worked as a renewable energy consultant & commerical energy auditor in Australia and New Zealand. He has had other professional jobs in the commerical and government sectors. (but he has never really liked working in an office environment).
    He is technically minded and very good around digital or computer technology. Social media and internet marketing is now one of his passions.
    He recently started writing a blog (www.eatcuredmeat.com) about cured meat. He loves making his own bacon, salami, sausages...He is an ethical hunter, hunting for meat and only harvesting what he can use and share.
    He is a handyman, together with me we have built furniture we are quite proud of!
    Tom is an english native speaker and has a gift for talking, if you want to improve your english, he is the right person to talk to :)
    We both Love animals so If you have a furry friend thats a big + :)

  • Languages spoken

    We speak English and Slovak (only Monika), would love to learn Italian .

  • Age

    30 & 41

  • Nationality

    New Zealand, Slovak

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      No

    • Special dietary requirements
      No

Photos

Our typical summer evening in New Zealand...
Dogsitting in Tuscany
Christmas 2018
Our almost 2 m tall tomato plants
Monika baking typical Slovak pastry with poppy seeds.
Home grown vegetables.
Trip to Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Monika's garden in Slovakia
Yogi bear and Monika.
Tom making our new coffee table :)
We found this ugly brown shelf at the second hand store. After little bit of sanding and painting we have a beautiful white spice rack for our kitchen.
Tom loves fishing.
We have done some community work around our town in New Zealand including planting native plants.
Monika's addiction- baking sourdough bread
One of our beautiful beaches in Hawkes Bay, NZ

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