Mary

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  • Travel information

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    Travelling

    My next destination:

    United Kingdom - from Mar 2022
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  • Description

    ๐–๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ˆ & ๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ˆ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ: My name is Mary and Iโ€™m a traveler, writer, and theater artist, although not always in that order! I travel slowly in order to broaden and challenge my understanding of the world, and form unforgettable memories. In life, we move cities, change jobs, enter and exit relationships. All those things happen during travel as well, but expedited. I like to think that traveling is a fast-forwarded version of real life, and consequently I learn myself and others at a much higher capacity. I bring to all my Workaway experiences my passion, drive, creativity, communicativeness, and hunger to learn.

    ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ: China (birth) โ†’ Canada (childhood) โ†’ USA (adulthood). Because I moved frequently as a kid, itโ€™s impossible to pick the country I most identify with as home!

    ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง: All over Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands

    ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ : United Kingdom in March 2022

    ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง & ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ: I graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English and minor in Theatre. I have a deep appreciation for the arts and storytelling, and love meeting other writers and creators! Iโ€™m also interested in spirituality, plant-based nutrition, the outdoors, organic farming, horses, yoga, and films.

    I love the city and the countryside equally and I love being stimulated by ever changing environments and people. I appreciate critical thinking and empathy probably more than any other trait in people, and being able to dive straight into a deep conversation with someone (skipping past the small talk) brings me endless delight.

    ๐‡๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ-๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ: Iโ€™ve found that I work best with hosts who communicate their expectations for hours and tasks early on. I know inviting strangers into your home can be weird and potentially vulnerable, so I'm more than happy to do a video chat or answer questions to gauge whether I'd be a good fit. In addition to reading feedback from my past hosts below, I invite you to check out my Couchsurfing profile: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/mary-zhou-2. Click the References tab to read more reviews about what I am like as a guest.

  • Interests

    Beach
    Nature
    Fitness
    Yoga / Wellness
    Outdoor activities
    Hiking
    Charity work
    Farming
    Gardening
    Sustainability
    Languages
    Art & design
    Performing arts
    Drawing & painting
    DIY & crafts
    Writing
    Books
    Movies & TV
    Music
    Cooking & food

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  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner

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

    I'm interested in:  

    Gardening
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Art Projects

    Some knowledge of:  

    Helping with Computers/ Internet
  • More details about your skills

    ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž: Writing & editing (a lot of it!), website development, cooking, weeding, taking care of animals, nannying, cleaning & administration work at hostels

    ๐’๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ: Knowledge of sustainable farming and animal care (in particular horses)

    ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ:
    I spent a month in Prince Edward Island (Canada) at a backpackers' inn and another month at a Newfoundland (Canada) hostel, where I cleaned rooms, made booking reservations, performed guest check-ins, and other office work.

    I then made my way to Toronto where I stayed with a single mom and helped her with painting, weeding, and house maintenance.

    In Edmonton, Alberta I stayed with a busy family of 4 and helped with cooking, cleaning, and walking their dogs.

    In British Columbia I performed housekeeping on a dude ranch, then moved to Vancouver Island where I took care of 30+ animals on a homestead. I also spent 4 months in Vancouver taking care of 3 year old twins.

    ๐‰๐จ๐› ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ:
    I have mostly worked in either editorial or marketing capacities at publishing houses and theater production companies. For anyone out there who is artistic or in need of someone with a creative mind, Iโ€™d love to help you! Iโ€™ve worked in many storytelling mediums, including screenwriting, playwriting, spoken word, journalism, and copywriting. See my full resume here: www.linkedin.com/in/mzhou94.

  • Age

    28

  • What else ...

    Favorite quotes:
    "Nothing is to be feared, only understood."
    "If heaven were to exist, I imagine it as a place where people love each other perfectly. And Earth is the place where we get to practice that."
    "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."

    Favorite books: Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Mrs. Dalloway, Fahrenheit 451, The Husband's Secret, The Great Gatsby, The Book Thief, Open City, The Nix, Conversations with Friends, 1Q84, Three Women, Untamed

    Favorite movies & TV shows: Mustang, Fruitvale Station, Cloud Atlas, American Beauty, Belle, Me and You and Everyone We Know, The OA, Gilmore Girls, Fleabag, Normal People

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    • Smoker

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    • Allergies
      I'm sensitive to synthetic fragrance in detergents.

    • Special dietary requirements
      I loosely follow a principle of eating clean (no processed/refined foods). A few years ago I used to vegan, now I describe myself as a flexitarian.

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