Matthew & Joanne

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Latvia ... more

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    Travel dates

    09/11/2020 - 01/01/2022

  • Badges

    Explorer
    Top Workawayer

  • Our status

    Travelling

  • Description

    Hi, we're Matt and Jo, a married couple from England and we have sold our house and given up our jobs to become permanent 'work-awayers'. We've now been volunteering for several hosts since summer 2013.
    Matt is a qualified Land Surveyor and wanted a change from living in a city and from the job he had done for years. Jo was an institutional fundraiser for a wildlife conservation charity.
    We love travelling and when visiting a new place we like to learn about the history and local culture and sample local food. We spent 12 months from April 2011 travelling around the world to lots of interesting countries that we'd never visited before. Upon returning, we always wanted to continue the travelling lifestyle.
    We enjoy wildlife and regularly visit nature reserves and National Parks in the UK to see what we can spot. We also love breath-taking scenery and most of our photo albums are filled with landscapes, mountains and water scenes, with the rest being animals/wildlife.
    We like to do our bit for the environment and think it is important to maintain as much green space for nature as possible. As a result we have volunteered for our local nature reserves to create suitable habitats for wildlife and to clear up the environment.
    We enjoy listening to a huge variety of music (nothing really 'mainstream' though) and attend gigs, concerts and festivals whenever possible. We also enjoy watching a variety of live sports especially football and cricket.
    We both enjoy reading a variety of books from old classics to more current novels. We enjoy watching films and comedy, and Jo loves Harry Potter (books, films, magic, anything related!).
    We lived in a fairly big city with a big population but enjoy finding quiet pubs and boutique/independent places to have a pint of craft beer or cider and some nice food.
    Jo loves crafts and making things, and currently knits, crochets and turns fabric and felt into pretty things. Anything from flowers and cats to scarves and jumpers get made in any array of colours and wools.

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

    Some knowledge of: 

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Art Projects
  • More details about your skills

    We've both been home owners in England and undertook maintenance of inside and outdoor areas.

    We are both physically fit and not afraid of hard work. In addition, we would love to learn new skills and are always willing to help out where needed.

    We volunteered in various places across Iceland for a year, Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey and Germany. At several places, we have been lucky enough to be given the responsibility of looking after the farms, businesses, homes and animals whilst the owners were away.

    Since beginning volunteering we’ve worked for many different workaway hosts giving us experience in:
    Farming
    Estate management
    Maintenance and building
    Gardening
    House-sitting
    Tourist Accommodation & Guesthouses


    Projects we helped with include:

    Maintenance and building:
    Repair and insulation of stable roof
    Kitchen and tourist apartments renovation
    Building 'free-range' chicken house
    Building raised flower beds
    Painting
    Wallpapering
    Putting up shelves and flat-pack furniture
    Measuring up, cutting and laying carpets


    Estate Management & Gardening:
    Mowing lawns and fields
    Strimming
    Weeding and pruning
    Planting
    Fruit and vegetable picking
    Tree Clearance
    Leaf blowing
    Fencing and gate hanging
    Road repairs
    Landscaping
    Preparing gardens and grounds to host events
    Clearing garages and steadings

    Farm work:
    Hay-making using tractor
    Sheep and horse gathering
    Feeding animals including cows, calves, sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs, horses
    Milking cows
    Cleaning chicken houses, cow-houses and milking systems
    Assisting with lamb and calf births
    Sheep tagging and marking
    Using small tractor/loader to distribute hay/straw bales
    Daily collection and packing of 3000 chicken eggs

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Icelandic: Beginner

  • Age

    43 & 40

  • Nationality

    British

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      No

    • Special dietary requirements
      No

Photos

Jo feeding calves, working on a farm in North Iceland 2014
Matt loading straw bales, working on a farm in North Iceland 2014
Jo gardening in the beautiful Isle of Lismore, Scotland 2014
Matt tagging sheep in the Isle of Lismore, Scotland 2014
An arbour we helped make for weddings in Perthshire, Scotland 2014
Jo with a new-born lamb she successfully delivered, South Iceland 2014
Matt carrying out estate maintenance in Perthshire, Scotland 2014
Jo looking after horse in Argyll, Scotland 2014
Matt feeding sheep in Argyll, Scotland 2014
Jo making wooden frames in Argyll, Scotland 2014
Matt building concrete midden in Argyll, Scotland 2014
Grand Canyon, USA 2012
Day trip with other workawayers, Switzerland
Dresden, Christmas 2016

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