My name is Merle and I’m set out on my travels to learn about bio-construction and the management/ logistical side of hospitality. I also love surfing so I try to combine that in with my workaway search. My dream is to one day build a low impact eco community or eco village or something of that sort, made out of local and natural materials. The idea is still a work in progress but I ultimately want to create an art filled living space that inspires creation, expression, or any process that is a joy in itself.
I think the best way to describe myself is that I’m an autodidact. That’s just a nerdy way of saying that I’m a nerd who is always enrolled in free university courses. But basically I’m always learning/ getting better at something and I have the attitude that anything can be learned. I’m currently focused on learning about Islamic geometric patterns and mosaics. Other areas of interest include languages, history, philosophy, psychology and self development. In general I’m just really passionate about learning and am interested in humans and the crazy things we do.
I love traveling, but I love traveling slowly, staying at places for months or even years at a time. I actually don't consider myself to have wanderlust or "the travel bug". I’ve accepted that I'll never see everything, so I try to experience the places I stay at as much as I can. I can guarantee you (workaway hosts) that I’ll stay the minimum required stay, this is something I see as a personal and moral obligation. This persistence to fulfil my end of the bargain has actually been really good to me. There have been times where I don’t like the workaway at first but end up really liking it a week or two later. I find the trick lies in expectation management and flexibility. Every situation you find yourself in is perfect for something, even if it's not what you originally had in mind. The sooner you can adapt to the new, the sooner you can reap its benefits.
InterestsMountainBeachNatureCampingWater sportsFitnessYoga / WellnessCyclingDancingOutdoor activitiesHikingVan lifeCharity workFarmingGardeningSustainabilityLanguagesArt & designWritingBooks
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Skills and knowledge I'd like to share or learn
I'm interested in:Hospitality/Tourism
Some knowledge of:GardeningDIY and building projectsBabysitting and creative playLife at a FarmstayEco ProjectsHelping around the houseAnimal CareCharity Work
Able to teach about:General MaintenanceLanguage practiceTeaching
More details about your skills
Advanced level of spanish and portuguese
More than a year of experience teaching english
3 seasons of experience working on a farm
experience working with hand tools, power tools and general handyman skills
I play the drums
More details about my language interests
Language learning is one of my passions. I'm also a grammar nerd so if you have any questions I'd be glad to give you a hand.
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Special dietary requirements