Merle

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  • My status

    Travelling

  • Description

    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.

  • Interests

    Mountain
    Beach
    Nature
    Camping
    Water sports
    Fitness
    Yoga / Wellness
    Cycling
    Dancing
    Outdoor activities
    Hiking
    Van life
    Charity work
    Farming
    Gardening
    Sustainability
    Languages
    Art & design
    Writing
    Books

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

    I'm interested in:  

    Hospitality/Tourism

    Some knowledge of:  

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

    Able to teach about:  

    General Maintenance
    Language practice
    Teaching
  • 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
    Flexible
    Hardworking
    Sociable
    Open minded
    I play the drums

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    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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  • Age

    28

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      no

    • Special dietary requirements
      no

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