Nadja

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  • Travel information

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    Travelling

    My next destination:

    India - from Jan 2022 until Dec 2022
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  • Description

    Hi Workaway hosts,

    In 2018 I decided to start traveling in Asia, before I had lived a couple of years in Mallorca, Spain where I had an Airbnb homestay near the beach and I worked in the tourism industry all over the island mostly with German and English guests.

    I decided to study again and with my TEFL certificate, I travelled to Thailand and I became an EFL teacher, I started my teacher classroom experience in Bangkok in a private primary school where I taught the grades 3 and 4 and I worked as a phonic teacher with young kids and also taught as a private tutor Business English courses to adults. I love to teach students my own experiences and teach mostly in a practical manner and with an interactive method

    I stayed about 1 year in the job and decided to travel to Nepal for eco farming projects in the mountains. I enjoyed hiking around and started volunteering teaching in a Buddhist Monastery and Montessori school in Kathmandu. In Nepal I got spiritually inspired and more enriched in Yoga and Vedic Astrology. I decided to follow a 200 hours Yoga Alliance teacher course in Rishikesh India and got my certificate/200 hrs Yoga Alliance to teach Yoga and joined a NGO project in Bombay India as a volunteer Yoga teacher where I taught children and a cricket team the principles of Yoga.

    I am an active, energetic and positive person. I speak the languages English, German and Spanish fluently and a bit of French. The Netherlands is my home country. I am experienced and talented in teaching, hosting/hospitality, cooking, gardening/orchard, organizing, writing , internet, marketing, videos and social media and I am a social and very flexible person and have an entrepreneurial spirit, I get incredible happy to learn and gain knowledge and like to share my knowledge to others.

    I try to eat healthy and like a lot of veggies, I practice yoga a lot and like to listen to meditational music. I love walking and hiking in nature a lot and this is part of my daily exercise. Also biking and swimming are favourites. Cooking is important for a healthy lifestyle so I love to learn new recipes and I try to cook various international dishes. With Vedic astrology and Tarot Card Readings I stay tuned with my spiritual awareness.

    My life is one life long learning process and I like to share my knowledge and gain more and more insights in the higher wisdom in life. I just like to enjoy life to the max and embrace it with whole my heart! In the past years I got more involved in Energetic therapy like Reiki energy therapy and Guasha massages. Both treatments are very helpful to balance energy and to solve stress and pain, I am certified in both. For more info for my healing skills visit https://nadjavanderheide.wixsite.com/shakti

    Recently I started volunteering again and spent some weeks with a local shepherd in the Sierra de Cazorla, on 1400 height in Andalusia, a very beautiful experience and one of my dreams to feel the natural life as a shepherd, an interesting daily job guiding the goats and sheep and some seasonal work in the orchard. I learnt how to cook on woodfire and really experienced the beautiful shepherd hikes and rural life of nature in the mountains.
    Right now I am volunteering in Granada, some restauration and painting work at a rural restaurant on the foot of the Sierra Nevada. I would like to learn more about permaculture and eco gardening and continue my teachings in my next projects. I love animals and I am a very happy and DIY person.

    My next travel plan is where the wind blows me and where I am needed to help out and to be a part of a new family or community to meet new spiritual souls!

  • Interests

    Mountain
    Beach
    Nature
    Yoga / Wellness
    Cycling
    Outdoor activities
    Hiking
    Gardening
    Animals
    Pets
    Languages
    Art & design
    Drawing & painting
    DIY & crafts
    Writing
    Books
    Videography
    Photography
    Cooking & food
    Culture

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

    I'm interested in:  

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Animal Care

    Some knowledge of:  

    Gardening
    Charity Work
    Art Projects

    Able to teach about:  

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Helping around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Language practice
    Helping with Computers/ Internet
    Teaching
  • More details about your skills

    I am an active, energetic and hard working person. I speak the languages English, German and Spanish fluently and a bit of French. The Netherlands is my home country. I am good in teaching English and Yoga, hosting, cooking, gardening, writing and I am a social and flexible person and have an entrepreneurial spirit, I taught myself a lot about making websites and videos and lately I got inspired to teach about investing and trading Cryptocurrency. For the creative mind I started to weave Mandalas and making natural dreamcatchers. For more info for my healing skills visit https://nadjavanderheide.wixsite.com/shakti.
    One of my volunteer projects in 2021 - living the life of a Shepherd in la Sierra de Cazorla/ Andalucia Spain please find the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRstIe_GatI&t=30s

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    More details about my language interests
    I taught ESL to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds in Thailand, Nepal and India for the last few years. Before stepping into this role, I earned my TEFL certification after completing the 120-hour premier TEFL course. Through my teaching experiences and TEFL studies, I developed critical pedagogic and classroom management skills, along with a passion for teaching English. I'm equipped with the Communicative Teaching Method, a philosophy that I’m excited to work with. I apply this method in the classroom through interactive, student-centered activities that maximize “student talk time.” I scaffold my lessons so that they include pair and group work, as well as movement around the classroom. By engaging students in speaking, grammar, writing, listening, and reading and appealing to diverse learning styles, I help them improve their accuracy and fluency across key skill areas. After living in different foreign countries, I understand both the excitement and the challenges that accompany learning a new language and living abroad. I speak the languages English, German and Spanish fluently on a native level and my French is intermediate and recently I got certified in teaching Yoga Classes.

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  • Age

    50

  • What else ...

    I eat healthy/vegan, practice yoga every day and like to play the Tongue Drum. I love walking/hiking in nature a lot and this is part of my daily exercise. Also biking and swimming are favorites. Cooking is important for a healthy lifestyle so I love to learn new recipes and I try many dishes. With Vedic astrology and Tarot I stay tuned with my spiritual awareness. Lately I developed some new crafts like Mandala weaving and making natural dreamcatchers.

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