Naomi

From: Portugal

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Italy

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    Travel dates

    04/01/2021 - 28/06/2021

  • number of facebook friends

    Nº of Facebook friends

    230

  • Badges

    Explorer
    Top Workawayer
    Facebook verified

  • My status

    At home

  • Description

    My new years resolution entailed changing my profile on 'Workaway' and getting ready to volunteer in Europe as of May 2020. (Covid-19 made this slightly more complicated!) ;)
    In 2019 I returned to Europe after having traveled through Australia, New Zealand & Brazil for 1,5 years, this to me was a life changing experience!
    During my travels I opted to volunteer via 'Workaway' (by recommendation of a friend) as I found it a great way to meet locals whilst contributing towards all sorts of different activities. I'm so glad I gave it a go as I got to experience the most interesting things i.e. helping out at a sculpture park; managing a pop-up cafe; cooking healthy organic vegetarian/vegan food at a yoga retreat; pruning at a vineyard; helping disabled & elderly people; gardening & landscaping and doing all sorts of DIY jobs.

    My 'journey' started back in 2016 when I decided to make big changes to my life. By 2017 I sold my little business, gave up my flat, sold my car and donated my belongings to charity & friends. The one and only thing I kept was my bicycle, that’s my real Dutch side!
    I’m originally from the Netherlands, my parents migrated to Portugal (South coast, Algarve) in 1980 where they built a campsite, in fact, the first one in that region back then. I have lived in the Algarve most of my life. I tend to visit my family in the Netherlands on a regular basis.
    My education was mainly in Portuguese & English and we all spoke Dutch at home.

    I was lucky to live close to the ocean so I'm a great fan of the beach, sea and nature in general.
    My favourite sport is cycling (mountain biking) and I enjoy long walks along the seaside.
    I have an interest in various forms of art, from dance (I danced classical ballet & contemporary for many years), to photography and music. I was hoping to learn to play the piano again as its one of my favourite instruments.

    "Life is a gift therefore I wish to cherish and be grateful for its journey"
    See you soon!

  • Interests

    Mountain
    Beach
    Nature
    Sailing / Boating
    Fitness
    Yoga / Wellness
    Cycling
    Dancing
    Outdoor activities
    Hiking
    Charity work
    Gardening
    Sustainability
    Animals
    Pets
    Languages
    Architecture
    Art & design
    Performing arts
    DIY & crafts

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

    I'm interested in:  

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Being an elderly companion
    General Maintenance
    Helping around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Charity Work

    Some knowledge of:  

    Babysitting and creative play
    Life at a Farmstay
    Animal Care
    Language practice

    Able to teach about:  

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
  • More details about your skills

    I was a landscape gardener for +/- 8 years (this was during my 20's), I then managed a small apartment complex for 3 years whereby I was involved with all various departments i.e. front office, back office, staff, customer service, accounts & finance, marketing, maintenance & upkeep.
    For the past 10 years I have been a self-employed property manager and during this period I also outsourced administrative services for a couple of other businesses.

    I offered catering services on weekends and holiday seasons as this was a hobby of mine. Baking and making desserts was my favourite part!
    My parents used to own a campsite on the south coast of Portugal so the hospitality industry has in fact been the foundation to my skills set.

    I have a honours degree in Business studies (Management) and I was awarded a 'WSET level 1 award in wines' (QCF) in London.
    I enjoy the role of being a host, I'm not afraid in getting my hands dirty, I don't mind doing things on my own and I'm happy to take on new challenges.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate
    Italian: Beginner

  • Age

    43

  • Nationality

    Dutch

  • What else ...

    I can say that I'm efficient, meticulous and good at resolving problems.
    Being organized and tidy is important to me.
    I would describe myself as social (but enjoy quiet times), curious, friendly, humble and respectful.
    Recycling, upcycling and being environmentally friendly is very important to me.
    Cooking for friends and sharing nice/healthy food is something I really enjoy.
    For me its a real pleasure to meet new people and to be able to help others.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements
      I'm a pescatarian but during my travels I have become a bit of a 'flexitarian'!

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