Helen & Chris

From: New Zealand

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    China, India, Nepal

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    Travel dates

    07/02/2019 - 07/02/2020

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  • Description

    We have given up our jobs to come travelling.... too many people think they will do things they want to when they get older but often health gets in the way. We decided to do it now!
    We gave up our jobs, rented out our house, put our things in storage and are now travelling.
    Our aim is to travel for 1-3 years in order to experience new things and learn about different cultures.
    We love meeting the people when we travel and having a laugh and fun on the way!
    Some of the time we want to travel and see the culture, other times we think we will do some voluntary work.
    We are both originally from the UK, but moved to NZ in 2004 where we have great friends, live by the beach and enjoy the outdoor activities that NZ is famous for. We love kayaking, mountain biking, tramping (walking/hiking), skiing/snowboarding and climbing.
    We love reading and are trying to grow a habit of meditation and yoga...
    Chris is a teacher - secondary school for PE, outdoor ed, social studies and health.
    He has qualifications in teaching, rock climbing and kayaking.
    Before becoming a teacher, he has been in the British Royal Marines as a signaller, worked as a training manager for adults in retail (shops) and worked in shops.
    Helen has a background in marketing, sales, customer services and general business management.
    She has worked with small companies and big ones and recently with local government in economic development.
    She has experience helping businesses grow, through business advice and developing sales and marketing plans.
    She is a good strategic thinker, but also good at just 'getting stuff done.'
    Helen also has experience working with charities - as an activist, campaigner and on boards/governance. She was on the board of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand for 6 years, including 5 as chair. She was also on the board of the YMCA.

    She particularly cares about equality and fairness, especially in ensuring women and girls have equal rights.

    We have both got great soft skills and a mature, but fun attitude to life.
    We’re happy to pitch in with most things as part of our experience and look forward to meeting you.

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • What skills do you have?

    Chris....
    Teaching
    Building
    Outdoor activities- Chris has qualifications in kayaking and rock climbing

    Chris is a teacher - secondary school for PE, outdoor ed, social studies and health.

    He has qualifications in teaching, rock climbing and kayaking.

    Before becoming a teacher, he has been in the British Royal Marines as a signaller, worked as a training manager for adults in retail (shops) and worked in shops.



    Helen....
    Marketing
    Sales
    Customer services
    Charity work
    Business
    Governance/on boards

    Helen has a background in marketing, sales, customer services and general business management.

    She has worked with small companies and big ones and recently with local government in economic development.

    She has experience helping businesses grow, through business advice and developing sales and marketing plans. She is a good strategic thinker, but also good at just 'getting stuff done.'

    Helen also has experience working with charities - as an activist, campaigner and on boards/governance. She was on the board of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand for 6 years, including 5 as chair. She was also on the board of the YMCA.

    My work profile is on LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/helen-shorthouse/

  • Languages spoken

    English. Helen has basic French which is a bit rusty

  • Age

    48 & 48

  • What else ...

    While we’ve been travelling we’ve been sharing our experiences. Chris does videos and Helen blogs. Check them out ....
    https://helenshorthouse.wixsite.com/adventuring

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      Chris is allergic to cats! Otherwise all good.

    • Special dietary requirements
      Chris is a vegetarian Helen prefers to be a vegan (no eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt), but will fit in with what food is offered as long as it vegetarian!

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