From: United States
Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
15/12/2019 - 15/06/2020
Learning new things is my main driver. I enjoy fixing things, music, math and nature. My home is the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina and from a young age I have always had a keen sense of wanting to explore as much as I can! My passion is sustainability and I'd like to help find solutions to our problems. One of my goals while in Europe is to see as many sustainable sites as I can, like the solar updraft tower in Madrid or the wind turbines of the coast of Denmark. I would also like to get any kind of hands on experience in regards to sustainability as well. I hope to get connected with people who will make me feel inspired and teach me their skills and pass their knowledge.
While in North Carolina, I grew up in my parents coffee shop, where I learned to be a barista. Then, I moved on to help with home renovation projects in the Historic Montford Neighborhood in Asheville. There I learned several skills like demolition, carpentry, and painting. For the last three and a half years I have worked in a 36,000 sqft furniture warehouse called The Regeneration Station. Their main goal is to upcycle objects, resell furniture and decor, and sanitize good mattresses to reduce overall waste in our landfills. Oh, and we sold motorcycles for a little while too!
This is where I learned and worked in a culture of leadership, caring and accountability. Half of the company specializes in helping people remove their junk and bring it to the proper recycling facilities. They are called Junk Recyclers. For the first year at the company I would drive a 16ft box truck around town, clean out entire homes for folks, save the good stuff to be resold and recycle the rest at the proper facilities.
The other half of the company is a store front. I became a team member inside the store and my job would be to help sell what the Junk Recyclers brought in. During the same period we were selling used motorcycles and I became licensed to sell them. A personal accomplishment was when I improved the efficiency of the work shop and later helped hire a new furniture repair employee. Consequently we were able to start saving more items from being thrown away at the landfill. My passion for furniture pushed the company to create an entirely new position for me as the Intake Manager and my main responsibility was to go to auctions and estate sales to buy specialty pieces for the shop.
The store is very large, so the way we keep it fully stocked is to let private individuals rent out booths. Imagine a big furniture market under one roof. I was able to have my own booth where my partner and I would begin our "micro-business" called Young Again Vintage. We specialized in vintage clothing from the 70's to the 90's, home decor and Mid-Century Modern restorations. This is when I got some hands on experience in running a business (though, on a modest and small scale) and improved my money management skills.
I had many responsibilities during my time at this company and it pushed me to engage in new things and exercise some skills! I really enjoy mechanics, fixing and repairing things in general, but I always left time for my other passions like playing music in groups and art. I never want to stop learning and growing and I thrive in environments that challenge me.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Furniture Restoration, Carpentry, Small Engine Repair, Auto Maintenance, Business, Music, Art
English, some French
I can play bass guitar, guitar, and cello. Can read and write music. I haven't been able to play a cello in a long time and would love to meet someone who could teach me how to be a cellist again! I have recorded two albums, love the music scene in my hometown, performed live at dozens of venues across North Carolina and the east coast, and even played a live set on Adult Swim one time!
I also just finished an electricity class and sustainability class at a local community college in Asheville, North Carolina. Motorcycling is one of my favorite things as well. I hope to meet someone who knows Industrial Ecology or Cradle-to-Cradle design because I hope to study those subjects in the future.
Special dietary requirements