01/10/2018 - 31/03/2021
Hi, my name is Solene. I just graduated with a master's degree in Foreign Languages applied to International Negociations. Before I start my professional life, I wish to take a few months in order to travel and see a bit more of the world. As part of my university degrees, I did a few long-term stays in mainland China, so I feel like I can easily adapt to differents cultures and situations, which is good for travelling. I am very excited to be finally free from school, and I can wait for the multitude of experiences and people to meet that await me!
*️️️️️Update*️️️️️ I just started a new course to get a diploma on wild animal care. It's in a school that offers online courses, that way I can keep traveling. As for now I am going to mainly do animal related workaways so I can gather several different experiences.
**Update** As i go through this journey i am seeing things clearer and clearer every day. I want now with my workaways and volunteering experiences to build strong skills working around animals, or in the tourism/hosting industry, as it would make sense to me to start working in the animal tourism some day. In my opinion, it is an industry that needs change (regarding animal welfare), and i would like to be part of the people trying to change it for the better.
I am a very adaptable and resourceful person, with the right explanation I should be able to do quite a lot of things.
Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner
- MANOR, ESSEX, ENGLAND (October 2018):
Garden work (weeding, triming, sweeping...), chicken care (taking them in and out for the night, egg picking, cleaning chicken coop...), renovating old cottages (sending & painting walls and windows, filling up holes in walls...), house maintenance, helping on events holding (preping the room, help clearing out during event and after event).
- HOSTEL, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (November/December 2018):
Housekeeping (changing beds, cleaning rooms bathrooms and common areas), breakfast (preparing, supervising and clearing out breakfast), refurb (painting rooms, grouting bathrooms...), helping guests with anything.
- FINCA, SINEU, BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN (February 2019):
Animal care (dogs, cats, chickens, sheeps, pigs (all rescued)), house maintenance (a challenge with that many animals around!), garden work (permaculture), renovating a room (painting).
- CAT SHELTER, ATTICA, GREECE (March 2019):
Animal care: cleaning cat living environment (big house with about 40 cats), keeping track with the food and water, giving medication to sick cats, cleaning cats with special needs, teaching new cats how to socialize with the others; working on taking good pictures of the cats to promote their adoption on social media; giving a lot of love. + taking care of 8 puppies and their exhausted mom.
- ZOO IN HOLIDAY CENTER FOR DISABLED CHILDREN, PORTUGAL (April 2019):
Animal care: feeding exotic animals and farm animals, cleaning enclosures; enclosures maintenance: fixing, enrichments; taking guests on animals tours (in English of French); general gardening; organizing outdoor space.
- EDUCATIONAL FARM, GERMANY (October 2019):
Feeding, cleaning camps of llamas, camels, donkeys, alpacas, workshop with disable people, and people part of a social rehabilitation program.
- TORTOISES/TURTLES SANCTUARY, FRANCE (November/December 2019):
feeding, cleaning enclosures, gardening, maintenance, assistance to vet and simple care (force feeding, injections, wound cleaning...), guided visits of the park to educate visitors.
- LION SANCTUARY, SOUTH AFRICA (January 2020):
cleaning camps, fire breaks, preparing feeding, but mainly being present in the park to guide visitors, inform and educate them about lion welfare.
- BACKPACKERS, SOUTH AFRICA (February 2020):
mainly reception work, and being helpful to guests.
Special dietary requirements
I am a lifelong vegetarian (newly vegan but i am willing to be vegetarian during my workaway stays because I know accomodating a vegan can be too complicated)