France, Portugal, Spain
01/10/2018 - 01/01/2021
My name is Verena.
I can't really tell you who I am (I still discover this myself - and I keep on learning all the time) but I can tell you a bit of my life story up to this date.
I was born and raised in Germany.
I spent a lot of time travelling the world, I lived and worked in many different countries and learnt a lot.
Initially, I started off in the business world but there was never really any love. I later shifted to teaching English (yes, as a German native speaker and I think I was quite a good teacher - definitely a passionate one). It felt far more authentic than anything I had ever encountered in a business setting.
After a year in India (also teaching English) I was drawn to some Buddhist concepts (very stereotypical). In India I also learnt about the spirit of community and how happy a simple life can be.
It was quite hard to return to the Western world and I entered a phase of confusion. I partly returned to the business world but this did not work out any longer, I tried to fit in by living a 'standard' Western life, but this also did not work out any longer.
I was being pushed towards other things...
I volunteered in hospice and this was an incredibly rewarding experience. I also started a small import business, selling handwoven shawls from India, produced by some of my friends there.
I started teaching again and at some point, after a bit of a search, I found a counselling method I really loved. I dived into this experience and learnt a lot about myself and also moved on the inner healing journey. I started supporting others in their journey as well.
In 2018 I bought a beautiful camper van, called Eddie, and started travelling around Europe to explore this gorgeous land. But I also wanted to meet people who decided to live a life different from the conventional way. I met some lovely and inspiring people.
In-between life gave me a few more learning opportunities, which helped me to further expand and move on my journey (a nice way of saying, sometimes it also incredibly sucked ;))
What would I like to learn:
I would like to learn about organic farming. Growing vegetables/fruits and keeping animals
I would like to experience community settings
I would like to learn about eco-tourism
I would like to meet other people who are interested in sustainability, psychology/spirituality and are trying to live more consciously.
I would like to meet you and really hear your story and listen to you.
I would like an exchange of ideas and thoughts.
I would like fun and laughter.
What can I give:
Curiosity: I want to learn from you, this is why I chose you. I am not interested in a free holiday. I want to learn and support you.
Skills: I have some skills in marketing/sales, I have some skills in teaching, I have been working in gardens before - but I would not really call that skilled, I have experience working in tourism. I have limited experience working with animals.
Conversation: I am happy to exchange stories and experiences
Psychology/Spirituality: if you are interested in exchanging experiences here or would like to learn what I do, I am more than happy to share that with you, too.
Cooking: I am not a five star cook but I happily try out and learn.
What is a non-negotiable for me is honest and respectful communication.
Skills in tourism (reception, internet, bookings, tour guide, cleaning)
Skills in teaching (CELTA qualified EFL teacher)
Skills in sales and marketing (business studies)
I started horse riding some time ago - so I have some skills there but would love to learn more
Limited gardening skills (I raised my first tomatoes this year, from a little seed they grew into this big proud plant, yipeee)
Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner
In the end it all comes down to happiness.
The only satisfactory outcome can be: you and I are both having a good time. We can laugh, learn, treat each other and everything around us with respect.
Special dietary requirements
I prefer healthy food: vegetarian and fish. I hardly ever eat meat. Obviously, I dont expect you to pay for this but I love a good conversation over a glass of wine. If alcohol is not permitted where you are, I can happily live without while I am staying