SophiaRefoy

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

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    Travel dates

    25/06/2019 - 14/09/2019

  • Badges

    Explorer
    Good Workawayer

  • Description

    This year I am looking to learn more about farming and sustainable practices! I'd love to learn more about keeping and caring for livestock. I have some farm experience which I'd like to build on. I did a workaway placement during the lambing season on a working sheep farm in England where I helped with the herding, herding-dog training, milking of the sheep and general day to day work on the farm however I didn't have the chance to be involved in the cheese-making as I was so busy with the animals! I'd love to learn about cheese-making, preserving food and maybe even bee-keeping! I'd quite like to learn how to fish.
    I have also worked on a small scale organic food farm in Turkey where I helped plant seedlings and prepare the soil. My family members are keen gardeners and my dad has an allotment in the city which I help him with when I visit so I have some experience with plants and growing food but this is an area I'd need to learn more about.
    I love cooking and baking and I like learning about new recipes I can share at home. I do catering for the big cycling events at my local long-distance cycling club's races in London. I cook hot meals and cakes for between 60 and 150 people each time and so far I have used Moroccan, French, English, Finnish and Iranian recipes. I'd love to learn new recipes and I can help with some cooking for you as well. I usually make Italian style food (one side of my family is Italian) or traditional English dished (It has a bad reputation but I promise it's good)
    I really enjoy working with other workawayers in a team or alongside them and I enjoy the company but I'm also capable and comfortable working independently. I try my hardest to pick up new skills quickly and work efficiently and I have never needed constant supervision.
    I'm always open to learning new creative skills such as knitting, weaving, wood carving etc!
    I am not qualified for childcare and I don't feel comfortable babysitting or childminding.

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project

  • What skills do you have?

    *️️️️️️️Farm Experience:
    o -Organic sheep dairy farm in England
     Walking the fields each morning to checking for new lambs or any livestock in distress.
     Herding sheep with working collies into the main farmyard and parlour for milking every day.
     Cleaning sheep’s udders and manually attaching pumps for mechanical milking.
     Cleaning yard and sterilising equipment to maintain hygiene and ensure milk is fit for cheese making.
     Twice daily refreshing of bedding and feeding of sheep, pigs and poultry.
     Daily checking and counting of herd of cows.
     Bottle-feeding lambs three times a day.
     Helping repair fences.
     Various odd jobs such as feet trimming of some sheep, once went to farmers market to help sell cheese.
    o -Animal rescue ranch in Turkey
     Daily feeding of horse, ducks, chickens, 100 cats and 30 dogs.
     Egg collection.
     Attending to any animals needing bandaged changed or other attention.
     Daily vacuuming, mopping and cat litter changing.
     Exercising, training and playing with dogs.
     Successfully supervised the running of the ranch for a weekend while the owners went away for a break.
    o -Organic food farm in Turkey
     Planting seeds
     Transplanting seedling in field
     Digging ground to prepare for seedling transplantation
     Lots of watering!
     Helping with turkeys and chickens

    *️️️️️️️Animal Experience: Lots of experience with dogs and cats, not so much with horses but I'm willing to be taught.

    *️️️️️️️Food Industry Experience:
    -Catering for cycle races. I plan and making hot meals and cakes for the finish line at long-distance cycling events
    in London during spring (150 people).
    -Cheesemonger selling award winning British cheeses at the famous Neal's Yard Dairy in London.

    *️️️️️️️Hostel experience: I worked in a hostel in Tallinn for a summer where I worked in a team with two other workers to run the hostel and we took turns doing shifts at the reception desk, cleaning and interacting with the guests.

    *️️️️️I'm a keen photographer and I'm happy to help out with photos for social media/websites. Examples of my work can be found at refoy.co.uk

  • Languages spoken

    English, French. Rusty Spanish. I can understand basic Italian and Russian

  • Age

    24

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      Peppers (not life-threatening but makes me ill)

    • Special dietary requirements

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