David

From: France

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    France, Laos, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom

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    Travel dates

    30/09/2017 - 01/06/2020

  • Badges

    Explorer
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  • Description

    Returned to UK in April 2019, bought a van and spent the next few months converting it to a campervan, After a brief tour to Wales and east devon, I will be crossing the channel on the 23rd of October in search of the 🌞

    Arrived in Fuerteventura December 15 2018 expecting to stay for a few weeks, but with interesting work, (See photos of The Shed) a most agreeable host, wonderful weather, I stayed 18 months!

    In 2014 I concluded that the particular rut I was in had become very boring and uninspiring so after much reflection (and even more anxiety) I decided to sell my house (privately, having made a website) give away almost all of my possessions (very 'uplifting'!) and go travelling. At first I was unsure how I was going to go about financing the high costs involved for accommodation and food but then a friend put me on to Workaway and I immediately realised here was the answer.
    I had run my own small building company in UK for 30 years and have practical skills and motivation which seem to be in much demand. During my five and a half years travelling I have visited several continents, met many interesting and inspiring people, and helped with many different projects from installing an IKEA kitchen, restoring antique furniture, creating a BnB website, to sweeping leaves cutting firewood etc etc.
    Please scroll down to read my reviews.
    I keep myself very fit by walking and cycling and access to a bicycle on workaway projects is always appreciated.
    I find that a telephone conversation often helps to determine whether volunteer and host can get along so if you provide a skype / whats app number I could telephone you.

  • Type of help

    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    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?

    I have experience in carpentry, plumbing, masonry, adobe earth plastering, tiling, painting decorating, wallpaper hanging, asphalt roofing, cutting splitting logs, dry stone walling, dry lining, ... etc

    I am computer literate and have made websites which I have been able to get on the front page of google (that's the difficult bit!!)

    I cook and eat healthy food.

    I have worked as a 'leader' with UK Woodcraft Folk with young people from ages 7 - 16. While in France I was a volunteer at a playgroup for children from 5 - 9 teaching arts & crafts and English and also teaching English to adults and teenagers for three years one evening a week.

    For two years I was a part time volunteer warden at a hostel for homeless men with alcohol problems.

  • Languages spoken

    English, some French

  • Age

    74

  • Nationality

    English

  • What else ...

    I consider myself a gregarious person whose interested in, and enjoys talking to, people from 'all walks of life'. I genuinely believe that we can learn something from everybody we meet and although I am open to new ideas I am also open to new thinking on old ideas!

    I first went traveling when I was eighteen and hitch hiked with a friend across Europe to end up working on a kibbutz in Israel for 1 year before travelling on to other middle eastern countries. I caught the bug and spent the next four years traveling intermittently while working in the UK to fund the next 'adventure'.
    At the age of 30 I went with my wife and two young children to newly independent Zimbabwe where I was responsible for the Appropriate Technology Department of a rural training centre set up by English Quakers. During my 2 years I initiated centre based and outreach courses of mud stove building which were incorporated into the training programme of local Primary Health care workers and low cost appropriate building methods as well as advanced thatching techniques more suited to the now sedentary local rural community.
    At 33 I spent a few months in Bangladesh helping on an appropriate technology project.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      No

    • Special dietary requirements
      No

Photos

Hilltop historic town of Gordes in Provence
Fuerteventura March 2019
Demountable work bench made from recycled materials.
July 2015 France
Stripping out, renovation, decoration, installation of new IKEA kitchen
Cupboard made from new / recycled materials
Sept 2017 Squaring an arch
Carcassonne 2017
Fuerteventura shed 'before'
Fuerteventura shed 'after'

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