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  • Travel information

    I am currently


    My next destination:

    Albania - from Apr 2022 until Jul 2022
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  • Description

    I am coming to Albania to work with some chefs and cheesemakers, and have 2 weeks free that I am seeking to spend volunteering. I would to pitch I with whatever work I could help with. I have been traveling and volunteering for the last the 7 months.

    I grew up in Washington state where I began cooking in restaurants. I have spent the last decade working on farmstead cheese making operations around the US and traveling abroad exploring culture by cooking and eating. I have participated in work trades in Hawaii, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ecuador, Tibet, Italy, Austria, Spain, and California.
    I feel that I would be a general asset to you for the following reasons:
    - I can take care of a kitchen, planning meals for myself or a group, working with what is available and keeping communal spaces clean.
    - I am early rising, dependable, hardworking and can stay in one place where there is little excitment for an extended period of time.
    - I'm great with animals including humans, and have worked extensively with cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. I love dogs, cats, kids, and old people.
    - I have began traveling with the purpose of exploring cheesemaking, and learning about grazing, milking, and cheese as an aspect of diversified farming.
    - I am also prepared to teach what I know and assist cheesemakers and dairy people interested in making cheese, especially by natural methods.

  • Interests

    Cooking & food
  • Skills and knowledge I'd like to share or learn

    I'm interested in:  

    Life at a Farmstay
    Language practice

    Some knowledge of:  

    DIY and building projects
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    General Maintenance

    Able to teach about:  

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Animal Care
  • More details about your skills

    I am highly skilled at cooking, baking, preservation, animal care/milking, organic gardening, driving tractors, tree work, splitting firewood, pruning/orchard care, farm hand work, and general labor. I am fairly skilled at landscaping, painting, construction, teaching and working with children, and customer service.

    I've done a good amount of cob building, terracing/rock wall building, hugelkultur, composting/soil preparation, direct seeding, transplanting, working with drip and sprinkler irrigation, weeding, mulching. I've installed, lived with, and repaired solar water heating and storage systems, grey water drainage systems, composting toilets, and propane lines. I've spent years living in communal situations sharing kitchen space in off grid settings.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    More details about my language interests
    I want to practice and learn some Italian, Spanish, and French.

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  • What else ...

    I am interested in long term work trades of more than one month.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements