From: United Kingdom
30/09/2018 - 30/04/2019
Hello :-) thank you for reading my profile
I love travelling & spend most of my Summers either trekking long distance walks or volunteering since I took voluntary redundancy from my 30 year career in managing Health & Social Care services. I retrained as an English Language trainer (CELTA) & massage therapist with a view to travelling & working away.
I originally qualified & worked as a nurse and did a degree in social anthropology. I also trained as an adult trainer & worked in Further Education training health & social care workers. I managed training & qualification centres, & latterly qualified & worked for many years as a strategic workforce development manager in Local Government. This work included managing teams of trainers & care specialists, commissioning, procurement, contract management, project management & quality assurance. I also retrained in hotel management &, for the last 4 years, I have managed ski hotels each Winter.
I am fit & energetic, having renovated 19 houses, run a small-holding of 4 acres alongside a full time job, co-managed a big-house holiday rental business, walked up many mountains (500 kms in New Zealand, up to 5000m in the N Indian Himalyayas, trekked the renowned GR20 length of Corsica, the Turkish Lycian Way for 350kms, the Camino Primitivo de Santiago. And this year, I walked 800kms Pyrénées traverse. I have done the basic PADI scuba diving course in Fiji, I am keen on running & yoga - been to 2 ashrams & several yoga retreats.
I love cooking, gardening and any outdoor activity, especially walking/ trekking, sailing, diving, skiing. I have a grown-up son so love children & child-care too.
I have spent the last 7 years travelling solo, & stopped for several workaway projects eg. teaching English in Java and Sulawesi, doing a 6 week massage course in Bali, 2 renovation building projects in France, crewing in the Med, assisting on a Spanish wellness retreat, permaculture & kugelkulture gardening.
I've worked 4 Winter ski seasons in France, Austria & Italy in hospitality, managing 11 self catering chalets, then 3 hotels from 30-84 beds. I worked as a manager in a luxury hotel in the Scottish Hebrides & a high dining restaurant manager. I also provided massage.
I love this lifestyle as it allows me to live in beautiful places & meet new people :-)
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
management - operational planning/coordinating/staff management, project management, QA/ evaluation
hospitality - hotel/B&B/ restaurant/housekeeping/ cooking/guest relations
conference planning & management
care & teaching health care
building - interior decoration / painting
gardening/ small holding / permaculture
cooking / general house-holding / shopping
outdoor activities - walking/ trekking/ skiing/ diving/ cycling/ camping
I am an extremely hard working and positive person, I get on well with all age groups, work well in teams or alone. I am not put off by simple living conditions
I am self sufficient financially & flexible about where I go and for how long - nice! :-) I like to learn new skills as well as contribute my existing skills and experience to any workaway projects. These would include sailing, diving, languages, massage, yoga, skiing, walking, cycling, permaculture. I am happy to use management experience in various roles eg project management, hotel manager.
I am currently most interested in yoga retreats, health / wellness & sustainable communities and projects.
Special dietary requirements