Col

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    New Zealand

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    Travel dates

    08/03/2020 - 08/03/2021

  • Badges

    Explorer

  • My status

    Travelling

  • Description

    Hello
    I'm a friendly, energetic, curious Scot looking to learn more about the world, my place in it and our connection to it.
    I've been working as a ski instructor in Italy in the winters and a bat ecologist in the summers back in Scotland.
    Now looking to break the pattern and spend a year in New Zealand.
    Hopefully catch some waves and cycle down some mountains along the way.
    Keen to learn in the fields of self sufficient/ off grid living, permaculture, mycology, apiology and sustainable forms of energy. I am studying a degree in environmental management and technology online as I travel and enjoy learning more than anything, especially with my hands.
    I've just spent a year in Japan travelling working and learning and can't wait to see what NZ has to offer.

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

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice

    Some knowledge of:  

    Art Projects

    Able to teach about:  

    Teaching
  • More details about your skills

    Construction - have completed most basic joinery tasks and have experience in furniture making, plaster boarding, basic plastering, lime wash and lime mortar work, straw bale construction and timber framing, have a look at my photos for some past projects
    Farming and forestry - I've kept a fruit and veg garden at home for a few years now so have a solid understanding of the frustration of slug and weed battles, sowing, planting, pruning, grafting, weeding and my favorite part the harvesting and eating!
    Sports and teaching them - skiing, mountain biking, surfing, kite surfing and slackline are my real passion and I'd be happy to share it whenever I get the opportunity
    Teaching and ecological education - I have taught builders and workmen on building sites about ecological issues and the environment, would like to continue to learn how to be a good teacher and share my passion and knowledge of the natural world with others
    Bee keeping - with a good understanding of the bee keeping methods of Scotland, I'm looking to learn the Japanese methods and history of the practice on this side of the world. Especially enjoy harvesting and tasting honey on fresh sour dough.
    Animal Care Have kept pigs, chickens and trained dogs and love doing it
    International Drivers License
    Working holiday VISA - Dec 2018 - Dec 2019
    Outdoor First Aid - used mainly on myself
    Rope Access Level 1
    Tree Climbing - for bats and for fun
    Chainsaw - competent and qualified
    Advanced Scuba Diver - keen to advance and become a dive master

  • Languages spoken

    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

  • Age

    26

  • Nationality

    Scottish

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      no

    • Special dietary requirements
      no

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