Col

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Japan

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    Travel dates

    08/12/2018 - 08/12/2019

  • Badges

    Explorer

  • Description

    Konichiwa,
    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 Japan.
    I'm moving to Nozawa Onsen for the winter to work as a ski instructor then after April I hope to travel and learn about Japanese culture and traditional techniques in building and farming. 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.

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Teaching

  • What skills do you have?

    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

    Very basic french and italian

  • Age

    25

  • Nationality

    Scottish

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies
      no

    • Special dietary requirements
      no

Photos

One unhappy bat being measured and recorded in stirling 2017
Snowboarding in Italy 2017
The dream teams first post and beam scotland 2016
Building artificial badger setts 2015
Baby leveret getting a feed
Honey harvest 2016 ready for market
My first scarf joint
Diving with whale sharks Philippines
My Filipino family for a month
Scottish poly tunnel ready to go Spring 2015
Burr elm table

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