From: United States
Croatia, Italy, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom
01/10/2019 - 23/04/2020
Deb here from the West Coast, US; San Francisco, CA and Portland, Oregon. Completed University in California's Central Valley in a place called Fresno, whose biggest claim to fame is that it was the setting for John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. And the heat. After school I promptly moved to the city (SF) and became immersed in and influenced by the underground music & arts scene of the 90's/turn of the century. From this I developed my natural proclivities toward organizing creative community around the Arts, and utilize these skills in my current professional life as an independent marketing contractor. I believe creative expression is the heartbeat of any healthy community, and am dedicated to preserving that sort of existence within communities through art and culturally-integrated public experiences, and language.
Part of the impetus for my finally getting to Europe in the summer of 2018 and the spring of '19, and now going forward into the fall of 2019, is to be able to learn more about how the rest of the world is innovating for the future. Through sharing knowledge and experiences with the people I meet, I hope to be able to expand what I can add to our global, peaceable and inspirational existence. :) Getting TEFL Certified was something I decided to do after traveling because it's clear that sharing my love of communication through the English language is a gift I can add.
I've been a part of this workaway world for a full year now, and have spent time during the journey in 7 countries: Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Poland and Germany. I have enjoyed getting to work in creative and communicative environments just as much - if not more - than leisure traveling, because it has afforded me the greatest sense of cultural integration along the way. Looking forward to doing more!
I'm open to doing all kinds of jobs - house/kitchen/cafe help (that's what I did last summer with a sculpture garden), painting, gardening, writing, teaching - or anything with people. I love my life and look forward to meeting others who feel the same! Success to me means being good to others, so it's important to me to cultivate friendships and support strong communities. I make finding joy a priority, and strongly believe that creativity & imagination are just as important as logic & reality.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Teaching: TEFL Certified as of January 2019, and taught for 3 weeks in Poland during March before continuing my travels. I've experience teaching Kindergarten and grade school level ESL students here in the states as well. Skilled in Creative Arts, Hospitality (serving food & drinks) light building, cooking, painting and would love to learn more about restoration. As mentioned, marketing & social media for creative projects is what I do at home, so happy to lend that skill if needed... and I love to learn! If you have the patience to teach me, I'm quick to catch on and eager to help.
English, very simple/basic Spanish
Native American/British/Norwegian (American Mut)
A quick rundown on my more professional background: I've got a BA in Social Work and have worked as a teacher, counselor, project manager, catering assistant, home staging assistant, and event production assistant (life is too short to do only one thing!), amongst some other odds & ends. My funnest job has been managing a circus in SF! I get along well with all sorts of people and communities, and have several references to this end that I can provide toward my work capabilities and that as a house mate. Currently residing in Portland, OR and learning to love the people here as well... interested in learning more about the ways in which my hosts/host families live within their communities and perhaps bring new and innovative ideas back to the states when I return. Thank you for reading!
Special dietary requirements
no - part of traveling is trying the local cuisine! :)