Gary & Heidi

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    Australia, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Thailand

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    Travel dates

    21/01/2015 - 26/03/2018

  • Badges

    Good Workawayer

  • Description

    Gary is from Scotland. He is an avid skateboarder and music buff. Gary has over 10 years of building experience. While his experience is in many areas of building works, most of his experience is in slate roofing. In the last year, however, Gary decided to change gears and after, receiving his TEFL in English as a second language, he has been wildly popular "Teacher Gary" with children and adults a like. He is very personable and friendly which adds to his success in teaching.

    Heidi is from Wisconsin, USA. She has a BA in German Language and Culture, as well as a doctorate (DC) in natural medicine and chiropractic. She is a fan of yoga, meditation, scuba diving and being out in nature. Heidi likes writing, photography, and languages for hobbies. She is also fascinated with all aspects of natural healing and ancient healing wisdoms. Since the age of 17, Heidi has lived, studied, and worked in many countries such as Germany, Ireland, Australia, NZ, UK, and Myanmar.

    We, Gary & Heidi, are a married couple that met in Australia, got married in New Zealand, lived in the UK for a few years, before moving to Myanmar for a year before moving to Bali for 3 months, where we were housesitting & dog sitting. We are now continuing on our around the world trip until April 2016. Clearly you can already see we have a common interest in traveling. We are both passionate about traveling because we love exploring new environments (particularly those in the great outdoors). We also love absorbing ourselves in and appreciating new cultural experiences and meeting new people.

    As good as our recent travels as tourists have been, we have also felt like they are not quite as fulfilling as our previous travels spent with a purpose of volunteering and learning new skills. We both share a common goal of wanting to give back through volunteering and have a dream of having a small self-sustaining farm & healing retreat centre/ skatepark resort, which is why WorkingAway is such a perfect fit for us!!

    During our year in New Zealand (2010-2011), we spent much of the year WOOFing on organic farms. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of all our travels. We learned about organic bee keeping, naturopathic and herbal medicines, as well as getting into the nitty gritty of building projects, digging drainage ditches, premises repairs, etc.

    We will be looking for opportunities to help out in different situations and have a particular keen interest in learning new skills, especially in aspects of organic farming, biodynamics, bee keeping, vineyard, tea/coffee, herbals, cocoa growing, barnyard animals. Sky's the limit really, so please get in touch. We look forward to meeting new friends and having awesome experiences!! Cheers!

  • Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Elderly Companion
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project

  • What skills do you have?

    building work, slate roofing, Natural therapies, pool maintenance, German language, teaching, yoga, skate boarding, interest in farming, self-sufficient properties, running guesthouses.

  • Languages spoken

    English, German

  • Age

    41 & 40

  • Nationality

    UK & USA

  • What else ...

    We are a very trustworthy, reliable, friendly couple. We love meeting new people and new challenges!

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements