Gary & Heidi

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    Portugal, Spain

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    Travel dates

    16/08/2017 - 01/01/2021

  • Badges

    Super Workawayer

  • Our status


  • Description

    We are a Scottish/American couple and avid world travellers. We met living in Australia, got married in New Zealand, lived in the UK for a few years, then moved to Myanmar for a year, followed by Thailand, Bali, and other travels around Southeast Asia for another year. 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.

    We are professional house & dog sitters and have had housesitting placements in Myanmar, Bali, Cornwall, and Portugal. Most recently we made the move to Portugal February 2020 to do a 5 month house sit followed by a second month-long housesit. After that we had the opportunity to move to La Palma, Canary Islands to look after a property, but are now looking for WorkAway experiences.

    Gary is an avid skateboarder and music buff. He has over 20 years of building experience. While his experience is in many areas of building works, most of his experience is in all manner of traditional pitch & slate roofing. He is also qualified in scaffolding and semi-skilled in plumbing. In addition in 2014, 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 grew up in Wisconsin, USA. She has a BA in German Language and Culture, as well as a doctorate (DC) in natural medicine, chiropractic, and Applied Kinesiology. Heidi is a certified Zen Yoga instructor and CFS Recovery Specialist. Heidi likes writing, photography, cooking 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, Myanmar, Thailand, Bali, and Portugal.

    As good as traveling as tourists can be, we also feel our travels spent with a purpose of volunteering and learning new skills offers such rewarding experiences and we love the people we meet. We both share a common goal of wanting to give back through volunteering and have a dream of renovating a property to host travellers and create a small business. We have special interest in a self-sustaining lifestyle & possibly creating a healing retreat centre/ skatepark resort.

    Besides Workaway, 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. 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 cob/natural building, organic farming, biodynamics, bee keeping, vineyard care, 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!

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

    Helping with Computers/ Internet

    We're interested in:  

    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Art Projects

    Some knowledge of:  

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Being an elderly companion
    General Maintenance
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

    Able to teach about:  

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Helping around the house
    Language practice
  • More details about your skills

    building work, slate roofing, Natural therapies, housesitting, pool maintenance, dog-sitting, teaching English, teaching yoga, skate boarding, some natural building/clay wall building experience, interest in, self-sufficient properties, running guesthouses.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Age

    43 & 42

  • 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