Elizabeth

From: United States

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Argentina, France, Kazakhstan, Turkey

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    Travel dates

    01/04/2019 - 01/10/2019

  • Badges

    Explorer
    Good Workawayer

  • Description

    Greetings!
    I am from Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and I currently work part of the year as the broadcast engineer at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
    In my most recent life, in addition to working full-time at McMurdo Station, I have been a volunteer barista, shuttle driver, clothing repair-person, library attendant, violin teacher, and journalist (not all at the same time!) There's a lot to do in the McMurdo community if you're like me and like to stay busy.

    Before I lived the Antarctic life, I lived in a housing cooperative with 9-12 people and took care of our ten chickens. I have worked as a radio broadcaster for ten years. In my little spare time I enjoy singing, playing music, reading, writing, knitting, sewing, hiking, and biking.

    I have been using Workaway since early 2014. So far I have done the following:

    - Yard work and maintenance in Ireland (2014)
    - Earthbag house building help in Spain (2014)
    - English language practice in Morocco (2014)
    - Gardening and other yard work in Croatia (2014)
    - Café and B&B help in Norway (2014)
    - Yard work and construction help in Alaska (2016)
    - Yard work and construction help in Montana (2019)

    As far as work skills, I'm probably most handy around a radio station, but I also enjoy work that lets me be creative, like writing, computer work, painting, and making things. I'm also comfortable caring for chickens and doing yard work. I thrive on structure and enjoy working alone or with other people as long as I have a good sense of what is expected of me.

    I enjoy being alone and am good at entertaining myself, but I also like spending time with other people, especially in more low-key settings like game nights, movie nights, and house dinners. I'm not much of a pub crawl person but I absolutely love a good dance party!

    At my cooperative we took turns cooking dinner every night, we each had a regular "house job" and also pitched in with daily and weekly house cleaning jobs, so I am very comfortable sharing common areas with others, sharing house chores, and living with a lot of people in general.
    I look forward to sharing adventures and learning from you, and I am happy to teach you some music skills and how to knit!

    Thanks for reading.

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • What skills do you have?

    -Radio broadcasting/station management
    -Writing (news articles, copy editing, grant writing and technical writing)
    -Knitting socks, hats, mittens, and sweaters
    -Basic clothing repair
    -Earthbag house construction (Basic skills)
    -Weeding!
    -Manual labor
    -Cleaning/organizing
    -Music (violin, guitar, melodica, singing)
    -I have also, at some point in my life: Learned to juggle, learned to ride a unicycle, built a guitar out of a cookie tin, and built a harp out of PVC pipe.

  • Languages spoken

    English, Spanish (intermedio)

  • Age

    27

  • Nationality

    American

  • What else ...

    I travel with a digital recorder and audio editing software, and am always on the lookout for the nearest radio station for volunteer opportunities.
    I am enrolled in online college part-time as of January 2019. I don't expect this to impact my ability to work part-time, although I will need some internet access in my spare time for school work. I am happy to live in a home without Internet as long as there is reliable Internet within a 30-minute walk of where you live.

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements
      No.

Photos

Plastering the earthbag house in Spain.
Decorating the house!
Making a harp out of PVC pipe.
I love knitting!
I like making pies.
I made a cookie tin guitar.
Me with one of my favorite chickens.
At the radio station at McMurdo.
In McMurdo's record room.
At a field camp in Antarctica.
Leading the McMurdo marching band at the annual new year's eve outdoor music festival.
A sweater I knit.

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