Freya

From: United Kingdom

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Croatia, Slovenia, United Kingdom

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    Travel dates

    26/11/2017 - 31/08/2020

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    Nº of Facebook friends

    221

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    Explorer
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  • My status

    At home

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  • Description

    Hello! I am Freya (23), and I have been volunteering in Europe for two years.

    I have worked with 17 different workaway hosts, all with a view to grow as a rounded, versatile, and experienced individual, as well as to live in - not just observe - new cultures and communities. I will throw myself wholeheartedly into all projects! I believe I have learnt how to make a great volunteer, which means being adaptable to the lives of different hosts - I’m easy going and hard working.

    I am stronger than my frame lets on and am physically fit for manual labour. I like to work hard, and am a focused worker - the rewards of a job well done are unparalleled.

    My previous workaway experiences include:
    - construction work (commercial and natural building projects, incl. plastering and bricklaying, simple electrics)
    - agriculture
    - permaculture gardening
    - land clearing
    - farm work with animals (sheep, goats, horses, cows, poultry, snails)
    - language teaching
    - art projects
    - hospitality and cleaning work in guest houses
    - catering
    - bar, shop and cafe work

    My experiences and skill set are expanding every week, and I will take any opportunity to refine them, and of course learn many more.

    I try to practise daily meditation. Knowing how to use the breath, and allowing the mind to let go has changed the way I interact with the world, it helps me build a clearer perspective. The stillness and silence of meditation allows the space to go deeper into yourself. Having said this, I still struggle to meditate consistently. I work hard to improve myself, and will always have something I am working on; and workaway allows me to do this so effectively.

    I am scared for the Earth, and want to build a sustainable lifestyle for myself and others. I prefer to be in natural surroundings, and thoroughly enjoy working with plants, as it is when I feel most connected to the earth. When in the UK, I often volunteer for the organisation Olio, by collecting, sorting, and redistributing food that would otherwise be thrown away. Food waste is one of my biggest hates!

    In England I also work as a nursery practitioner for children aged 0-5.
    The thing I love about kids is their boundless wonder and excitement, and they have re-taught me to fully appreciate the delights of any activity and interaction, whatever they may be. This is something I look forward to bringing with me in my future placements. Having children around is always a delight, however I am not looking for any childcare roles at the moment.

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

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    Animal Care
    Hospitality/Tourism
    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Helping with Computers/ Internet
  • More details about your skills

    I train in taekwondo, and keep my practise up whilst travelling. I am currently working towards my red belt.

    I have a full, clean UK drivers license, and experience driving left-wheeled vehicles in countries driving on the right side of the road!

    I have previously volunteered on building projects, where I have experience in:
    - fence repairs,
    - panelling with plasterboards and wooden boards (I can use drills, hand saws, circular table saws etc)
    - bricklaying and cement mixing
    - plastering and sanding,
    - lime rendering and washing,
    - rammed earth building
    - simple electrics
    Farm work:
    - I have worked with sheep, goats, horses, poultry and snails. And cows, but I’m admitedly still a little cautious around them.
    - preparing and maintaining vegetable beds
    - working with seeds and seedlings
    - felling trees
    - chainsawing and chopping firewood

    I have cleaned up innumerable and unimaginable messes as a nursery worker - I’m not squeamish!

    I am first aid trained (Paediatric Level 3), and am also a qualified athletics coaching assistant.

    I also have a bachelors degree in Classics! Whilst it’s not so relevant to this profile, I have accumulated a great deal of student debt to be able to say it, so I must include it!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Age

    25

  • Nationality

    British

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements
      Vegetarian

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