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  • Description

    I'm Helmi, a 24 year-old explorer from Finland, freshly graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in MA International relations and French.

    I would describe myself as an enthusiastic girl with a thirst for knowledge and a drive to meet everyone and go everywhere. I love diversity and meeting new people and hearing their stories. Different cultures, traditions and languages intrigue me endlessly though currently I am especially motivated to take my French closer to fluency. I currently live in the French Alps and during the interseason (Oct-Nov) I am looking for a workaway on a permaculture farm or other farm structure for example for the olive harvest season.

    I want to learn how to live in respect with our nature in the same way as I adore it. I am particularly interested in living in a self-sustainable manner, so I'm looking to learn new practical skills about organic farming, farm structures, knowledge of plants etc.. Fundamentally I have very little need for anything, I like quite simplistic way of living - spending my days outdoors and trying not to leave a trace behind. I also enjoy expressing myself through arts of music, dance.. For the moment I am just looking to escape the chaos of the world for a while and reconnect with nature.

    Over everything, I like to have a positive outlook on life and for me the journey is always worthwhile when shared with others.

  • Interests

    Sailing / Boating
    Adventure sports
    Water sports
    Winter sports
    Yoga / Wellness
    Outdoor activities
    Van life
    Charity work
    Vegetarian or vegan

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

    I'm interested in:  

    Life at a Farmstay

    Some knowledge of:  

    DIY and building projects
    Being an elderly companion
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    Helping with Computers/ Internet

    Able to teach about:  

    Babysitting and creative play
    Eco Projects
    Helping around the house
    Charity Work
    Language practice
  • More details about your skills

    I have a lot of experience with working with people, for example I worked for the Red Cross as part of their Food Aid chain, I also did similar work with a society in my university for Covid-19 Food Aid Scheme. Most of my work positions have been in customer service eg. working in a family business in a remote location in Iceland in a restaurant, in a hotel being the breakfast responsible, in a surfcenter in a surfshop and helping to run the surfhouse, working with small children and children with special needs etc. I have a good variety of skills and I am happy to help with cleaning or organizing, cooking, running an office .. you name it I surely can learn it.

    I have been a Workawayer four times and during these experiences I have learned more about self-sustainability, gardening, skills for house restoration/construction work as well as computing skills. I did a 'Principles of permaculture' course with my university so I have the knowledge of what permaculture is in theory - now just needing more practical experience on this!

    I can teach English or basics of French (Finnish of course too if someone dares to take up the challenge).
    I am also very tall and strong so heavylifting is no issue, when it comes to building projects I have some experience but again can pick up instructions fast and always up for learning more practical skills!

    Can also give violin or ukulele lessons if you provide the instruments and allow me a few days to regain some songs.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Swedish: Beginner

    More details about my language interests
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  • What else ...

    My hobbies include hiking, whitewater kayaking, meditation, skiing, boxing and windsurfing if opportunity given.
    Would love to learn more about well-being of the body through different practices of yoga.
    My biggest dream is to one day learn how to sail (If any sailors are reading this, or know of anyone needing extra crew members..!)

    More ’feedback’: couchsurfing.com/people/helmiil

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements
      Vegetarian and gluten free (celiac but do not require special gluten free products pasta, bread etc. I prefer just very basic products from rice, potato, buckwheat..)