From: United States
01/07/2020 - 30/09/2020
My name is James Biehl. I am 29 years old from the Central Coast of California (Santa Cruz) home of the Redwoods and Pacific Ocean.
Cheerful, Good with other people, Inventive, Positive Attitude, Funny, Attention to Detail, Independent.
A willing learner. Not specially skilled. I am able-bodied and can pay attention to detail. Interested in the workings of small business (see below).
Experience a back-to-earth / sustainable setting in the model of a business (tourism / event / retreat center type). Gain insight into the realities of operating a tourism / event business. Acquire hands-on skills along with "perspective". Increase appreciation for such a life.
My dream is to start a multi-purpose center and community in Europe. I am currently "workings" towards this goal (it starts slowly, but with the right group) with a group of guys I know in Europe. I have also written a rough draft of a business model. I would like to gain more direct experience in this realm so that I can but my model to better test. (Please inquire if interesting in reading the model concept ID "The Centre - Europa".
I come from a good and loving family. My father is a dynamic and passionate business owner and CEO of a medical supplies (distributor) company. His parents started the company and he was the first employee. Now, they are a competitive mid-sized company that deals world wide (www.ncmedical.com). I have gained some perspective from the company, but it is not my "calling" to join.
My mother is a beautiful and loving woman with much energy as well, she is an artist and landscape designer. They are no longer married! I have one younger sister who is also artistic, graduated from USC in LA, and is looking to move to New Zealand with my mother and start a small business there as well! My maternal grandpa was a very bright mechanical engineer and my grandma was poetic poetic and very curious and intelligent about American and European history.
Tourism: tour guide at the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz. Gave 40 minute guided tours. Managed many different tourists. Enjoyed my job very much!
Marketing and Sales: With my fathers' company, North Coast Medical.
Warehouse Logistics: North Coast Medical.
Personal Chef: 2011, 5 month culinary training, 2013: personal cook for a family of six. Some experience in catering.
Independent work: have worked some as an ESL teacher while traveling (informally in Hungary / Ukraine), some independent work as a seller (eBay).
All Unfinished University:
2009/2010 Liberal Arts: University of Puget Sound, Washington, USA
2017 Budapest, HU - Psychology
2018 Vienna, AT -- Psychotherapy
2019 -- University of Buckingham UK -- PPE - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
After all of these, I have come to realize that I am not cut out for a Bachelors degree! C'est la vie!
I'm a cheerful guy who loves interacting with various people, which is why I mainly love travel. I can meet anyone, could talk a little or a lot, either one. I'm very interested in society, culture and history -- I like to make others feel good -- what can I say? But I also make sure NOT to be annoying, too loud, or too intrusive. I am sensitive and social, for sure, but also highly independent: I need time on my own. I can work in groups or alone, but I tend to want to be a leader of a group. I try to bring something positive to the group I find myself with.
Although I can seem quite carefree and lighthearted, I actually care very much about finding a way to work hard and contribute to others and the world. I value truth, honesty, justice and communication. People tend to get the impression that I am a somewhat mysterious and experienced person, but I am not as much as I may come off as.
LIKES / DISLIKES
Experiencing Europe gives me an experience that fill in what I don't have as an American, which is important to me. I have traveled to Europe some half dozen times on my own since 2011. I find Europeans to have some developed characteristics that are usually missing in Americans: honesty, a certain level of comfort or natural confidence, a good kind of pride or value of culture, logic, sincerity, reserve, and peace, actually! I don't want to put too many words to it nor do I want to be too down on all Americans.
I don't like dishonest or rude, loud people. I generally don't like modern culture, poor music, unhealthy food, lifestyles, and I don't watch TV. I like books, history, literature, and good music.
I used to be an active drummer, but circumstances have prevented me from that. I enjoy learning about and experiencing culture, world literature, history, politics, and music, etc. What can I say, I am like a sponge -- absorbing as much as I possibly can from my environment, and at times if I'm squeezed, I can ooze it all out and share with whoever happens to be around! Story telling and even slowly working away at some short, experimental memoirs of my travels.
All in all, I am a strongly independent minded person, thoughtful and also quite warm in heart. My friends would say I am a very "original" person who doesn't conform. But at the same time, I am NOT known as a rebel or extremist, in character.
Physically, I am tall, strong and in great health -- so I can be useful doing anything or learning something new.
Note: Although I have few WorkAway references, I have some professional references available here:
-- James Biehl
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Good with people, tourism, attention to detail, learning something new or teaching others.
I'm not a skilled craft person, per se -- But I'm always willing to try something new!
I'm not exactly a typical American person, but very interested in other people and the countries that I spend time in outside the USA.
Special dietary requirements