From: New Zealand
20/05/2017 - 30/06/2018
My name is Karen.
Before commencing my travels, I was owner/ director of a landscape design company in Auckland, New Zealand for 20 years. During this time I was responsible for developing garden designs from scratch -i.e liaison with clients, site surveys/concept and planting plans and overseeing the implementation of projects including plant sourcing and placement. I have a particular interest in permaculture and in developing gardens with native plants and high biodiversity.
I have a Bachelor of Horticultural Science degree.
I am a 'can do' person, hard working, friendly, easy going and happy to help as required. eg
-gardening work - weeding, potting up, sowing seed, taking cuttings, planting, pruning etc -not heavy work.
- landscape designer, can competently measure up a site and take levels etc if required. Draw concept landscape designs (although am not travelling with any survey equipment).
-good cook and also happy to help out in the house with cleaning etc.
-good computer skills
-can help with teaching English if required although not a qualified English teacher.
-competent swimmer and cyclist and enjoy hiking.
NB I am learning Spanish and can have basic conversations.
Workaway projects so far...
Volunteering at a hostel in La Paloma, Uruguay for 3 weeks. June 2017
Volunteering at a hostel in Baños, Ecuador for a month -July 2017
Volunteering on a finca in the Zamora province of Ecuador for 1 month -August 2017
Volunteering on a finca near Canoa, Ecuador for a week only ( my 90 days in Ecuador was coming to an end)
Volunteering in a hostel in Cusco Peru for a month from October 1st.
Volunteering on a fazenda near Sao Paulo, Brazil for 3 weeks. November 2017
Volunteering in Quime, Bolivia for a month -not a Workaway project but I drew up a garden design and also cleared weeds and planted gardens. December 2017 and January 2018
Volunteeering on a permaculture farm -San Marcos Sierra- March 2018
Volunteering in the kitchen at a turtle conservation project in Costa Rica (La Tortuga Feliz) April 2018
Horticultural and landscape design qualifications and experience.
Native English speaker -if tutoring is required. Please see profile above.
Hospitality experience from Workaway volunteering.
Between February and the beginning of May 2017, I was part of a Homestay programme in Argentina, where I taught English for 15 hours/week.
Not to my knowledge
Special dietary requirements