Kate & Samuel

From: New Zealand & Ireland

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

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    Travel dates

    12/12/2018 - 30/09/2020

  • Badges

    Super Workawayer

  • Our status


  • Description

    Please note: Kate is currently back home in New Zealand for a while, so only Sam is available for volunteering (but we think you'll be satisfied with his skills anyway).

    Pretty typical story: two twenty-something-year-olds decide they've had enough of living in offices in New Zealand and take a plane to Latin America, hoping to get some amazing experiences while hoping to give a little more than a little back.
    Could be considered slightly fanatical about saving the environment (Sam's considering getting a vasectomy) but not so much that we didn't take the flight (lucky you, right?)...we did offset though!
    We enjoy hiking, swimming, surfing, art projects and thinking of new ways to help the environment.

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

    Some knowledge of:  

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Life at a Farmstay
    Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Helping with Computers/ Internet
  • More details about your skills

    Confidence with a paint brush
    Public speaking
    Retail experience
    Permaculture work and organic farming experience
    And plenty more but we are too modest to write nice things about ourselves all day.
    We also have one Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English and Classics and one Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications and Advertising under our belts.
    At our first workaway in Bocas del Toro we were on a permaculture farm for 2 months where we gardened, planted many fruit trees, dug holes, created glass table tops and painted various doors with mural work. See our other photos to catch a glimpse of the artwork by Kate!
    In Costa Rica we were fortunate enough to work on the French/Belgian television production Peking Express as set builders for a few days. Check out our photo to see the bamboo constructions we got to make and erect for an obstacle course for the competitors! We also spent the time rigorously watering pineapple and papaya plants, planting new banana trees and maintaining common living spaces on the organic permaculture farm/eco accommodation.
    At the end of August 2019, we finished four and a half months managing an Eco Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama, on Isla Colon. We went into the job having no prior hospitality experience and came out with more knowledge than we expected! During this time, we managed the 7 room, 5 cabina large accommodation, a team of local staff with housekeeping and maintenance tasks, and our own set of Workaway volunteers. Suffice it to say we now have more than adequate experience at reception, cooking breakfasts, lunches and dinners for guests as well as making cocktails and desserts - and we know how to do the book-keeping side of things too!
    For 6 months Sam helped at an NGO in Trujillo, Peru teaching kids basic math, English and Spanish. During quarantine he helped locate and distribute supplies to families and continues to teach English to kids over Whatsapp.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Age

    27 & 30

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements