Estonia, France, Latvia, Lithuania
20/07/2019 - 25/08/2020
Back home again now.
Next summer-holidays (2021), bike-walk-camp-volunteer, I will spent in the North of France OR in the Baltic States (Depending on Covid etc.).
My next Year of Travels will start in July 2022.
Probably through Switzerland to mainly Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
Or: Ireland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Orkneys, Scotland, Lake district, and other parts of northern Europe.
Or: just Scotland.
(Depending on Covid etc.)
Useful skills for volunteering abroad:
° Painting & Decorating.
Also sketch and paint (decorative) murals and small designs (I like to be involved in Artistic Projects)
(Self-employed designer/draftsman during 10 years)
° Experienced in hand weaving and -tufting.
° Party make-up for children.
° Active Home-sitting & Animal-sitting.
° My all-round skills are okay (See the pictures volunteering for Mountain Bothies)
° I have a drivers license (with me).
* I can give/organize a talk/dialogue about my travels (for free) for your community/neighborhood/friends & family etc...
Long term- volunteering in Belgium:
- Training-actor for GP's in training.
- Neighborhood mediator in my hometown
- Co-operator integration-course.
Teacher/mentor young newcomers.
One of my favorite skills: using things in unexpected ways.
Belgian (Lived 10 years just over the border, in The Netherlands)
If you have PAINTING AND/OR DECORATING-work to be done: contact me!
I combine Workaway with covering distances on a bicycle.
Staying in a family for 3 weeks is therefore to long: 7, 10 or 14 days is more realistic for my way of traveling.
So, because of my rather short stay, it must be clear from the beginning what type of work I can do ... and painting and decorating I can :-)
I have very good experiences with working in this way. When I was a 'fresh' Workawayer I needed to search for hosts. In this way I could direct the search to painting & decorating. Look at the feedback and you will see people were happy :-) and I was happy too.
Before my last year of travels, started the situation changed: potential hosts started asking me to come to work. Great ... I thought. But also: 'why exactly do those people want ME to work for them?'
By now I have had 2 Workaway-experiences, I left with relief.
So I will go back to the situation in with I know WHY people want me to stay at their property ( because they are in need of a painter/decorater for instance).
It's also my experiences that when the relationship concerning the work to be done, is fine, it's easier to get a nicer relationship in general. Important when you just stay for 7, 10 or 14 days!
The reason I started working in this way is to avoid ending up in a situation hosts assumeme I will do the cooking, the household-jobs and the looking after the children (See my gender and age). yes I'm still able to stay on a ladder. Yes i'm rather handy with tools. And I don't like ending up in situations in witch children are looked after by a whole series of Workawayers.
This is a link to an article, describing my good deed for the year 2020, during my last travels:
This is a link to an article, made by a journalist, during summer-holidays:
And this was made during my Nordic Trail:
Special dietary requirements