Cambodia, France, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Thailand
01/07/2018 - 01/09/2019
EDIT AUGUST 2019: Currently in California until September 2nd. If you need help near the San Francisco Bay Area, let me know if there's any carpentry I can help you with.
Edit April 2019: I'm preparing for the summer season to travel with my van, probably in Portugal and France this year.
I was also a Workaway host (https://www.workaway.info/116761691771-en.html) . I've rented out my house for the summer and currently traveling in my van near Barcelona with my small, old, friendly dog and self-built campervan around the Iberian Peninsula.
I don't really need accomodation since I sleep and cook in my van, where I am very comfortabIe have a lot of tools with me so that I can help you with several skills: carpentry, electricity, plumbing, solar energy. If budget is tight and you just need help for a couple of days, I don't even need to be provided food; I'm just happy to meet good people along the way, learn new and interesting ways of doing things, and helping out with what I can offer.
I am the kind of person that prefers to throw imagination rather than money at problems, use materials creatively, wisely and efficiently, and like to meet like-minded people.
I clean after myself, both in the house and in the job. I like to take care of tools and leave a clean work area, so that starting again the next day is not a chore and other people can find the tools where they were.
I don't drink alcohol or do any drugs, although I do smoke cigarettes. However, I can do so outdoors, away from children, where it doesn't bother anybody and have my own box ashtray.
(Not currently applicable August 2018) If you prefer that the dog is not around the house, that's not a problem. He's used to living in the van and I like to take him for long walks.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
I can help with a lot of practical things involved in general building, carpentry, electricity, solar energy, generators and plumbing, although my passion is wood and building with ecological materials.
I have in the past: worked in Silicon Valley (technical translation, and copy editing and proofreading, both in Spanish and English), been a DJ (old fashioned, with vinyl), lived in Sydney, Hong Kong, San Fransisco, and owned two self-built bars/restaurants where I now live, in Tarifa, Spain.
I am also knowledgeable with computers, both PC and Mac.
If you want to get a general idea of how I work, you can check this article for Instructables.com that I wrote when I refurbished my van: https://www.instructables.com/id/80s-Mercedes-Campervan-Conversion/
I have also built and decorated my two appartments that I rent on Airbnb:
I now also have a simple web page for my carpentry work http://tafuworks.wordpress.com
Unfortunately, I can't do heavy lifting or back bending work for extended periods due to a lower back problem, although I am otherwise strong to do most types of work.
Spanish, English, French, Italian, Catalan, a bit of Portuguese
I do smoke cigarretes but know enough not to smoke anywhere near anybody that doesn't smoke or in any place where it is not correct to do so. I'm also trying to smoke less and switch to vaping instead ;=). I don't do any other drugs or drink alcohol.
Special dietary requirements