From: United Kingdom
France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
01/03/2019 - 01/03/2022
Hello, I'm Robin from Colchester in the east of England. My European travel plans have been delayed this year due to Covid. My intention is to leave in mid October. Until then I’m looking for somewhere to help out around South Wales.
My preference is to volunteer on farms and smallholdings/homesteads. I’m also happy to help out with renovations, eco-construction/alternative building methods and other DIY related tasks. I like to work outside and am happy to do heavy gruntwork, that’s not to say that I don’t like to use my mind and am interested in any concepts related to permaculture design and self sustainability. Anything you could teach about any kind of animal husbandry, food preservation and living more closely with nature would also be appreciated.
I like to keep fit, normally through calisthenics but I also sometimes lift weights and have recently taken up running. I also like to hike, spending lots of time in mountains. I read a fair amount of non-fiction books, mostly on either politics/philosophy/science or on more practical topics such as relating to permaculture.
I enjoy socializing but can also handle spending time alone. I stay positive rain or shine. I have a laid back personality, am open to others worldviews, rarely get frustrated and am a hard worker. I'm looking for diverse experiences and a challenge.
I’m an expert at nothing but have tried my hand at a lot of things and am at least quite good at a few of them.
A range of basic landscaping and farm work.
Plenty of stock fencing and some garden fencing.
Some farm gate installation and repairs
I’ve dug and built up 3 shallow wells to varying degrees of quality. Each one better than the previous.
Constructing a polytunnel.
Constructing scaffolding and using acrow props.
Working with concrete.
Some dry stone walling.
Repointing stone walls with lime mortar.
Rendering an old barn with cob.
Wood clearance and log splitting.
Rough carpentry including a large firewood shed.
Digging french drains and working with PVC drainage pipes.
Digging a leech field for a septic tank.
Lots of experience with dogs and some experience with many other animals (e.g. ducks, chickens, bees, pigs and sheep).
I’ve attended various emergencies on farms - fires including a large forest fire, flash floods, burst pipes, wells running dry.
Some hospitality experience.
Some English teaching experience.
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