Finlandia, Islandia, Noruega, Portugal, Suecia
15/01/2021 - 05/09/2021
Currently I'm in Sweden and I really hope that the restrictions to travel to other (Northern) European countries will be not so strict in the future months.
Here in Sweden, during wintertime I'd like to go the most North that I can get.
Due to the covid-19 situation and the difficult in traveling and finding easily hosts, I'm looking for a place where I can stay for a long period of time, at least one month, possibly learning something new (also culturally), and/or working outside, with animals and in the nature; I can also spend time on my own (I've lots of books to read), so I'm open to house/pet sitting position as well.
In the first part of 2020 I've been in Wales and in Ireland for 7 months, from February to mid September, where I've volunteered in a b&b, in a farm, helped building a poly-tunnel, did some general gardening, cutting and collecting woods, carrying logs, moving bricks, moving dirt (with a wheelbarrow) painting (both insides and outside the house), and general housekeeping tasks. During the summer months I've prepared sandwiches in the kitchen of a coffee shop, I really liked the team job!
I like open air activities, and I'm not afraid of doing physical work or "dirty jobs", and actually this is something that I find enjoyable and funny.
I'm using Workaway also to be inspired by others, to learn new things and acquire confidence in new skills; I'm particularly interested about learning how to produce your own preserve food, especially fermented food; also, I'd like to give myself the chance to try to learn how to build things.
Through Workaway I had some experience working in the fields, planting, weeding and collecting vegetables, and other manual tasks such as collecting fruits (while also climbing on the trees) and cutting grass.
I like being surrounded by animals (I really think it's therapeutic), even if sometimes can be challenging to move freely without being chased and followed (this especially applies to puppies!) I haven't grown up with animals, but while volunteering I took care of, feeding and cleaning, various animals and pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens (including a fighting rooster), horses, pigs, sheep, goats. I absolutely adore goats, because of their strong, independent and cheerful personality. And I'd like to have the opportunity to stay with donkeys, they seem such sweet and patient animals.
I know that working with animals isn't something that you can fit on a schedule, and that you have to be aware and available for animals needs and well being (thus putting aside your own priorities).
I also had some experience with children: here in Italy I worked as a volunteer with small groups of children (2-5 children at a time), age around 2-5; these are the children of immigrant women (mainly from North Africa and mainly Muslims) that came to live in Italy and have/want to learn Italian; it was twice a week and it was just one-two hours in the afternoon and it has been very difficult and required a lot of patience; but it's also been very satisfying, when you succeed in building a relationship of trust with children and you're able to communicate with them even if you don't speak the same language.
I consider children as persons, with their own personalities, so I wouldn't say that I like "children", as children were something abstract that exists in theory. I do like spending some time with children though, because they see and enjoy things in different ways than adults do.
Honestly speaking, I think that I like more spending time with kids/adolescents, you can really have interesting conversations with them.
I've a little experience in working at hostels/B&B: my mainly duties were cleaning and welcoming guests, but now I know how much effort you have to put in order to build a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere for the guests, because every detail matters: a clean bathroom and tidy beds, an elaborate or simple meal, paying attention to the questions that the guests might have but also being available for a brief talk, none of these things can be overlooked, and all of these things together indicates that you truly take care of them.
I prefer helping in the household as an "extra" activity outside the normal volunteering hours rather than finding a place where one of the main job is cleaning the house (unless I'm applying for a position in a hostel/B&B or for house-sitting, obviously); there's no point and interest for me to go elsewhere to do something that I normally do at my house, but it really depends on the situation though: if someone needs help because of a physical condition or live in a very interesting place, and there's the opportunity to learn something about the place, or there's a cultural exchange of any type involved... I'll consider this kinda of volunteering as well;
super important: if you ask me to help you to tidy around the house, but then you're a messy person who doesn't seem to care about living in a messy place and basically destroy every effort that I made, don't contact me! It drives me mad! (you can still be a wonderful person, no moral judgement involved)
I can cook, but I'm not a very good at it, especially for the Italian standards. Truth is, if I have to cook for myself I don't put too much effort, but after seeing other people cooking (it really shocked me seeing people eating pasta with ketchup!), I gained confidence in myself about it (still not great cooking meat and fish though). So, if I have to cook for others, rest assure that I'll pay attention not burning the kitchen down.
but I do like washing dishes.
I think Workaway is about being adaptable, but at the same time I don't wanna feel miserable, so if I don't feel at ease in a place, I'll move on (don't worry, if there's something really important going on and no one yet to fill the position, I will stay until the job is done).
It doesn't matter if I like a job/task, I'll always do it at the best of my possibilities, in a respectful and honest way. I'm more concerned about having a honest relationship with my host.
Through Workaway I've found out that I really like to help, but not to please.
I've done my share of experiences on Workaway to know that I cannot trust 100% the feedback on the profile; I may not have that many references, but if you have enough time, and patience, to read the ones that I wrote, you can have an idea about how my "matching" Workaway experience and host should be.
And finally, it takes me time to choose a host and writing a message, I really hope to receive a reply!
Work fields, farming, taking care of children.
Some hostel and b&b experience, help in the kitchen
Más información sobre tus intereses idiomáticos
I never tried teaching Italian, but I love, love Italian language! So for sure I'd like to give it a try teaching something. About learning, well, I'm not very keen on learning languages, but it's something useful for sure, so why not! I'd love to learn some basics of Russian!
Riding the bike makes me happy;
running relieve my stress;
books are my Linus' blanket; I don't go anywhere without a book;
I enjoy drinking craft beer;
I don't think I can survive without coffee, and yogurt;
reading novels made me interested in post-soviet areas;
one piece of my ice cold stone heart melted and remained in Turkey;
Traveling taught me to embrace the unexpected!
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