Desde: Gran Bretaña
14/06/2021 - 15/08/2021
Our profile is continually evolving but here is some information so far.
We are Roger and Gill, a slightly mature couple but with a young and inquisitive outlook on life. We would like to think that we are bright and fun-loving people and enjoy meeting up with a wide group of friends, even if we can't cope with the late nights anymore. We have successfully completed 6 ski seasons in the French and Austrian Alps where we ran catered chalets for 16 and 14 people in consecutive years providing housekeeping, cooking and general information services. We were out skiing the 250km of pistes in the range between shifts, working around the chalet commitments. We both enjoy outdoor life and working on the land, with people and with animals, and have had great times helping a friend on her small-holding and became a crucial part of her annual lambing team which added to the varied experience Gill gained as a WWOOFer some decades ago.
We have looked after our own houses and gardens for many years so are familiar with all that involves, both routine and repairs (at which Roger is very handy) and have some experience of vegetable and fruit growing. Gill used to have quite a production line in action to use the harvest for chutneys, jams, curds, coulis, blackberry and damson liqueurs, as well as serving the veg on the table.
We spent one summer - 5 months - on Workaway in Canada, improving our riding and horsemanship skills. We learnt Western riding technique and assisted with training of young horses. We helped prepare horses for lessons and trail rides as well as accompanying the lead on these excursions. We used horses to manage cattle, collecting, driving and cutting as required. We undertook routine care, mucking out, feeding, clearing pens and paddocks of fallen trees etc, mending fences and replacing posts, assisting farriers and monitoring general equine well-being. We used sit-on lawn-mowers, tractors, industrial strimmers, chain saws, pumps and compressors.
We spent 5 months of 2016 in Australia helping out on isolated cattle stations, working the cattle on horseback as well as getting involved with training young horses. We even had some contact with friendly camels.
In subsequent summers we have gained yachting qualifications and experience, including a number of yacht deliveries in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Biscay and English coastal waters.
We bring a mature, conscientious and reliable work ethic as the norm as well as a wide variety of experience. We held quite senior positions in responsible jobs for good a number of years in health care, education and private industry, Roger ran his own IT company for almost 25 years. We have decided to change direction in our lives to become more fulfilled by living, gaining experiences and meeting new people rather than acquiring material wealth. We can provide character and professional references as required.
We enjoy being around family pets and have owned cats and dogs in the past. We miss them at the moment but circumstances don’t really lend themselves to having one or two.
We will consider anywhere in the world and would hope for a minimum stay of a month in order to learn new skills and be able to become useful to our hosts.
Thanks for looking at our profile.
Gill has been qualified physiotherapist for 30 years and Roger has been working in IT and previously teaching. We have obtained our City and Guilds food Hygiene certificates after attending a chalet cookery course. We have also qualified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Roger has qualified as a costal skipper and Gill passed the Competent Crew course with the RYA in UK.
We have many transferable skills from previous employment including:
dealing with the public/customers
manage ourselves and others
ability to learn
teaching and training
risk assessment including manual handling
flexible and keen to learn
60 & 59
We have received our first covid vaccination, the second is due in early June.
Permiso de conducir
Gill is gluten-free and has managed her diet for over 40 years