Information du profil
Currently in Cyprus, planning to fly to Moldova on the 1st of October!
I have spent the last 2 years working as a mental health social worker in a hospital crisis team in east London, and I need a break! My work is important to me, so I try to take a 6-12 month break every few years, to avoid total burn-out.
Longer-term, my dream is to one day have my own piece of land, where I can grow my own food, rescue animals and feral children, host other travellers...so I need to start moving in this direction, and learning from others who have already started living like this.
For the last 6 years, I have volunteered weekly at a city farm in London, helping with animal care and food growing, so I'd love to learn more practical skills of this type. I spend my time thinking about permaculture, matriarchies, the effects of trauma on child brain development, how to fix our broken food system, trans-species psychology, animal-assisted therapy...
I am a bit burnt out from my job, so I would like to spend some doing all the things that feed my soul :) Spending time in nature, working with animals, with good people, getting my hands dirty, learning new practical skills and new languages, so that one day, I can start up a project of my own...
I will be keeping an eye out for affordable land while on my travels!
Also very interested in increasing my knowledge of medical herbalism - unfortunately courses in the UK cost thousands of pounds, so I am hoping to just teach myself and learn by experience from others!
Centres d’intérêtPlageNatureCampingAuto-stopYoga / bien-êtreDanseActivités en plein airRandonnéeBénévolatFermeJardinageMenuiserieDev. durableAnimauxAnimaux de compagnieLanguesDessin et peintureBricolage / artisanatÉcritureCuisine et alimentation
montrer plusPolitique/justice socialeCultureDev. personnelÉvénements/vie socialeSoin des plantes
Compétences et connaissances que j'aimerais partager ou apprendre
Ça m'intéresse :JardinageBricolage et projets de constructionÉco-projetsTravail associatifProjets artistiques
J'ai des connaissances :Tenir compagnie à une pers. âgéeEntretien généralPréparer les repas / cuisiner pour la familleAider dans une fermeAider à la maisonS’occuper des animaux
Je peux apprendre aux autres :Pratique des languesEnseignement
Quelles sont vos compétences ?
I have taught English as a foreign language, and have taught French and Russian to English-speakers.
I have volunteered at a city farm since 2014 (http://stepneycityfarm.org/) and have learnt a little about food growing and permaculture through this work. I also have my own allotment, which I have been growing food on throughout lockdown - kept me sane!
I'm confident with animals and have learnt some animal care through my work at the farm (i.e. delousing chickens/reducing risk of flystrike in sheep etc.) as well as also through volunteering with animal shelters. I have fostered cats with a London cat charity for the last 6 years.
I am a qualified mental health social worker, and have experience of working with children and adults in distress using a range of therapeutic models, such as Open Dialogue and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I know how to make felted finger puppets out of cat fur ;)
And I actually enjoy cleaning! I'm a Virgo, so I enjoy making order out of chaos :)
Plus de détails sur les langues qui m'intéressent
Would love to learn Romanian and Polish, and also to keep practising my Russian so that I don't lose it. I used to teach English and French as foreign languages to students in Russia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.
I am strong and happy to do dirty, tiring work!
I would also be extremely grateful if hosts could reply to say that they are not able to host me. I only message one host at a time, and sometimes I wait days and days for a reply that does not come, which is time that I could have spent contacting someone else...thank you!
Permis de conduire
Régime alimentaire spécial
I do not eat processed foods, sugar, wheat, cow's milk and factory-farmed meat.