Bart & Taniya

From: Netherlands

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    Account Type

    Couple account

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    Travelling to

    Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia

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    Travel dates

    20/07/2017 - 02/01/2020

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  • Description

    (update: we've made plans until July, and then we'll probaby head for Scotland!)

    Thank you for checking our profile!
    We are a couple from The Netherlands who have been travelling as Workawayer since July 2017.
    We’ve decided on travelling to escape the rat race of modern life. We’re not just looking for a cheap holiday but see Workaway as a great way to go to new places, learn new things and see how other people live their lives.
    After travelling for over one and a half years now as a Workawayer, we can say that we like it that we don’t have any stress, are outdoors a lot, don’t check the time every hour, see beautiful places and of course meet lots of interesting people. Most of our time off goes to walking, bird watching, reading, playing games, drawing and playing the guitar.
    We are both vegetarians, but do not expect our hosts to be too. We both enjoy cooking.

    Some more info about us:
    Bart: crazy for birds, trees, nature in general, music, art. I've been working as a guitar teacher at a music school for over ten years. I've studied classical guitar but play all kinds of music. Apart from this I've also been working as a volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre for birds and small mammals for over 10 years. Learned a lot at that place! The guitar became less interesting over the years and I spent a lot of time with gardening and drawing. However since doing workaway my guitar is actually a lovely travel companion:) I'm a hard worker, quick learner, creative, like a good laugh and are very open minded.

    Taniya: Before Workaway I worked as a History and English teacher for over ten years at a secondary school and absolutely loved it. A couple of hours per week I also worked at a wildlife rescue centre and have done this for almost four years.
    As a workawayer the jobs I like best and are good at are (in random order) animal care, painting, teaching, cooking, cleaning, child care. We helped out with a bit of renovating/construction work and I enjoyed that as well.

  • Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Teaching

  • What skills do you have?

    We are quick learners and very willing!
    We had years of experience in teaching and animal care before we started as workawayers. As a workawayer we picked up a whole array of (sometimes) new skills, especially gardening skills! Up until now we’ve been doing a lot of wood collecting and chopping (manually and machinery), clearing gardens such as leaves/brambles/general weeding/pruning, housesitting, building a ferret pen, cutting grass, working with vegetables (sowing/harvesting/clearing etc.), some pottery (loved it!), using a chainsaw, fixing a roof, collecting mistletoe, taking care of animals (lots of dogs but also pigs, sheep, goats, donkey, chickens etc.), a lot of cleaning.

  • Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, basic German

  • Age

    37 & 34

  • Nationality

    Dutch

  • What else ...

    Rough travel schedule:
    July 2017 - January 2018: Ireland & England
    April - September: Denmark, Sweden, Norway
    Winter 2018: Portugal/Spain
    March - June 2019 : Italy/South East Europe
    July - ? : Scotland/Ireland/Wales/England

  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements
      We are both vegetarians.

Photos

Picking olives in Spain.
Organic farm IRELAND
Feeding chickens in Oughterard, Ireland.
Collecting mistletoe ENGLAND
New roof (FRANCE PYRENEES)
Releasing animals back into the wild
Feeding a young hedgehog at the wildlife rescue centre, the Netherlands.
Splitting wood in Germany.
Mowing the grass in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
Cleaning the garden:) SWEDEN

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