08/02/2018 - 29/03/2018
My name is Eryk Matczak, I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and I have been bitten by the travel bug!
I graduated from university with a degree in Zoology, so I absolutely love working with animals and being outdoors. I work at the Toronto Zoo during the summer in the conservation department, protecting species of bats and turtles. I'm an easy going guy, but if work needs to be done I'll get it done. I believe the key to life is balancing work time with relaxin time!
Workaway was a huge part of my trip to New Zealand last year. I met so many cool hosts and fellow workers through this awesome experience, and I want to try it out again! I worked at a surf camp, a beach stay, and an organic permaculture farm to name a few. Great times all around, definitely to gain more experiences through this program!
In terms of practical experience, my family and I have built a cottage and have been renting it out to guests during the summer months. Helping to build the cottage provided me with experience in working with tools, putting up drywall, painting said drywall, installing a wrap-around deck, making the beach area more accessible, etc. When guests leave at the end of their stay, we clean the cottage for the new guests to arrive to a tidy, welcoming abode. This includes tasks such as laundering the bed sheets, making the beds, vacuuming, mopping, and making sure everything is in tip top shape.
In my free time, I try and be outside and active as much as I can. I love surfing. I know, in Canada? How's that even possible? Well where there's a will there's a way, you just have to catch the waves when storms come blowing in at just the right direction. Other than that, I love rock climbing, biking, running, canoeing, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. Literally give me a board of some kind and I'll be a happy camper :) Oh yeah, love to camp too!
I'm also very environmentally friendly, and try to do my part to reduce my impact on this planet. I would love to one day own my own plot of land that is entirely sustainable, and it's my dream to own a few pet goats! I'm looking for any experiences that could introduce me to such a path, and I'd be glad to help out and learn the ropes of sustainable farming!
Babysitting / child care
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
General Labour, Child Care, Animal Care, Painting, Gardening, Outdoor Maintenance (trails, landscaping, etc), Computer Skills, some Sewing, Music
English, un petit peu du French, un poco de Spanish
Special dietary requirements