From: Netherlands

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    Account Type

    Individual account

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    Travelling to

    Antarctica, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Canada, China, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Norway, Russia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands, Sweden

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    Travel dates

    01/12/2016 - 01/01/2020

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  • Description

    *️ At the moment I'm in Norway looking for a paid job, so not looking for a Workaway *️

    Hi there!

    My name is Paula and from december 2016 I have been travelling and doing workaways. Two years ago I decided to quit my job as a criminologist for Dutch customs.

    In Sweden I helped guiding northern light excursions on snowmobiles and helped with reindeerherding. In Norway I painted a hallway, prepared Airbnb rooms and helped preparing a skitrack. After that I worked on a huge ranch in Canada BC and a goat farm on Vancouver Island. I also worked almost 6 months on an oysterfarm on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, which I really enjoyed. In Ireland I helped renovating an old castle and worked on their farm. Last summer I spent in Greenland, where I worked at a reindeerfarm and helped building a 9 meter long barge. At the moment I'm working at an oysterfarm in Ireland. Here I also do construction work. We are building an addition to an traditional old cottage on a small island. I really enjoy it!
    I also went on a 2 month roadtrip all over Alaska, with my last (Alaskan) Workaway host.
    All where priceless experiences to me! All these Workaways offered me great opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills, get to know other cultures and other ways of living, while also helping people.
    About me:
    Well, where should I start?:)
    Untill december 2016 I lived and worked (as a criminologist for Dutch customs) in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, but I grew up in the countryside in the southern part of the Netherlands. I really love being active and being outdoors. Just as most workawayers (I assume) I also really like to travel. I've been to many different countries in the past few years, but the northernmost countries and the Scandinavian countries appeal to me most. This has been the case since I went to Scandinavia for the first time with my parents when I was about 16 years old. I was really impressed by the beautiful nature and also by the people. I was very lucky that I got the opportunity to study in Oslo for a semester. I loved it so much and I didn't like going back home, so I go back to Scandinavia and other northern countries as often as I can :)
    I'm very interested in the way of life in northern countries, as well in the summer as definitely also in wintertime (it seems like I'm the only one in the Netherlands, but I really like winter and cold weather:)) . I'm also interested in many other countries though!
    I have a wide range of interests, including hiking, camping, surfing, reading + watching documentaries (eg about nature, society, history, criminology etcetera). Furthermore I became interested in aquaculture after working on an oysterfarm in Alaska. I'm optimistic, eager to learn and a hard worker.

    I'm especially interested in a job where I can be active and outdoors often, but I'm open to a wide variety of projects, so just let me know if you think I can help you out with anything!

    I'm looking forward to hear from you, If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me!

  • Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • What skills do you have?

    Last year I did a lot various things. I learned the basics of driving snowmobiles, tractors and skiffs, I did a lot of sanding, painting walls (indoors and outdoors) and learned about farming and reindeerherding. In Alaska I also helped building a shelter out of used materials, learned a lot about aquaculture and pulled a lot of shrimp pots. I all really enjoyed it! I did construction work in Greenland, Alaska and Ireland and loved doing it.

    I also took a 3 day chainsaw course last year and got a certificate, so I do know the basics (I only cut small trees untill now:)), although I would like to practice more.

    Since I was on highschool I've had many different parttime jobs (in weekends and hollidays) e.g. in agriculture, in the food serving industry, logistics and babysitting. I've also participated in various voluntary/charity projects in the field of gardening, human rights, refugees care and elderly care.

  • Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, some french/german and some norwegian

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  • Some more information

    • Smoker

    • Driver's licence

    • Allergies

    • Special dietary requirements


My Norwegian Workaway spot, so pretty there!
Driving a tractor on the ranch in Canada, BC
The ranch where I worked at in Canada, BC
Feeding the caddle on the ranch in Canada, BC
Me at the goatfarm on Vancouver Island
The floathouse where I lived while working at the oysterfarm in Alaska
Oysters at the oysterfarm. I really enjoyed the work, and the oysters where delicious too!:)
Oysterfarm on Prince of Wales Island, Canada. Spent almost three months there, loved it! So beautiful too.
Reindeers in Sweden
Reindeer herding in Sweden
The castle in Ireland where I lived, and helped with renovation and farming
Me with shrimppots