Alexei McDermott, 22
from New Zealand
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Present Country: Indonesia
Join Date: June 13, 2012
Last Updated: November 27, 2013
Last Signed In: November 28, 2013
Indonesia - Java
*I hope to learn a little about this very lively, vibrant, and colourful archipelago!
-> I'm really keen to meet the locals; people from all walks of life with bright ideas, good hearts and who participate in the game of life, I'd love to see some of Javas' natural beauty + wildlife, sample the cuisine, (and learn how to prepare a few dishes!) to discover how Indonesians approach health and to offer myself.
Maybe I'm the volunteer you're looking for :)*
Having wrapped up my 'Freiwilligen Ökologischen Jahr' (voluntary program in Germany) and spent a good few months exploring Scandinavia I'm about ready to head back to New Zealand.
My flights are booked and I will be making a month long stop over in Indonesia (14th November until the 13th of December)
Ideally I'd find a place where there would be a possibility to learn about all/some of the following: outreach education & enrichment, Organisation & implementation of grassroots projects, sustainable development & construction(green building, renewable energy, aquaponics, urban farming, permaculture) beekeeping, anything concerning water.
I’d also like to learn about different ecosystems and the symbioses we can find between plants and animals. Basically anything that comes under biology’s umbrella.
I am practically minded, have a positive attitude in conjunction with strong work ethic, I am reliable, comfortable working unsupervised although I prefer to work alongside others, I have an eye for detail and a pretty good idea of what's going on around me.
I’m always eager to try my hand at new tasks as I really love adding to the pool of knowledge/ gaining new skills, experimenting and thoroughly enjoy a good challenge!
Some of the knowledge I have gained from past employment and volunteer work include:
Tutoring, basic building + labouring know-how, biodynamic gardening, rock-wall and fence construction, operation and maintenance of machinery and power tools, Hiking track maintenance, caring for animals, wood work, customer service and a variety of other hospitality related skills- this is not exhaustive but gives you a better picture of what I can offer..
I have held positions as: a manual labourer for Anthos Landscapes, industrial grounds man for IGM Waikato, a conservation volunteer in the Swiss alps, a volunteer at concert producer’s assistant for a company called Affordable Sounds and for a group called the Nordic Giants,
I also have experience working within the hospitality industry in a range of different roles including Kitchen hand, Food assembler, Till operator, Waiter and Barman at the French Tart Cafe, The Audio Art Café, Skycity(Hamilton), Grey Street Kitchen and in a ski resort (Austria).
In addition to the above I have been employed as a student exchange representative at the Waikato Pathways College where I worked with international students, aiding in their development of conversational English and have volunteered; for a community centre involved in Brighton’s music scene(in the UK), at a couple of homestays in Germany and Sweden, on a goose farm/apiary/candle workshop in the Eifel of Germany