Sterling D, 43
from United States
Email: click here
Present Country: Australia
Join Date: July 1, 2013
Last Updated: January 15, 2018
Last Signed In: January 15, 2018
I'll be in Tasmania from Jan 22nd - Feb 6th and then in Melbourne for a few
days before heading to New Zealand.
After a 20 year career in government, I've set out on a different path – the one less traveled; to see the world, live deliberately, and give back.
Note: Please read my profile in its entirety before sending me a help request message. There are important details that may preclude me from volunteering.
Here are some specific things about me and what I am looking for:
-I would like to find functional, purposeful opportunities in small communities and rural areas away from big cities; including farms, vineyards, small businesses, parks, wildlife rescue centers and sanctuaries.
-I enjoy being outdoors – that is where I thrive. I'm an avid bird watcher, nature lover, and wildlife photographer. My IG can be seen @ riderunroam
-I'm very capable with my hands, especially when given free rein over tools, supplies and equipment. I have general experience in carpentry, plumbing, basic electrical, wood refinishing, cement, pavers, tile and many other home building/remodeling skills.
-I'm professionally trained on information technology systems. I can fix computer hardware problems and am quite familiar with most operating systems. For hostels or businesses, I can manage (or level up) your social media presence, run networks; and I understand network/infrastructure systems at a professional level.
-I enjoy being creative and repurposing old/broken things — designing, building and repairing structures, as well as any outlet where I can be left to my own creativity.
-I really enjoy working with animals. I've worked on a dairy farm and also have quite a bit of experience with unpredictable wildlife (a lot of bear encounters in the wild). Unfortunately, I am VERY allergic to dogs. I cannot spend much time indoors with them and I definitely cannot sleep in a room where they have been – If I do, I will have severe asthmatic symptoms to the point of being useless. While on the subject of allergies, I'm also terribly allergic to dust mites, which are nearly everywhere. To reduce my allergy symptoms, I prefer hard floored accomodation (wood/tile, no carpet) with windows (that can be opened for fresh air) and very little clutter. Also, heating and air conditioning systems tend to be a problem unless the filters are extremely clean. Recirculating dirty air is not good for your health, allergies or no allergies. Open windows and ceiling fans are great for keeping cool. I am only allergic to dogs and dust mites, nothing else. I have no food or outdoor allergies.
-I particularly enjoy learning new ways to live a more simple and fulfilling life. I believe that less is more. I travel light and continue to strive at stripping away the excess.
-I'm a self-starter, motivated and able to complete tasks without supervision. Show me how to do something and I will get it done.
-I'm a thinker and a doer. Once I learn something, I take pride in doing it well, and I will often find ways to do it better.
-I've traveled to a lot of places in the world and can adapt to most environments. Travel is my passion. I’ve been to 30 countries so far.
-I enjoy eating healthy and staying fit. I have no dietary restrictions. I can cook many simple things.
-I have been professionally trained in personal fitness and nutrition. I run trail marathons and ultramarathons from time to time… sometimes longer distances. If you have trails nearby, I'll be on them!
-For the past three summers, I have taken on long distance hikes for a nonprofit organization. In 2015, I hiked nearly 2,000 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. In 2016, I walked the Buckeye Trail in Ohio over 94 days... covering a 1,300+ mile path that winds its way around the state Ohio. This past summer, I hiked the Pacific Northwest Trail, covering nearly 1,000 miles, from Glacier National park to the Pacific Coast of Washington. So, as you can see, I like to walk!
-If volunteering in North America, I will likely arrive on two wheels – my adventure touring motorcycle is my preferred method of travel. I have ridden nearly 35,000 miles of long distance trips, including Route 66, the entire Pacific Coast Highway, and the TransCanada Highway. I love the freedom that riding a motorcycle affords me.
Summary of Skills, Training and Areas of Expertise:
-Computers / Info Technology
-Wilderness Backpacking / Hiking (10,000 km in last 3 years)
-Kayaking and Snorkeling
-Fitness / Nutrition
To put it simply… I am a jack of all trades. Quite capable in most situations and willing to learn when I'm not. I look forward to helping.
Note: I am looking for hosts in Tasmania for the 22nd of January to early February. I will depart Australia in early February.