Paige Maloney, 25
from United States
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Network: New Zealand
Present Country: United States
Join Date: January 12, 2018
Last Updated: January 26, 2019
Last Signed In: January 26, 2019
Not really in need of a travel companion because I plan to stay in one spot for a while, but I would love to meet up with other travelers. Eventually I'll do a south island road trip
Planning to be in Dunedin for a few months! I'm looking for, ideally, a paid position on a farm or to study soil science/microbiology.
Currently on a one-way trip, and I have until October to stay in lovely New Zealand. Auckland and Waiheke Island were great, I enjoyed Paihia and Whangarei and Nelson as well- but I think I will spend some time in Dunedin for the summer. My long term plan is to gain knowledge about metagenomics and ecological microbiology. I'm interested in studying plant-rhizome interactions when I go back to the States to get a MSc. In the meantime I would love to learn about horticulture, sustainable living, and whatever hobbies my hosts are passionate about. I've had some great experiences with helpx where I really felt welcomed and the situation was mutually beneficial. I like to volunteer when I can even though I like spending time in hostels too.
For the moment I don't have a car, and I don't plan to buy one if possible. I've been fine without a car even if it means biking, waiting for a bus, or hitchhiking.
As for my abilities..
Since I arrived in nz I have learned about dairy farms. I cupped-on a rotary rig for 1000 and helped round up cows from the pasture. I would really like to keep working on a farm.
I have gardening skills because I've worked at a plant nursery in Arizona, and iI now have some helpx experience with setting up a garden for summer. I am dive certified.. Not sure if that will ever be relevant to helpx but I sure hope it is. I am good with kids and animals. I have a lot of experience in customer service. I also have a certificate to teach English as a foreign language. And I can cook. I'm not afraid of hard work.