Cormac Hyland, 22
from United States
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Present Country: United States
Join Date: September 1, 2019
Last Updated: October 29, 2019
Last Signed In: October 30, 2019
Hey there travel buddies! I will be volunteering around the USA for a year starting in March of 2020. If you want to join me you can send me a message and we can talk on WhatsApp. Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington State, Texas, you name it I want to go there.
Hello helpx hosts! My name is Cormac Marek and I am from the smack dab middle of Kansas! I am looking to begin traveling in the beginning of March 2020. I canít wait to introduce more about me and more on what I can offer you below.
I will be turning 23 years old in March. I am currently balancing my studies between freelancing & starting my own small farm in years to come. I enjoy writing fiction in my free time, primarily focused on pioneer / colonial times. Self-development is a big thing in my life as I am constantly trying to find things that will improve my state of living. Like a two-week Vipassana, Krav Maga, or books on wellness. I love the pursuit of greatness over mediocrity, hence my adventurous attitude towards the roads less traveled.
Diet: I am currently practicing many diets. I spent time as a vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore. I am not picky and can adapt to anything.
Interests: Breathing methods such as the Wim Hof Method, yoga, reading books like One Month to Live, writing stories, telling stories, and drinking hot tea.
Things that I do not partake in: Partying, drinking, drugs of any kind, cellphone addiction, social media, bad eating, and things that hurt your potential during your time alive. I do not mind those who drink to have fun but I find more enjoyment in getting a natural high by breathing techniques
Health: I do not have any health issues. No preventions from working and contributing.
Note on the only things I need: I only need a place to sit and study after work hours and a good wifi connection as I am going to be working as a freelancer to fund my lifestyle whilst gaining the necessary skills to start my own small farm. I am constantly working to try and rent my own plot of land by saving & being frugal.
My experience with volunteering:
I spent three months in Guatemala teaching English to primary and secondary grades.
I spent two months on a farm in Washington State that had a wide variety of opportunities.
I lived in a farm in Southern Oregon for four months taking part in harvesting, selling, and landscaping.
I lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for several months harvesting macadamia nuts from lava rocks.
I volunteered at an Eco-Village in Southern Denmark learning more about sustainability at an off-grid site.
My Skill Set going into March:
Work Ethic: I have grown up with a sturdy work ethic but have also learned a few tricks from volunteering around the world. Like cleaning your dishes every night, not leaving your room, trailer, tent, or hut in a mess, waking up every morning on schedule, contributing as much as you are capable of on a daily basis, offering something to your host family and fellow volunteers, and simply to just use common sense.
Farmerís Market Skills: I spent my time in Southern Oregon on an organic farm primarily spending my time as a market assistant. Unloading and loading truck, setting up the display units, interacting with guests, answering questions about our produce, flowers, or how we grow / harvest. Taking in cash and making change, having high energy and traveling to different locations every other day.
Landscaping / manual labor: Pulling out tarps, hauling wheelbarrows, digging for hours on end, unloading hay bales and dragging them on hooks to the barn, prepping a greenhouse for planting, cleaning out chicken coops, taking out manure, picking pears, you name it I probably did it.
Driverís License: I have my license and was able to drive farm trucks at certain farms if you need that.
Cooking: I can cook home made meals and would love to cook for a group setting on the farm where we can all eat together. Vegan meals, meat meals, I can find recipes and craft them up.
Childcare: This may not be an obvious one or even a needed skill but I spent time in Kansas working in childcare and taught English to large groups of kids. It is something I enjoy doing and wouldnít mind doing so if asked.
Working with animals: I was unable to find a farm in my previous experience that had livestock to milk but would love to find one this time around and am more than willing to learn how to milk. I have some experience with chickens and maintenance, herding goats, and filtering milk.
Gardening: Most of my time in Washington State was spent planting, prepping, and the spring work. Oregon taught me how to complete a harvest / pack up the farming season so I have been there through the yearís lessons.
Painting: I can paint rooms, barns, etc. Not a skill that takes a lot of time to learn but a helpful one.
Cleaning: I sure know how to wield some cleaning supplies. Deep scrubbing fridges, stoves, sinks, floors, walls, windows, etc. I was often put to the task of cleaning living spaces, kitchens, and rooms inside the hostís home.
Outdoors: I do not have a problem working in rain, sun, or snow. I pulled leeks in pouring rain, shoveled feet of snow in January, and collected hundreds of eggs in scorching heat.
I am currently studying permaculture, hydroponics, alternative living, organic practices, and other topics to get a well-rounded understanding before arriving and then being able to adapt.
I am a self-starter, independent worker, quick to take what youíre saying and apply it, easy to get into routines on the farm, pay attention to the details to make sure I am following your instructions clearly, and love to rest after a hard dayís work. I am a naturally energetic person able to last for the long haul.
I will note that the most important thing I can bring to the table is my attitude. I have noticed volunteers who will say what appeals to the host and then slack off once they get there or party, sleep in, not show enthusiasm, on and on. Work ethic and the desire to learn far exceed anything else in essence. Hosts tend to have their own ways of how they like to do things and they will share these with you. This is what I discovered most about my travels thus far.