I am currently in Australia on my 2nd Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417), valid until 10/03/2022. I’m from Switzerland. I’ve worked as a primary school teacher for the last 6 years and decided I needed a little break from the daily teaching life. I really enjoy travelling and I’ve been to a lot of different places before setting my foot in Australia. Volunteering is a great way to discover a country and it’s culture. I’d definitely say that I had more fun during my volunteer experiences then on my work-paid jobs.
I enjoy nature and being with animals. I like to be helpful, useful and working in a team. Among my past volunteer occupations I’ve built a classroom for a hill tribe community in Thailand and I’ve volunteered in a dog shelter (you can read about my experience here: https://banoboun.org/en/volunteering/). I’ve also spent time teaching English in Thailand and in Burkina Faso.
I’ve already had an amazing WWOOF experience in the High Country (East Gippsland), during lockdown last year, where I was helping in mulching, weeding, picking fruits and vegetables and some handy work around the house. I can say this was a memorable experience during my stay in Australia. The hosts are now very good friends of mine.
WWOOFing is not only about working and helping out, but also creating friendships.
Tolerance, honesty and respect of individuals of all genders, races, origins, sexual orientation, handicaps are of important value to me.
I am not a vegetarian, but I am happy to commit to a vegetarian diet during my stay.
I had another WWOOF experience, which lasted 6 weeks, in the Northern Rivers region in northern NSW. My tasks involved feeding and taking care of animals: cows, pigs, chooks, guinea fowls, ducks, 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Thanks to my 2 WWOOF stays in bushfire affected areas, I was able to get a 2nd Working holiday visa granted.
Running, hiking, bushwalking, outdoor activities, films, reading, piano, music, volleyball, skiing are among my hobbies.
Looking forward to meet you !
Why I joined WWOOF
I think WWOOF is a good way to make yourself useful and get to know about permaculture, local life, people and the country at the same time.
I got very much interested into permaculture during my first WWOOF stay and I would be happy to start my own veggie/fruit garden when I get back home.
I love being surrounded by natural wide spaces. It’s a precious source of inspiration for me.
Languages I speak
Skills I would like to learn
Organic Practices, Permaculture/Biodynamics, Biodynamics practices and techniques, Gardening, Propagating, Composting, Soil conservation, Pruning, Animal Care, Worm farming, Beekeeping, Dairy, Mustering, Natural building methods, Cheese making, Preserving food, Wild food foraging, Fermenting food, Bread Making, Wine making, Environmental recovery/regeneration work, Bushfire Recovery – for visa extensions