Hi, I`m Peter and I currently live in Darlington in North East England.
Mature, reliable, fun, that`s me!
I`m a friendly, easy going, easy to get on with 'people person' with an enquiring mind. Excellent at hospitality, customer service, am computer literate with IT experience, a little teach English experience and a desire to travel and give something to others through volunteering .
In 2015 I will reach my 60th birthday and am happy to report I`m fit and healthy and still very young at heart.
I have decided that for my 60th year I will begin a new life adventure! I feel somewhat disillusioned with life here. I have always loved travel, meeting new friends and experiencing different cultures whilst holidaying abroad.
I also like to document my experiences in far away places through video documentary making and feel that now is the right time to further explore other cultures and further document these experiences through my film making.
I would like to teach English too and have a little experience of this and can also perform hospitality duties, organising and hosting fun activities, tour guiding. And I`m not afraid to get stuck in, get my hands dirty, if the project requires this. I have no problem with physical or manual work! I`m spiritually orientated, a lover of nature and have an open mind.
Type of helpGeneral Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,
Help with Eco project,
Help in the house,
Helping with Tourists,
Help with Computers / internet,
TeachingWhat skills do you have?People skills, Teaching English , Computer/Internet, Tour Guiding, Event Organising and Hosting, Video Film making (all areas, from shooting to editing to narration)
Mainly in the creative industries (radio producer/presenter, documentary filmaker, actor (stage & TV/Film exrtra work, host/compère, DJ, tour guide, community journalist.
My current role involves producing local community video`s (news reports and events) mainly on a voluntary basis and a few paid business web video`s. Together with a business colleague we have developed a hyperlocal website: www.buzztv.biz
Buzz TV is Darlington & Aycliffe`s online Community TV Channel.
Here is a list of my skills from the creative to the everyday stuff. I am prepared to do all or any of these things and more ...
Helping with Tourists
Organising and Hosting Events
Cooking / Shopping
Help with Computers/Internet/Websites/Social Media/Online Marketing/Answering Emails
Documentary / Film Making /Video Production/ Radio Production
Research /Writing / Journalism
What else ...My interests, skills and experience also include ICT work with the emphisis on the 'C' for Communication. (I have a knowledge of computers, website building, social media strategy - particularly Facebook and You Tube - filmaking , podcasting, webcasting).
To travel, to meet new people, to learn, to discover new experiences, to explore new cultures, to document thru filmaking primarily for the web, to help through volunteering, to broaden my horizons. An opportunity to really discover how other people live, their philosophies. A journey of learning and discovery.
The other thing is, although I run my own business, it mainly consists of voluntary work and my income is very low. So, why not do what I`m doing now but in other, less developed countries around the world, thereby helping others, travelling, learning and broadening my horizons all at the same time. And making new friends. In fact, the positives of all this are many.
Note on my availability:
Initially from early in 2015 until whenever. I`d prefer to help for at least two months with any project. After that, I may wish to extend my stay (if this is possible) or move on to another workaway project.
Here is my ideal scenario... but I`m very open to other projects with different requirements.
A new or expanding, forward thinking tourism business (hotel/hostel/travel agency) who need help in house and out, with English language, with tourists and with online marketing. I would help develop the website and social media and answer emails. Offer English language practice and translation to staff, tourists and guests. Organise and host fun activities and act as a tour guide. Help create exciting and fun image of the business and the location through video for the web. Help on reception, greeting guests and serving drinks behind the bar. Generally be a point of contact for guests/tourists to ensure they have an enjoyable experience. General maintenance, keeping place clean and tidy. Other occasional work as required.