I've made this page to collect some basic info about me and some references from several platforms (WorkAway, Helpex, Wwoofing, etc.), since I can't afford to keep active all of them at the same time. References at the bottom.
FAVOURITE TYPE OF HELP:
Artistic and Creative projects
I've been travelling full time since 2010 in 4 continents, with some breaks in between, volunteering in interesting projects, meeting inspiring people, visiting amazing places, and having new enriching experiences every day.
I'm really interested in community life and ecovillages, I have a passion for handicrafts, in particular ceramic, pottery and wood carving, that is slowly turning also into a job.
I have an academic background in Architecture, and passion for Natural buildings and photography.
I love being outdoor and nature is my greatest source of inspiration.
I've already participated in dozen of projects, from small family sized one to large one (over 150 volunteers at the same time) and related to many different fields:
Natural buildings (straw-bales, cob, tree wooden platforms, bamboo, superadobe)
Gardening, reforestation and Permaculture
Arts and crafts
I'm a "Jack of all Trades" and I'm good at fixing most things.
I also pet-sitted, house-sitted and CouchSurfed uncountable times. Over 200 positive reverences available on CS.
It would be great to come and help you around, and offer my work, ideas, listen to your stories, learn from you in what it can be an enriching experience for both of us.
My biggest priority is to volunteer in a project where there can be a mutual benefit and exchange for host and guest. I'm interested to acquire and offer practical skills and to establish a connection with people.
I believe in a fair exchange, so I'm not interested in doing a Work Exchange project for survival or as a way to provide you low paid workforce, sorry for that.
I rather prefer to feel involved in your activities like in a family project where mutual trust and independence are the main values, and there is no need for a strict schedule or constant supervision and we can both give an added value to our lives.
I'm open to different projects and tasks other than what already specified before, as long as agreed in advance.
I love to always learn something new or to perfection the skills that I already acquired. I would appreciate also to be given the possibility during my free time, to attend the various activities going on at your place, like yoga, meditation, dance, personal-development classes and courses or use of Artistic Labs if any, just to name a few examples.
Second Language: English
Fluent: Romanian, Spanish, French
Basic: Indonesian, German
Vegan diet (no special products needed and no problem if there are animal products on the table) and allergic Coriander Leaves (Cilantro)
Wi-Fi availability appreciated for small jobs on the internet but not essential if there is mobile network coverage, non smoker, not a drinker, I have a driving license but mostly I cycle around, rarely allergic to cat fur
PREVIOUS HOUSE-SITTING ASSIGNMENTS
- Cardiff, 2 stories house for 2 weeks with a nice old dog as a companion
- London, Apartement, 10 days
- Singapore, apartement for 5 days
- Greece in Evia Island for two weeks, in a big resort with several rustic and luxury buildings, tennis court, swimming pool, two dogs, a huge parrot, a cat and chickens
- Athens, Greece: a city apartment where I facilitated some refurbishment works while the owner was away for ten days
- Astros, Greece: seaside apartment in Peloponnesos peninsula
- Romania, Calarasi: apartment for one week
- Tromso, Norway, taking care of an apartment for people with reduced mobility
- Norway, not far from Bardufoss over the Arctic Circle, where I took care of a friendly cat and watered plants
- Gent, Belgium, city apartment
WORK EXCHANGES REFERENCES
(When referred to Davide and Oti as a couple, it's because I participated in most of these projects with my ex partner)
A few of the 200+ CS references https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/phidias81
- Ildar, Ukraine
David and Otilia are the coolest and most extraordinary travellers I have met so far. Their stories are deeper and more informative than any book in the World. Their lifestyles are more inspiring and demanding than those of anyone else. Their decision-making, degree of trust to the World and the
way the World takes care of them are so unique and magnetic that it's just impossible to dislike their personalities!
My home is your home!
- Ingrid, Norway
David and his girlfriend stayed with me for 3 nights but I only was there the first night. I went away for the weekend but they watched my house and when I cam back everything was looking tip top. Thank you for that.
- Maria, Romania
Such beautiful humans like Davide and Oti you can't find everywhere. It was a blast for us to share everything in those few days when they were around. I remember when we opened the door and there was this calm couple coming in
with their so big smiles on their faces. It was just like we expected from the way they wrote the request. Not to mention how respectful they were.
Just perfect guest turning into perfect friends!
- Marta, Croatia:
I am so glad that you and Otilia stayed with my family. They were very happy to host you. And still today they like to talk about you two how nice you were. Thank you in name of my family to have chance to meet such nice people as you are.
You are always welcome to our home :))
- Kenny and Jean, Malaysia
Initially we have been corresponding with Davide and Oti for nearly 2 months before finally meeting with them and it was something that we have been looking forward to.
They are very helpful, independent, easy going and more importantly someone whom you know you can trust. We also love how they choose to live their live, by living green and leaving as little waste as possible.