My name is Huriana from a beautiful country called New Zealand.
I am looking forward to working with people from different backgrounds, utilising my skills for the benefit of others and learning new skills while enjoying inspirational moments travelling throughout South America.
English is my native language but I really want to improve my spanish whilst exploring and absorbing all that South America has to offer. I am a quick learner, hardworking, work well in a team and on my own and am willing to participate in a variety of tasks, develop skills and increase my knowledge at any opportunity.
My way of life is easy-going and being open to new experiences. I enjoy helping people, and especially working with people in need.
Central America, South America
Arts and Crafts
Prior to heading off on my travels I worked for a few years as a dynamic, multi tasking consultant for a global travel company. Skills obtained; telephonist with excellent customer service and computer skills. Processed and finalised passenger tour documents and processed booking payments. As a tour guide I would meet and greet tourists, plan and organise daily activities, provide fun facts as well as historical and cultural information about the destinations we traveled too, while always ensuring passengers were enjoying their touring experience.
I did leave the workforce for a while to be a full time mum. While raising my son I studied to become a body therapist eventually qualifying as a Biodynamic Cranio-sacral practitioner and massage therapist, setting up my clinic and providing treatments to people in my community.
When I left high school I went to Auckland Teachers training college and became a full time primary school teacher and also taught after school and weekend art workshops for children and adults.
I have excellent customer service and computer skills, enjoy tour guide duties and presentations and have spent many hours supporting and helping to organise events for my community; including administration, food preparation, kitchen duties, cash handling and teaching workshops. My cousin has a WWOOFING property on the East Coast of New Zealand in which I have spent time working in the garden, running art and healing workshops and general house cleaning duties for guests. I have a keep it tight attitude in all I do
I look forward to my new adventures.
I am currently seeking any opportunity to contribute my time, skills and talents in any way I can
"In July I spent one month at the Valle Alto rescue centre in San Placido and without a doubt it was one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences in my life. Viviana and Frank work tirelessly and have dedicated their lives to providing a safe, natural environment for the protection, rehabilitation and eventual release of animals in their care.
Each day I was excited to wake up and connect into nature and of course be amongst all the animals with all their crazy quirks; cheeky parrots, banana stealing howler monkeys, colourful macaws, squawky parakeets, excitable spider monkeys and capuchins, adorable ocelots, Pepa the pig, fluffy owls and much more.
Work activities included cleaning the quarantine and food preparation areas, preparing food and feeding the animals (twice a day), cleaning and sweeping cages, clearing pathways, gathering food resources from the surrounding forest, repairing cages (when required), providing medical assistance (when required) and assistance when animals were released. While at the centre I was overjoyed to see the release of owls, an anteater, an amardillo, a sloth, a howler monkey and parrots.
Each week the centre gratefully received food donations from the ministry but extra food always needed to be purchased to feed the demands of a growing animal family especially when the police or the ministry brought rescued animals to Valle Alto and thankfully a local veterinarian was available to help any animals that needed medical attention.
If you want to volunteer here come with an open mind, an open heart and be prepared to work hard. The shower is cold, there is no wifi and gumboots are worth it. Take the time to get back to nature, take photographs, enjoy these gorgeous animals and have a laugh with Viviana and Frank. I loved my time here and hope to return someday.