After only living in New Zealand for a few weeks, Journeywoman Eva had been keeping very busy between work and exploring the islands. Luckily for us, we were able to catch up with her for a few minutes to hear all about her adventures. 👷♀️🔨✈️🌏
What were your first weeks like in New Zealand, Eva?
Eva: One of my first weekend’s here was a long weekend. I took advantage of the extra day by going to Phia with a friend to admire the beautiful Kitekite Water Falls. We also visited the nearby surfing beach. We’re always looking for excuses to soak up the sun!
And did you dare to go surfing yourself?
Eva: No, not yet. There are almost always very strong currents here and you really need to be careful about where you swim.
Tell us a little about your job as a Carpenter in New Zealand? What does a typical working day look like for you?
Eva: The first thing my boss does in the morning is feed our shop parrot. After that, we continue working on the projects from the day prior. At the end of each week, we spend time tidying the workshop so it is ready for the following week.
So you have a parrot in the workshop? 🦜 Can he also speak?
Eva: Yeah! He belongs to my boss. Usually, workshops here are large open buildings. Because the New Zealanders like to have all the doors and windows open when the weather is nice, we often have other birds in the workshop besides our parrot. The parrot is always annoyed that the birds try to steal his food [laughs]. I have already tried to teach him some German words. So far, I haven’t been very successful. In any case, he can at least say “Hello!”.
What kind of projects are you working on right now?
Eva: During my first three weeks, we were finishing off dormitory rooms for a boarding school where students were to live. We built beds, cupboards and desks. Currently, we are working on a project for a different school where we are building oak cupboards along with veneered boards.
How does your work there differ from Germany?
Eva: Overall, the work is quite comparable. I like the fact that we build so much furniture here. I wouldn’t get as many opportunities to do that in Germany as a Carpenter as that is usually reserved for Cabinet/Furniture Makers. But strangely enough, my boss here is just like my previous boss. He always has a thousand things going on in his head at once. I fly halfway around the world and still the people in charge resemble one another [laughs].
And how are you finding the people in New Zealand?
Eva: The people here are very polite and friendly. For example, when you come across someone while hiking in the mountains, everyone says “good day”. The only other place I have experienced that is in the small village in Germany where I grew up. In addition, the working atmosphere here is much more relaxed than in Germany. Even if something goes wrong, people keep a calm attitude. My colleagues often say “Mistakes happen, it’s not that bad”. Then we work together as a team to try and find a solution.
What made you decide to work abroad?
Eva: It is a unique experience to work abroad. Especially as a craftsman you should try and do it once to broaden your skills and exchange ideas with others! Those who know me well know that I am very shy. At first, my family thought I wouldn’t go through with it. But if I managed to move to New Zealand and find work, everyone can do it! You just have to dare!
What is Journeyman all about?
Journeyman is a German based start-up with a mission to build a global online-platform for the trades. Starting out, we’re helping construction companies from around the world find highly skilled and qualified tradespeople from Germany, Austria and Switzerland through our global trade-exchange program. Furthermore, we love sharing our insights with the industry and helping construction companies develop better and more sustainable Human Resource strategies.
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