Making podcasts and eating curry with Biru Jones from Washington
Cambio: From Dublin to Yorkshire
Skill: Sound Engineering/recording
How Biru helped our family
Biru set up a home recording studio and recorded/produced My Name is Bill – a 60 minute podcast which you can now download on iTunes. He also filmed and recorded our son, Frankie Bounds singing and uploaded it to YouTube.
We were actually searching for a Spanish speaker to help my 14 year old son when I came across Biru.
The profile clearly said that he wanted to go Cambioing in Japan to coach English. On closer inspection I could see that he was studying music technology on a Study Abroad Programme in Dublin. Bryan, my Actor and Voiceover Artist husband was setting up a home recording studio to record various podcasts and voice-overs. He had wanted to record a particular podcast for two years but had never got around to it – time, expertise and cost were always a stumbling block. So I contacted Biru through GoCambio and asked if he wanted to come to England to help.
He seemed interested so we started a conversation about his skill level in Audio Technology. We asked for references (which we checked out) and then we skyped. We very much went with our gut feeling. Safety was of course an issue – we have two children, age 9 and 14. many of our friends thought we were crazy, and If I’m honest, I didn’t feel 100 percent comfortable, but thought – well why not, what’s the worst thing that could happen? More importantly, what can we gain?
We made a decision to send an offer. We asked for 3 hours a day help to record a podcast in the home studio and film our children singing and upload their videos to YouTube, in exchange for coming to a really nice part of England and be part of our family.
Biru flew into Leeds Bradford Airport and we collected him. After a brief cup of coffee he set to work. He didn’t work for 3 hours a day – he worked for about 10 hours each day. We asked him if he wanted to sight-see and he said he preferred to work. He was kind and interested in our children, ate with us, watched Britain’s Got Talent and commented along with us. We listened to his music, took him to Bradford for a curry, took him to Harrogate to Betty’s. He played football with our son and generally hung out with us.
He was great, understated, charming and very cool – the kids loved him – we all enjoyed his company and as he was giving us his skill and time and helping our family – we cared more for him. The exchange of GoCambio is pure – no money was exchanged, just goodwill (we did give him a nice tip at the end though – he deserved it). It really does work, we miss him already. The whole experience has left us wanting more.
Biru flew back to Dublin today and we hope that he will have taken back good memories of Yorkshire, England and our family. Ava our 9 year old daughter gave him a going away Teddy – I think he was touched by that.
Would we do it again? – hell yes, we are now looking for a young Spanish guy to help our son with his GCSE Spanish.