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David
Bonner
Languages: 
English
August, 1984
Bio: 
At 31 years old, I've worked in a fairly broad range of careers and professions. I started out as a field archaeologist while I was pursuing my undergraduate studies in Archaeology. I continued to work as a commercial field archaeologist for around 8 years, taking me all over the UK across a vast range of projects, often working in more remote although usually interesting locations, and always with an eclectic mix of people, companies, organisations and volunteer projects. This included coordinating projects on-site and working within the construction sector, often organising logistical management of archaeological projects and sites. I subsequently spent two years running restaurant businesses in the North of England, gaining experience in business finance, management and often working alongside suppliers. After this I moved into education and have spent the past two years working at an inner-city secondary school in the centre of Bradford, often in challenging circumstances but in a rewarding and fulfilling role. My last two years combined with the experiences of education that I gained teaching people about archaeology, has led me to want to focus on education as a future career path. I currently teach classes as a Cover Supervisor, leading me to cover a range of subjects and topics, nearly always having to be immediately flexible and often with very little warning of what is to come. Along with a significant portion of the past two years that I've spent working with children with special educational needs, I have enjoyed this immediacy of teaching and unpredictability immensely and really want to incorporate elements of this into my future plans. Beyond this, my passion is for travelling (something I have committed to doing a lot more of from now on), and for gaining new cultural experiences, as well as blogging about these and other things. I love spending time outdoors (something left over from my days as an archaeologist and an element that I miss greatly), exploring and sharing time with my family and friends. I am currently learning Spanish with the intention of using this in future both professionally and for travelling and volunteering where possible. Having travelled all over Europe, my next big trip is to Central and South America from April 2016, alongside my partner (she's currently working with ICS and VSO in Nepal). We are interested in any volunteering opportunities either in community, education or economic development, from Summer 2016 onwards.
Volunteering Experience: 
Sedgeford Historic and Archaeological Research Project; 2003 - 2007; working on, supervising and eventually directing excavations, working with and managing volunteers, teaching courses in field archaeology to paying students and working with the local community to grow an understanding of the past in Sedgeford and support educational development of archaeology in the local area. All of this was undertaken as a volunteer. Educational work through my professional role as a commercial field archaeologist; 2004 - 2012; my role often involved working with members of the public and explaining archaeological work in context. Educational Transition Summer School; August 2015; supporting the organisation and delivering a summer school programme for Year 6/7 students (age 10-11) making the transition from Primary Schools to Secondary School at Dixons City Academy, Bradford. This focused on life-skills, teamwork and the challenges students may face adapting to a Secondary School environment. Educational experience working in a Secondary School (11-16 year olds) in Bradford, West Yorkshire. While not voluntary, the roles I've undertaken have involved substantial amounts of time working with students with special educational needs as well as teaching classes in a range of subjects, although often focusing on English, Geography, History and Science. We would be especially interested in seeking volunteer opportunities with an educational element, although we're equally interested in community, economic, infrastucture and livelihood development, or a combination of these and more. We're flexible and happy to work hard.
Education: 
BSc (hons) Archaeology
Occupation: 
Cover Supervisor - teaching in Secondary Education
Other Skills: 
Education and teaching experience
Working with vulnerable children and children with special educational needs
Adult education - teaching courses to adults and sharing and developing skill-sets
Small and medium sized business management
Mentoring and training staff
Experience of business finance
Working with suppliers to develop mutually beneficial business relationships
Archaeology and heritage
Logistics
David Bonner
Queensbury
United Kingdom
Languages:
English
August, 1984
Description
At 31 years old, I've worked in a fairly broad range of careers and professions. I started out as a field archaeologist while I was pursuing my undergraduate studies in Archaeology. I continued to work as a commercial field archaeologist for around 8 years, taking me all over the UK across a vast range of projects, often working in more remote although usually interesting locations, and always with an eclectic mix of people, companies, organisations and volunteer projects. This included coordinating projects on-site and working within the construction sector, often organising logistical management of archaeological projects and sites.

I subsequently spent two years running restaurant businesses in the North of England, gaining experience in business finance, management and often working alongside suppliers. After this I moved into education and have spent the past two years working at an inner-city secondary school in the centre of Bradford, often in challenging circumstances but in a rewarding and fulfilling role. My last two years combined with the experiences of education that I gained teaching people about archaeology, has led me to want to focus on education as a future career path. I currently teach classes as a Cover Supervisor, leading me to cover a range of subjects and topics, nearly always having to be immediately flexible and often with very little warning of what is to come. Along with a significant portion of the past two years that I've spent working with children with special educational needs, I have enjoyed this immediacy of teaching and unpredictability immensely and really want to incorporate elements of this into my future plans.

Beyond this, my passion is for travelling (something I have committed to doing a lot more of from now on), and for gaining new cultural experiences, as well as blogging about these and other things. I love spending time outdoors (something left over from my days as an archaeologist and an element that I miss greatly), exploring and sharing time with my family and friends. I am currently learning Spanish with the intention of using this in future both professionally and for travelling and volunteering where possible.

Having travelled all over Europe, my next big trip is to Central and South America from April 2016, alongside my partner (she's currently working with ICS and VSO in Nepal). We are interested in any volunteering opportunities either in community, education or economic development, from Summer 2016 onwards.
Volunteering Experience
Sedgeford Historic and Archaeological Research Project; 2003 - 2007; working on, supervising and eventually directing excavations, working with and managing volunteers, teaching courses in field archaeology to paying students and working with the local community to grow an understanding of the past in Sedgeford and support educational development of archaeology in the local area. All of this was undertaken as a volunteer.

Educational work through my professional role as a commercial field archaeologist; 2004 - 2012; my role often involved working with members of the public and explaining archaeological work in context.

Educational Transition Summer School; August 2015; supporting the organisation and delivering a summer school programme for Year 6/7 students (age 10-11) making the transition from Primary Schools to Secondary School at Dixons City Academy, Bradford. This focused on life-skills, teamwork and the challenges students may face adapting to a Secondary School environment.

Educational experience working in a Secondary School (11-16 year olds) in Bradford, West Yorkshire. While not voluntary, the roles I've undertaken have involved substantial amounts of time working with students with special educational needs as well as teaching classes in a range of subjects, although often focusing on English, Geography, History and Science.

We would be especially interested in seeking volunteer opportunities with an educational element, although we're equally interested in community, economic, infrastucture and livelihood development, or a combination of these and more. We're flexible and happy to work hard.
Education
BSc (hons) Archaeology
Occupation
Cover Supervisor - teaching in Secondary Education
Other Skills
Education and teaching experience, Working with vulnerable children and children with special educational needs, Adult education - teaching courses to adults and sharing and developing skill-sets, Small and medium sized business management, Mentoring and training staff, Experience of business finance, Working with suppliers to develop mutually beneficial business relationships, Archaeology and heritage, Logistics
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