Thanks for your replay! I've answered your questions below:
1) I do speak English. I wouldn't boost too much about my speaking skills, but I consider myself average. If there's anything I don't understand, then I simply ask. However, I see this journey as an excellent opportunity to practice my English. Just give me some time and I'll improve. To answer your question, yes I would most likely understand your instructions unless you have a "strange" accent, or are talking to fast.
2) I'm a devoted outdoorsman who loves being out in the bush. I guess it comes naturally when your greatest passions in life are fishing and metal detecting... You wonder if I've ever set up a tent, you bet I have! If I could, I would be camping at least once a week, but you know school/work are getting in the way. I've spent quite some time in the Swedish mountains, me and my friend use to go there to fish for artic char and trout. Last summer we were away for a week, carrying all our stuff on our backs, through rain (and snow!?) up the mountain, sleeping in tent with temperatures below 0 and mosquitos everywhere! The bush in New Zealand might be rough, but I'm confident that I'll be able to handle it. I can be really stubborn when I want something badly and I won't give up. However, I respect the force of nature and stand humble before it.
3) Let's be very clear on this point, I'm not after money! The only reason I do metal detecting and gold panning is because I find it so exciting. End of story. I never sell anything I find, never! To me, the objects that I find (may it be gold, or silver) are worth more than the few bucks I might get for them on the market. It's the feeling of finding treasure that gets me going, not the value of the stuff i find.
Ever since I was little, finding gold has been my dream. As a kid I used to read cartoons. Scrooge McDuck soon became one of my role models and he still is. He's the reason I got into gold in the first place. I remember how he in one episode was detecting on a beach, finding coins and jewelry. I read with big eyes and some years later I bought my first detector, the X-Terra 705. Today I've got 4 great detectors in my arsenal. Sure, Scrooge is a greedy fuck, oh I mean duck, but he is an adventurer. That's what I want to be as well, an adventurer! Keeping all the awesome stuff I find as memories of my adventures.
What I'm trying to say is that I follow my heart, rather than the wallet. Sure, how great wouldn't it be to find some nice gold, but I'm glad if I find anything at all really. I wish to find a nugget to wear around my neck, but I know that it might be hard. It doesn't mean I won't try to find one though...
When it comes to dredging I just want to see a dredge in action and maybe try it, if possible. If I got the opportunity to go panning on anyones claim I totally would respect if I didn't get to keep what I find since I'm just a guest. It had been very kind if I could keep some as memory though, but I don't expect anyone to just give away "their" gold like that. Just to be able to be around some more experienced diggers and to learn the ropes of gold digging would be great.
Hope you got your questions answered. If you have any tips, or know anybody that might have, I would really appreciate it. Thanks