Poliglotta Editore

Hello! My name is Carsten and I am an American polyglot and writer. I dabble in short text formats (journaling, travel diaries, short stories, poetry) and write mainly in French, Spanish, and English. I have created a start-up indie publishing house on the island of Crete called Poliglotta Editore, specializing in bilingual books.

I am open to hosting volunteers who are either writers interested in being published under my label or who can help me namely with amazon kdp and instagram marketing, as well as communications with major publishing houses. Also interested in people looking to do translation. I will forewarn that I am an ex-English professor, having taught hundreds of students at three universities in France, and instinctively correct mistakes so if you have a poor level in English it is fine but you have got to be able to handle my gentle and constructive help. Whether it be creative writing, translating, social media/marketing, apply here if you are interested in language learning, business, and helping someone trying to promote intercultural exchange build a project.


Reviews

4.5
(11 reviews)11

Staff & Host

4.5

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.0

Czech Republic

1

Initially, communication with the host seemed positive as we discussed art and arrangements for my two-week stay in Crete. However, upon arrival, the host's behavior became concerning. I am not suppose to write any acccusations but I was creeped out by Carsten. Feeling unsafe, I decided to leave early. While the host arranged transportation, his behavior left me with regret and a sense of insecurity. I advise caution for anyone considering a stay with this host.

about 1 month ago


Carsten replied


Here is some constructive feedback for Jana as well as some generalized points. 1) Jana, if you are sitting next to a guy on a couch watching tv, it is perhaps inadvisable to change into sitting indian style and decide it is ok to rest your half of your leg on top of the guy's thigh indefinitely. I have spoken to multiple girls and the consensus is that initiating physical contact like that with a guy is inappropriate and is a very strong signal.

2) if a guy looks at you like he is inquiring if you want to kiss (that is all I did), and you reject him you by asking to keep things platonic to which he immediately agrees, profusely apologizing you should a) forgive him for misinterpreting your signals especially if you initiated strong physical contact. b) accept his willingness to be platonic with you and carry on, instead of c) exiting out of the situation entirely and blaming the guy.

Being a victim is "trendy" in 2024 and It must be said it is trendy nowadays to gain attention and empathy by storytelling to be a victim, obviously there are many real victims, but many girls envy the sympathy and attention of the storytellers and want to jump on the bandwagon by using a guy to claim victim status. This is a part of the "hellscape" of 2024, and women should be sensitive not to contribute to it. If women want to get sympathy from other females by storytelling about being the victim of some man, they should pick a toxic guy that really does something bad to them, instead of contributing to a world that puts all me into the same basket and tries to tear them down rather than build them up.

5) If you are going to proclaim that you have a 9 O'clock bedtime because of the array of medication you are on, please inform your host beforehand. You lacked transparency regarding your mental health limitations. I specifically asked you in our DMs "Hey! Are you okay? I sort of got a bad feeling when I saw your last video- do you have some mental health issues? Why would you say nobody hates me more than I hate myself? Is that really something you feel it is useful to share publicly? I loved the video you made about being a muse. Please use your creativity for beautiful things, ok?

In your response, you fail to address your limitations (9 O'clock bedtime, etc) "Oh thank you very much for care. It is a poem I made a while ago like year and half. I do have some mental health problems, few years ago it was much worse and I decided to go to therapy and work on my mental health so now I am doing much better.....Thank you so much for care, actually now since beginning of this year I am doing the best I did for last eight years. :))" Zero information provided on your limitations (no alcohol, 9 O'clock bedtime, needing to go into your shell, etc).

6) Do not claim "I will do all to have an amazing time, heart emo" in our communications and then get upset that I speak of the dichotomy between your communications and actions by accusing me of calling you "uptight," when I really needed help with my shoulder and asked you to put voltarel on it. "it makes me feel uncomfortable" to apply a medication to an injured person presents a "dichotomy" with "I will do all so that we have an amazing time heart emo." Such communication is sometimes referred to as gaslighting.

Jana is an interesting and creative person, with interesting audiovisual content and an interesting narrative voice. I do not wish to discourage hosts from hosting her in writing this reply, much to the contrary, I hope she can find good opportunities to help her with her self-growth and healing. I write this reply merely to provide my perspective on the experience so that volunteers have an answer to what Jana writes and don't necessarily feel inclined to give her attention by inquiring into it.

Greece

5

Carsten and I not only shared a house for 2 weeks, but also shared our dreams, ambitions and passions.Carsten is a vibrant person, a passionate knowledge seeker with the soul of a young child. As a host, he did everything to make me feel not just safe but truly at home.
Our love for Greek language and culture lead us into the making of a Greek teaching project: “Learn Greek With Evi And Carsten”on YouTube. Carsten became more than a host; he became a dear friend and really helped me grow and evolve as a person , and I’m deeply grateful about everything he did. See you soon!Ευχαριστώ για όλα!

about 2 months ago

Estonia

5

It was a great art project and I'm glad to have been part of it! Carsten was a really attentive host and always took good care of me. Though some of the responsibilities could have been communicated more clearly, but it was quickly resolved and didn't affect the overall experience. He provided me with all the neccessary art supplies to make the paintings and was also very engaged in the project and overall supportive.

He is a very interesting person to talk to on different topics and I learned a lot from him. I had a great time and felt fulfilled with my trip!

3 months ago

Poland

4

The experience was for sure something interesting and new for us, as Carsten said: he is still learning on how to be a good host. That can be seen, he puts the wellbeing of his guest first.
The house in Tzermiado is amazing, we did a lot of work there and a lot of work still left to do. We cleaned the kitchen, prepared the meals, did the dishes and in general housekeeping every day. Besides that we collected wood, cleaned the dusty shed, rearranged the furniture. Often we felt like housekeepers - not like volunteers. What can be noticed is his mood changes, sometimes it has changed hourly.

5 months ago


Carsten replied

Hey sorry about that! I was just upset that yall left the dishes to be done in the morning. Overall yall did really good work after the house was empty for so many months following my surgery! I really appreciate the lasting impact you girls had in getting my house back in shape :). I have since listened to the Worldpacker's Academy on non-violent communication and regret being angry with you and not communicating my frustration appropriately.

Poland

4

The experience was for sure something interesting and new for us, he puts the wellbeing of his guest first.
The house in Tzermiado is amazing, we did a lot of work there and a lot of work still left to do. We cleaned the kitchen, prepared the meals, did the dishes and in general housekeeping every day. Besides that we collected wood, cleaned the dusty shed, rearranged the furniture. Often we felt like housekeepers - not like volunteers.What can be noticed is his mood changes, sometimes it has changed hourly, that made us feel anxious.

5 months ago


Carsten replied

Thank you girls for your positive comments that you wrote outside of the review. I am copy-pasting some of the positive things you said to the worldpackers team "The experience was for sure something interesting and new for us, as Carsten said: he is still learning on how to be a good host. That can be seen, he puts the wellbeing of his guest first, he gave us a new mattress to sleep on, he drove us to the other cities on our free days, always wanted to know our opinion and was making sure we were feeling comfortable.
He paid for the food as we agreed and we had our little space in the attic and he always gave us privacy when we needed it. What we liked the most was that he prepared delicious, healthy tea for us every evening. In addition, he put a lot of energy into speaking to us in English and was trying to teach us how to express ourselves better in that language. He gave us some pocket money and invited us to dinner and we appreciated it.
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