We are an English family living in the mountains of Spain about 30 minutes inland from the Costa Blanca Mediterranean coast (midway between Valencia and Alicante). Phil and Jo are in their early forties, a teacher and musician, and both speak 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Russian). We have five children between the ages of 15 and 5.
We live in a solar and wind-powered wooden house at 800 metres altitude, with fantastic views out over the Mediterranean to Ibiza and in the other direction towards ridges of high mountains.
We are building up a smallholding, already consisting of goats, horses, a donkey, chickens, rabbits and extensive vegetable garden. We also have cherry and other fruit trees.
Type of work
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
Babysitting / child care,
We are looking for a individuals or couples to stay for free in return for help around the house, with the children and with the animals and vegetable patch. There might also be small building projects.
We have a large caravan with and two wooden cabins (using the bathroom facilities in the house). The type of accomodation available will depend on the number of volunteers and other visitors - you need to be flexible (you can camp in our cherry orchard in the summer months if you prefer). We will always do our best to ensure that you are comfortable.
We use caravan-style portable toilets in both the volunteer accomodation and the house (we are currently planning the buiding of a composting toilet). So if you cannot live without a flushing toilet, this is not the place for you!
English, Spanish, French, German, Russian
Caravan or wooden cabin (optional camping in the cherry orchard)
What else ...
We can also offer language tuition, music therapy and massage, meditation and breathwork, either ourselves or as part of the wider community which we are part of here in the beautiful mountains.
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Host ref number: 17185784514a
Feedback left about host
by Gaëlle [11/01/2013]:
I spent a wonderful month with this great family!!!
I learned how to milk goats and I made cakes for them
I also spent a lot of time playing with the lovely Natasha and the other children
the area was beautiful and it was always nice to go on a walk with their five dogs
I hope to come back there soon
by Hilary [18/07/2012]:
This family is wonderful! I felt at home as soon as I met them all. The location is breathtaking, all of the animals are friendly and fun, and I got to pick some of the work I did depending on my own interests. It is a shame I could only stay for two weeks. I couldn't have imagined a better first workaway experience!
by Ruby [13/07/2012]:
Had a great time staying with Jo, Phil, all the kids and the many many animals!! They have a really beautiful house and are a lovely, open friendly family who I very much enjoyed spending 3 weeks with. I helped out with all kinds of stuff from milking goats, harvesting cherries, cooking and bottle feeding the cutest puppies ever! :)
by Alice [04/02/2011]:
Sorry I've taken forever to leave some feedback! I stayed with Jo and Phil and the kids for two three week stints and had an amazing time. I joined in with all sorts of different jobs including feeding and clearing out the animals, looking after the veg patch, cooking and looking after the children. But none of it really seemed like work because more
by Emily [03/07/2010]:
The Baldwins were GREAT! We loved it there and hope someday to make it back. The family was very welcoming and the food was good too!
We couldn't have met or stayed with a better family.
Go.... Stay with them... They are FANTASTIC!!!
(Oh, and make sure you ask for the scones... they are very good)
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