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Volunteer in a mountain cortijo nr Granada, Spain

Country: Spain

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Workaway Host rating
72
Last Activity
23/11/2014

Description

2 more people will be needed for the olive harvest from 1st December until just before Christmas.

We are an English couple who have lived in Spain for over 20 years. We are in our early 50's. Our business is on-line so we can work anywhere as long as we have an internet connexion. We spend our time between Granada, the coast and our cortijo in the mountains. We are mainly interested in some help up in the mountain house. We have 34 000 m2 with about 100 olive trees, 100 almonds almost all the fruit trees you can think of, a vegetable plot, about 5 springs, solar powered electricity, solar water heating. 10 X 5m swimming pool. It is 1200 metres high, The nearest village is 5km up a non asphalt road. We have no children.

Area

Province of Granada

Type of help

Help with Eco project,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Building,
Gardening

Help

The most important thing is that you like gardening and pottering about.

Here are some examples of the work. Skim the dead insects off the swimming pool, sweep up the terraces, weed the flowerbed, weed the vegetable plot, plant out lettuces, go with me to collect mulch on the tractor, plant trees and bushes, repair the irrigation system, pick peaches and other fruit, staple paper bags around the apples to stop the birds eating them, paint a wall, varnish a door, clean out the barbecue, cut the grass on the lawn, pick walnuts, crack almonds and walnuts for the muesli. Pick broad beans. Plant seeds. Help with fencing. Let the chickens out. Shut the chickens up. Collect horse manure. Milk goats. Teach us something we don't know.

Languages spoken

English Spanish

Accommodation

There are 2 self contained independent apartments for the volunteers and we shuffle the people around to get the best combination.
There is normally a tent set up with a mattress inside if anyone needs more privacy. For breakfast we normally eat our delicious healthy muesli which has our own nuts in. For midday meal we try to eat stuff that we have grown ourselves with either fish or meat. In the evenings in the summer we have gazpacho or other ways of eating the abundance of really nice tomatoes, pepper, aubergines etc that we grow. We often cook outside on the barbecue. We have a wood oven for pizzas, bread and roasting etc. If you have special dietary requirements you must tell us when you contact us.

What else ...

The cortijo is 6km from the nearest sleepy village which has a population of about 1000. We have a 3mega internet connexion both up and down. As the electricity system is solar you have to be careful to switch off lights and not waste electricity. We have 2 mountain bicycles. There are lots of interesting walks all around the mountains. It would be very unsuitable for a city person who hates the countryside.
Andalucia is very hot in August, as we are 1200 metres high it is much more pleasant than lower down.

What you can do on your days off: As most of the workawayers don't have their own transport we have often taken everyone out on excursions. In the past we have taken people down to the beach and a few times we have let everyone stay in a house we have in Granada.

It is is necessary that you like eating vegetables. We don't take people who don't like tomatoes, who can't eat perfectly good things just because of the texture or fussy eaters in general.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

5 hours per day

Photos

Pictures of the cortijo

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Aerial photo showing our land
Aerial photo showing our land
A party under the shade of the encina (holm oak)
A party under the shade of the encina (holm oak)
The sky is usually blue even in winter.
The sky is usually blue even in winter.
The swimming pool is open from around end of May until end of September
The swimming pool is open from around end of May until end of September
Have a beer under the tree
Have a beer under the tree
A frog.
A frog.
Caitlin and Morten taking out a dead Almond tree.
Caitlin and Morten taking out a dead Almond tree.
We decide to go for a walk becuase it is raining. From left to right - Ayana - Morten - Mikkel - Caitlin- Sarah
We decide to go for a walk becuase it is raining. From left to right - Ayana - Morten - Mikkel - Caitlin- Sarah
Everyone has just come back from a run. Most of the workawayers get up to 30 minutes of nonstop running each day after a few days practice.
Everyone has just come back from a run. Most of the workawayers get up to 30 minutes of nonstop running each day after a few days practice.
A typical meal - Tomato salad, coleslaw, green salad, beetroot salad, rice salad with peanuts, barbequed chicken
A typical meal - Tomato salad, coleslaw, green salad, beetroot salad, rice salad with peanuts, barbequed chicken
Having a rest sitting on a mountain of almonds with Coline and Dina.
Having a rest sitting on a mountain of almonds with Coline and Dina.
Knocking the almonds out of the tree.
Knocking the almonds out of the tree.
Preparing some ground for broad beans
Preparing some ground for broad beans
This is one of the apartments where the volunteers can stay.
This is one of the apartments where the volunteers can stay.
After picking walnuts and cherries
After picking walnuts and cherries
Emily in the potato patch
Emily in the potato patch
Elizabetta with a heart shaped pizza fresh from the Pizza oven
Elizabetta with a heart shaped pizza fresh from the Pizza oven
Playing ballon volleyball. A game invented by Hazel
Playing ballon volleyball. A game invented by Hazel
In the evening we often cut up tomatoes, crack nuts, preserve stuff, make bread, cheese, cakes, listen to spotify etc
In the evening we often cut up tomatoes, crack nuts, preserve stuff, make bread, cheese, cakes, listen to spotify etc
Chelsea on Rocio.
Chelsea on Rocio.
Trip to Granada with the volunteers
Trip to Granada with the volunteers
An attempt to jump into the air simultaneously.
An attempt to jump into the air simultaneously.
Ligita feeding the pigs
Ligita feeding the pigs
Zowie on a cycle ride
Zowie on a cycle ride
Putting up a fence
Putting up a fence
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