Volunteer in a mountain cortijo nr Granada, Spain

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

  • Description

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    Stop Press: We will be taking people on from April 4th 2017.

    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 connection. 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 6km up a non asphalt road. We don't have any children but have a dog "Shep"and a cat "Meg".

    We have hosted workawayers for the last 6 years. We welcome hardworking people, who like being in a beautiful remote mountain setting. It is especially important that you are a pleasant sociable person with a good sense of humour who likes good conversation and can appreciate eating good healthy food.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project

  • Help

    Help

    The most important thing is that you like gardening and helping outside.

    Here are some examples of the help. 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. Teach us something we don't know.

    Sometimes during the week we go and do chores in a house on the edge of Granada doing painting and gardening help.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There are 2 self-contained independent apartments for the volunteers and we shuffle the people around to get the best combination.
    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. We eat mostly vegetarian food but we are not strict vegetarians. If you have special dietary requirements you must tell us when you contact us. We don't take vegans or people who don't eat eggs.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The cortijo is 6km from the nearest sleepy village which has a population of about 1000. We have a good 3 mega per second internet connection. Wifi is available in the main lounge and in outside areas but not everywhere. You can use skype.
    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.

    Important: There is plenty of time to connect to social media and keep in contact with your friends via internet when you are here. However, if you are so addicted to using your iphone that it prevents you from interacting with new people then please don't come here.

    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. There is a lake about 6km way which is good for swimming, we often take everyone down there on Sundays.

    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.

    Almost everyone who comes here leaves more healthy, more relaxed, fitter and happier than when they arrived.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you have any question about the Spanish language we can give you a good answer because we are fluent in Spanish and also have spent many years as language teachers, if your level of Spanish is good enough you could speak to us in Spanish however the main language at our farm is English. You will probably learn a lot about growing your own food and self sufficiency.

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours per day


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Pictures of the cortijo

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Aerial photo showing our land
A party under the shade of the encina (holm oak)
The sky is usually blue even in winter.
The swimming pool is open from around end of May until end of September
Have a beer under the tree
A frog.
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
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
Having a rest sitting on a mountain of almonds with Coline and Dina.
Preparing some ground for broad beans
This is one of the apartments where the volunteers can stay.
After picking walnuts and cherries
Emily in the potato patch
Elizabetta with a heart shaped pizza fresh from the Pizza oven
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
Trip to Granada with the volunteers
An attempt to jump into the air simultaneously.
Zowie on a cycle ride
Putting up a fence
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