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Volunteer with a family in Almeria Spain

Country: Spain

Workaway Host rating
13
Last Activity
25/07/2014

Description

My family & I recently moved to Velez Blanco, Almeria, Spain. We bought an old Cortijo approximately 1km out of Velez Blanco in the campo. It is an area of natural beauty with a very strong local farming community. Our Cortijo had belonged to a local farming family some years ago but has since suffered considerable neglect.
We have 3 sons 15, 10 and 8 years old. 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats Speedy and Ash.

We completed the internal renovations in April 2012 when we moved into the property. We are now commencing work externally, our wish is to return the small holding to producing organic vegetables, contributing the olive harvest to the local cooperative and sustaining the land to encourage local wildlife.
We have several caves within the farm which produce a constant natural source of water, we have managed to collect this water and are now irrigating the land and supplying drinking water to our horses. The horses manure will supply fertiliser for the vegetables, flowers and trees.
We would like volunteers to help us work on the land, care for our animal and help with the renovations.

We have a lot of work to do externally on the house, the stables, the pool house and the land.
Our children go to the local school and belong to a number of after school activities including conservatorio de muscia. There maybe help required in the house at times depending on our work plans.
In return we are able to provide comfortable accommodation with our family for a mixture of european home cooked meals.

Area

Andalucia

Type of help

Language practise,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Babysitting / child care,
Building,
Gardening

Help

21/10/13 - Update, at the moment we would really like workawayers that can help us to finish the external renovations. We also need help to completely re- establish the vegetable area. If you want to learn some new skills or are already confident in building and gardening please contact us now!

Languages spoken

English and Spanish

Accommodation

In return we are able to provide comfortable accommodation in our cortijo together with our family.

What else ...

The small agricultural town of Vélez Rubio is in a picturesque setting, surrounded by sierras, olive groves and fields of wheat. The tourist office is located in the local museum on Calle Carrera del Carmen 29 and open from Monday-Friday 10am-2pm & 5-8pm, tel 950 41 01 48.

The museum is situated within a beautiful 18th century hospital 'Hospital Real' and has a fascinating exhibit of artifacts and ceramics dating from prehistoric to Moorish times, including a section on the ancient cave paintings in this area.

However, the main monument of note in the town is the magnificent Baroque Church of La Encarnación which can be found on the plaza of the same name. Built in the 18th century, this has an imposing carved facade which includes the arms of the Marquises of Villafranca y Vélez, who built it. Inside, the main altar has a superbly detailed, 20-metre-high carved wood retablo.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

5 hours

Photos

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Host ref number: 593793729372

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