Volunteering in rural Catalonia.
We are Maria and Mathieu living in Miravet - Spain for 14 years in a country house on 1,5 ha. We live as independent as possible regarding energy, water and food and our life is based on holistic principles. Mathieu was active as an interim manager till July 2012 and Maria is still active as a psychologist.
We both spent a lot of time on developing an independant healthy life by using natural resources for energy(solar panels), our own water supply and growing our own organic food. We now started to find and plant authentic seeds.
We are looking for people down to earth, hands on, who love physical work, with a positive attitude towards life. As we live in nature we do not invite people who sleep out late in the morning, we prefer early-risers.
In the weekends there are common things to do, because there are a lot of animals who need food, care and cleaning, in which we all cooperate in the morning, starting at 10.00 so that at 12.00 o'clock the work is finished and food is prepared. This gives and the host and the WAW a more free weekend. From both sides food will be provided in the weekends.
What is REALLY IMPORTANT is that we are developing a more and more sustainable life, living as green as possible and that the WAW is interested to live in such a system.
This means a responsible use and consumption of electricity and water, such as:
- Electricity and computers off, when you are not there
- Water from taps and shower as short as possible
- When washing, always taking care that there is full machine.
- No waist of food and energy
The creative part of life like decorating, is Maria, Mathieu is in his creative flow when he is in the kitchen baking and cooking.
There is a separate villa and a cottage on the property available for holiday rental.We have regularly guests staying at this place from all over the world.
We have a rather international group of friends and we meet each other on a regular basis to have nice diners, creative activities good discussions. One of our friends is playing gitar and we all sing together. Another friend is a professional singer. The most important thing is the friendship, cheerfullness and the mutual development.
Type of help.Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
General maintenance, such as painting, small repairs, cleaning the terraces and the garden. Gardening, the vegetable garden, the green house, all based on organic garnering.
The WAW must be disciplined to do his daily duties in an independant cheerful way.
Regarding food: it is "a must" that the WAW loves healthy natural food with a variety of different cultures and sometimes vegetarian. During the day we do not drink alcohol or juices, we drink water and herbal tea. With supper we have a glas of wine, water, a juice for the people that do not drink alcohol. We do not provide or allow soft dronks, such as coca-cola.
People with innovative ideas, practical experience to improve the way of living and who are able to implement these ideas.
General cleaning: volunteers clean their room and bathroom when they come, not when they leave.
In case there are guests in the villa and the cottage volunteers are supposed to help on cleaning activities on Saturday morning.
Daily 6 hours from Monday to Friday.
No-smoking, moderate alcohol, no drugs, no medication.
The common tasks, like cooking, washing, preparing the table have to be done on a daily basis separate from the WAW-hours. We provide a harmonious high quality accommodation, with a lovely atmosphere and this needs a high quality contribution.
We only want responsable people who love to keep our beautiful property with us on a high quality level. Speaking proper English is important.
In the main house there is a living and a kitchen for common use. The host family has a seperate part in the house and love to share meals and good conversations.
Satellite wifi available.
What else ...
Mora d'Ebre is a lovely little town for shopping at a driving distance of 10 minutes.
Miravet is on the river Ebro and about 30 km from the Costa Daurada with its beautiful beaches.
Barcelona is 2 hours away by train. Closest airport is Reus, and further away Barcelona.
Volunteers can do: horse-riding, tennis, squash, fitness, studying Catalan, golf, nature walks, pilates, yoga, meditate, labyrinth walks, cooking.
Some more information
Volunteering hours expected
5 hours 5 days a week as an exchange for losging and food.
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Feedback left about host
by Niklas [06/07/2013]:for host
Most interesting working part is the totally new perfect functioning vegetable
by Monika [28/06/2013]:for host
Maria and Mateo
by Sanne [20/06/2013]:for host
it was a very short stay but we enjoyed every minute of it. you were good and nice company and we hope that your future is going the way you like it to be.
Kind regards and thank you for beeing with us
Maria and Mathieu
by Dan [10/06/2013]:for host
Dan thank you very much and congratulations to all hosts who you will offer help in the future
by Jason [08/05/2013]:for host
The accommodation and food were amazing. The location in Miravet is very nice.
My stay was during a very busy time for Mathieu and Maria but they were very accommodating.
Thank you very much for everything Mathieu and
Jason once again thank you very much for your support and friendship and all best wishes from our side.
by Katarzyna [23/01/2013]:for host
Views are like from a painter dream.
Wonderfull food, house, healing meditation sessions, beautifull trips and people with open hearts.
Staying there has returned me to life.
I am very thankfull.
We really wish her the Blessings of Wholeness,
Maria and Mateo
We enjoyed their stay and they are always welcome to help with olive picking.
We with them both a Rain of Blessings,
Mathieu and Maria
by Tine [17/12/2012]:for host
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