We can use a helping hand from around March/April 2017 onward. Before that, we think it's too cold in the unheated accomodation we can offer helpers. In December and January days are too dark and too short. Since we have a very small (heated) common space, we would too often have to be annoyingly close.
At Fontebona we try to live as natural and self-sufficiently as possible. We are in the process of setting up workshops for people interested in nature, arts and crafts. Fontebona is a beautiful place. It's just that our mini natural paradise still needs quite some fine-tuning. That's where you come in.
Who are we looking for?
The helpers (max. 2) we are looking for like to live a basic life, and enjoy being outside. Enjoyed nature as a child already? Then you will find Fontebona wonderful. There is some clothing for you but not in all sizes, so please bring your own working clothes and rainwear. We ask you to help us 25 hours a week.
Helpers with working experience in forestry or horticulture and (technical) odd-job (wo)man are especially welcome.
We understand perfectly well that you want to travel, but we ask you to commit yourself for at least three to four weeks to our project. This gives us time to invest in you.
We love to share our knowledge and experiences, if needed with a beer or a (home made) cider next to the camp fire. We know a lot about living a live as self-sustaining as possible, but we can also brush up your knowledge about art, mushrooms, philosophy or the pruning of your apple tree. We like to go on an excursion with you, if time allows that.
What's to be done?
You can take over some of the routine jobs, like watering and weeding the vegetable garden, taking care of the donkeys, lugging wood, cooking, removing bracken and gorse. There are also always special projects to help us with.
What are you getting into?
Though Infiesto with all basic facilities is only 4 or 5 beautiful hiking kilometres away, a stay at Fontebona is quite isolated. There are no next-door neighbours. At Fontebona it's usually only us and our very modest livestock (1 dog, 2 cats, 2 donkeys, 3 sheep).
We stay in an old wagon. You have your own place in our old camper van (hot water bottles and warming cats available). Internet is limited here. Checking your e-mail is no problem. For other purposes there is free broadband internet in the Telecentro in Infiesto. The good news is that we have warm water in the panoramic shower.
Who we are?
We are Thomas and Astrid. A middle aged Dutch couple that settled for this independent lifestyle a few years ago. We enjoy meeting new people and learning things from them in a companiable atmosphere. We do not smoke, do like a beer, wine or cider, but don't do other drugs. We don't expect you to have the same habits.
Please tell us in your e-mail about your motivation for wanting to come to Fontebona, and in which month you are available.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
dutch, english, spanish, german, french
For you we have a sleeping place in our little camper van.
We usually do not mind if you bring your dog.
Town (Infiesto) is 4 km away. We're in the mountains, but not too high (250m). The National Park Picos de Europa is about 20 km's away. Beach is half an hour drive, and also to be reached by train or bus. The bigger cities (Oviedo, Gijón) are about 45 car/bus/train minutes away.
25 hours per week
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