Help out with my permaculture project and house restoration in Asturias!! Yay !! Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    I am a Dutch guy creating a permaculture setup restoring an old house in the coastal mountains of Asturias. (Roughtly midway between the towns of Mones and Ballota). My name is Andreas. I moved permanently to Spain end 2014 after working on and off on the project for two years. The village I live in is more or less deserted and very beautifull. I am totaly off grid and the permaculture venture is in its 4th year going for 5 year. I have built a little temporary wooden cabin (tiny house) and there is a separate cabin shared by volunteers and the odd pilgrim on the route to Santiago. We have a wood heated hot shower and even a suana! So living is more or less comfortable, even in winter.

    At the moment I do not keep any animals, my plan is to start with animals at some point in the future.

    The work on the main house is typical construction stuff. I use a lot of natural materials from the environment, recycled material and sometimes new stuff. It is a good opportunity to learn about building stone walls, woodwork, working with machines, electricity, solar power, etc etc. If you are a specialist maybe I can learn from you :)

    The farming effort focus on fruit trees, berries, a vegatable garden in three parts, shitake mushroom cultivation and bees.

    I speak English, Dutch, Afrikaans :), and crooked Spanish (getting better all the time I hope). Work is hard when we work but there is enough time to relax, explore the environment and do other stuff. (5 hours x 5 days is the guideline).

    If the click is good longer term volunteering is possible. We are looking for people who want to volunteer for a longer term (3 to 9 months), especially if you have the idea to start your own place.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice

  • Help

    Help

    Current running projects are:
    1. Restoring the old stone houses
    2. Permaculture activities
    3. Clearing and preparing land for permaculture activities

    Obviously I will ask you to lend a hand with some other loose tasks as well :)..

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    English, Dutch, Spanish, permaculture, construction, farming shitakes, electricity/offgrid/alternate energy etc. While you are here you are part of our/my family so we go to the beach, visit friends take walks etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, Afrikaans, Spanish (not perfectly )

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Wooden cabin (Tiny house), compost toilet, off grid, outdoor shower (beautifull, with hot water! but frisky in winter :).).
    Volunteers have a separate very nice and spacious cabin.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Asturias is very beautifull, lots of mountains, the ocean, hearty, good and affordable food etc. A hidden paradise. We are a gem in this paradise.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Proud guys in front of their handiwork
Monster zucini
The small vegetable garden
The pilgrims cabin in construction. It is now finished. This is where volunteers sleep :)
Me, while building the Pilgrims Cabin, putting on the vegetation on the roof.
The coast nearby.. Allways good for a swim on a warm day
The old house.. a long time ago
Magnificent bul of the neighbour
My home :)

























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