Please, read all the info and check the calendar before applying for any position! This way, you and us will save time and energy! Thanks in advance and happy travels!
We are looking for different positions because there are different possibilities of helping us. But please, only skilled people!! We are remodelling our home and a flat we own, so we are looking for travellers that can do the tasks listed below at a professional level, as for most of them we won't be able to help you.
We would swap 2 hours of honest work a day for a first class accommodation (no meals) in a sunny studio with your own kitchenette, bathroom and terrace, in a pedestrian street and close to everywhere! Barcelona's city centre is at just 45 minutes by a cheap train and the station is at 4 minutes walking from our home.
Vicent (teaches German) and Imma (works with teenagers) are the parents of Marçal (17 years old, ancient avid reader,now mostly on the cellphone!/gaming, trying to find his path in life) and Arnau (16 years old active and smiley boy fond of ski and in-line hockey, at present a lovely teenager with his ups and downs!). Although Vicent and I divorced, we keep a good relationship, so workawayers might be expected to help at home or at Vicent's home (both in Vilanova). The boys split their time in between both our homes.
We love travelling and enjoy having travellers at home. We exchange our home when travelling, as we like living as locals, and we are fond of languages. We are open minded people that like enrolling in open air activities: going to the beach, hiking, skiing, reading and learning new skills.
Help in the house
We need help from people who is really skilled to do repairs around the house. Please be honest, as we won't be able to teach you! But it's obvious that you do not need to cover all these skills. Tell us what could you do for us and let's see if we can be a good match!
PLASTERER & PAINTER : At present we need painting the walls and some windows in my auntie's a flat in Barcelona and also sanding and painting some ancient windows, doors and walls in our main home. Please, do not apply if you don't have experience in doing it. Our home has ancient walls and woods, so it's a bit tricky!
PLUMBER: we need help draining radiators, cleaning them by the inside and maybe replacing one of them or some draining pieces, to prepare our central heating system for next winter.
We can also host an electrician or a carpenter if he can also help us with any of the other listed tasks.
CARPENTER: We need adding locks to the doors in a flat in BCN, as we plan on renting rooms to travellers. At home, we need to repair a sofa and a cupboard.
ELECTRICIAN: We need repairing a freezer, a moskitokiller and adding a new socket in a bedroom. If you know how to intall a "delesteur automatique" (I do not know how do you call it in English), it would be great, as we need to cut off in power expenses in the flat we rent in Barcelona.
BRICKLAYER: We need working with mortar and repairing the walls of our patio.
We need you to be a person with a good work's ethic, easy-going and NON SMOKER. We get on well with smiling, open-minded and honest people. You should also be independent, as we won't be able to entertain you in your free time, because we are usually very busy.
IMPORTANT: when applying TELL US what YOUR SKILLS are, the approximate DATES of your stay and HOW LONG would you like staying with us. If you are not really skilled to do any of the tasks we need help with, please do not contact us. We know that hotels are expensive, but we really need skilled helpers, as we cannot do it ourselves. This is why we won't be able to host you if you are not. So, please, don't waist you time contacting us and don't force me to have to reject you application, it always makes me sad!
UPDATE: At present we cannot offer you to help as a HOUSE CLEANER AND PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER: We could also host a native English or French speaker house cleaner and personal fitness trainer that have worked with teenagers and can spend some of his working time training Marçal, who is now interested in improving his physical condition. He's a 17 year old boy, which is lovely at times and has troubles at other times, as he's struggling to find his way in life and has sometimes difficulties to control his anger. So the idea would be for you to share some time with Marçal doing fitness activities and also spend some hours a week cleaning our home, to help us keep it in good conditions.
English, Frech, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, German
At present we can only host you at our main home, in Vilanova i la Geltrú, not in the flat in Barcelona,
In Vilanova i la Geltrú we offer you kind of a studio in the second floor of our home: it's a sunny double bedroom with your own inside bathroom, terrace and kitchenette with a 2 hobs vitro ceramic kitchen and a fridge. There is also free wifi during the day (We switch it off at night). Ours is a 1900's ancient house in a pedestrian area. In fact we are in a leafy street, right in the centre of our city, Vilanova i la Geltrú, in an area full of shops and cafes. From our home, you have everything (shops, market, library, cinema, beach, train station....) at less than 10 minutes on foot.
In case it's important for you, please, take into account that during working days the wifi is only switched on from around 15 hours until around 22 hours, and at the weekends we switch it on in the morning and we switch it off at around 23 hours.
You will have plenty of time for you to go around and, if you wish, you can work 4 hours one day and have next day free. But you will have to buy and cook your own food. Anyway, there's a kitchenette in your bedroom, a supermarket next door and a market really close by!
On the other hand, do not forget that, at present, we can only offer you accommodation, but no meals, in exchange for 2 hours of help a day (so 14h per week). Please, note that, if you are 2 people, you will share a 140x200cm bed and will have to help 2h/day each, unless one of you works 4h/day. The same applies for parents and kids.
Vilanova is a safe and lively place, half way and quite close to Barcelona and Tarragona, two UNESCO world's heritage cities. We are just next to Sitges, a picturesque Mediterranean town. The theme park of Port Aventura () is also nearby. From our home you can visit, in daily trips, most of what our region has to offer: from the Pyrenees mountains to the Ebro river's delta, old ancient monasteries, such as Montserrat, Poblet or Santes Creus, medieval cities like Montblanc, the beautiful Costa Brava and the wine caves in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, just to talk about a few places we are sure you will love.
Trains are frequent, very cheap (2,8€ to Barcelona with a 10 one way travel ticket) and comfortable, and we live close to the railway station, so you can go around by public transportation. There are also buses that brings yo to many places, including the airport and Barcelona.
For the beach lovers: our home is just at 7 minutes walk from a large beach and the weather here is sunny all year long and never really cold (even in the coldest days of winter, never under 10ºC during the day or 5ºC on the coldest nights). And if you like hiking, there is a lovely walking path by the sea and along the cliffs that links Vilanova and Sitges .
Closest airports: Barcelona's airport and Reus airport. Many low cost companies land on them, as Ryannair, Easyjet, Vueling, Air Berlin, etc. Nearest train station: Vilanova i la Geltrú.
Maybe it's obvious to say it, but we are a family, not a hotel, so we are sure that you will act as you would do at home (so you will clean up after yourself, let your bedroom in perfect conditions the day of your departure, switch off lights and/or fan when not in the studio, etc).
We enjoy having a coffee cup with our guests, but just don't have time to show them round Barcelona and/or provide entertainment. This is why we tend to get on better with couples or self sufficient singles. We can host individuals, couples and families with their son/daughter (we could add a kid's mattress in the studio if needed), but not three adults. You will have your own privacy and we expect to have ours, too.
On the other hand, if you just want to have a vacation or a place for a stop over, we can also consider renting you the bedroom, but we would of course prefer someone willing to exchange his/her skills for a place you can consider your home!
We wish you safe, inspiring and happy travels... and a wonderful experience in Catalonia! :-)
And thanks for reading!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
If languages are important for you, take into account that we won't teach you Spanish, We will speak English/French with our sons when we host you at home (we do know Spanish perfectly, but always speak Catalan at home. So it's just too weird for us to speak in Spanish to each other. As we have hosted many English people, we find it easy to speak with our sons and hosts in English, or even in French, rather than doing it in Spanish).
Maximum 14 hours per week - food not provided
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