Help with repairs and maintenance, DIY, hard landscaping near Figueres, Spain

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  2018 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello Workawayers!
    A newly released Spanish film called "Brava" was filmed here..(see IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes)
    Its about Janine, a woman who has been stressed by Barcelona life and yearns for a peaceful place nearby to unwind and find herself again.....so naturally they chose our place to film it! !! You can do the same as Janine too!..also Barcelona is only 55 mins away by train or car share e.g. Blablacar. And unspoilt beaches, lakes, medieval Girona and France are only 30 mins away.

    Our project being popular, Workaway has filmed and interviewed us several times and we appear on their "Official Video" 3 or 4 times. Our big old Masia is a family run rural holiday centre near the mountains and sea in the Costa Brava. Now we need your help to do new things. Spring and autumn, we host and help out with holistic workshops such as Gong Baths, Deep Song, Qi Gong, Meditation and Yoga etc...we host weddings, fiestas, arts, music events and country sports. Several books and Music CD's and Youtubes have been written and recorded here...Recently a Norwegian fusion band told us that staying and playing music here and both changed them and the music they played. We even have a medieval chapel from the 11th Century. Many visitors who come to join in courses and workshops comment that the location has a very special ambiance with its tranquil space and natural beauty...relaxing, inspiring, health giving, calming and for some, spiritual.

    Here is ideal for helpers who want a quiet place in the country, with a little bit of company or who enjoy their own space, like self catering and living simply. If you have your own transport - that´s a bonus, as there is no regular public transport to Figueres (but we give lifts to fit with our shopping trips etc.). If you have a camper van, we can give you a parking space, electricity and water, plus use of a bathroom with shower and hot running water.

    Tasks vary according to the season -

    From now till June 2019 we need people with specialist construction skills and experience who can help unsupervised, For example; a strong DIY person, carpentry and wood repairs, building repairs, tiling,, plumbing, electrics, hard landscaping, decorating, and upholstery, You must have practical experience of helping on jobs, sometimes by yourself.

    In summer, help with general maintenance - ideal for a couple or two friends to share one of our self catering caravans.
    A bit about the summer help for people planning ahead: Every week we welcome new families on holiday, who stay in our 7 holiday cottages. Your job is to help us maintain the grounds, pool etc and keep everything inside and outside clean and tidy. On the changeover day (usually Saturdays) we employ professional cleaners to manage the preparation of the cottages for the next guests, so though we need willing and efficient helping hands for cleaning, it is only part of your weekly tasks. It's a great time to practice Spanish with our cleaners, if that interests you, or to help them practice their English whilst helping together.

    Total hours 25 a week with plenty of leisure time to get out to the beach etc... We can offer you your own bedroom in a shared holiday cottage when we are not fully booked, or a caravan during busy times (especially July/August) with access to a kitchen, bathroom with shower with hot and cold water, flexible free time (25 hours help a week), friendly hosts and wifi. Most helpers stay for a month or longer - we ask for a minimum of 2 weeks, 4 weeks or longer preferred.

    We live in the main house and there are seven self contained guest houses set in extensive gardens with Romansque church, activities room, swimming pool, tennis, table tennis, boules, BBQ, hammocks and Wifi. Surrounded by woods and hills, near the Pyrenees yet close to Mediterranean beaches and bays, you really can ski in the mountains and sunbathe on the beach in the same day! There are horses, goats, dogs, cats and a pig. It is an environment rich in flora & fauna and natural beauty. You may meet some amazing people here - visitors/friends from Barcelona and also all over the world. However, there are also quiet times too, especially in winter and always space to find your own peace & quiet.

    For those with the gift of caring, we need some experienced help caring for our 92 year old mother. She has full time live in carers. But because she cannot walk unaided, speak nor see very well but has a lively spirit...she needs someone with geriatric experience just doing stimulation activities and communication and helping with the occasional walk and other general help if she is too sleepy anytime.

    Our area is also rich in culture and visitor attractions. We are just 15 mins from Dali Surrealism centre, Figueres and 30 mins from the Bay of Roses, the Pyrenees, Medieval Girona, Banyoles Olympic Lake and France. Barcelona is 55 mins by train or car. Our winters are mild and sunny, we're surrounded by woods and fields, so it is very sheltered, with incredible wildlife, majestic snow capped mountains and unpolluted skies - wonderful for stargazing.

    We are multilingual, experienced & supportive (top rated) hosts, who have lived in Catalunya for years, with personal experience of volunteering ourselves. We try to be helpful, flexible and to share this exciting Catalunya adventure!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Elderly Care
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    Current priorities:

    Right now we need people with some experience capable of helping unsupervised or alone:

    *️️️️️Experienced carpenter, builder, electrician, plumber: to help us fiinish projects, new installations , maintenance and repair...also a strong DIY person/s, for digging,/ hard landscaping we will provide all assistance where necessary

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️General helpers - for cleaning, painting or landscaping / gardening, , keeping outside/social areas clean and tidy.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️experienced web developers, web site builders with tech problem solving skills

    *️️️️️internet marketing, social media, S.E.O. development and research - to help us develop a marketing strategy to bring more visitors to our finca. Fluent English needed....Spanish, Catalan, French...also could be interesting. A liking for using the net and research plus an ability to record info neatly (using spreadsheet ideally but not obligatory) and if you have good phone skills, that will help us too.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ in may/june< A great photographer/filmmaker/blogger to help us capture the essence of what it's like here and build a media bank to support our marketing campaigns.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Garden and Landscape designer including permaculture, with a feel for Mediterranean gardens, climate & planting.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We enjoy visitors from all over the world and also Workawayers from far and wide from Ireland to Hawaii and from Patagonia to Iceland....we have much experience in facilitating a warm and friendly atmosphere and we do everything we possibly can to help Workawayers access the myriad of cultural and natural attractions all around us.
    Of course nature walks, cycling and hiking are right on your doorstep here. In the many meals together, fiestas, arts and holistic events going on here we do everything we can to involve Workawayers and to give them real cultural interchange....See our reviews!!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, some Catalan,basic French and German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    If we are fully booked, a caravan in our helpers camping area in our spacious gardens. If we have a free cottage, a room in a shared cottage. We host a meal for helpers once a week usually, and we provide you with food to cook yourself at other times.

    This is a perfect place to relax using our leisure facilities. Also laundry facilities are available. We are a pleasant 20 min walk to a local village/bus, and we can give you lifts to the nearest town, Figueres which has good public transport links to Girona, Barcelona, France, the coast and inland towns in the Pyrenees.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our area is rich in culture and visitor attractions. We are just 15 mins from Surrealism centre Figueres and 30 mins from the Bay of Roses, the Pyrenees, Medieval Girona, Banyoles Olympic Lake and France.

    Approx 55 mins to Barcelona by train. Our winters are mild and sunny, we're surrounded by woods and fields, so it is very sheltered, with incredible wildlife and unpolluted skies - wonderful for stargazing.

    Set in extensive gardens with Romansque church, swimming pool, tennis, table tennis, boules, BBQ, hammocks, wifi and club house. Surrounded by woods and hills, near the Pyreneess yet close to mediterranean beaches and bays.

    Also the walks and ski stations of the Pyrenees. There are horses, goats, dogs, cats and a pig. It is an environment rich in flora & fauna and natural beauty. You may meet some amazing people here - visitors/friends from Barcelona and also all over the world.

    However, there are also quiet times too and always space to find your own peace & quiet. Our place is known for its peace & tranquility.

    We are exclusively a Workawayer Exchange programme and we support all Workaway aims, objectives and guidelines.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    5 hours flexible/day 5/week, mainly mornings







































































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