Help set up an eco campsite in Vera, Andalucia

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  • Description

    Description

    Help needed immediately - I need people to help with weeding, planting & light physical labour, immediately and throughout the winter. I also need creative people for furniture and decor. Please contact me if you are interested and available. There is plenty of time off and the beaches are close enough for frequent visits, but I need people who are prepared to work hard & contribute to the project in some positive way during their work hours. You need to have initiative, be self-motivated, enthusiastic and have a sense of humour! NO ARRIVALS BETWEEN FRIDAY AND SUNDAY PLEASE.

    I have a vision – I love travelling but want to limit the impact it has on our environment. I need affordability but also sustainability. I love places with a sense of community. But as it can be hard to find, I am establishing a camp site that fits my ethos.
    I’m a Londoner, passionate about the environment and travelling. I speak Spanish, am involved in the Green Party and I am an active environmentalist. I have run several successful environmental projects, including establishing and running a rocket composter on an inner city housing estate, delivering sustainable living workshops for school-kids and organising Green Fairs and festivals.
    I have land in Spain with permission to build and I need help turning my vision into a reality – a campsite ready for business. I don’t want a glamorous “eco-retreat”. I want affordable camping for travellers. I would like facilities built with sustainable materials and powered by renewable energy, compost toilets, a vegetable garden, fixed bell tents for shared dormitories, pitches for those who have their own tents, campervans or caravans and a social space for cooking and relaxing.
    Work started in November 2017 and will continue for several months. We now have the building license and are about to start the main work. I will need help throughout the whole process. Accommodation is provided in a bell tent, but if you have your own tent, caravan or motorhome, you are welcome to park on the land. PLEASE NOTE - the bell tent will not be available from November to March, so anyone coming in those months will need to bring their own accommodation. Volunteers are expected to contribute to the community spirit here - we are all living together and you are welcome to treat it as 'home', but we all look out for each other and the communal spaces are everyone's responsibility. I provide food for 3 meals a day, I do not provide additional snacks.
    As I am at the beginning of the project, the living situation is very basic - we have a compost toilet & a bucket shower. There is no mains electricity or wifi, but there are cafés nearby with access and we have solar power for charging most things. Although this situation will develop, it might take a while.

    Please do not apply if you do not have a permit to work in Europe - I cannot help with visas.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    Although I want to prioritise anyone with building or labouring skills, I’m looking for people with experience in sustainable techniques, such as solar installation and permaculture, as well as people with traditional skills in building, plumbing and electrics.
    I also need people to help with cooking for volunteers, gardening, marketing and social media.
    All volunteers have a 2 day trial period, to ensure you fit with our ethos. I would prefer people who can commit to stay at least a week, if not longer, but happy to discuss if your circumstances don't allow for that.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    What’s in it for you?
    Great work experience in beautiful surroundings with the opportunity to learn Spanish. I can provide a reference, accommodation in a bell tent and vegetarian food. There is the possibility of long-term work in the future.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I can provide accommodation in bell tents, but if you have your own tent, caravan or motorhome, you are welcome to park up on the land.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The land is a 10 minute walk from the town of Vera, which has good public transport links, banks, supermarkets, etc. It is a 10 minute drive to the nearest beach, where you will find a long, beautiful coastline, with plenty of activities, bar and restaurants. Other nearby attractions include Tabernas, with its 'Mini-Hollywood' where many spaghetti westerns are filmed, and the beautiful Cabo de Gata national park, with a range of untouched beaches. There are also facilities for go-karting, horse-riding and a water park nearby.

  • 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 a day, 5 days a week (Max. 25 hours/week)

My Photo Album

Helpers mucking in!
The camp
Vera town
Vera town
One of the bell tents













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