Care for rescued farm animals near Arriondas, Asturias, Spain

  • Spanien
  • Bisher 1775 mal gespeichert
  • Letzte Aktivität: 20 März 2023



 Geforderte Mindest-Aufenthaltsdauer:  mindestens 1 Monat



  • Beschreibung


    We are a project in transition. For over 15 years Dutch national Marleen provided a home to donkeys, horses, and other rescued animals from all across Spain. But Marleen is in her late 70s now and would like to retire. The house and the land are for sale at the moment. We still hope to find buyers who want to continue taking care of abandoned animals, but we don't know what the future will bring. For that reason we prefer not to plan too far ahead.

    We have already found wonderful homes for many of our animals, but there are still animals here that need care from Workawayers. Our farm welcomes 3 to 4 volunteers at a time who stay between 1-3 months, as getting to know the animals and routine does take some time. We are currently home for 10 donkeys, a pig and 4 cats. To make it easier to manage days off we prefer single volunteers over couples or friends.

    We are looking for volunteers who are interested in animal care, gardening, and/or handiwork. Household chores, cooking for the group, and cleaning are seen as collective tasks and are not primary roles. We are able to provide a group breakfast and dinner, and lunch materials may be purchased from the supermarket individually or in groups. Housing is on-site and includes caravans (spring/summer only) and rooms in the house. Our property is 8 hectares made up of the main house, stables, cabin/cabaña, apple orchards, forests and meadow.

    We are looking to host those looking to continue giving our animals and farm a better life. We cannot accommodate those traveling with their own pets. Please note our farm is vegetarian (semi-vegan) and smoke-free. We do not have Wi-Fi, though 4G/LTE phone coverage is adequate if needed. It may be good to know that this is not the best place to learn Spanish. We have an international group of volunteers and the main language spoken is English.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: While we are cleaning stables, preparing meals, and caring for our animals, it is possible your message may not receive a reply in as timely a manner as you would like. All messages sent from our account are final. For example, if we confirm your stay it means you’re confirmed, even if we aren’t able to reply for a few weeks.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Volunteers will learn about animal care, gardening, and vegetarian/vegan cooking. You will be living, working and interacting with individuals from several countries, and cultural exchange is natural.

  • Arbeit


    It is important to note that our working hours are different than some volunteering sites, as caring for animals and maintaining a sanctuary can end in varied and long days. A typical day may run from 0745h-1200h and again 1600h-2000h. You should expect to stay busy with different aspects of animal care, gardening, or farm maintenance. A brief breakdown of what each role may encounter is below - the list is not exhaustive and there are many other tasks that may be needed.

    Animal Care: Stable cleaning, hoof cleaning, enrichment, special medical attention.
    Gardening: Watering, weeding, path maintenance, planting, harvesting.
    Maintenance: Fence repair, household tasks, yardwork, general farm upkeep.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Englisch: Fließend
    Spanisch: Fließend
    Niederländisch: Fließend

  • Unterkunft


    Single or shared bedrooms in the main house, single caravans (spring/summer only), and a shared cabin/cabaña (spring/summer only).

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    We speak Dutch, English and Spanish. Due to the wide range of countries volunteers arrive from, English is the designated working language and a conversational level is required. We always appreciate volunteers who are able to speak the local Spanish language.

    Asturias is in the north of Spain and bordered by Cantabria, Castilla y León and Galicia. It is situated in vast green mountains and nicknamed the Costa Verde. The area is perfect for outdoor activites such as hiking, kayaking, mountain climbing, and more - many of which can be done right in Arriondas. We are located 19km from the beach town of Ribadesella, and 16km from the spectacular Picos de Europa mountains. Volunteers must enjoy outdoor life, as we are located 3km away from the nearest village.

    Getting here:
    • Bus (ALSA): There are daily connections to Arriondas through Oviedo (68km / 1hr), Santander (130km / 2hr) and Bilbao (220km / 4hr). The most popular and suggested route is through Oviedo. Bus tickets can be purchased on their website or directly on the bus at the time of departure.
    • Plane: If you are flying into Spain or Asturias, the closest airports are Oviedo (OVD) or Bilbao (BIO).
    • BlaBlaCar: A popular option among volunteers, there are typically connections to Arriondas specifically from Bilbao or Llanes.
    • If you have any issues with transportation, please contact us!

    This WorkAway is managed by Steve on behalf of Marleen.

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    We can accomodate a campervan / caravan with advance notice.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

  • ...


    Average 5h/day, 5d/wk

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