Starting from scratch in a new place and building a yurt close to Torvizcón, Spain




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    We are Sanne and Marc, a couple from the Netherlands. For work, Sanne edits study books, working from home. Marc teaches singing and theatre and he installs solar systems.

    We are living with our 4 year old boy and a cat close to Torvizcón, 25 minutes from Órgiva in Andalucia, Spain.
    We live in a house on a lush 9 hectares of land owned by a friendly lady who lets us stay with her. However, we are going to move to a beautiful field in the middle of nature, with horses as our neighbours. It's 20 minutes away from where we live now (30 minutes from Órgiva) and we still need to install everything. We're putting up a yurt, making an outdoor shower and a compost toilet and installing a solar panel system.

    We're trying to live in a sustainable way. We eat mostly organic and/or local and stick to a healthy - mostly vegetarian - diet. We grow some vegetables, recycle, try to reduce plastics and chemicals, and we drive an electric car. Marc built a solar system to charge the car and we also use it to power the house. Sanne plans to start a vegetable garden again.

    Then there is the project of building a second yurt from scratch, that we're slowly working on. We have walls and doorframes and we are making the roofpoles smooth, which takes forever, because there's 80 of them. Next step is to make the roofpoles all the right size and make them fit the holes in the crown.

    In the next couple of months we need three kinds of help:
    - The household, with dishes, laundry, cooking, some cleaning, gathering wood and playing with our son.
    - Moving, with lots of carrying stuff, packing and unloading.
    - Getting installed on the field, doing all kinds of jobs with solar system, yurt, shower and toilet.
    Only after getting installed, we'll get back to working on the second yurt, which is hopefully around december.
    If you come to stay with us, your work will depend on what needs doing at that time. We'll be happy to share our knowledge of off-grid living, solar systems and electric cars if you're interested.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Nature, learn about living off grid, yurt building

  • Help


    We need 2 people to help us. You're welcome to come for any amount of time!

    We're looking for people who are okay with being in a quiet place. We're in the middle of nature and although we share the land with others, they also have a quiet lifestyle. You'll find a welcoming family home, friendly neighbours, and quite some time to yourself. We always share the big meal of the day, which is mostly lunch and sometimes dinner. The other meals you'll mostly eat by yourself, as we prefer our sleepy breakfasts alone, and evenings are private time for us. Sometimes we'll have a nice evening together though, we do like a bit of social too :-)

    - Cooking & washing up
    - Some cleaning/laundry
    - Gathering and cutting wood
    - All kinds of little jobs around the house
    - Moving, getting installed in the new place.
    - A bit of gardening
    - Baby sitting: entertaining our son, so we can get something else done
    - The yurt: making roof poles (steam bending the wood, sanding the poles, cutting them to size)
    - are you a carpenter and you like to work on something original? we still need help building the doors of the yurt! (the doorframes are almost finished)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We provide:
    - a big 4-person tent, or a caravan with kitchen, electricity and gas heater, depending on availability
    - internet (limited) in the house
    - warm shower in the house
    - the food (fruit/cereal/bread/cheese for breakfast and dinner, and a decent vegetarian meal for lunch)
    - when we go to Órgiva, we'll give you a lift (we go about 4 times a week)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you don't have your own transport, we can pick you up somewhere or you can take public transport.

    Things to do in free time:
    Without transport you can go for walks in the mountains around us and to Torvizcón and Almegijar, or just hang out in the garden, at the pool, or in your caravan.
    With your own transport or public transport:
    - Go to Orgiva, the main town of the area, with lots of activities like concerts and yoga classes
    - Go up into the Sierra Nevada for beautiful hiking
    - Relax at one of the beaches, at about 45 minutes drive.
    - Granada is about 1,5 hour away

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week (we're flexible)

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