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Here's the deal...
In exchange for your time, labour and skills i contract to provide you with;
Board and lodging
The chance to be an integral part of a self sustaining, environmentally sound project
The chance to experience new things and learn new skills
The opportunity to take part in local culture and share your own cultural perspective with us
You will be staying in the small village of Leorza where I need help with the running of the house, garden and livestock.
The help needed here is extremely varied and we hope that you will feel free to contribute whatever your particular skill might be :)
This a very rural location which offers ample opportunity for climbing, walking, biking etc..
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
This is an opportunity for you to live in the middle of Europe’s largest oak forest, to feed chickens, maintain the garden, walk with donkeys, manipulate bees and basically just be with nature. The volunteer work is sometimes hard but always rewarding.
Locally there is a really very vibrant and considering its size culturally very rich, community. You will have ample opportunity to enjoy the curiosities of Basque culture and to learn Basque and Spanish
We need one person to help with various tasks around this house
In winter months we are more likely to need two people and work focuses on building projects
The help needed is varied and would include;
1 This year I will be running a number of research projects on honey bees. You do not need prior experience. If you have experience in video/photography that would be interesting.
2 I often have construction projects on the go. Experience in construction helps but don't worry if you haven't worked in this area. You do need to be practically minded and good with your hands though.
3 General help in an ecological garden. Tasks typically include; weeding, watering, harvesting
4 General help around the house.
5 Helping with the donkeys. Walking, grooming, feeding etc..
At the moment we manage to do all this ourselves and don't intend to dump you with all the worst tasks. Rather it would be a case of distributing the tasks and changing to avoid getting stuck with the less attractive ones.
I hope that we offer a space here where you feel free to offer your particular skills and where you don't worry about what you don't know.
YOU NEED TO BE AUTONOMOUS AND PRACTICAL.
You won't be left on your own but you need to be able to show initiative and just get on with stuff.
For your benefit and ours we would have a one week trial period. If during that time you find that things aren't what you expected or there is some sort of incompatibility we all go our separate ways with a smile.
Private bedroom. Shared Kitchen, bathroom and living space
What else ...
This place is ideal for people interested in the out doors, particularly walking, climbing and biking. Although the village is very small there is a very good sense of community here and considerable interaction between the numerous small villages in the area. There are buses to Vitoria and very often lifts can be arranged with other neighbours. This is a very rural location and demands that people who visit are practical and resourceful.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
My time spent there has been short, but if given the opportunity I would definitely
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My time spent there has been short, but if given the opportunity I would definitely
Phil is a wonderful host, patient and always grateful for the volunteers' help and company. The "work" is varied and fun, with a lot of outdoors and great experiences with the donkeys. I also really enjoyed taking care of the place,
The main project we worked on was the bathroom. Next
The kind of guy I would happily embark on a long ocean voyage with.
We did some pretty heavy duty building work together. We both built a timber floor and plaster boarded the walls. Till was also very good with the donkeys and helped massively with a
Sharing the house with passing guests is also a great way to broaden your horizons,
Clara me ayudó durante dos semanas. ¡Ella fue de gran ayuda! Clara es independiente, entusiasta, rápida de aprender, excelente con personas de todas las edades
The work was cutting and chopping some wood and it/he was super chill. I got in love with this man, its way of life, its thoughts and its funny attitude. He made my staying super interesting, showing me the natural beauties of the area, the animals he takes care, and the
I would describe Phil as having a generous spirit. He showed me and Federico around the town and took us to some amazing
Any feedback would not be accurate enough to describe the beauty of the experience that Phil offers to volunteers through his magic project and personality. In my experience, each day spent at Phil place turned into something unforgettable and what I saw, learnt and did only by being at his side is of unquantifiable value. Any day
She has extremely good project management skills and speaks Spanish, English and French with complete
And all that apart he was just the best sort of company. Great conversations and many laughs. I have no doubt that he would be a
Phil is really a nice guy, superfunny smart e interesting. we have done lots of stuff togheter and with the people who came to his house.
For enjoy at the best your time in Leorza you have to be a person who love to stay
Giacomo is extremely practical, highly motivated, very smart and was a huge help with this project.
We did a variety of tasks ranging from handling donkeys, guiding visitors on donkey treks, gardening, building a wooden ladder and more. He's also a really good cook and just really easy company. Highly recommended!!!!
What Phil proposes goes beyond the volunteering. He proposes living, shareing, being family :)
I traveled with my old dog who suddently went along with Phil's dog: Tximis. He is the
There's always plenty of things to do around the house, garden and with the animals. With that the beautiful surroundings offer a huge mix of activities and things to
As an added extra she's a good cook, excellent yoga instructor and just
Absolutely recommended for anyone interested in building projects, nature and animals. Amazing
Later he looked after my house and all the various livestock while I was away for ten days and he did an excellent job.
Apart from that he
It was more then just helping with the work that needed to be done. The host, house and area invite you to open up and live the good and simple life. We had many great conversations and did all
Wouter is an extraordinarily warm hearted bloke. He was a huge help on this project! He is very practical and very attentive to detail. He helped with dry lining a room and was also a great help with the donkeys and taking guests out on excursions.
Beyond that he was just great
He's also just very good company. Highly recommended :)
A land without time
A land of yours and mine.
The time that we had.
Made us so glad!
And phil, The fine host
Was completely the most
And the joy never did end.
Though cold in the winter
Our adventures it didn't hinder.
Thank you for everything! A scary casco
-Maija and Isabella
And apart from that they kept me endlessly entertained
Her key qualities; Hard working, very good initiative, resourceful, attention to detail, very intelligent,
His key qualities; Hard working, very good initiative, resourceful, attention to detail, very intelligent,
If you want to spend time trekking (with ze
He allowed me to utilise his kitchen, which made me very happy, and always fed me with wholesome, home-cooked (and grown from the garden) produce.
I spent a month with Phil in August, although
Very easy company, quick to learn, resourceful, independent.
Sorry to see her go and highly recommend her.
Phil knows a lot about the area where he lives and his friends I met were also lovely.
His house is in a beautiful location and it was good to be without internet to really appreciate the tranquility.
His donkey are crazy