Sustainable construction and horsemanship near Barcelona, Spain



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  • Description


    We live in a very old house, from the sixteenth century. We are renovating it with traditional technologies and materials like stone, earth, wood; but also the property has olive trees, fields and organic gardens ( when not iceing), swimming pool, chickens and 4 horses.

    It is a farmhouse, located in a natural landscape, with many cultural attractions, near the village of Cardona, but at same time near Barcelona (60 'by car) , there are daily shuttle bus to the city from the village.

    From our site you can visit the amazing mountain of Montserrat, deep salt mines from Cardona are abailable to visit, romanic architecture, or swim-kayaking in a winter you can also ski.

    We Arola and Xavi are architects specialized in sustainability and international cooperation. We also work as architects in renovation , old farms, country houses, etc... We need people to help us in Architecture design as well.

    We have a boy (12) and girl (8) going to a Waldorf school, and one more kid (4)

    We are beginning to assemble for group activities like meditation, yoga who comes to spend some days with their own teacher.... workshops as well and traditional and eco construction butand we also would like to learn natural dressage horses, so we have two painthorse and one quarterhorse.

    We are also interested in sharing learning languages ​​(German, English, Catalan or French) and we can offer training in traditional and alternative building materials.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have background in Architecture, history, developement, geology. we like music and we have travel quite the world.
    We know our geography and can suggest you places to visit on your free time. We like to speak about movies, books, music, the cosmos, animals, travels, the sea...

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Volunteer help is needed for involved and engaged people, but also we can offer some training also in construction tecnologies and materials if you have some previous experience (not from zero). The work will consist in sustainable and traditional construction , so knowledge of maintinance works, carpintery, etc..., would be very helpful.

    Another posibility is to colaborate in the Natural horsemanship (if you have experience), you can help to dress in a Natural way the horses, we are quite beginers on that field.

    Also we'll need colaboration in the architecture studio, if you'r interested, we use to work on traditional and heritage architecture, in Barcelona but in countryside as well.

    Finally, we need help in the vegetable garden, forest, trees, plants....., help with the chikens, etc... also a car or tractor mechanic could be very helpful!

    We expect hard work and flexibility. We offer 3 meals a day. If volunteers want snacks and drinks between meals, they need to buy them themselves, there's a fridge for that purpose. On days off we don't provide free meals, just the accommodation and also the possibility to cook themselves their meals, but everything can be spoken...

    We have internet but, limited, please not depend on it too much....enjoy the nature ;)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Catalan: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The volunteers will sleep in a room in the main house and having lunch together with the family.
    Volunteers shall clean their rooms / toilette. this point is important for us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    A glass of good wine at the end of the day is wellcome, but regular drinkers or party people should probably look elsewhere

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • 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

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