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Hello, Hola friends!
We are a English family of two and have been living and working here in the village of Algodonales for over 20 years.
We have a Spanish horse, a cat and a small rescue friendly dog called "Ellie".
For 2021 at present we only have room for one person to stay with us. Sorry no couples.
We will be mainly gardening and painting for the new few weeks.
PLEASE read the entire description, as it will answer most questions you may have, and it will save us both time.
Please feel free to ask any questions about places throughout the year.
To give you a better idea as to what we are like as a family please take the time to read our profile and reviews thoroughly before applying to us.
Our villa is on the edge of Algodonales. It is one of the famous white villages "pueblo blanco" of Andalucia Spain.We are in a great location as a base to improve and practice your Spanish as the village is just a 3 minute walk away.
My son speaks fluent Spanish and at present he's working from home.
We tend to Speak English in the house but if you wish to, my son will speak with you in Spanish to help you practice your conversation skills.
Please only apply to come to us if you are over the age of 22 years old (Under 22 welcome with good references) and do not mind physically helping & don't mind getting your hands dirty :-) and also if you can help us with the following tasks.
We need help with painting, gardening, vegetable plot and land clearing.
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Being situated in a beautiful region of Andalucia we are Just a 2 hour direct bus ride from Malaga.
When writing to us please tell us a little about yourself if not in your profile: What have you done since leaving school? Where you are from? Any skills? Education? Hobbies? even if unrelated to the type of work we are doing. Our helpers are guests in our home and we like to know about them!
We welcome long and short term visitors with a sense of humor and a strong work ethic who would like to fit into family life.
Please take the time to read our workaway references.
A Big thank- you to all our previous helpers for their good work and great company.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Many volunteers have passed through our door over the years and we have really enjoyed meeting people from just about all over the world. We love to hear stories of their lives back home and the travels if any. We laugh as we exchange or life experiences together.
Some people say that after spending time with us that they felt part of the family and that makes us feel really happy. I always like to think that people who stay with us pick up a new skill or two and as well as getting a good old work out in the garden! Plus a feeling of achievement that when they leave and take those special memories with them forward on their travels they will look back in years to come with a smile :-)
You will be helping out around 5 hours a day. we do ask that those hours really count and are considered a real job, we start around 8-9am in the morning. Monday to Friday.
Helpers needed for the following projects.
(Depending on the the time of year and weather conditions)
general gardening,weeding, maintenance of a small veggie patch, inside and outside painting, general DIY, animal and horse care, Wood cutting, land clearing, pruning,
Garden and Landscape designer including permaculture, in sympathy with Mediterranean climate & planting.
Please only apply if you can help with any of the above.
During your stay in the warmer months with us you are welcome to use our pool after helping out and during the weekends.You will have your own bedroom and bathroom while you are with us.
Free hi speed WiFi is available to use, but please bring your own laptop or devices.
As well as the 5 hours help a day, we would also ask you to kindly to give a hand with preparation of meals and also the washing up afterwards.
Your contribution would be very much appreciated and in return for you putting in 100% we will do our best to make you feel at home and give you an experience to treasure.
We expect you to be responsible, think on your feet, and be able to integrate and welcome any challenges. Please take the time to read our references below.
This host offers a language exchange
My son speaks perfect Spanish. If he's around he's happy to help you with conversation. I really enjoy helping volenteers with their English. The village here is all Spanish. Great place to brush up on your vocabulary.
Accommodation: Own private bedroom in our super villa.
Meals provided Monday - Friday; breakfast, sandwich at lunch time and a home cooked evening meal are all provided during your stay here.
Hope you enjoy good home cooked food as its one of my passions cooking.
If you have any special dietary requirements they must be declared when you apply to us. Sorry no vegans. We would also expect you to help with the domestic chores, such as helping tidying up after mealtimes, cleanliness of your room and bathroom, taking rubbish to the bins, the usual day to day chores. We don't expect to clean up after workaways. We expect workaways to strip their beds on the last day.Clean the bedroom and bathroom thoroughly before departure.
Weekends are our down time also to relax. during that time ( if you don't fancy going away somewhere for the weekend) you can either cook for yourselves or eat out up at the plaza. (Eating out is very reasonable priced here around 5 euros for a drink and tapas)
During your stay in the warmer months (after May) you are welcome to use our pool after work and during the weekends.
Our home here is just a 4 minutes walk from the bus station in Algodonales.
The weekends and after work time are all free days for you to explore the wonderful area.
We are super situated for walking,horse riding, and sight seeing. Algodonales Buses run to Seville, Jerez, Ronda and the Pueblo blancos.
The mountains behind us are world renowned for their paragliding take offs. If you fancy giving it a try we can arrange for you to have a tandem flight and experience flying with the vultures.
If we are going out and if there is room in our car, we will often offer you a lift.
Our village is a great location as a place to improve and practice your Spanish. Free WiFi is available to use, however do please bring your own computer or devices. There is also WiFi in all the local cafes and bars around the village.
Without wanting to state the obvious, Helpers are responsible for treating everyone at the property with respect, showing reasonable care and courtesy in and about the property, as well as for following the host's rules of conduct and security.
Please note that although we are great animal lovers, we are sorry but we can't take any volunteers who are traveling with their pets and would like to bring them with them.
Also when applying please let us know your arrival and departure dates and if you are flexible with these, and a Skype/ tel. number, whatsApp if you have these.
A big thank you to all our previous volunteers for all their help.
Please contact us for further information and with any questions you may have.
We would be delighted to hear from you.
Un saludo, greeting from Julie and Warren
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have secured off road parking for a campervan as long as it isn't too big.
5 hours a day Monday to Friday. Starting 8-9am
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