Help us in our Country home in south-west Spain, Extremadura

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are an expat family of five.

    After more than ten years in Spain, in 2014 we moved to a finca of five acres in the heart of Extremadura. We run a B&B/vacation rental and are proud to see the business grow each year.

    We have 3 cats, Ruby, Molly and Tinkerbell, and a dog called Dina. There were plans to have a couple of donkeys or goats, but they have been put on hold. Instead, we let our neigbour's cows graze on our land.

    We need help around the house/finca, but not with the guests. We welcome workawayers from September to June, summer months are just too hot.

    We have a few building jobs on the to-do list (shed extension, bar & barbecue area, outdoor toilet) and would love to host an experienced builder to tackle a job or two.

    Also, we would really, really like to have a vegetable garden, but we have very little time and no knowledge or experience, so we'd be grateful if an experienced gardener was interested in setting it up and showing us how things are done.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a multilingual family. Paul is English, I am Croatian, and all three children speak Spanish too. Apart from gaining experience doing various jobs, you will be able to practice your English with us (we are both qualified teachers). You will be able to enjoy the peace and calm of the countryside, and if you wish to explore the area in your free time, you'll be able to see some really nice places.

  • Help


    In May 2014 we moved from a tiny two-bedroom apartment into a newly-built house on a 5-acre piece of land and are now a fully registered B&B and vacation rental. Let's just say the amount of work (indoors and outdoors) is overwhelming. No surprise we are constantly looking for volunteers to help with all kinds of (mainly unskilled) jobs and general maintenance so that we can dedicate our time and energy to promoting the B&B.

    Depending on the time of year, you will be expected to help us with basic chores, such as keeping the family house clean & tidy, cooking, watering the plants, decorating/painting, landscaping, cutting grass, treating wood, picking figs and olives, creating outdoor chill-out areas, assembling furniture, repairing bikes, walking the dog and keeping an eye on the children while we pop into the village for some quick errands or are busy at home. Also, we are really keen to start growing our own fruits and vegetables, so an experienced gardener would be welcome, but don't worry if you've never done any gardening, there's always a variety of jobs waiting to be ticked off our to-do list.

    With so much work to choose from, it shouldn't be too difficult to find something that suits your abilities and preferences, but you shouldn't be too picky either! After all, no professional skills are required for any of these jobs.

    Generally, our volunteers assist in the morning and have the afternoon off. Weekends are free and we can occasionally give you a lift to a nearby town, but you are expected to make your own travel arrangements if you want to do any travelling or sight-seeing in your free time. With three children to look after, we cannot commit to give you a ride to the village or back, so expect to do some walking or cycling too. But it's a lovely walk, one we do a lot when it's not too hot.

    The expected length of stay will vary depending on your availability and the time of the year and the amount of work needed. It might be anywhere between a week or two, or a month or two.

    Food and drinks are on us. We provide one cooked meal a day, usually lunch (at 2.30pm), and if on a different timetable to ours, you are expected to do your own breakfasts and suppers, helping yourself to anything in our cupboards and the fridge.

    IMPORTANT: We regularly rent the whole house out at weekends (Friday and Saturday night) and move to an apartment in the village. There is a bed for you too.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The finca is only 2km away from the nearest village, and boasts spectacular views. It is surrounded with olive and fig trees, old holm oaks and grazing land. There is plenty of wildlife and birdwatchers will enjoy the variety of bird species.

    The house is on the grid, the water supply is our own (borehole) and we have internet connection 24/7. We have geothermal power for underfloor heating during the cooler months (roughly November-April) and for cooling the house in the hot months (the hottest being July and August).

    You will sleep in a room with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom with hot-water and wi-fi.

    At weekends, if/when the house is booked, we all have to move out. You're welcome to join us in our little apartment in the village, or else use your time off to do some travelling.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our nearby village of Almoharin is located in the heart of Extremadura, at the foot of the Sierra de Montanchez. Caceres, Trujillo and Merida are all 45-minutes by car. There are buses to Caceres and a nearby town of Miajadas. From there you can catch a bus (or a train in Caceres) to other nearby towns, as well as to Madrid, Seville and Cordoba.

    The nearest airports are Madrid, Seville and Lisbon (all a 3-hour ride). From all three you can get a bus to Caceres, and then to Miajadas (UNION BUS), which is where we can pick you up. From Madrid, there is a direct bus to Miajadas (SAMAR bus company).

    You will not be insured to drive our car, but you are free to use the mountain bikes to get to the village, or further. There are several corner shops, banks, a post office, a hardware store, places to eat and drink and other facilities in the village.

    The locals are very kind and helping, with many of them eager to practise their English, so only a basic level of Spanish is needed to get around. But if you want to work on your Spanish, all you need to do is go to local bars and start a conversation.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 179875181366

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