Stay with us in our beautiful masia near Sitges and Barcelona and help us learn Spanish.

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  • Description

    Description

    Welcome to our 400 year old Masia , run as a pension/hotel. We are 10 minutes from Sitges and 30 minutes from Barcelona, nestled in the valleys and vineyards of the Garraf National Park. We have a pool, plenty of terraces for medidation and yoga and huge potential for sculpting wild gardens and growing food.

    We, Natalie and Keith, have found our dream and would like you to come and share in the beauty of our masia. We are from UK but have lived in France more recently. We have just taken over from Erica and Cat who had several workawayers come and loved their time here, and we would like to carry on accepting helpers ,because after all when you see the masia for the first time you'll understand why we have fallen in love with the place.

    I, Keith have been a chef for 18 years so I would be more than happy to give lessons and in exchange it will help me to learn Spanish quicker with trips to the market a regular thing. We both love the outdoor life and are keen to create a wonderful wild garden with little pockets of space to just sit and admire the view.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are situated in a protected valley which is a great place for meditating, yoga, walking and its ideal for nature lovers and the fun of helping maintain a 400 year old Masia which has been in the same family since it was built.

    We are hoping for a workawayer/s to learn with us.
    We hope that you would learn to regenerate the terraces into a wild garden which is our plan and, any ideas for the overall design would be welcomed, so anyone with a creative horticultural interest would love it.

    We will help with improving English as I have taught in a School of English in the past. We would love to have guests who'd be more of a friend come to stay, and as we are new to the area ourselves, we can explore the area together.

    Being situated where we are it is only a short drive to Monasterio del Garraf where it is possible to learn more about the Buddhist teachings and Tibetan philosophies.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help

    Help

    We would really love someone with fluent Spanish, Catalan would also be great to help us in our new venture in Sant Pere de Ribes. We have survived out first summer at the masia and are now looking for a little help whilst we prepare for 2017. We would love to start working on a new vegetable garden, along with tidying up the grounds and repairing some of the old vineyard terrace walls (similar to dry stone walls in the UK), we would welcome anyone with any general gardening skills or more importantly ideas! We are also looking to do some renovations/decorating of the masia, using old painting techniques.

    Help is needed in general translation so would be looking for a language swap, some grounds keeping, cleaning and general helping with whatever turns up (so far has been ineresting)! We are an easy going couple and that's all we'd really ask of any of our guests.

    During the winter months the positions are voluntary only. The summer is when we can offer paid work, once the business is up and running.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Polish and Basic Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A double ensuite room in the Masia suitable for a single or couple with food included.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can explore the nearby beaches of Sitges or take a train into Barcelona to see the world famous city at your leisure. Even better is that we are situated within the Garraf Natural Park so there are walks and mountain biking, birdwatching and foraging. Trips can be organised to local vineyards to sample some of the wines this area is famous for or just find a quiet space in our massive grounds and be close to nature.

    We are in a remote location so not ideal if you are looking to be in town! We are happy to assist with local travel as we're only a 10 minute drive into Sitges.

    We do have Wi-Fi at the Masia, the rural location does mean that this can on occasion be temperamental and not always the quickest but it works!

    The brilliant lighting and hillside setting of our home is a blank canvas great for photography, or artists. There is a tranquility that lovers of yoga and meditation will truly appreciate.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 6 days a week










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