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Collaborate in finishing a mountain refuge in Asturias, Spain

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  • Last activity: 14 Jul 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    ...the philosophy is to work 3 days and enjoy 4 days to get to know the area wel....The best idea about this project...is reading the 60 comments from the volunteers who have come...

    Participating in a project like this has the interest of learning, masonry work, carpentry, to repair a path to work as a team, work in an orchard ... learn another language, in a mountain environment ... full of life and of history.
    There is a lot of free time.
    In less than 100 meters you are in the woods with a mountain river.

    We are looking for carpenter apprentices...we have news... Larry is going to be with us for a while, therefore we are going to change the design of the place for a while, in about 20 days a master carpenter will arrive... We are going to have a carpenter teacher in the project for a few months, we are going to recruit people who have a special interest in carpentry, learn and help in this manual activity...this is our preference..

    This is a project where volunteers bring life to a large village that is almost uninhabited in winter. We love that volunteers talk to current and future volunteers on WhatsApp so that they have a precise idea of ​​the project, before coming to it.

    The project is a project in an isolated place in the mountains, with a very important physical component. We prefer that you stay for at least a month, preferably 2 months. People who come repeat...

    If what you are looking for is peace and relaxation... to write a long book... something like a quiet vacation... I think this... is not your project.

    You will join a group... that is this plan... This is a group project. Here things are done chorally, in groups. We don't lock ourselves in our rooms... we don't cook individually... we interact with our neighbours in the village... we try to live in a Spanish-style community... Mediterranean... We don't come to the village to impose city criteria... It's not... the idea of ​​the project... Here when we meet a neighbour, we talk to him... about the weather... about the animals... we are interested in his life... we listen to him with respect... this is the plan for everyone.

    We are interested in planning for 2024, and next year 2025 >>>2026>>>>>>>> we like to organise the arrival of the volunteers well in advance, >>>>>>>>> here we do it like this, we don't improvise, >>>>>>> we plan or at least we try... it's about organising ourselves in the face of a great challeng

    We have been here for 15 years. The project....has a series of particularities... one of them is that we have many narrators sharing their trips... These are all our present and past volunteers (those who have shared the experience)....... and of course. ..in plural, we are. .that is, we have people living this project and telling what we do....that is part of the program....people who participate in the project...we have to write what we do...work.. .. upload... cook... tell others... Of course... and after the project you can stay on the WhatsApp page, or not, it depends on the degree of involvement, we need people to add...

    ... talking and telling us stories is something very Mediterranean, very Spanish.... for example, we are waiting for a volunteer to describe his stay at Workaway... .... it is one of his... ...your commitments.

    We need volunteers, we are looking for people who are interested in living in an isolated town, without shops, in a mountain environment, accustomed to an independent life. We love climbing, visiting caves and more... The plan is to work 3 days a week and have 4 days for yourself (for sports activities). You have Bikes to get around the area

    This project has been in development for 15 years in a family that has accepted volunteers for 36 years.

    We have a wooden house, we want to live with people who don't smoke (if you smoke you can't come).

    don't like dogmatism and we laugh at the fashions of the moment. Our beliefs revolve around traditional, rational and environmentally friendly agriculture. We do not like to be smart, nor impose our intuitive and few ideas about agriculture on our neighbors... who have been cultivating the garden all their lives.

    We have animals, chickens, a garden and we are making a forest of fruit trees (we have 63 fruit trees)... In a garden forest.

    It is important... to read the comments of the volunteers, to talk to them... and then you will understand the project, what I am writing is my vision... but for you... reader... the best thing is to talk to the previous volunteers... of your age ...it is necessary to have a high degree of knowledge of the project, before arriving, to see if it meets your expectations, we are talking about using your time well.

    It is not a project for new travelers, for travelers of the here and now...this is slowly cooking. This is a project where people are at the center, it is not a throwaway project. We try to build interpersonal relationships of a certain solidity.

    It is not a project for travelers who change countries every day, every week, to collect stamps in their passport.... for travelers of the here and now... this is being cooked little by little. This is a project where people are the center, it is not a disposable project. We try to build interpersonal relationships of a certain solidity...many of the travelers...volunteers return...or communicate with us...many of the volunteers...build relationships between them that do not erase over time ...we love building community...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Being in the project for a month... will make you a character with certain knowledge about DIY... you will learn to solve everyday problems in your repairs... you will be an expert in the use of a battery screwdriver... example.... certain knowledge of gardening... and you will be members of a living community in a Spanish town... and perhaps in the future you will surely use all or part of those skills.....

    The Puertos de Marabio Natural Monument is made up of sinkholes and blind valleys.

    It is a natural space protected by the existence of a peculiar karst complex, formed by sinkholes and blind valleys that give it great hydrogeological interest. It has three large cavities: the Sumidoiro del Fondadal, 156 meters deep, the Vistulaz Cave and the Vegalonga System, which with its 5,900 meters of development represents one of the main underground complexes in the region.

    In the ports we can find grasslands with deer and scrub surface, generally heaths, gorse, holly, Genista occidentalis, hawthorn and blackthorn.

    This Natural Monument is included in the Protected Landscape of Pico Caldoveiro.

    Location in the Area

    The Ports of Marabio are located between the councils of Yernes and Tameza, Teverga and Proaza, and are delimited to the east by the Sierra de Peña Padiella, to the west by the Sierra de la Granda, to the north by Pico Caldoveiro and to the south by the watershed of the River.

  • Help


    We need help building and repairing a cabin in the woods with people to help

    YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AN EXPERT...THIS IS AN EXCHANGE PROCESS...WE CAN TEACH YOU WHAT YOU NEED... But learning is a process that takes time... .. we need calm minds, kind people and helpers with a sense of humor
    if you are a professional perfect weeks if we have to teach the process is slow, and the minimum stay 1 month

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    WE SPEAK CASTELLANO SPANISH, WE HAVE NO DIFFICULTIES TO SPEAK ENGLISH AT A MEDIUM LEVEL ... WITH GRAMMATICAL ERRORS BUT GOOD COMMUNICATIVE LEVEL. THE FRENCH IS A LITTLE RUSTY, WE ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND PORTUGUESE AND ITALIAN The language of communication is English, I am here one weekend a week, the rest the volunteers decide the language of communication. The stay is to practice climbing, to learn to cut a tree, to make a path... to speak but in English, French, Italian or Portuguese, this is not a good destination to learn to speak Spanish

  • Accommodation


    All volunteers have their own room and there is even a small apartment

    Volunteers have "all inclusive" food, transportation visits to the area ...
    Volunteers have a room Comfortable and functional.

    Volunteers have "all inclusive" food, transportation visits to the area ...

    Have private room

    Everything we need to work we have, your clothes, if you have a normal size, but this is never a problem .... we are used to finding solutions.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    we receive numerous requests, to your request for stay we have said yes but we need to have an approximate calendar of the date of your arrival, since we need to answer the e-mails today yes or no.

    A small comment about respect for other ways of living.
    In the town our neighbors are cattle ranchers, with their peculiar way of understanding life and the struggles to survive in the balance of the natural environment.
    The neo-rurals -e
    Among those I find myself very given to preaching that it is the right thing to do and not about how the balance between wildlife and livestock should be.
    I think we should reflect from a respectful point of view. We must not fall into cultural ethnocentrism, walking slowly and listening previously allows us to build another way of thinking but it is a process of years, the countryside is not changed with speeches from the city. I think respect and listening is a good point of view.

    Volunteers are expected to be autonomous, if / the project adapts you will enjoy it, if you don't adapt. Don't suffer, look for another site that suits your philosophy.

    We are interested in receiving people who understand what it means to live autonomously in a rural environment. Sometimes visitors expect to find the same as in a city and that is not the case. It is not necessary to have experience but to be disciplined and autonomous. There is a lot of free time. The work schedule is 24 hours a week, we usually concentrate it on three days so we have more days off ... if you want another distribution there are no problems.

     The cabin no. It is comfortable, HAS ALL KIND OF CLOTHES, WATER BOOTS ... but life in the countryside has some characteristics that need important energy and adaptability from visitors.

    This is not a good option for travelers who believe that this is a hotel ... no, here this is a house where three days a week really works and four is enjoyed .... it is your time ... for what That you decide, THIS IS AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM ... IT IS SOMETHING LIKE A WORKSHOP SCHOOL ... PEOPLE ARE THE IMPORTANT ... THE HONESTY..THE BEING ABLE TO SHARE .... the fundamental ... enjoy of what you live


  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Digital nomads are accepted, we have an acceptable Internet speed for a remote village, the maximum for the Vodafone company.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Large vans do not fit well on such narrow roads. A typical WB van fits well, in the town there is a lot of place to park in front of our house there is a park and a fountain

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum

Host ref number: 275419384694

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