Share a cultural exchange with us, helping with projects in our home near Gandia, Spain



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    We are a mature couple, living 15 minutes by car from the Mediterranean in an old house that we are renovating. We offer food and accommodation – your bedroom and bathroom are now completely finished! We are both qualified English teachers, Helen is still active teaching part-time in Spain, and your English will rapidly improve with us. Mike is now retired engineer and has also taught Design and Technology, Computing and Business studies so very good at imparting his practical knowledge. We are amateur musicians but usually, we only gig once a week. If you are musical we can have some fun here.
    We like to call ourselves “up-cyclers” as we renovate what we find/buy cheaply, from furniture to olive mills. The help involves a few skills from plumbing to painting or soldering to scrapping. Not all our ideas have worked out and we like people who learn from mistakes. We work closely with a homeless men's shelter so you might like to be involved in fundraising activities, collections and or sorting and maybe some catering duties.
    We are vegetarians who eat fish about once a week, but if you need meat you can cook it yourself. We are good cooks and would be happy to share our culinary skills to anyone interested in vegetarian cooking. We do not drink alcohol but don’t mind if you do and everyone smokes outside of the house including us. We can communicate well in Spanish, French, German and of course English. The house is a ten-minute flat walk to the village, which has bars, banks, etc. and a bus to Gandia. If we like your driving and you have a valid licence we will offer you a car when you are with us. Bikes available but might need oiling

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We go out once a week to explore a region nearby, try and find out the history, what economic activity took place and any art installations we always gravitate towards. You will be welcome to join us. Sharing our desire to not throw away anything that might be reusable - eg I have plants on old toilets, helps us all think laterally. We like language and film and always talk about what we have just seen or heard. We have lived and worked in several countries and did so to get a real feel for the country - we will do our best to share our experiences with anyone. Also, we love learning, and so hope for a mutual cultural exchange.

  • Help


    We would like a couple (any orientation) and expect 4-5 hours 5 days a week in return for board (we eat 3 or 4 times a day when we are doing physical work) and lodging - your own bedroom and bathroom with a separate entrance. One project is to change the doors for this entrance from aluminium to real wood – we have the materials but need another pair of hands and a spell of good weather to coincide to make this happen. The greenhouse needs repairing – strong winds took the roof off. The garden always needs attention – in fact, whatever you think you can do we can probably put your skills to good use and along the journey, you will learn from us as we hope to learn from you.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English French German Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Self-contained linked one bed flat - kitchen not quite finished - see photos. It would be great to have some help with this project.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The house is a ten-minute flat walk to the village, which has bars, banks, etc. and a bus to Gandia. If we like your driving and you have a valid licence we will offer you a car when you are with us. We have push bikes as well.
    Gandia was the Ducal home of the Borgia, a vibrant medieval city; markets, theatre, cinema, concerts, great restaurants and bars, shopping centre, train station. Gandia beach is one of the best blue flag beaches in Spain. Going inland you find the 'Via Verde', a 13km walk to Lorcha, and a feeder route for the Camino De Santiago de Compostela. (The hotel in our village can stamp your Pilgrims Passport). The walk is flat because it is a disused railway line and passes through Moorish terraces and orange groves, an old hydroelectric plant and five spectacular tunnels hugging the Rio Serpis gorge. There are also hard climbs around the Cirque de La Safor... a huge crater said to be an 'energy portal' by some. Helen goes to various towns for Charity work and visiting friends so there is often a lift to Javea, Denia Moraira Gandia or less often Finestrat / Villajoyossa. Or just relax by the river - 4 mins on foot.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Summer kitchen needs an arty touch to make this area more fun, sail shade in and doors part painted but still WIP
Day out just 10km up the river from our house.
So you know we do clean up well.
The size of the garden - which I like to call nearly an olive grove!
This kitchen is WIP situated in the flat you will stay in - it would be great to have a hand to finish the job
Mike and Helen 2/7/2019

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