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 kitchenette and sitting area are now completely finished! We are both qualified English teachers, so 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. Helen is qualified as an Accountant in England Wales and France and is surprised to know that some of you need to learn some skills that I have in this area. I am willing to train you in Finance if your desire is to start a small business or become self-employed. 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 or twice a week, but if you need meat I will pay for it and 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 and all in great condition thanks to the recent workawayers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    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.

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    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 and kitchenette and sitting area, thank you to the 2018 summer team of workawayers 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. Plastering, many many walls, Mikes knows how but his wrists get tired within an hour so we can teach you how to do this. Tiling and a little drywalling in the main house is required. We have some old, not vintage, music equipment that needs fixing then selling or upcycling into??? Electronic or music knowledge would be great for this.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English French German Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Self-contained linked one bed flat - see new photos.

  • 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 3 bicycles 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.UPDATE As YOUNGER PEOPLE CAN DO MORE - cycle to Gandia beach in 25 minutes, the nearest beach in 20 mins by bike. A days excursion along the river bed, through old railway tunnels then over the top track/road near the volcano crater is apparently AWESOME. The garden is really big and you can always find a quiet place to just bee within the property, just take a chair or blanket and find a spot. Blablacar is very popular in this area and as long as you have a debit card very easy to use around the Gandia area and then the rest of Spain then Europe.

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    • 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

Day out just 10km up the river from our house.
So you know we do clean up well.
Mike and Helen 2/7/2019

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