Building a sustainable life in Galicia, Spain

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.
  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We are renovating a house in Galicia, northern Spain, with the idea of beeing as self sufficient as possible. We are 60 ish years old with family living in England, ride triumph motorbikes, renovate Range Rovers and love all things edible!. However I have health problems which means heavy work, lifting, climbing are not possible for me and Roy needs help with building projects. Come and help us with building and labouring, building gardens, hugelbeds and a food forest and we promise you good food in fantastic surroundings, including a beach only 8 kilometers from the house with a lovely bar and restaurant on a bend in the river Mino.

    This year we continue to prep the pig field and repair dry stone walls to keep in our two insane boxer dogs, pigs and chickens and keep out jabali, deer and hunters! We are preparing areas for the growing of beans for canning and drying, and areas of three sister plantings, along with other plants to develop a polyculture to keep us all supplied with natural, nutricious food.

    We have a garden suitable to camp in, a large caravan for the less adventurous and space for a motor home with electric hook up. Vegetarianism is not practiced so please bear that in mind .

    We offer help with English if that is not your first language, help with Spanish if you wish to learn the basics and walling and gardening skills along with knitting and canning if your passions tend towards self reliance.

    We have included art projects as we want to make pieces for sale and also knit and sew accessories for the home.

    Ask us for google maps link. People in the past have said they'll come only to not arrive cos its further than they thought!

    We're waiting for your messages!
    Un saludo, Mandy and Roy

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Life here is very rural and learning to chill out and cope without supermarkets and nightlife is essential. You will learn country skills and self reliance skills, including prepping. It is a Spain that few travellers know about, and once seen, they usually want to stay! Previous workawayers have come to live here...For learning other skills, Roy is a rabid handyman and Mandy is a permaculture nut so pick a side!
    We will take you to local markets and museums, nearby towns, the river beach as well as hold bbqs at home with friends for company.
    If you would like to join us, please leave details of what it is about our project appeals to you in your message.
    Ciao!

  • Help

    Help

    As we head into spring and summer there is a great deal of planting to be done, and as Mandy will have had a major operation, more help is needed than ever on making sure there is enough food to keep the finca going all year round. We are aiming for a high level of sustainability for ourselves, our animals and our gusts! Having said all that, we would welcome anyone prepared to get stuck in and have a go at whatever is going on! Our only conditions are up and start early, (so we can work in the cool and finish after lunch) and no discussion of politics or religion!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a large caravan which has a double bed, sitting area, cooking facilities and storage for clithes and other belongings with a cassette toilet and hot shower, as well as a solar shower for hot days.
    All laundry done, but no ironing. Use of internet for general messaging and keeping in touch only as we have limited bandwidth, but the local towns have libraries with good internet.
    3 good meals provided on work days, Breakfast on days off but meals with us if spending free days on the finca.
    BOXER DOGS HAVE NO BOUNDARIES. Just sayin.....

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are wonderful walking trails to follow, local towns to visit and one of the Santiago caminos runs past the end of our driveway and the rivers offer good fishing and beaches. There are many churches and monasteries in the area - really just come to relax, read and go wildlife spotting!
    PERMACULTURE ENTHUSIASTS PARTICULARLY WELCOME!

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 per day. 5 days per week

That's my bowl....
Before Workawayers Hils and Jim
After Hils and Jim's 3 week stint! Well done Guys!
Home, Sweet Home!
Over the Mino. Valley
Time to relax- our local beach on the BEAUTIFUL river Mino









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