Looking for help at our off-grid place in the National Park of Sierra Nevada, Andalucia, Spain

Country

Spain

updated  

Favourited 429 times


  • rating

    Host rating

  • feedbacks

    Feedback

    17  

  • last activity

    Last activity

    06/05/2021

  • Last email replied

    Reply rate

    100.0 %

  • Last email replied

    Average reply time:

    within 2 days

  • Badges

    Super Host
 
  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
  • Description

    Description

    We would like to host one or a couple of volunteers for January, following a late cancellation.

    We need all kinds of help at our off-grid place in the National Park of Sierra Nevada, Andalucia, Spain,.

    We are at 2000m of altitude in the National Park of Sierra Nevada, full South facing, sea views available, even Africa on the right day. Half an hour forestry/mountain track and then 15 minutes to the nearest village by car.

    Mountain farm, mainly walnuts (160+), with other fruit trees having been planted, and more to plant over the coming years...

    The Community also acquired 33ha in the previous valley, with some ruins. A lot of rehabilitation to be done.

    We moved here in 2011, with the farm having been dormant for the last 15 years. The farm is now up to comfortable all year living standards, completely off the grid. We have our own water supply from several springs that never dry up and use solar and wood for energy.

    We are a couple, speaking half a dozen languages as we are Spanish, Swiss and British, having retired here to La Alpujarra after a rather active life around the world.
    Our two boys are grown up and live in different countries.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    The place is very quiet, and would definitely please those who wish to take time to read, walk, spend a relaxing time on their own within a pristine nature environment.

    We do not provide social entertainments, but obviously share our experiences with those interested.
    Isa is happy to assist people in practising or learning Spanish.
    Yoga and meditation are practised daily.

    There is a large water tank that can be used as swimming pool by those courageous enough to brave mountain water at it's freshest. (In summer, it's really great!)

    There are also two mountain-bikes available, and the access forestry track is easily managed, running at an average 2000m altitude with tremendous vista and various wildlife.
    We have two big dogs and four cats with us.
    We have chickens and five horses.

  • Help

    Help

    We wish to receive people who can offer around 4-5 hours a day, six days a week of all kind of help managing the farm. Hours to be flexible, due to the local weather conditions along the year and farm necessities. Obviously this implies house chores shared by all, including ourselves.

    We strongly suggest that people with respiratory issues do not apply during the summer season as there are a lot of pollens and dry grass.

    Following some unfortunate experience we now ask volunteers not to smoke during their stay, indoors and outdoors. If this is not possible, then please do not come here, it will save us all some hard feelings. Also as we use septic tanks, no strong antibiotics should be used.

    Obviously seasons will dictate the work. We feel that 3 to 6 weeks for a stay is a good amount of time, depending on the work needed to be carried out. Shorter is not practical, and longer stays could be negotiated once we know each other better.

    We request a minimum stay of at least three weeks, as any trip down the valley is a 100km round trip.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We offer comfortable accommodation, (a communal mezzanine of 20sqm for volunteers, or outside tent), with own kitchen, wood stove/oven, heating and shower room. Food will be provided and cooked according to everyone's needs. Isa cooks the main lunch, breakfast and supper are prepared by the volunteers for themselves from the provided food. We tend to bake our own organic bread and cakes, and benefit from the exceptional freshness and quality of the local fruits and vegetables down in the valley. We try to go down at least every ten days for provisions.

    For internet, volunteers need to have their own dongle or 4G enabled mobile.

    We wish to stress that electricity comes from batteries, and needs to be used efficiently during cloudy days.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Those who wish to join us have to be prepared for weather changes and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We are at 2000m, and do experience some weather flukes, but rare. Insurance wise we request that you are fully insured as Spain is rather protective with their Social Security system. EU nationals can request the blue card from their own NHS. There is no transport available besides ourselves, and any round trip will take around three hours. So our travels have to be time and costs effective.

    We therefore strongly advise people to consider if they can manage living in remote conditions and deal with that for the duration they wish to be with us. Also during the summer months, allergic to pollen or other hay fever triggers and insects (bees, wasps, spiders, flies etc...) should not visit us.

    We are a mountain farm, so it is imperative that you understand that some physical work is required from you, with a little initiative for the various tasks. But nothing extenuating.

    Finally, until a volunteer confirms his or her commitment to come here, we will accept other offers and cannot guarantee a place.

    According to all that visit here, the place is really exceptional. Obviously as we have chosen to live here, we tend to agree.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    The farm is just under 4ha, so there is space for parking.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have 2 mastifs, 6 cats, 7 chickens, 5 horses. The two mastifs are over 6 years old, two females, a bit territorial. So depends on the nature of the pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (4.9)

Communication: (4.6)













Host ref number: 323344758992