My name is Bernie, I am a French & Italian woman in her fifties, and since 2012 I live with my 16 years old son, in a small Finca in Elche in the Province of Alicante with good weather and so much sun all year long!
We have 3 horses, 1 Italian double Pony (breed) Pony di Esperia "Felicitá" incredible for trekking in the countryside, 1 P.R.E. horse very good at Dressage (Doma Classica) "Brujo Antares" and 1 Lusitano stallion "Brujo" also incredible for trekking.
We also have 1 cat Angus (6 months old), 3 very friendly dogs, Frostie (4 years old), Calypso (golden 5 years old) and Kaisa (Caucaso Shepherd 8 months old) and 3 hens! We love animals...
Our family lived in different European countries through the years such as France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. We also have travelled a lot and we enjoy multicultural experiences.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
For sure you could get experience with horses and dogs and see what it is like to live with them at home! We can talk in any of the languages mentioned above fluently should you want to practice conversation. In Elche or Alicante there is also possibility to follow Spanish tuition of course. We can teach you how to cook Arroz alicantino (paella) and Tortilla de patatas, but also Quiche, soufflé au fromage and Tarte au citron.... My French roots!
We need some help approximately 1.5 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours in the evening from Monday to Friday to take care of the horses & dogs, feed them and clean manure in the paddock :-))
So, we are looking for animal lovers with or without experience with horses and dogs but willing to learn, also with driving licence to be able also to pick up my son from school bus stop in the afternoon and to help with small home tasks, cooking and gardening.
I also have a great project in mind to work on for spring 2021 in some 20.000 sq. meters land of ecological leaving and setting up a "paddock paradise" for my horses in San Vicente del Raspeig. Still to be started.
There is no minimum stay but at least one month would be ideal.
Looking so much to hearing from you.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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You will have your own bedroom with double sized bed and your own bathroom with shower. You can cook your own meals or decide to have them with us in a more convivial way and we can enjoy sharing recipes.
Alicante and Elche are 2 beautiful and pleasant cities with nice historical centers.
The barranco of the Rio secco is nearby our home and you can go for a walk with the dogs or if you are able, go for a ride with the horses. You could ride either outside or in the pista, and also take some Dressage classes should you want.
We have a bike and the train station is 10 min by bike, from them you can go either to Alicante or Elche. There are beautiful beaches not far from home 15 minutes driving or in Alicante itself. We have a swimming pool too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Although we live in the country side, internet connection is good for teleworking.
Small parking around the house eventually available
No problem apart may be for grown up cats because of the dogs and our cat
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week