We are an Italian-Spanish family who lives in a small village in the Alpujarra of Granada, one of the most unique regions of Andalusia and Spain. The white villages with their peculiar arquitecture, the quietness and the relaxed rithm of life give the feeling of standing still in time and going back to the roots of authentic Spain. We
are Cinzia and Salvador with our daughters Sandra (16 years old) and Lilia (1 year old), and also our two dogs, who are very good and playful. Together with the rest of Salvador’s family (local natives, authentic Alpujarrenian) we manage an activity in the hotel industry, so that we have a lot of experience in receiving people.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
We believe that the exchange will be very enriching. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful natural environment that surrounds us, discovering La Alpujarra, a peculiar region of small white villages hanging on the slopes of the mountains of the Sierra Nevada National Park, full of culture and traditions, influenced by all the cultures that have settled in this area through history. If you want to experience the daily life of a small Spanish community, with its customs and typical food, if you like the contact with nature, the sun and relaxation this is the place for you.
At the same time we think it's good for our daughters to relate and share experiences with people from other cultures and maybe even to learn something of other languages.
Our job leaves us very little free time, so we need help with the basic tasks of the house (cleaning, laundry, ironing etc...) and sometimes with our daughter Lilia. The work is 5 hours a day, starting at 8,30 am, 5 days a week, even if some flexibility could be necessary, meaning doing less on some days and more on other days. We ask the volunteers to stay for a minimum 3 or 4 weeks.
We would like to have a girl who is used to doing housework and who has experience with children, with a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle, absolutely non smoker, who speaks some Spanish and for whom it's not a problem to stay in a small quiet mountain village.
Yoga or pilates teachers could be particularly appreciated on some times of the year.
Spanish, English, Italian
The accommodation is in a studio with 4 beds (2 bunk beds), with kitchenette and bathroom. It is totally new, located just below our house. Sometimes it is shared with other people who come to practice in our activity. We offer breakfast and lunch, while volunteers provide for their own dinner and for lunch on the free days. There are some shops in the village of Bérchules, more or less one kilometer from the hotel. The whole family usually has lunch together and we like the volunteers to share this moment with us when possible and if they want.
In the free time you can do walking and hiking, take the sun in the terrace and occasionally enjoy some of the facilities of our hotel depending on the availability of the moment (swimming pool, gym, spa…).
Just keep in mind that we live in a very quiet place (at least for most of the year), without much entertainment. The Alpujarra is not for those who look for fun and “movida”, but it can be the ideal place to relax, stay in touch with nature, disconnect from the world and find one’s inner self.
Our village is about 100 km from the cities of Granada and Almeria, which are also the nearest airports, and about 150 km from Malaga. There are only two buses a day from Granada (it takes 4 hours) and one from Almeria (it takes about 3 hours).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day,