Help in the home at the island for nature lovers: El Hierro, Canaries, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    I am a carpenter at the smallest, most remote and maybe even the most beautiful ;-) island of the Canaries, El Hierro. It is unique for its combination of diverse and untouched nature: lava fields, stunning cliffs, misty forests and volcanoes wherever you look.

    About 25 years ago I started living here together with my wife. During the years I rebuilded and constructed several rooms on our piece of land. Unfortunately my wife has passed away. It would be helpful for me to get some help with cooking and the household in the first place. Further on, as a carpenter it interests me to work together and share knowledge with other carpenters or people with experience in construction.

    So if you know how to prepare us some food and keep the house clean, you are very welcome to come over and enjoy the relaxed life rhythm over here. Next to that, ideas, hobbies and creativity of your own are welcome.

    During the years living at my place I tried to look for ecological solucions in terms of watersupply, sewage-water and heating. I can show you the results. And of course you could explore the small island of El Hierro, with it´s beautiful walking paths through untouched nature, its traditional fiestas and the local kitchen.

    I would be able to offer a workawayer his or her own bedroom, also depending of how many workawayers stay here at once.

    From time to time there are other workawayers not far from my place. So you could meet with more workawayers in your free time. I should warn you that this island will disappoint you when you search for a beach and party experience, there is nothing like that going on here. When you search for peace and quiet, this might be your place. The all year mild climate, stunning views and kindness of the inhabitants will definitely mark your stay. Public transport is limited, but hitch hiking is common and safe, cooperation and exchange is part of the culture on this island. Having a driving license is very practical here.

    It would be great if you come with experience, for example in carpenter work, ecological agriculture or with cooking and cleaning. If you decide to write me, please describe me your experience and education background.
    Also please take into account that I live on a remote island, you need to take a plane to fly to Tenerife and from there you need a boat or flight to El Hierro. If the costs might form an obstacle for you, do not hesitate writing so to me.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can offer you the chance to gain more experience in your field of interest. Due to my Arts-and-Crafts shop I am in contact wih several local artesans like weavers, basket makers, instrument makers and woodworkers. Also you could improve your Spanish. And of course you could explore the small island of El Hierro, with its beautiful walking paths through untouched nature and its traditional fiestas (in summer time almost every weekend) and the local kitchen. The all year mild climate (it does not get too hot in summer), stunning views and kindness of the inhabitants will definitely mark your stay.
    It could be interesting to share carpentry knowledge with another professional.
    Close to my place there are sometimes other workawayers, so you could meet with them in your free time.
    Public transport is limited, but hitchhiking is common and safe. A driving license could be practical.

  • Help

    Help

    Your help could be for example in the home: house cleaning, preparing meals, carpenter work, construction help, working in the vegetable garden or teaching me farsi.
    I would like you to work 4 hours a day for 5 days a week. I am flexible in when you work these 20 hours a week, as long as we make practical arrangements for both parties. Also working some days more hours and having some days off does not have to be a problem.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Spanish, English, German, French, want to learn Persian/Farsi

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I would be able to offer a workawayer his or her own bedroom in one of the houses, also depending of how many workawayers stay here at once.
    We will eat together and the food could be prepared by you or another workawayer. I prefer eating healthy unprocessed food. Depending of the season part of the vegetables and fruits come from the garden.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I should warn you that this island will disappoint you when you search for a beach and party experience. My place is in the norhtern part of the island, at almost 700m above sealevel. It is often affected by the fresh and humid trade winds. I think people who also like to have time alone, who are independent and would like to explore the island on their own would fit here the best, as there might be not too much possibility to show you around. We eat together and have a good time working together. If I go somewhere by car, I can of course take you with me.
    If you would like to calm down, enjoy nature & tranquility and sharing meals and work, this could be it. Welcome!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • 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

Part of the vegetable garden. As you can see, we still have a lot of work to do :-)
Another accomodation for one or two workawayers
Our funny cat Lucie
One of the rooms available for a workawayer
View at sunset / Atardecer
At a 10 min walk from the house



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