Help with house restoration or land management on our two projects in La Fresneda and Valderrobres, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi there!

    We are Hermine and Paul, a French-Irish couple who moved to Matarrana region in August 2020 after living in Valencia and before that Bavaria.

    We visited and lived in many different places before coming to Spain. Former Workawayers ourselves, we helped people in Spain, Italy, Germany, USA, Morocco… We enjoyed our time very much and are now happy to be hosts! We quit our jobs in 2019 and have bought a piece of land next to the pretty town of Valderrobres in February 2021.

    At the moment, we live in a house located 8km away from the lovely village of Calaceite but very soon (end October) we will move to a 4 floor town house which we are currently renovating.

    We live close to the border with Cataluña. The closest cities are Alcaniz (Aragon), Tortosa and Tarragona (Cataluna). There are many hiking paths around, as well as the river Matarrana for swimming, and the Natural Park of Els Ports (Beceite) is very close to us. The are is great for hill walking, trail running and cycling or mountain biking.


    THE HELP WE NEED:

    We have 2 project on the go and require help with both.

    *PRIORITY* LA FRESNEDA (House). We are renovating a lovely 4 floor house so we need help with:

    *Laying floors
    *Plastering walls
    *Decorating
    *Fitting a kitchen
    *Installing doors and windows
    *Plumbing
    People with skills in the above areas will be very welcome!

    VALDERROBRES (land). We are preparing the land and garden while we wait for permission to build our eco construction straw bale house. There is less to do during autumn and winter but the garden needs preparing for Spring 2022.

    *Clearing the land and pruning the olive & almond trees
    *Construction of a water tank
    *Rebuilding stone walls
    *Preparing the future permaculture garden area
    *Planting and caring for fruit trees and vines and other large trees
    *Building a chicken coop
    *Irrigation systems
    *Clearing and making firewood from fallen trees

    We normally work between 08:30-13:30 but we are flexible. Summer hours start and finish earlier due to the heat! Normally we agree on timings dependent on weather and the project we are working on. Days off are flexible and we are happy to accommodate any combination.

    ABOUT US :)

    *Paul is crazy about running and being outside. He is a problem solver, needs to keep busy and enjoys physical work. He is enthusiastic about all jobs that require lifting, sawing, digging, cutting, assembling, you name it! He is also a great (vegetarian) cook and makes tasty jams, breads and curries.
    *Hermine discovered permaculture while workawaying and enjoys growing food :) When not in the garden, she will be found playing with our 4 adorable cats, helping Paul with his latest project or cleaning around the house. Sometimes running too, or volunteering at the animal shelter of Alcaniz. She is fluent in French, English, German, and speaks good enough Spanish to communicate with the neighbours.
    *We are both vegetarian, almost vegan. We avoid dairy products and only eat eggs from chicken we or our friends own. You will not have any meat or fish served during your stay (but you are welcome to purchase and cook your own).

    WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

    We are open to all profiles, no matter the age, race, background, language, gender, nationality, etc! We prefer hosting couples but it is not mandatory, we have had brilliant single helpers :) You need to be motivated, enjoy working with your hands. We also expect you to be able to work autonomously. We like to give our workawayers interesting projects they could take the lead on.

    It would be a plus if you had experience in woodworking or building. Some electrics or plumbing skills are always welcome, as well as permaculture and gardening knowledge. We always love learning from our guests!
    Basic English is required.

    Having your own car would be great but not essential. The public transport isn't great around here so if you want to really explore the area, having a car would give you autonomy.

    HOW LONG?

    For an initial stay, we can host you for one or two weeks. If everything goes well and you'd like to stay a bit longer, we would be happy to discuss it.

    Feel free to ask us any question. Now that the restrictions have been lifted and we are allowed to welcome visitors, we will answer them quickly again!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    We are both open minded and eager to learn about other people's culture, way of life, language, cooking, experiences. You can use your stay to improve your English with Paul, your French with Hermine, your Spanish with the locals. It is also a good introduction to what it means to live in the Spanish countryside.

  • Help

    Help

    See above:
    *Laying floors
    *Plastering walls
    *Decorating
    *Fitting a kitchen
    *Installing doors and windows
    *Plumbing
    People with skills in the above areas will be very welcome!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The workawayers will have their own double bedroom (double bed, room to put your clothes and things) and have access to every part of the house. We provide the food and are happy to do the shopping, but we expect some help with cooking and cleaning.
    We are currently renovating all rooms and there will be 3 double rooms in total. If you come early enough you may be decorating your room!
    Be aware that for the next couple of months we are renovating but we have mains electricity, hot water, wood burning stove, internet and a roof! It may be a little dusty until the decorating is complete but that is all part of the experience of renovation!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you want to use public transport, we could collect you from the neighbouring towns of Alcaniz, Tortosa, Gandesa, or Mora la Nova (train from Barcelona).

    You will have one or two days of rest per week (depending on how you wish to organise your work). You could use this time to go hiking (lots of trails), go swimming (beautiful lakes 15mins drive away. Discover the local towns and their delicacies (great wine, olive oil and pastries), explore the natural park of El Ports or simply chill out on the terrace.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We are currently establishing WIFI at the new house so please ask at what stage we are to be sure.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a big piece of land with a great view! You will require a water filter or collect drinking water nearby as we have not yet established the water system. The land is 200m from the road but you cannot hear the traffic (there is not much traffic). The dry toilet is complete.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can only accept pets that are cat-friendly as we have 4 of them! On the land pets are not a problem as the cats live in the house at La Fresneda.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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