Come and help out at a villa in the beautiful town of Mijas, Spain




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    I am originally from Gibraltar and I have been living in this wonderful area in the south of Spain for about 15 years. I like meeting new people and doing things around the house and in the garden taking on new projects and ideas. I studied art for four academic years in the UK and I teach it to kids in an international school three days a week, I also paint and draw and like to go surfing if there are waves.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They could learn different things about general maintenance of a house and garden while meeting different people and how some ideas can become a reality and how to try out things that they have in mind and use their knowledge and experience. It is also quite a relaxing place with mountains around and the village in walking distance. I am an artist so I like to share it with others and I am open to artistic projects.

  • Help


    This villa and land belongs to my friend who lives abroad, I would like some help/support/encouragement to maintain the place. There are different things to do here like work in the garden outside and the vegetable patch but I also want help with interior decoration, cleaning, sowing and building things like the chicken house or a gazebo and sometimes cement work. There is a lot of general maintenance work to do like painting, help with the pool and so on. There is also the possibility that we might be working in a townhouse in the village.

    I would really like someone who enjoys doing a thorough cleaning and basically help make this whole house and garden into a nicer place for themselves and others like guests that come, mainly in the summer but sometimes I rent out rooms for longer periods of time too.

    I like to think that I give people the freedom to change and create so as to enhance the place. I am flexible with organising time of working amongst us so that the we can all benefit and so that the person that is coming can also have time off to visit the beautiful towns and interesting places around Andalusia but normally we will work in the morning for those five hours. There are many nice walks up the mountains beside the house.

    The person that comes here must be flexible to change rooms if suddenly there is a big group of guests arriving or maybe even sleep in a gazebo, sitting room or tent but I am sure we can work something out. I would like the volunteer to enjoy cooking healthy foods, to be creative with what there is and preferably cook for more than one person. I would prefer that the volunteer is quite self motivated and enjoys the work that is before them. Also I would like the volunteers to leave everything, especially kitchen, cleaner than they found it. The electric heaters are expensive so I would prefer that the person that comes here, if it is in winter, that they wear more clothing and use duvets rather than turn on the electrical heaters. There is a nice log fire in the sitting room but it does not do much for the rest of the house. I am also flexible to give jobs that suit the talents, gifts and interests of the worker and I hope we can work well together.
    I also have some chickens that lay lovely eggs which you could enjoy. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish and a little French

  • Accommodation


    There are eight different bedrooms, a gazebo, and sometimes tents. The two big bedrooms in the house have big bathrooms and balconies overlooking the mountains and the sea in the distance. The smaller bedrooms except one do not get the sun so they are generally cooler, humid and not so extravagant but if the big rooms are empty I don't mind them being used by volunteers until they will be taken and then they could move to a smaller room, sitting room or gazebo.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The villa is at a 20 min walk from the centre of Mijas Pueblo, a quaint typical spanish town with cobbled streets and known for its stunning views and donkey rides. Mijas has thousands of Tourists visiting it every year from Japan, Europe and other countries.
    From Mijas it is a 20 min bus ride to Fuengirola beach town where you will also find beautiful beaches, a busy night life and the larger supermarkets (the closest bus stop from Mijas to Fuengirola, from the house, is at a 15 minute walk). If you have a car the whole Costa del Sol is within easy reach but there are also buses at the doorstep to the house that will take you to the centre of Mijas Pueblo (if you do not want to walk along the beautiful scenery for 20 min), Torremolinos and Malaga (the city where you will find a lot of history and places of interest such as the Picasso museum, old castle and cathedrals). The bus will also connect you to the Costa Del Sol train network which goes along the coastal towns from Fuengirola through through to Malaga. From Fuengirola you can also get buses to beautiful towns such as Ronda, Marbella etc
    There is a small supermarket within a 4 minute walk from the house and a bigger supermaket in the centre of Mijas town.
    There is a private swimming pool in the summer months on top of the communal pool that is available from June until the beginning of September. The private swimming pool might be available as from May.
    Wonderful nature walks and hikes very close by on the impressive mountains of Mijas. There are different activities in the area, apart from the usual tourist attractions, like hiking, climbing, downhill biking, scenic routes, water sports etc or you could join me for some surfing or doing some art.

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    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?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week (25 hours per week)

My first Workawayers! So amazing!
The chill out area by the pool round the back
A bigger room
A smaller room
Finally got solar panels in for water heating a giraffe over the foliage.
Mowing the spring weeds
Compost heap
I finally found where the White chicken was laying its eggs!
An outside toilet and shower room by the pool
A guest with one of the chickens.
Chicken and chicks
One of the bigger bathrooms.
A view from one of the balconies
The kitchen
The sitting room.
It has changed a bit now but these are the stairs in the house and with its inner balcony.
The villa with the front garden.
A teepee in the grounds, home made of course :-)
Part of the garden and the mountains behind.

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