Eco-Building. Superadobe Domes in Sierra de Gredos



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    Hello Everybody, Hola a todos.

    My name is Sam, I'm 28, an Englishman and for reasons long and varied have bought a patch of land in beautiful rural Spain in the attempt to build and live in a eco-friendly, sustainable and self sufficient homestead..... and I need all the help I can get!

    The land itself is about an hour west of Madrid, in the foothills of La sierra de Gredos, and within walking distance of the quaint little village of Frenedilla, Avila. Luckily enough there are panoramic views of the mountains; the land has Olive, Fig and Plum Trees; my veggie patch is growing by the season; and there's a few chickens running around the place for eggs; and i'm getting some piggies this spring.

    Over the last couple of years we have built, with the help of loads and loads of volunteers, the best part of the house and are now concentrating on finishing off the inside of the house as well as building some more small domes. We´ve also turned the place into something of a school focusing on eco-construction, permacultue and natural plastering. Check out the website if you don´t have much time but want to come to learn about eco-construction.

    We are using non-toxic, natural and recycled materials wherever possible in an attempt to show that anybody can build there own óff the grid'house on a minimal budget.

    Facilties for volunteers are as such: a self composting toilet, an outdoor shower (with lovely views of the mountains) with solar heated water.(well its solar heated in summer), a large military style tent that doubles as the kitchen and living room, and a few smaller tents with matresses for sleeping.

    Work here could include any of the following: building, plastering, gardening,singing, looking after animals (cats, pigs, chickens), cooking, cleaning, laughing, fruit gathering, jam making, tree planting, plant watering, music making, dancing, building, building and building.

    If you think you might like to come and volunteer we look forward to hearing from you, but just to let everybody know that as of this year we´re really only going to consider volunteers that can be here for over 6 weeks.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • 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
  • Help


    To help and learn to build superadobe technique for 4, 5 hours a day.
    It is an easy technique, working with soil, water and lime filling polypropylene bags, which are the walls, while we are giving you the desired circular dome.

    Ayudar y aprender a construir con la técnica del superadobe, durante 4, 5 horas al dia.
    Es una técnica fácil, trabajamos con tierra, agua y cal, rellenando sacos de polipropileno, que son las paredes, mientras le vamos dando la forma circular de cúpula deseada.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    ingles, español

  • Accommodation


    Camping with mattresses and clean sheets of course.

    tasty meals included

    Camping, con colchones y sábanas limpias
    Comida casera buenísima incluida

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is a spectacular site, there are buses from Madrid depart from the bus station Principe Pio, and go up to Sotillo de la Adrada or San Martin de Valdeiglesias, we would pick you up in any of this places. Or if you bring your own car or van, you wont have a problem to reach the Land.

    Es un sitio espectacular, hay autobuses desde Madrid, salen desde la estación de autobuses de Principe Pío, y llegan hasta Sotillo de la Adrada o San Martin de Valdeiglesias, nosotros les pasaríamos a buscar en coche. O bien si traen su propio coche o furgoneta no hay problema para llegar al terreno.

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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?

    More than two

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