Permaculture farm in Andalucía, Spain




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  • Description


    Hallo Travelers! Welcome to my profile!

    PLEASE read the entire description, as it will answer most questions you may have, and it will save us both time.

    My name is Carolyn, I am 51, originally from Austria and live now in Jete near Almunecar (Granada) on my little organic farm. In winter, from November till March, my mother lives with me.

    In my younger age I was a passionate backpacker exploring all continents. The past years I had a very stressful job in media. 4 years ago I made the decision to exit the system and to live my dream. I sold everything that I had and bought a little farm in the mountains in Andalusia to create the life I want to live. I live a very quiet, self-determined and happy life now. The land, with its fruit trees, has been very poorly maintained in recent years and needs a lot of love and work now. The farm of 3.200m² has lots of fruit trees, vegetables and herbs which we grow organic. It is a beautiful quiet area surrounded by mountains, with spectacular views and natural sounds.

    Permaculture is my philosophy. If you are familiar with permaculture, earth building methods or carpentry work and want to become a part of my life experience, I would be very happy to welcome you. Knowledge of permaculture, gardening and/or garden design would be very welcome, but is is not a requirement. On our land there are small organic vegetable plots and fruit trees which produce oranges, mandarins, kumquats, mangos, lemons, grapefruit, apples, apricots, olives, figs and peaches. The Intention is to plant a few more trees and create a large herb and edible flowers garden.

    Besides the vision to make my piece of land as fruit able as possible and to live a self-contained sustainable life, I am also an artist photographer, having several art-exhibitions a year. And I am a certificated dog trainer. I try to help animal rescue organizations as I take traumatized and in need of rest dogs in foster care, if needed. For that, please understand that you cannot bring your own pets. (if no foster dog in the house, after consultation)

    We like to work hard and to be productive, we like good conversations, music and fun, but we also like to have silence most of the time. So if you are sensitive and flexible and also like to spend time alone and in peace, you might be the right person for us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will find a nice, quiet space in a beautiful organic garden with clean air to relax in your free time.
    You can learn a lot about Dogs and their language, about gardening, permaculture, cooking and art if you are interested. I can teach you German and a little Spanish.

  • Help


    The main help I am looking for is garden- and farm work.
    Depending on time of year the main work would be:
    Jan to April: help on the soil such as weeding, mulching, digging over, pruning
    April to May: Planting, weeding, removing pests
    June to September: Cutting lavender, Preserving fruit, watering, weeding, Interior fittings of the artist studio, Carpentry work, Art work in the studio,
    Oct to December: cutting trees, make firewood, plant trees, digging over, help on soil with compost

    ALL YEAR: Restoring old furniture, Building natural stone walls, cooking traditional meals (If you want to cook and share traditional food of your country that would be great.) Helping me with Mosaics and artistic buildings. If you have any skills in artwork such as sculpturing, carving, woodwork etc. I would be interested as well.
    Creativity is very welcome.

    Working hours:
    25 hours a week negotiable for one cooked meal per day (can cater for vegetarians, but not for vegans ) and food provided for your own breakfast and dinner. We cook mainly vegetarian with sometimes meat once a week and we love to offer all our delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs from our garden.
    Or accommodation only for 12 hours work per week

    If you do not have valid European health insurance, we HIGHLY recommend obtaining international volunteer insurance. Nothing has ever happened, but it is necessary to be prepared.

    If you send a request, please answer this few questions:
    Have you volunteered before?
    How are you travelling? By Van, Car, Bicycle or public transportation
    Do you have any health issues?
    Will you have valid health insurance?
    Do you have any building experience?
    Do you have any particular skills or abilities that would help in our projects?
    Do you speak Spanish and/or english?
    Do you have experience with animals?
    WHEN would you like to come?
    Thanks for reading and answering these questions. Please write to me in english or german.

    We PREFER to host COUPLES or two friends, as it can be a bit lonely otherwise. I cannot offer a real community living because I live a very quiet life, I like silence and to be silent for most hours throughout the day. We will work together and have lunch together, but our free time we spend on our own. Though once or twice a week I am open to gather for a glass of wine or beer, some music and good conversations in the evening.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We provide a very quiet and secure spot on the farm with spectacular views. You will find a very cosy and clean Retro-Caravan with two beds. It is attached to a large open air living room with kitchen. There are mosquito nets, running water, electricity, compost toilet, and outdoor-shower. (In winter time you can use the warm shower in our house)

    Travelers with their own Camper-Van are also always very welcome as we have space.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest villages (Jete and Itrabo) are a 20 minutes walk (or 5 minutes drive) and have bars, bank and mini market. There is a sculpture garden 3 minutes walk away (It is on workaway too: Kitty Harris Sculpture Garden)

    Free time can be spent walking in the mountains, living out your creativity in the artist studio, visits to coast (there are three coastal towns 20 mins away). Buses go to Granada and to the coast from nearby villages. Big Towns such as Malaga is 85km away and Granada 78km.

    Temperatures in summer go up to 35° during the day in July and August. (At this time of the year we get up early to avoid the heat)
    In spring and autumn the weather and temperatures are just lovely.
    In winter a jumper may be needed early morning and night, but heating will be provided.

    Looking forward hearing from you

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, Monday to Friday

Carolyn and Leo
Friends are helping in the garden
Half open air living room
Living room with a view
The inside of the little Caravan
Herbs and eatable flowers
The lavender harvest is in June
Variety of tomatoes
A lot of Chameleons live on my land
Me, my dog (the smaler one) and one fosterdog at a walk at the green river.
Planting and covering the first new tree on the farm (2016)
My dog and me on the beach

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