Off-grid permaculture farm in Matarranya, Aragon, Spain



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    Hi! We're looking for
    - A couple of strong people to help us repair the damage from storm Gloria, in March-April
    - People to help with a couple of smaller projects + do some house sitting in May (and first bit of June)

    We are Axel (Dutch) and Sandrine (from Belgium), and we moved to Spain to live a simple life - working for ourselves, growing our own food, spend more time doing meaningful or fun things.

    Our house is 100% off the grid; this means we have electricity from our own solar panels and water from our own well. Our property is 3,65 hectares (9 acres) with about 50 olive trees, 200 almond trees, and a few other fruit & nut trees. We have alpacas, dogs, and a bunch of chickens - and "farm stay" style guest accommodations. 

    Unfortunately, we can't accept volunteers with pets of their own (we'd love to, but past experiences have been less than ideal - it's not your dog, it's our dog + alpacas ;-))

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We're happy to share our skills, knowledge and experience with you, and hope for the same in return. 

    Axel has worked in sound, light and climate control - both technical and sales automation.
    He likes building (both traditional building with stones from the land, and carpentry) and is into the technical side of living off the grid (alternative power and such).

    I (Sandrine) am a sociologist and Facebook marketer but now work as an online business strategist. This means I work online, supporting other entrepreneurs and digital nomads in their business ventures.
    I love cooking and baking with local and seasonal produce and have a permaculture design certificate.

    We love to share what we know with our volunteers, and hope to learn many things from you as well. 

    We speak Dutch / Flemish with each other, but are happy to speak English when others are around. We both speak some beginners' Spanish, usually only when we go out to town though. I speak French (Axel doesn't, which is why I write in English even to French-speaking people) - Axel speaks some German and likes to learn bits of other languages. 

  • Help


    Throughout the year, we're hosting volunteers in exchange for general help around the farm. Working on rainwater retention, rebuilding crumbled terrace walls, setting up garden beds, planting the spring garden, cleaning up the alpaca pastures, processing olives & almonds,... and anything that might come up in daily life. It could also include some house sitting, so we can go to the city for the day - or even visit our families up north.

    We also host house sitters for specific periods of time.



    While you're here, we’d love for you to help us out with various projects and chores around the farm: harvest, pruning trees, help with installing systems, repairing and building structures,... More projects pop up all the time.

    We could also ask you to house-sit (watch the alpacas, dogs, chickens and cat) when we’re away for the day.

    This is for you if:
    - You have a positive attitude and hands-on mentality
    - You would like to experience off-grid life - and maybe start a project of your own one day
    - You’re outgoing: not afraid to speak your mind, ask questions and communicate in a positive and open way.
    - You’re not afraid to get your hands (and feet) dirty, or of hard work
    - Having your own mode of transportation is a plus
    - You speak either English, Dutch or Spanish fluently. We find it’s difficult to communicate about work and safety if there isn’t at least a language in common.
    - You want a Workaway experience with a little more privacy - you'd have your own bedroom and the guest kitchen/sitting room at your disposal OR you'd stay in the Maset, which is the tiny house we lived in before our big house was ready.
    - You are respectful of other people's property and clean up after yourself



    At times, we'll be looking for house sitters to stay here while we travel. This mostly means doing the daily chores (feeding
    & watering the animals, watering the garden) + picking up on any problems that may arise + enjoying a bit of a holiday outside of that.

    House sitters need to have their own mode of transportation (in case of emergencies).


    Please be aware that we're 7 minutes by car from the nearest village - this is not a place to come if you want to be around people or need a vibrant nightlife. We don't leave the farm too often - a few times a week, usually for a shopping trip or to visit friends. If you're applying for house-sitting, you need a car (non-negotiable) in case of emergencies.

    When applying, please mention
    - What languages you speak
    - If you're not travelling alone - names and ages of everyone in your party (including children and animals, if any)
    - Your mode of transportation
    - When you'll be (or won't be) available

    (about 90% of people who contact us haven't read all of our profile, and don't bother answering these questions. Please take the time to do this, so you know what you're applying for - and we know you've read this :-))

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation includes a bedroom and the (shared) use of the sitting room/kitchenette downstairs. If you come alone to help out on a specific project, you might be sharing a room with somebody else - please check with us if that would be an issue. During warmer months, there's the option for you to live in the Maset; this is a little stone building about 2 terraces down from the big house. The Maset is the ultimate off-grid experience, as it has its own solar system, a composting toilet and sun-heated water. It's also super-private, as it's got its own access road.

    We share lunch (the main meal of the day) on working days. We also provide you with basic foodstuffs for everyday life, and you have access to your own kitchenette. Our chickens are prolific layers & Sandrine bakes fresh bread (almost) daily.
    Snacks, alcohol and special food are on your account.

    Send us a message if you'd like to come: tell us why you'd like to come here, and (if your profile doesn't include that) tell us a bit about yourself. We reply within 2 days of getting your application; if we don't, please send us a reminder!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are between Lledo and Cretas, in Aragon - close to Catalunya, and about 2 hours by car from Barcelona airport.

    There are plenty of things to do around here if you like nature. You can go from a hike in the national park (or just in the hills around here), walk to the Via Verde, or visit the local villages and castles. There’s ibex, vultures and other wildlife. In the nearby village of Cretas, you can rent bikes or book a more adventurous way of exploring Els Sports: kayaking, horseback riding, climbing, “multi-adventure”. 
    This is not the place for you if you need a vibrant nightlife.

    We are quite flexible but believe good communication is key to you having a good stay here.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours maximum

Host ref number: 425112938112