Help with a new organic farm and cultural project in the mountains of la Mussara, near the sea, in Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    ATTENTION!... HELP NEEDED for the FOLLOWING, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

    From FEBRUARY 2021 until beggining MAy 2021

    --------->we need at least A LOVELY PERSON that can take care of his/herself and do some HOUSE SITTING and take care of our 2 DOGs + 2 CATS. At least for 3 WEEKS.

    Mona is working elsewhere, Júlia is taking care of our baby and will be translating at home: we are half of the week away (in BArcelona) and the volunteers will be by themselves.

    The tasks to do are the following:
    (some of these we'll do together with you guys, others can be managed by yourselves)

    -make wood and heat the house
    -take care of cats and dogs
    -start the garden for planting season: clean fields, prepare soil, weeding, etc
    -small repair projects around the house
    -clean the house and sorroundings
    -build a new chicken-coop
    ...

    Since our home is an ISOLATED FARM it is essential to either have some means of transportation( car) or a good pair of legs (the 2 nearest villages are 45min by foot)

    We are looking for AUTONOMOUS, RESPONSIBLE, WONDERFUL people.



    PLEASE WRITE IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT IT AND INTERESTED.

    TAke care!

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    Salut!

    here are Mona and Júlia talking to you (mainly Júlia, Mona frowns, rolls her eyes and smiles).
    We need your help to continue the very big project that we started almost 3 years ago… we started restaurating a very old farm (XVI century) and its agricultural landscape that was abandoned since the spanish civil war and was endangered by different sorts of speculators. Our project has 2 sides, we have the double intention of:
    1) having a diverse, lively organic farm and garden in the middle of the natural landscape of la Mussara and
    2) hosting a Creative Residency, an open space which holds the same principles as an Artistic Residency that includes not only artists but creators of all kinds: scientists, social scientists and researchers may come to write their PhD's articles or essays, craftsman may come and summon their craft, and writers, musicians, painters and other artists could come to do their thing in an environment other than the city.

    So far, we have managed to prepare 4,5 hectares of land that will be planted again this spring; we have restored a small separate house that we rent if we're lucky; we fixed an ancient tractor that has sweet, beetle vibes and helps us a lot; we provided the farm with chickens, water, warm water and a solar energy system… oh, and working toilets too.

    Mona is a jazz saxophone player and a true cowgirl at heart. Júlia has worked in the radio, is a literary translator and a botanist in her imagination. We were both shepherdesses in Switzerland.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    It is impossible to land in this house and not find oneself talking about the universe and beyond... expect stimulating conversation, stimulating silence in the middle of nature, language exchange, flying thoughts on/about/for humanity, literature, politics, religion, cuisine, esthetics... while we eat together or work in the fields

  • Help

    Help

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    We are at the beginning of our project so we need help in any way you could provide: planting, cutting wood, preparing the fields, weeding, building, restoring, watering, taking care of animals, cooking, cleaning, painting, gardening, harvesting…
    The help needed to be done is mostly manual laboring. If you have any special skills or have experience in organic farming or building or just love to do household work please tell us, so that we know what to expect. In any circumstance, you are most welcome to come.

    We need independent, culturally curious, flexible, respectful, hardworking people.
    We need a pair of hands with brains.

    Oh, and very importantly: we will enjoy and are most curious of anything that you could teach us.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Catalan: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The farm is located in the mountains of La Mussara, in the woods between the villages of Vilaplana, l'Albiol and la Selva del Camp, in the south of Catalonia, Spain. You will be in a beautiful mediterranean landscape with the ocean at the horizont.
    The farm house is huuuuge and half of it in ruins. In the livable half you will have a room of your own or share with your partner if you wish to come together.
    Important to know: you will be our roommate for the time you are with us, which means that you are expected to help with everyday chores without having to be reminded of it (cleaning, taking rubish out etc) and you should feel at home.

    We live with 2 cats and 2 dogs.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please, contact us only if you really want to work with us. We work and party hard and have a lot to do. If you want a free vacation, please don't contact us.
    We are very sorry but we cannot keep up with the amount of people wishing to volunteer with us -we take only 2 people at a time, exept in the summer, and not the whole year round- and sometimes we cannot answer all your requests. Sorry for that.
    Keep in mind that you will live in the countryside with no public transport, we will try to bring you up and down wherever you need and will lend you a bike.

    We give honesty, respect and flexibility and we expect the same.

  • 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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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