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We are a project which aims to provide a quality home and life to donkeys, horses, and other rescued animals from all across Spain. Set up by Dutch national Marleen, our farm welcomes about 4 volunteers at a time who stay between 1-3 months, as getting to know the animals and routine does take some time. We are currently home for 10 donkeys, 2 horses, a pig and several cats. To make it easier to manage days off we prefer single volunteers over couples/friends.
We are looking for volunteers who are interested in animal care, gardening, and/or handiwork. AT THE MOMENT WE ARE ESPECIALLY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO CAN AND ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH OUR 2 HORSES. Household chores, cooking for the group, and cleaning are seen as collective tasks and are not primary roles. We are able to provide a group breakfast and dinner, and lunch materials may be purchased from the supermarket individually or in groups. Housing is on-site and includes caravans (spring/summer only) and rooms in the house. Our property is 8 hectares made up of the main house, stables, cabin/cabaña, apple orchards, forests and meadow.
We are looking to host those looking to continue giving our animals and farm a better life. We cannot accommodate those traveling with their own pets. Please note our farm is vegetarian (semi-vegan) and smoke-free. We do not have Wi-Fi, though 4G/LTE phone coverage is adequate if needed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: While we are cleaning stables, preparing meals, and caring for our animals, it is possible your message may not receive a reply for 7-10 days. As such, we ask that you submit your request at least 2-3+ weeks before your preferred arrival date, as it is unlikely that we are able to schedule last-minute volunteers.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Volunteers will learn about animal care, gardening, and vegetarian/vegan cooking. You will be living, working and interacting with individuals from several countries, and cultural exchange is natural.
We are especially looking for volunteers with horse experience, who could help to get our horses more used to people and more manageable.
It is important to note that our working hours are different than some volunteering sites, as caring for animals and maintaining a sanctuary can end in varied and long days. A typical day may run from 0745h-1200h and again 1600h-2000h. You should expect to stay busy with different aspects of animal care, gardening, or farm maintenance. A brief breakdown of what each role may encounter is below - the list is not exhaustive and there are many other tasks that may be needed.
Animal Care: Stable cleaning, hoof cleaning, enrichment, special medical attention.
Gardening: Watering, weeding, path maintenance, planting, harvesting.
Maintenance: Fence repair, household tasks, yardwork, general farm upkeep.
Single or shared bedrooms in the main house, single caravans (spring/summer only), and a shared cabin/cabaña (spring/summer only).
We speak Dutch, English and Spanish. Due to the wide range of countries volunteers arrive from, English is the designated working language and a conversational level is required. We always appreciate volunteers who are able to speak the local Spanish language.
Asturias is in the north of Spain and bordered by Cantabria, Castilla y León and Galicia. It is situated in vast green mountains and nicknamed the Costa Verde. The area is perfect for outdoor activites such as hiking, kayaking, mountain climbing, and more - many of which can be done right in Arriondas. We are located 19km from the beach town of Ribadesella, and 16km from the spectacular Picos de Europa mountains. Volunteers must enjoy outdoor life, as we are located 3km away from the nearest village.
• Bus (ALSA): There are daily connections to Arriondas through Oviedo (68km / 1hr), Santander (130km / 2hr) and Bilbao (220km / 4hr). The most popular and suggested route is through Oviedo. Bus tickets can be purchased on their website or directly on the bus at the time of departure.
• Plane: If you are flying into Spain or Asturias, the closest airports are Oviedo (OVD) or Bilbao (BIO).
• BlaBlaCar: A popular option among volunteers, there are typically connections to Arriondas specifically from Bilbao or Llanes.
• If you have any issues with transportation, please contact us!
This WorkAway is managed by Steve on behalf of Marleen.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We can accomodate a campervan / caravan with advance notice.
More than two
Average 5h/day, 5d/wk
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