Nature, eco-building and childcare in a stunning valley, Catalunya. Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, we are a young family composed by Berta, Edu and our child Niu (1.5 y o) (and another one in the oven!).

    We are living in an off-grid farm 1 h from BCN. Berta does workshops there related to herbs and vegan gastronomy and we all are interested in self-sustainable living, organic food, health and happiness.

    Our long term project is to share our farm by enhancing the variety of workshops hosted and becoming an inspirational space for self-sustainable living here in Catalonia, we have an environmental volunteering project starting in February, placed in teepees in our property.

    For now, though, we need help with 2 main things (which can be done by separed persons):

    1) Babysitting our child Niu for some time a day during weekdays. Berta is pregnant and quite tired and we're both very busy with the new project and house duties, and we want to be present with our child when we're with them.

    We're looking for someone who loves kids and learning from/with them, who sees nature intercation as the best possible activity to do with them. Their job would be to basically be outdoors (if the weather allows it) visiting the chickens -and at the same time feeding them-, walking through the forest, playing with natural materials and just being present for him.

    2) Helping us with woodworking and eco-building projects:
    We're looking for a SKILLED person who could help us renovate our chicken house, a future baby room, fixing fences and other tasks related to these subjects. Stone building, woodworking, clay construction and many other skills are very welcome!

    We try to consume local organic products and to avoid non biodegradable materials. We also apply this mindset to basically everything we can: we try not to use the car too much, to make as many things ourselves/consume the least we can and to not spend much resources in order to live. We live off grid -solar panels and well water only-, so we'll need you to be aware of using few electricity & water. We don't have hot water (so we try to not shower too much and we heat water in pots for that). We are also commited to a local NGO that organizes debates, documentary shows, and workshops, which you could totally participate in despite the language difference -they are generally in catalan but we're happy to translate-.

    As we are pretty busy with our duties and activism & social activities we appreciate people with initiative and who are autonomous. Everyone with gardening, building, woodworking, electricity skills is especially welcomed.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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 can assure you, though, that this is a great experience to learn about our real needs and appreciation for our facilities.

    We can help you learn spanish and/or catalan.

    You'll get to participate in our local community of neighbours and similar projects:)

    We're managing another volunteering project in our property with youngsters from europe living in our self-built tipis, doing mainly forestry tasks. You'll be able to participate in it, attend the workshops that they'll be receiving and join them in your/their free time.

  • Help

    Help

    IMPORTANT : Equipment needed
    (If you can't get some of these things let us know beforehand)
    ALL YEAR LONG
    -Farming clothes & shoes (anything resistant that you don't mind getting dirty)
    -Personal hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste..)
    -Raincoat
    WINTER
    -Thick clothes / coat
    -Winter gloves, hat...
    -If you have a hot water bag you may appreciate it when getting in the bed :)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Catalan: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I'd love to learn french and I can teach Catalan, Spanish and English.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You'll have your own room, with shared toilet, into the main house.

    We barely eat animal products and we like to cook simple yet delicious meals, which are based on organic cereal and different local beans plus some wild or bought veggies. However, if you want to have some snacks, extra treats, dairy, or meat, you're welcome to bring it yourself and use the common fridge, though we would appreciate your understanding of our plastic-free path -we can help you by showing you no-waste grocery places-. We'd love to show you some of our local dishes, a few wild experiments...and also to let you bring your country's essence into our kitchen.

    It is also very important to us that you respect and understand our cleaning, cooking and living dynamics: we really care about having clean, organized, well-kept, beautiful and peaceful spaces; and that has a specific form to us, that we will gladly show you in order for you to adjust to it.

    We also try to not go shopping more than once a week and our economy is very frugal, so we'd also appreciate you to understand our ways of preparing and managing food. We are completely off-grid, so we try to consume little electricity and water. We cannot provide daily showers nor offer connection for high-impedance devices (such as hair-dryers, electric heaters, etc).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The spot is stunning and on the days off you can visit Barcelona in less than 1h 30 by public transport, and within 1 hours if you have your own car. If you like nature, hiking and animals you'll enjoy a lot being there. We have dogs and cats, which all live in perfect harmony with eachother. You'll be also able to use a small pool in summer!
    There's also a piano -which is a little bit untuned, but works- and a violin.
    There is public transport that runs during the week, and that you can reach within 30 min from home.

  • 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?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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