Help out with my permaculture project and house restoration in Asturias!! Yay !! Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a Spanish (Paola) and Dutch(Andreas) couple creating a permaculture setup restoring an old house in the coastal mountains of Asturias. (Roughtly midway between the towns of Mones and Ballota). My name is Andreas, my partner is Paola, an artist. I moved permanently to Spain end 2014 after working on and off on the project for two years. The village I live in is more or less deserted and very beautifull. we are totaly off grid and the permaculture venture is in its 4th year going for 5 year. I have built a little temporary wooden cabin (tiny house) and there is a separate cabin shared by volunteers and the odd pilgrim on the route to Santiago. We have a wood heated hot shower and even a suana! So living is more or less comfortable, even in winter.

    At the moment we have dogs and cats, my plan is to start with animals at some point in the future.

    The work on the main house is typical construction stuff. I use a lot of natural materials from the environment, recycled material and sometimes new stuff. It is a good opportunity to learn about building stone walls, woodwork, working with machines, electricity, solar power, etc etc. If you are a specialist maybe I can learn from you :)

    The farming effort focus on fruit trees, berries, a vegatable garden in three parts, shitake mushroom cultivation and bees.

    I speak English, Dutch, Afrikaans :), and crooked Spanish (getting better all the time I hope). Paola is Spanish. Work is hard when we work but there is enough time to relax, explore the environment and do other stuff. (5 hours x 5 days is the guideline).

    If the click is good longer term volunteering is possible. We are looking for people who want to volunteer for a longer term (3 to 9 months), especially if you have the idea to start your own place.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    English, Dutch, Spanish, permaculture, construction, farming shitakes, electricity/offgrid/alternate energy etc. While you are here you are part of our/my family so we go to the beach, visit friends take walks etc.

  • Help

    Help

    Current running projects are:
    1. Restoring the old stone houses
    2. Permaculture activities
    3. Clearing and preparing land for permaculture activities

    Obviously I will ask you to lend a hand with some other loose tasks as well :)..

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, Afrikaans, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Wooden cabin (Tiny house), compost toilet, off grid, outdoor shower (beautifull, with hot water! but frisky in winter :).).
    Volunteers have a separate very nice and spacious cabin.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Asturias is very beautifull, lots of mountains, the ocean, hearty, good and affordable food etc. A hidden paradise. We are a gem in this paradise.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Proud guys in front of their handiwork
Monster zucini
The small vegetable garden
The pilgrims cabin in construction. It is now finished. This is where volunteers sleep :)
Me, while building the Pilgrims Cabin, putting on the vegetation on the roof.
The coast nearby.. Allways good for a swim on a warm day
The old house.. a long time ago
Magnificent bul of the neighbour
My home :)

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