Building an ecological/self-sustainable finca in the South of Spain



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    Hello everybody, I'm Petra from the Netherlands and since 2012 I've been living in Spanish speaking countries. The autumn of 2018 I bought a 4-hectare piece of land "Finca Rustica" in the small and charming village of Fuenteheridos in Huelva (Andalucia). It's situated in the Sierra de Aracena y picos de Arroche. My little ecological forest/farmland is filled with chestnut trees, (cork) oaks, pine trees, an orchard, a small vineyard (my dream is to make a bigger one next winter), two vegetable gardens (under construction), wild fruit-trees and bushes, many herbs and flowers, birds and bees in spring, chestnuts and wild mushrooms in autumn and many things more. I live in a tiny house, with a drilled well, a small bathroom and for visitors/volunteers there is my campervan (a pink old VW LT 35, with a good bed!). My short-term plans are extending the house, constructing a dry toilet and outdoor shower, a good working irrigation system and as a consequence a flourishing vegetable garden. Long-term plans contain a vineyard, a natural swimming pool (which also functions as a reservoir to use for irrigation) a sauna, a tree house, keeping bees, making natural artworks, a music/yoga dome etc...At the moment I'm doing most things on my own, which I love, but it gets heavy at times (advantage: free gym!). Sometimes, if my wallet allows, I contract people to help, but I mainly try to exchange hours for hours and live self-sustainable. I have many nice ideas and dreams I would like to fulfil here and hopefully you can come over for a while to help me and at the meantime enjoy your stay in this beautiful, peaceful and versatile part of Southern Spain. I'm an overall energetic and positive person with many hobbies (play football with the village-men, make music/sing, cook, travel) and interests (everything related to self sustainability, nature, creativity, spirituality, natural therapies). If you like to work hard, are physically fit and enjoy a good (mainly veggie) meal with an even better glass of wine or homemade cider, then don't hesitate to contact me. I have little space for volunteers, so just one at a time and only when I'm not having friends or family over from Holland. Flexibility is required :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    As a foreigner living in Southern Spain I find it fascinating meeting new people, getting to know the culture and participating as a member of their society. We can share stories about our countries, languages (I am also a licenced language teacher), alternative medicine (I've studied Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture) and Family Constellations) and travelling (I've travelled a lot since I was 18 years old and would love to hear your experiences).

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    At this initial state I mainly need strong arms, people with knowledge and experience in bio/eco-construction, gardening, forest maintenance, planting a vineyard etc. Preferably between 25 and 45 years old (around my age).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    As I haven't been able to build more would sleep in my wonderful and quite comfortable, warm and cosy camper van (with use of my bathroom that has a separate entrance from outside). If you have your own van, I have an even parking space made, especially for visitors!
    We will cook/eat together, mostly from the land, by making our own bread etc. I’ll provide three meals and basic drinks, obviously as you're here to help. Yet, If you want special things, have a specific diet or like to drink or eat loads of special things, you are welcome to bring what you want! My budget is small, but I've never had complaints of guests yet :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you're getting here by public transport, there are usually two direct buses a day to and from Seville (Plaza de Armas) - Fuenteheridos (village centre). Timetables can be found online (they can change). You take the bus towards "Rosal de la frontera" and tell the driver you want to get off at Fuenteheridos.
    In the area there are many nice things to see and do. Rural/low mountain hikes, biking, climbing, sight seeing, a beautiful cave in Aracena (Gruta de las maravillas), concerts, festivals, markets etc.
    Of course in your free time you can also just relax at the "finca" and read a book or something :)
    I have certain obligations outside of the finca from time to time, so we won't have to spent every second together, no worries! Plenty of time to be on your own, doing whatever you like.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 527738963468