Help needed in the woods on the hill in Villaviciosa, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

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    UPCOMING PROJECT:
    I am running a free Geodesic dome building course from the 17th July through till the end of August.
    11 meter Dome, eco build (Rock, wood and clay!) help needed, much to be learnt :-)
    No experience necessary, the more the merrier...
    If your interested, drop me a message and I will send you more info
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    We are:

    We have lived on our patch for the 1 1/2 years, taming this finca which has been unlived in for the last 35 years... so nature has taken back much of the hectar or so of land.
    The property is co owned by 6 of us however there are currently 2 couples here:

    1) Ben Tara and Sol who is 4 1/2
    2) Jak and Ruby
    The third couple (Graham, Liz and wee Ottilie) come and go every few months.

    We are all in our early thirties more or less and all share a similar outlook on many things, from organic gardening, music and have all had the dream/ vision of being somewhere with plenty of space that we can put into practice many of the things we have taken part in, read or talked about for so many years!

    There are several guitar playing /singing/ musical folk within our little tribe and we enjoy hanging out chewing the cud over a few drinks, cooking on the fire etc...

    We have been hunkering down a little over the winter months, however spring has arrived and we are now gearing up for what will be a busy year ahead.
    Amongst us we have a yoga teacher, a video editor, a music producer and a wood enthusiast and of course Sol (4 years) who is into everything!

    We are situated at the top of a wide south facing valley which provides a panoramic view of the Pico de Europa mountain range. The mornings here are spectacular with a view that is different day on day, its not that easy to put into words but its one of the main reason we chose to move to this spot :-)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Since moving here our lives have evolved in many ways but most notably the amount of time spent outside and we feel this as one of the greatest treasures here and hope we can share that with you.

    We are putting into action things that we've planned/ dreamed of for many years from gardening to building and having volunteered ourselves a great deal over the years we have picked up many skills on the way which we look forward to sharing. As there are so many areas and ideas for this relatively large space we are also keen to have input and inspiration/ideas from people visiting.

    Although we are all English speakers we are making a conscious effort to learn Spanish and use it daily, so all be it basic you will pick up some Spanish here!

    We also have a growing number of friends in the area who are generally interesting folk and we hang out quite a bit, you will meet some good folk :-)
    Also there is then opportunities to volunteer with some of these people as they are mostly doing similar things...

  • Help

    Help

    Tasks on the to do list:

    Communal
    -Gardening, our initial veg patch last year was fun but small and this year’s looks to be far more ambitious with many beds of everything under the sun that will need maintaining, watering and some additional planting etc
    -Volunteer/guest cabin needs to be built
    -Fencing
    -Artistic/sculptural stuff :-)
    There is also plenty of strimming and bramble removal that it is necessary to keep on top of however we won’t expect you to do days on end of this kind of work as it is tiring.

    Ben and Tara’s Barn Renovation Project
    Over the course of last summer we have dug and laid the foundations for the many new block walls that will be going up in the months to come. So in the months April-September we will need help with:

    -Laying blocks/ mixing cement (we have a mixer so it’s not too strenuous!)
    -Laying the floor, part wood part cement, part glass bottle (insulation value!)
    -Pipe work: drainage and underfloor heating
    -Installing windows
    Come August-December we will be removing the roof of the barn, raising the wall height by 2 meters and fitting a new roof. So not much to do ! 

    Although we are on the grittier/sweatier part of this building project we’re kind and accommodating folk but be aware that this will be hard work. Also as we have a young child we ask that smoking is done so out of the way as much as possible and that you be aware of your language as he is a sponge on legs.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and basic Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    At the moment we can accommodate up to one campervan after May . Otherwise helpers can use our medium size cabin which has its own cooking space and can sleep up to 3 people. There may be times when we have quite a few people so hopefully your ok with sharing space, we do however also have a large tent which could be used if needed :-)

    If you are coming by vehicle please let us know so we can plan accordingly as the track leading to our home is best when it is dry etc!.

    We will provide you with 3 meals a day on the days you work, this will be good solid meals! Mostly vegitarian although we do like to have BBQ s sometimes and do eat meat a couple of times a week... We are more than happy to accomodate Veggie or vegan folk.

    We have a communal shower block with nice hot water 24/7 and a compost toilet :-)

    We find ourselves now coming out the other side of our 2nd winter here and spring is bringing the place back to its green, flourishing self again, yeah!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The local area:

    The closest town is Villaviciosa which is 10 mins drive away/ around and hours walk (longer on the way back as we are at the top of quite a steep hill! There are buses and we have a couple of little run around cars too. Gijon is located 30kms away and is a relatively big city with Oviedo located 40 minutes drive which is a cosmopolitan Spanish city. Both of these are accessible by bus from the local town with regular buses each day.

    There are stunning views all the way over the valley to the green hills and beyond with the craggy peaks of the Picos de Europa visible on most days. Around the property you will find a few different paths leading off into the Eucalyptus forest which you would be welcome to explore. We are quite close to the coast (15 mins by car) the closest beach is Playa Espana, part of the Jurassic coast line with lots of interesting geology and a nice bar!

    Please make sure you have waterproofs and a decent pair of boots (something waterproof) as being between coast and mountains the weather can be pretty changeable and wet even in the summer months although July -Dec is usually the best and sunniest time of year with temps averaging around 24 degrees C.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week




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