Help need it for transforming a wild plot in a small sky watcher retreat in El Hierro, Canary Islands

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  • Last activity: 16 May 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    After many years thinking about it, I have just bought a small piece of land in El Hierro.
    The project is to built little cottages with recycled wood to allow travellers to stay and enjoy this beautiful spot.
    I really would love to built a little place for sky watchers as here we have one of the most clean skies in the planet.
    But at the moment, the plot is completely wild and it.s a lot to be done here.
    In this first stage, the help is basically removing grass, removing rock, spreading gravel and sand, sanding and painting wood, building basic structures with stones and wood ...
    They are all physically demanding job. Nothing impossible, but definitively very far of being working in the computer or cleaning the house. And it would be aprox 4/5 hours/day monday-friday (usually 9.00-14.00 or 14.00-19.00)

    About where to stay, you will stay in a little bedroom and you will share the kitchen, bathroom and dining area with me
    I provide basic food (rice, pasta, veggies, milk, cereals...) I,m close to a vegetarian diet but you are welcome to cook whatever you like. I,m happy to cook for everyone if I,m in home but you should be ready to help yourself.

    I,m a very quiet person and having peace and silence is very important to me. If you are noisy/party people, please, this is not your place.
    I,m not fan of drugs at all and I prefer healthy people around.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    The Canary Islands have a very special climate. Working outdoors in winter is very pleasant.
    The plot where the job will be done is part of a natural park. The vegetation here is very specific and unusual so anyone interested in biodiversity will enjoy the place.
    Also is an interesting place for those enjoying the sky watcher. My dream is building up a little domestic observatory on the plot.
    About interaction with workawayers, It will be mainly during working hours in the morning-afternoon. You can enjoy your free time going to hiking or swimming, or just relax on the plot where the views are really great.
    I,m usually very busy during the week but I try to relax in weekends going to beach or forest with friends, and you are very welcome to come with us.
    I,m in the learning process about how to transform a wild plot in an eco farm, so I,m happy to listen any advise or ideas from my guests. I,m mainly learning (and I.ll share the knowledge) to built simple structures with stones and recycled wood. Also how to manage the watering.
    Of course, always happy to help with Spanish language learning.

  • Help


    On the farm. Weeding (the area is still quite wild, so most of the weeding is actually removing scrub), preparing the land for cultivation (taking out stones, building paths, using stones for wind protection walls, installing watering system), preparing small structures with stones and wood (dry toilet, shower, a little green house, the kitchen area, a wood stove).
    The task is very simple but you should be happy with physical tasks outside.
    At home. Keep the kitchen clean and tidy after use. Keep common areas tidy.

    En la finca. Limpiar una parcela de malas hierbas, preparar la tierra para cultivo, preparación de pequeñas estructuras.
    El trabajo es muy simple pero deberás estar feliz con trabajos físicos en el exterior.
    En la casa. Mantener limpia y ordenada la cocina después de usarla. Mantener ordenadas las zonas comunes.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You will have a bedroom with double bed and you will share a bathroom, a toilet and a living room.
    Basic food is provided (rice, pasta, veggies, milk, cereals...)
    I,m almost vegetarian but you are free to buy/cook any meet or fish if you like it.
    You will help yourself, but we can eat/cook together depending my working schedule

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    El Hierro is a very quite island, perfect for reset yourself. This is not a good place for party people.
    The help will be outside and you will get dirty everyday.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Internet is only available on the plot. In the house you will need use your own mobile data.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    They are always welcome. They could just park in the plot where they will have water and kitchen facilities.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Only little dogs well trained (sólo perros pequeños y bien educados) NO CATS. Sorry, I,m allergic to cats (soy alérgica a los gatos)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Máximo 4-5 horas al día, 5 días a la semana

Host ref number: 553699589975

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