Exchange knowledge about eco building, dry stone, lime mortar and organic farming, in Aragon, Spain

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Spain

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    03/12/2022

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  • Description

    Description

    We are in the countryside , a
    traditional mediterranean landscape, in an old stone house (semi restored) in the middle of a medium sized olive, almond and pistachio farm. We are looking for people interested in helping with our building/ restoring project which we are carrying out using old, traditional and eco methods. Learn how to repoint stone walls with cob, build stone walls with clay, build dry stone terraces. An excellent opportunity to learn sustainable building with stone , mud, lime and wood. We are surrounded by an incredible wild landscape looking at a grand barranco (deep valley) and in the distance an impressive mountain range (Los Puertos de Beceite) that separates us from the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Old and new ecobuilding techniques. Learning and practicing how to build a wall with stones or cob, repointing a stone wall with lime, plastering walls with lime and clay plaster, building stone terrace walls in the land surrounding the house.
    Learn and practice Spanish and or English.
    Learn all about permaculture and eco agriculture methods.
    Getting to know a very beautiful and interesting area of Spain, the "Matarraña", a region with small medieval villages, hill top "hermitas" (chapels), the National Park of the Puertos , which is one of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe with amazing mediterranean rivers and rock formations.

  • Help

    Help

    Currently we are rebuilding and restoring the house and outbuildings using traditional as well as new eco sustainable techniques. We are looking for people to help who are interested in this, and even better have some knowledge, so that we can learn from each other. It would be ideal for anyone studying such things who is looking for some practical knowledge involving renovation and construction.

    Most of the help is using the local sandstone, with clay, sand and hemp-fibre mortar for rebuilding dilapidated areas. We are also strengthening walls by repointing with lime mortar and small stones. There is also lime plastering to be done as well as building dry stone walls. We would be open to exploring other areas, such as earthen floors or clay plastering if anyone had skills in those or other areas of sustainable, ecological techniques.

    As well as all the above, there is always farm and garden help, caring for our organic plants and trees, and taking care of the vegetable garden. Something for everyone!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would like to practice muy Germán, which is a bit rusty.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The house is in the process of restoration, so things are comfortable but basic. Helpers can sleep in the large attic of the old house (for yourself) or if you want more privacy, camping in a large and comfortable tent in the shade of an olive tree. We have a composting toilet and outdoor shower.
    We provide all the meals and eat together like a family. We do not eat much meat, and although not totally vegetarian, most meals are. We concentrate on fresh healthy ingredients.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is in the middle of the country side 5 km from the nearest village. Volunteers can use the mountain bikes to explore the many unpaved country tracks of the area which weave through the countryside. There are rivers to swim in and local villages to visit this way as well. There are also mountain walks , where wildlife can be spotted (and more swimming) in the nearby Puertos de Beceite.

  • 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

    We have a well maintained dirt road. Plenty of space to park a van of any size in a nice field up from the house with great views and shady trees.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes, dogs and cats.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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