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We live in Tejeguate (search for it!) on El Hierro and are a family of six, two parents and four children (2006–2012) with a big ecologic permaculture garden, many fruit trees, some animals (horse 🐴, hens 🐔🐣, bees 🐝🍯), a big climbing frame with swings and a trapeze, and a lot of ideas to improve our infrastructure.
At the moment we live in a wooden house with two storeys made of Euro pallets. Our plan is to have some stone houses (made of natural volcanic stones) for us and some wooden houses for our guests (friends, helpers).
We mostly need people with experience in BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (carpenter for wood, mason and bricklayer for walls).
WE OFFER PAYMENT for professional craftsman/-woman.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You will learn how to live self-sufficient with minimum resources, how to grow food, and you will enjoy the very natural island of El Hierro, which is like being sent back in time 50 years (compared to the rest of Europe).
You will learn how we manage living in a big family with four children that are taught at home (homeschooled).
You will have the time to
• hike or cycle through the wonderful landscape of this youngest and active volcanic island
• explore caves (many long and adventurous lava tubes)
• swim and dive (there are a lot of animals in the sea around El Hierro —they like it quiet!)
• and fly (paragliding) if you want.
We are searching for people that have either experience in working with wood (at least for oiling and maintaining), gardening and household aid, kitchen aid. We also need some artists or architects to beautify our houses and surroundings.
Our idea is to improve the situation for our visitors: build small houses or huts made of natural volcanic stones or recycled wood. That means also build the roof and the interior (some furniture, doors, windows) and oil the wooden parts.
Then we also need help in the household, that is cleaning the dishes, hang out the washing to dry, buy some stuff, carry waste to the waste container, bring new gas bottles, …
And it would be nice to have some trainer or artist for our children to do artistic gymnastics (on the floor, parkour) and aerobatics (trapeze, aerial silk) or similar.
You can also help in our big garden with vegetables and fruits and planting more trees.
You will sleep
• in a wooden tent or
• in the guest house made of Euro palets (which is cute but simple) or
• if you like sleep under the open sky, for viewing the stars and planets and the milky way or
• you can bring your caravan or mobile home.
At the moment we have one composting toilet, a second one would be nice.
The shower for our helpers is open air (in a hidden place).
We produce our own electricity with our solar powered mini photovoltaic power plant (but only during the day, because we have a very small battery system).
We have a bicycle that you can use. We have no car. Hitchhiking on El Hierro is very easy.
We have one of the fastest internet connections in Europe, 300 Mbit/s up- and download (symmetric!).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4–5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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