Share this tranquil, natural space with us and help with some maintenance, gardening and other projects to improve sustainability in Girona, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello Workawayers!

    Want to share your skills in a tranquil location in the countryside, near the beautiful Costa Brava coast with fabulous wild beaches and incredible wildlife? Join us. We are Francis and Helen, originally from the UK, who took on this rambling finca 17 years ago in order to find a gentler way of life. We have been featured three times on Workaway due to our high levels of 100 per cent positive feedback from volunteers.....we have been inactive recently planning our new makeover with no correspondence butif in doubt please check out our reviews!

    The masia has 7000m2 of grounds that with your help will transform into a productive eco system, providing organic fruit and vegetables for home use, low maintenance and no watering gardens to support insects and birds, a retreat for injured and stray dogs and cats that find their way here and our elderly horses. We also offer free facilities for friends who want to share their wholistic skills e.g. inmeditation, Qi Gong, Yoga, Music Therapy, Tai Chi, Deep Sound and Gong workshops. These activities are empowered by the stunning location here of peace and beauty.


    Big dreams, not enough time and a family wanting to learn from people like you with different skills, perspectives, time and energy to share in this transformation. We are experienced hosts, know how to look after you, friendly, informal and embrace difference.

    We offer specific projects, designed in partnership with you, general help, flexible stays and a comfortable shared cottage to stay in.

    Current priorities

    *We need a strong willing person, friends or couple with experience to do basic maintenance tasks: gardening, landscaping, a bit of digging, painting, whitewashing, simple DIY,clearing up, etc etc...there's a long list but with help with showing how to do the work available and support in getting it done.

    *A person with specialist construction skills and experience who can help unsupervised, For example; a strong DIY person, carpentry and wood repairs, building repairs, tiling, plumbing, electrics, hard landscaping, decorating.

    *A strong hands on landscaper and gardener- to help redesign our gardens and vegetable garden

    *Someone with ability to set up digital recording using the Magix DAW and Melodyne and maybe also BIAB (you would need proven skills and stuff to play us).

    If you have your own transport - that's a bonus, as there is no regular public transport to (but we give lifts to fit with our shopping trips etc.). If you have a camper van, we can give you a parking space, electricity and water, plus use of a bathroom with shower and hot running water.

    What we offer you
    Accommodation in a shared self catering cottage or caravan with shower room, kitchen ,hot and cold water and wifi on our finca, probably shared with other helpers, with food or food allowance and plenty of leisure time to get out to the beach etc..to give you more freedom, in return for 25 hours a week of help. We also have weekly get togethers to eat and/or socialise together and to help you enjoy the nature, entertainment and culture of our area. Usually we are flexible on free time. Most helpers stay for a month or longer - we ask for a minimum of 2 weeks, 4 weeks or longer preferred.

    Our area is also rich in culture and visitor attractions. We are just 15 mins from Dali Surrealism centre, Figueres and 30 mins from the Bay of Roses, the Pyrenees, Medieval Girona, Banyoles Olympic Lake and France. Barcelona is 55 mins by trainr. Our winters are mild and sunny, we're surrounded by woods and fields, so it is very sheltered, with incredible wildlife, majestic snow capped mountains and unpolluted skies - wonderful for stargazing.

    We are multilingual, experienced & supportive (top rated) hosts, with personal experience of volunteering ourselves. We try to be helpful, flexible and to share this exciting Catalunya adventure!

    A newly released Spanish film called "Brava" was filmed here..(see IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes)
    Its about Janine, a woman who has been stressed by Barcelona life and yearns for a peaceful place nearby to unwind and find herself again.....so naturally they chose our place to film it! !! You can do the same as Janine too!..also Barcelona is only 55 mins away by train or car share e.g. Blablacar. And unspoilt beaches, lakes, medieval Girona and France are only 30 mins away.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We enjoy visitors from all over the world and also Workawayers from far and wide from Ireland to Hawaii and from Patagonia to Iceland....we have much experience in facilitating a warm and friendly atmosphere and we do everything we possibly can to help Workawayers access the myriad of cultural and natural attractions all around us.
    Of course nature walks, cycling and hiking are right on your doorstep here. In the many meals together, fiestas, arts and holistic events going on here we do everything we can to involve Workawayers and to give them real cultural interchange....See our reviews!!

  • Help

    Help

    Current priorities:

    Right now we need people with some experience capable of helping unsupervised or alone:

    *We need a strong willing person, friends or couple with experience to do basic maintenance tasks: gardening, landscaping, a bit of digging, painting, white washing, simple DIY, clearing up, etc etc...theres a long list but supervision, instruction and support availalble.

    *A strong hands on landscaper and gardener to help redesign our gardens and vegetable garden

    *Also people with specialist proven construction skills and experience who can help unsupervised, For example; a strong DIY person, carpentry and wood repairs, building repairs, tiling, plumbing, electrics, hard landscaping, decorating.

    * Someone with ability to set up digital recording using basic Magix DAWs ...Music Maker and Samplitude and maybe BIAB (you would need proven skills and stuff to play us)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Catalan, French and German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Usually we have a free cottage, or a room in a shared cottage. If not, a caravan with separate kitchen shower/bathroom with hot and cold running water. We host a meal for helpers once a week usually, and we provide you with money or food to cook yourself at other times. In summer we use our cottages to rent to summer visitors to rest and relax . The rest of the year, they are available for helpers.

    We have great facilities - tennis, outdoor swimming pool, boules, a large and light filled room next to the pool which is great for yoga, meditation and just chilling when you want a change from being in the open air. Free laundry facilities. 20 min walk to a local village/bus, and we can give you lifts to the nearest town, Figueres which has good public transport links to Girona, Barcelona, France, the coast and inland towns in the Pyrenees.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our area is rich in culture and visitor attractions. We are just 15 mins from Surrealism centre Figueres and 30 mins from the Bay of Roses, the Pyrenees, Medieval Girona, Banyoles Olympic Lake and France.

    Approx 55 mins to Barcelona by train. Our winters are mild and sunny, we're surrounded by woods and fields, so it is very sheltered, with incredible wildlife and unpolluted skies - wonderful for stargazing.

    Set in extensive gardens with Romansque church, swimming pool, tennis, table tennis, boules, BBQ, hammocks, wifi and club house. Surrounded by woods and hills, near the Pyreneess yet close to mediterranean beaches and bays.

    Also the walks and ski stations of the Pyrenees. There are horses, goats, dogs, cats and a pig. It is an environment rich in flora & fauna and natural beauty. You may meet some amazing people here - visitors/friends from Barcelona and also all over the world.

    However, there are also quiet times too and always space to find your own peace & quiet. Our place is known for its peace & tranquility.

    We are exclusively a Workawayer Exchange programme and we support all Workaway aims, objectives and guidelines.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours flexible/day 5/week, mainly mornings

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