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Help on our lovely finca near the mountains of National Park Els Ports, Spain🤗

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  • Last activity: 08/02/2023

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  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, do you wanna hear the sound of silence? Join us on our rural finca in the mountains near National Park Els Ports. We are a Dutch family: André, Monica and Rose, living in the rural area of Catalonia. We have lived in the Netherlands for many years, but in may 2022 we moved to a finca in the mountains. We really enjoy the silence of “the campo” (countryside). 🌺
    We have two daughters: one of them is married and has two kids, she lives in the Netherlands. Rose lives with us in Spain and follows her studies online. André also works in the Netherlands and I’m a beekeeper and formal teacher. 🐝👩‍🏫

    We live in a charming rural finca with outside a plot full of olive and carob trees (3ha) We have a swimming pool close to the house. We look up to the mountains off National Park Els Ports and The river Ebro 🏞🎣is in the near area and the Via Verde🚴🏿‍♀️🏃 passes our house. If you want to know more about the area, you are very welcome to ask us anything. In the National Park is a natural spring from the mountains where we get our water. We are happy to take you on our expedition here (by car). There are many things to do in the area: you can hike in the mountains, fish in the river Ebro, visit the historic city of Tortosa 🏢🌇and there are many nice restaurants and shops. 🛍The beaches ☀️🏖are a 40-minute drive away and the Ebro Delta National Park with its flamingos 🦩is also within driving distance. This is really the place for you if you love nature and wildlife. I have a little book for you ( 18 pages) of the sights in the area, nature Parks, history of the towns and nice restaurants and shops :) I can send it you if you're interested. 🏞🌠🌆

    We are a very close family that enjoys spending time together. We love nature, animals, cooking, discovering new places, reading, the sea, music, watching movies together ( Marvel, Star Wars) and lots more. 🏝🌊📚🍿📀🧑‍🍳🎂🦸‍♂️

    Monica loves to paint ceramics, read, cook, bake, writing in her journal, work outside ( garden), loves animals. Favorite movie: The Holiday and Guardians of the Galaxy. Loves music. Hates reality shows, things like Love Island and clutter. 👩‍🍳👩‍🌾✍️🎶🎨🐈

    Rose 🌹loves reading and reviewing books ( you are welcome to read her bookcollection), writing ( short stories and poems) , swimming, Asian cultures and food, Korean romantic series, loves sushi! Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice and christmas movies and music ( all year, haha). Hates bugs, pickles and very high altitudes. :) 🍣🍱🎄🎶✍️📖🎥📜🕷

    Creative minds are very welcome, for example, someone who is good at e.g. making murals, mosaics, macrame. We would love to have a mural painting on one of our sheds. 👩‍🎨🖌

    We would love to host people who know a lot about living off-grid, solar panels or water systems. Handymen or constructers are very welcome, because we want to renovate a shed into a tiny house. But you don’t have to be creative or good with your hands to stay here. We welcome everybody who wants to learn about our way of life and share our cultures together.

    We are a Christian ✝️family. But we are open minded and we understand if you have a different view on life. We usually go to church on Sunday morning. You can certainly join if you want. But it's also good to stay at home, of course. We only ask for mutual respect. 🙏

    No smokers 🚭No alcohol abuse, we do love a glass of wine 🍷🍇from time to time. NO DRUGS OF ANY KIND.🚫

    We would like to ask you to take into account that because we live in a remote area, water must be saved and that you can't shower for very long ( 1-2 minutes).🚿 We also ask that you bring biodegradable soap 🧼🫧and shampoo with you ( or buy it here). The water from the shower comes out on the land and that is why it is important that it is all natural. When you use the toilet, we only flush with number two’s. The toiletpaper🧻 goes in plastic bags, because we have a cisterna. You will get used to all this. We did as well.

    We separate waste. We don't have a washing machine. 🚫🧺We go to the city Tortosa once a week or two weeks to the Wash & Dry ( Laundromat).

    Please write "Choca" ( high five in Spanish)in your email, so we know that you are really interested and read our whole bio 😀

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    You can learn how it’s like to stay in rural Spain and to mix in the local village plus understand about the plant life in Northern Spain. Living in our finca is a real step back in time. The property is really like paradise, a beautiful place with breathtaking views of the mountains and with lots of olive trees. Our extended family include, Wild Boar, Foxes, Badgers, Mountain Goats and an abundance of different variety of birds who all frequent the area. 🦊🦅

    We all speak English, but we would really enjoy improving our not-so-good Spanish. So it would be nice if you speak Spanish. My daughter really loves asian cultures and would like to learn the basics of Korean. But we find every language and culture interesting, so you are always welcome, whatever language you speak. I would like to learn more about permaculture.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for nice and interesting people, who can help us by their presence and their helping hand. You don`t need to be a craftsman to come and stay with us ( though it is very much appreciated if you are one). 👷‍♀️

    We just enjoy chatting together, discovering new things, learning each other's culture and getting to know each other. We are looking for help with general things, such as wood cutting for the fireplace . We would also really like it if you have knowledge of solar panels or off-grid living.☀️ The idea is to work 5 hours a day - including food ( breakfast, lunch and dinner). 🍳🍽

    We need help with:

    General maintenance
    - Sanding wood and windowframes
    - Wood cutting for the fireplace 🪵🪚
    - Cleaning the pool ( landing net) 🫧
    - pruning and weeding 🌳

    Building:
    - Tiling the floor of one of the sheds ( tiny house)
    - Converting a small shed into a tiny house (painting, tiling and plastering )

    Creative:
    - a mural painting for one of the sheds 🖌🖼
    - mosaics

    Help around the house:
    - cleaning ( mopping and vacuuming) 🧹🧺
    - doing the dishes 🧽

    If you prefer to work in a project format, that is also possible. Below are some projects you can work on:

    - Some animal pens need to be repaired. Think about: repairing the fence, repairing the doors, painting the walls in a cheerful color and if you are creative, we would also love it if you could mosaic some walls of the animal pens.⚒️

    - Another project is making furniture from wooden pallets, for example a bench, chairs or a nice table. In addition, it is also nice to refurbish the furniture with a nice lick of paint.🪑

    - We would also like to make a place outside the fence where we can light a fire with others and roast marshmallows and make music. If you could help with brainstorming and then, for example, make a circle of furniture with wooden pallets, that would also be great. 🔥🪵

    - The biggest project is still turning the small shed into a tiny house by plastering the walls, painting the walls and tiling the floor. Please only show interest in this if you have real experience in construction.🛠👷‍♀️

    Weekends are free- not working days. The rest of the time is free time to explore the area, read, make music, swim, be sporty or meet new people.🚴‍♂️🏊‍♂️🎶📚🚶‍♂️

    We can take you to the supermarket in Tortosa at least twice a week.🏪🍍🍙🥨

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We would like to improve our Spanish. Rose would like to learn the basics of Korean. ( or Chinese, Japanese) She could also use some help with her French ( preparing for exams 2024) But language exchange is not mandatory. We can share the Dutch language and culture in exchange and we can share the Spanish ( Catalan) culture as well. 🇪🇸🇰🇷🇳🇱

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The house is secluded with miles of olive trees on our property. But the local village Xerta, where you can find a small supermarket and a bar, is only a 10-minute drive away. Larger, more bustling towns (Tortosa) with bars, shops and restaurants open all year round, are a 25-minute drive away.🚘

    The weather is generally warm throughout the year (sunbathing is still possible in most of December and January) but the nights can be cold in winter, but we light our log burner if it’s too cold. There can be a lot of wind in the mountains. If you will be on the roof terrace, I think you will be blown away. So pack warm clothes.🧥🧣🧤

    Your accommodation will be the guest bedroom with a double bed, closet for your clothes and a toilet, but you also have your own separate bathroom with shower and toilet. We have a caravan, but in the winter months you are very welcome inside.

    You are welcome to eat all meals with us, but if you want you can also cook for yourself. Most of our meals are whitout meat and fish. We don't mind if, for example, you only cook vegetarian meals during your stay. Only vegan is going to be difficult, because we don't know much about that. But you are always free to cook whatever you want. 🥗🥘🍛

    Our house consists of a kitchen area, a livingroom, a wide hallway and three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Outside we have a little fly-free zone at the front of the house and on the other side of the house we have a veranda and a swimming-pool. On top of the house is a large roof terrace where you can exercise, relax or simply enjoy the view of the mountains and the villages in the area. At night the view is very lovely, because you can see all the lights of the city Tortosa and the stars, of course.✨🌌

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Only women accepted ( exception: if you come as a couple). 🙋‍♀️👩‍❤️‍👨
    Because it's just the two of us ( girls), we prefer only women.
    We don't have anything against men.
    No families or children.
    Pets can be discussed. 🐱

    We welcome people from all over the world to our home. But some things are important to have. It is important for you to have a valid passport ( outside of Europe) health insurance (Spain) and maybe a liability insurance. These will be borne by the workaway, we cannot help you with these costs. You must be well insured, should something happen.

    If you don't have a car, we can pick you up at the nearest train or bus station. ( Tortosa train and busstation is 30 minutes). We do live off-grid, so if you want to go somewhere yourself it is necessary to have a car or a really good bike. The closest airports are Reus ( 50 min) and Barcelona El Prat airport ( 2 h). ✈️🚃

    Many things are possible, if you just ask and we will discuss it together. We would love to welcome you to our home and hope to hear from you soon. 💃

    Greetings,

    Rose and Monica

  • 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

    We have an Internet Router and Wi-Fi pods. 💻In the event of a storm, the Wi-Fi may fail. But you can always go to an internet café in the area ( 20 min). ☕️

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can host people with a camper or converted van.🚐🏕 We have a water tank which you can use. Water is a luxury off-grid, so there isn't much available. It is not possible to empty the camper toilet. But there is one nearby ( Tortosa - 10 km) and one in 30 km.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We accept people with pets, as long as they are friendly and socialized. No pets inside. If you keep them in your own camper or caravan, then it is no problem. 🐈🐶

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 773853449869

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