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We are Sean (Anglo-Irish) and Helen (Welsh), a couple who moved to Crete from the UK in 2005. We built our home and set up our agro-tourism business providing self catering accommodation in our two self-catering apartments.
Our place is on the doorstep of Western Crete, only 30 minutes from the Venetian town of Chania, in the small working village of Xamoudochori.
Set in an olive grove on the edge of the village, we have much work out of season in the Winter months harvesting our olives, gardening, painting and various projects we have to complete before the next tourist season begins.
We are looking for a fit, strong, person to help us with the two specific projects of harvesting our olives and painting the exterior of our very large property.
It is very important that any applicant has previous experience of painting and is capable of heavy work, confident on ladders and prepared for physical manual labour outside.
Our house is very large and the complete exterior needs to be prepared, cracks filled and sanded and painted, it is a very big job.
We would ideally require somebody for 1 month from ranging from mid October through November.
Accomodation will be provided in one of our two beautiful apartments, private and fully equipped for self catering with 2 balconies, wifi, heating and lunch and dinner every working day.
All safety equipment is provided and all work is supervised by us.
WE DO NOT HAVE ANY INTEREST IN ANYONE WHO DOES NOT FIT THE ABOVE DESCRIPTION OR IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE DATES.
Crete is a very special island and the hospitality of the people is world famous. Travellers lucky enough to visit and stay out of season in a working village like ours , with people like us who have integrated into the village, will experience the island's magical landscapes, it's delicious clean food, it's hospitality and a way of life long forgotten in many western societies.
The most important lesson will be how the local Cretan people value health and family above anything else and the simplicity of life here in the village.
We are looking for 1 strong, hard working person who is able to help, specifically, very important that the applicant has expereince of painting, as the priority is to paint the exterior of our very large home. Confident and capable of exterior preparation and painting, with use of ladders etc
Olive harvest. We harvest our 1 acre of olives in November, we have all the necessary equipment , nets etc and we process the olives at the local olive press in the village.
Clearing and pruning plants/trees on our land and about the house.
We will require a Skype/Facetime meeting with the applicant before we commit, to ensure that we are all in agreement with the details and that we are compatible.
English, Welsh and Greek
We have a fully equipped private, self - catering apartment it has a bedroom with two large single beds and mattresses from England, a bathroom with toilet, shower and wash basin, a small kitchen with cooker, fridge, kettle, microwave , pots and pans , dishes , cutlery etc a dinning area with table and chairs, two balconies all furnished as it would be for our paying guests in the Summer season.
Our apartments have 95 x 5 star reviews online. The accommodation is of a very high standard and we expect it to be treated with respect. There is also wi-fi and heating.
We will provide a home cooked meal for every evening and lunch on working days only, no meals on days you don't work.
The volunteers can make their own breakfast in their kitchen in the apartment. We will provide free range eggs for breakfast and our very own extra virgin olive oil, plus any vegetables from the garden.
Our village is 3 kms from the bus stop in Maleme where buses run regularly every day . We will provide transport to and from the bus stop during the day and a reliable taxi number for evenings out. Chania is 30 minutes by bus. Volunteers can explore the local area by foot, we will advise them on many walks and places to visit once here.
We will happily advise or organise day trips in accordance with what the volunteers interests are. The beaches in Crete are beautiful on warm sunny Winter days and no tourists and the mountains are spectacular, offering many choices to suite all tastes.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week