Family help on the Costa Brava, Spain



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    Our house in Mont-ras, Catalonia, is similar to a terraced house in the UK. There's quite a lot of work to do and with Alfonso, my husband, being mobility challenged, we sometimes require extra help. A carer/cleaner does the basic housework and takes care of Alfonso once or twice a week. So, basically we need someone to help in the garden, to do a bit of cooking and to keep Alfonso company when I go out. Alfonso speaks English, French and Italian besides Spanish and Catalan. He is fun-loving and enjoys meeting new people. He loves music, philosophy and art. I'm sorry about the out of date photos but I can't find a way to update them!
    The area is very pleasant, just 4 kms inland from the prettiest landscapes on the Costa Brava and there are hills too where you can go hiking. We no longer have a dog, but for animal lovers or people who enjoy being occupied there are municipal kennels for stray or unwanted dogs where you can work as a volunteer.
    Please bear in mind, however that this is not the sunny south and we do occasionally get cold, wet weather in winter. We would also like to ask you to bear in mind that Alfonso's condition as a mobility challenged person and mine as carer make us vulnerable to viruses. Consequently we do not feel comfortable about hosting people who are not vaccinated. Sorry about that!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Elderly Companionship
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Alfonso used to work as a tourist guide and knows Catalonia very well. he loves to tell people about interesting places to visit, not only in Barcelona but in other areas too.

  • Help


    Helpers' duties typically consist in gardening, keeping Alfonso company during the afternoon and evening plus cooking some dinner. Alfonso appreciates company and is fun-loving and communicative. He often needs help with the computer/mobile and likes to practise his English and also French and Italian. He enjoys music a lot too. It helps if you have experience in caring for the elderly but we do not consider this essential. You need to have patience and be communicative! As I have already mentioned, we feel that it's too risky for us to host people who are not vaccinated.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Catalan: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate
    German: Beginner
    Russian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am a native English speaker also fluent in French, Spanish and Catalan. I am studying Russian and Arabic (very challenging! ).

  • Accommodation


    You will be upstairs with your own bathroom, study and terrace but you would have to share our kitchen. Usually this arrangement works OK.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off you can visit Barcelona, Girona or the Dali museum in Figueres. You can go cycling, swimming, hiking etc. There is no train but the bus service (SARFA) is not bad and the station is very close to our house.
    There is also the possibility of volunteering at the local municipal kennels for abandoned/stray dogs.

  • 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

    Free wifi. Normally works well.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We could accept someone with a small well trained dog or with a cat.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Not more than 4 hours, 5 days a week but you might have to work on Saturdays.

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