Goat herding and gardening in the beautiful countryside of Galicia, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Twenty years ago I decided to move in the countryside and settle down in a beautiful an remote area in Galicia. Since then I am living a simple life, self sufficient as possible, working hard from dawn til dusk and that's why I would really appreciate your help.
    I have three kids but only Lur (16) lives with me and a big four legged family. Around 70 rebellious goats, 6 friendly spanish mastiffs guarding them, 2 border collies keeping them all together, the most beautiful sow and 2 rat chasing cats.
    My day starts with a quick coffee and breakfast, feeding Chica the sow and taking off for a few hours to wander with the goats. If late they become restless, looking forward to being released from their pen, itching to range across the wide expanse. Sometimes taking them to richer pastures, sometimes going with the goat wisdom that intuitively searches out the better places. One of the main things to take care while the goats graze is to keep an eye that they don't trespass on private properties.
    Around midday a quick lunch, look around the garden and back to the goats until evening. Dinner and finally well deserved rest. Sleep. Repeat.
    During the winter the goats are kept in a stall near the house, as soon as the snow melts I transfer them in a fenced area 20 min walk away and they need to be walked twice a day.
    The garden needs a lot of love and attention, including vegetable planting, harvesting and crop tending. Chica is doing the hard work, digging the vegetable plots better then a tractor.
    We have spent the last few years undertaking major work in and around the house but is still a work in progress, a big project where extra hands are required.

    This is the perfect place for people who enjoy the outdoors, gardening, taking care of animals, getting their hands dirty and appreciate the silence. The world is quiet here.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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

    This position will especially benefit somebody who wants to learn more about all different aspects of running a farm, a sustainable lifestyle and goathering.
    I have travelled a lot and still love doing it, have hosted a lot of people in the last few years so both me and my children are very friendly, respectful and curious about other cultures. And btw, I am 42 and born in Croatia. ;)

  • Help

    Help

    A variety of different tipes of tasks depending on your competence and experience, and on the time of the year.
    Mainly goatherding, milking and making cheese (small scale), gardening, cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood, general maintenance.
    Let me know if you'll be able to help with any of these, I'll try to match tasks to your skills and be happy to teach you as long as you are motivated to learn, hard working and able to take initiative.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You'll have your own room equipped with a woodstove as in the winter gets really cold, a basic accomodation but you can feel free to do whatever you want to make it cozier.
    Meals are provided, we like to socialize in the kitchen and try to eat lunch and dinner together.
    Can cater for vegetarians but keep in mind that we bread the goats as meat animals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It's simply the perfect place to get in touch with yourself and the nature. You can hike or cycle around.
    Whenever I will go out to the shop you will be welcome to come along and when I won't need the car you can borrow it to discover the area.
    The nearest airport is Santiago de Compostela, from there you have to take the bus to Lugo from where I can pick you up.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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