Help us with our organic olive farm, the creation of our living place and the reforestation of the mountains surrounding us in the Sierra da Gata, Spain

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  • Last activity: 4 Feb 2024



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hi, we are Amaranta and Jan.

    we are a spanish german family with a 4 years old girl and a 9 year old boy (Alana and Silvan). In the beginning of 2016 we bought a piece of land around 2km outside of the village Torre de Don Miguel in a beautiful mountain area called la Sierra de Gata.

    The Sierra de Gata is famous for its forests, its rivers and the high quality olive oil and delicias goat cheeses.

    On our farm are growing around 350 olive trees and a lot of fruit trees. We produce our own ecologic olive oil and prepare as much as we can out of the fruits of our trees (such as apples, pears, kakis, pomegranate, oranges, mandarines, limones, almonds, peaches and more).

    During the last years we changed an old goat stable into an organic living house by using mainly natural materials and even if the biggest part is made, we are still working on it.

    We are artesans. So Amaranta is illustrating and does beautifull leather works, during Iam creating mainly kitchen knifes and others.

    So shortly that means, that we try to find a ballance by working with the trees, constructing our dream place and create our handcrafts.

    Since the last summer, we have an other project which keeps us even more busy. In August 2022, a big bush fire hit the area around us. Luckily, the biggest part of our farm and our house didn't got touched. since than, it is a big aim of us now to reforest the area around us. So, we are planting trees, build bird houses and do as much as we can to bring back the forest and animal life in the neighborhood

    We have electricity from our solar panels and water from our spring. Our Toilet is a dry toilet. We have three nice dogs and some chickens. Fresh eggs we get from the chickens and milk and cheese from the goats of our friends and neighbors.

    Our live is basic but very beautiful.

    We would be very glad if you like to help us. You should doing well with kids and be not afraid about dogs, chickens, cheeps, insects and the living in the landscape.
    We would be glad to show you the area and spend nice evenings outside by watching the incredible stars. We also like to have our family live and for this we are shurly not angry if you are independent and like to explore the sites by your self.
    We speak spanish, german, english and french.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    As we are born and grown up in two different countries and have friends from a lot of different nationalities. So different cultures and traditions are quite often a funny topic. You will propably get in touch with the spanish and of course with the german culture as well. If you are interested in spanish traditions, than shurly you will like the old rituals of our village.

    Beside that you can learn with us all about olive trees and olive oil.
    The living and working with olive trees during the year on an ecological chemical free way. The harvest of the trees and the ways of making ecologic olive oil. We will explore with you the different types of oil.
    Based on the idea to construct with natural materials you will have an overview about the different methods of bioconstruction.
    We are surely not experts in all those things but we made our experiences and will make hopefully nice experiences with you together.
    These area is full of nice spots. In the summer the famous natural pools in tis area and the little bars beside, called "chiringuitos", are great to spend nice hours by relaxing and enjoying the time.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We like to offer to work around 5 hours a day/5 days a week. This meanse mainly the morning hours till lunch. Depending to the weather this can also change (according to you). The kind of help depends mainly of the season.
    At the moment our aim is taking care of the trees who got touched from the bush fire, making new fenses and the refoestation of the land surrounding us. We also need some help in the construction working with us in the construction.
    Beside that, it would be nice, if you like to help by taking care of the animals and in the house and of course it is nice, if you enjoy playing with our kids.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    in our house there is a mix of spanish, english and german almoust all the time. So our kids are language proofed and we enjoy to have a nother language in the house.

  • Accommodation


    We offer you food and a sleeping place. We are not vegetarians nor vegans but according to you we can cook vegetarian. For sleep we offer you our guest bed in the house. We also have enough space for your own caravan/van. If you like, you can use one of our bicycles for come to the village or explore the beautiful area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is a short walk from our place to come to the village. From there a bus is going to the biger towns and cities. The Sierra de Gata is directly on the border to Portugal. The villages in the sierra are very nice to explore and study old ways of constructing or just enjoy a walk. Like you can see here in workaway there are quiet a lot of different projects here in the area. So if you are interested you can also visit our friends and neighbors and see different projects or live forms.

  • 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 a good internet connection and can offer you a place for work. Lets talk what you need.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    our place is big enough for park your van, if you need.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have some dogs and chickens. There are also sheeps close. So if your animal is comparable with them, feel welcome.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 879351742895

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