Hi, we are Amaranta and Jan.
we are a spanish german family with a some months old girl and a five year old son. We speak spanish, german, english and french. 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 with a lot of forest called la Sierra de Gata. Beside the great nature with its forests and rivers this area is famous for its high quality olive oil.
On our land we have around 350 olive trees and a lot of fruit trees. Beside working with the olive trees for produce our own ecoligic olive oil we are changing an old construction into an organic living house by using mainly clay, wood and other natural materials.
Furthermore our garden and the fruit trees, such as apples, pears, kakis, pomegranate, oranges, mandarines, limones, almonds, peaches and much more enjoy to have our attention.
We are producing handcraft. So Amaranta is working with leather and Iam creating mainly kitchen knifes.
So we try to find a ballance by working with the trees, constructing our dream place and create our handcrafts.
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.
So 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.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
As we are born and grown up in two different countries and have friends from a lot of different nationalities, different cultures and traditions are quite often a funny topic. You will propably get in touch with the spanish and shurly a bit with the german culture as well. If you are interested in old spanish traditions, than shurly you will like the old rituals of our village.
Beside that you can learn with us all about the living and working with olive trees during the year on an ecological chemical free way. You can learn how to harvest olives and how to make one very nice ecologic olive oil. Of course we will explore the differences of 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 and famous for its natural pools and the little bars beside, called "chiringuitos", where you can spend very nice hours be relaxing and enjoying the time.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We need help for around 5 hours a day/5 days a week (according to you flexible). The kind of help depends mainly of the season.
In the winter months the most of the time we would need help with the tree cut. We are also preparing the garden for the next spring and repare some things arround like fences.
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 son.
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.
We cook moustly (lets say arround 95 percent) vegetarian but we respect all kinds of live styles. We offer you food and a sleeping place in our caravan. 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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
We have some dogs and chickens. There are also sheeps close. So if your animal is comparable with them, feel welcome.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week