We have a beautiful land completely covered on palm trees, there is an old tabaco barn that we are slowly converting into a rural house. my family runs a nursery garden in this town in the province of Toledo, not far from Madrid, we are now trying to finish the house as well as establishing and create the garden around the house, which is quite easy as we have all the plants and trees supplies and knowledge from my family business. I live in Madrid but every weekend I travel to my home town (only 1h 20 min drive) to do some work on my land, where my family lives. The idea is to host someone for short periods, who would like to spend some time in the country side doing gardening and farming work, and help us with the house renovation if needed. The land is completely outside of town and the nearest village is about 10 min bicycle ride, and 40 min walk. This is not a very big town, but the biggest close town is about 20 min bicycle ride (9 km) and has plenty of restaurants and life, it is an atypical town so there is no many tourists which makes it the perfect town to get to know the real Spanish culture. This experience is indicated for people who loves the solitude of the country life, and loves plants and want to learn more about it as well as practice Spanish. I have been teaching Spanish to foreigners while abroad, so I could also help in this area.
Help in the house
My family has a lot of knowledge on plants, this is a very good choice for someone with botanical interests, also, people in the area is not very good at speaking English, so you will be somehow forced to improve your Spanish or learn a bit, people in the area is very friendly though and they will help you to make yourself understood I you cannot speak a word of Spanish.
In exchange for the accommodation and meals, we ask for: volunteering work of farming and gardening work, it is not difficult but could be a little hard at times, for example when pruning palm trees. Other works are fruit picking, tree pruning, pulling weeds, rearranging pots, planting seeds, pulling trees out the soil etc...
The accommodation in the countryside will be in an unfinished house so it will be a real rural experience, we have electricity and runnign water, several funtional bathrooms and beds. We try to work with a group of 6 volunteers or so at a time so depending on the numer of people we have, you might have to share a room, but the beds will be comfortable, clean and all linens, blankets etc are supplied for your confort.
The nearest town is a fantastic place for tapas, and there is very good restaurants to try, it´s a small but busy city, there is old buildings to visit, nice riverside, cinemas, shopping centres, museums etc. There is not many tourist, so it´s the ideal place to practice Spanish, people is very friendly. We will supply you with a bicycle and buses are also available but you need to walk about 20 minutes to reach the bus stop. When available we could take you to town and show you around if you wish. We are very flexible with times, so if you need to enroll a course we can help you to organize it.
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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