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Help with eco projects on our homestead in Tomiño, Galicia, Spain

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Alex and Carven. We spent many years on the road learning from projects all around the world and have finally found our own sweet corner in southern Galicia. Alex is Galician from Vigo and Carven is from Sydney, Australia- we lived here and there and would consider ourselves to be open minded people and flexible people. There's also a small baby, she's 4.5 months old and takes a lot of time and energy.

    There are two homesteads, one that needs to be completely restored and the other that is already livable. We aren't in any rush. At the moment we are designing the water filtration system, the roof needs gutters and there are two downstairs spaces that need to be fixed up. The longer house is another project for further down the track.

    We have finally moved in as of March 2024 and this year would like to get going an organic garden, there are some horses which come to graze when the grass is long as the property is 5500m2 and quite big. They belong to the town vet and mentioned that we could always take them for a ride though we haven't yet :D
    Maybe build a geodome greenhouse and a dry toilet for outside use.

    We are starting with small steps going at a steady pace and hope to live more and more sustainably.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will be happy to teach about gardening as we have also gathered a lot of experience from other hosts over the years. And we live in a very rustic and typical Galician area, our neighbours are very friendly and the town is very close with plenty to do. We also speak several languages and would be happy to help with that too.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking to get the garden started now in Spring and general day to day stuff, some of which can be quite physical but definitely rewarding. We would like to plant trees, do some selective clearing of the forest we are trying to nurture on one end of the plot.
    There needs to be some repairs on the house and fixing up two spaces down stairs which we call the bodega and the workshop, we are trying to use bioconstruction or sustainable materials where we can.

    We also have a plan to make a dry toilet outside and a dome for a greenhouse.

    A typical day would start at 9, breakfast at your own time as we wake up at different times. A break around 11 - 11:30 for morning tea or coffee and then a few more hours until lunch around 2pm. Free time after lunch to take the bikes for a ride to the river, go to town for a walk, or we could go together for a walk as we are surrounded by nature and lots of animals around like horses, cows, sheep and goats. Whatever you want! Even just chilling in the hammock and enjoying the quiet.

    On the odd day there might be an extra hour of doing some more work if required in the afternoon. The two days of rest are not always weekends, the market day here in Tomiño is on a Wednesday for example and it also depends on the day you arrive. We don't have regular Mon- Fri jobs so the week is more flexible for us.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Galician: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Chinese (Cantonese): Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Chinese (Mandarin): Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have just renovated a small house. Though preferably we would prefer people who are tent travelling and we have two tents set up already as well. There is also plenty of space for caravans or vans that are self equipped are also very welcome if you would prefer some privacy. The house is quite small and the baby is still sleeping irregularly and her room is being used as an office and storage.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can be reached by public transport from Vigo, A Guarda or Tui. Vigo is the biggest town and about three buses come daily. From there its a 2km walk to the property.

    If coming from Oporto, there are trains or buses to Vilanova de Cerveira or Valenca do Minho, both are about 12kms away.

    There are beautiful villages along the Portuguese and Galician side of the river Miño. We also have two bikes you can borrow. Vilanova de Cerveira has their market day on Saturday, Tuy, A Guarda are nearby beautiful towns for visiting and a variant of the Camino actually passes through here too.
    We are fifteen minutes walk from Tomiño where there are plenty of supplies, shops, markets on Wednesday. And many walks around the surrounding area. It is a quiet place, not too far from civilisation.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is plenty of space for a caravan to park and have a bit of privacy. That would actually be preferred at the moment as the house is quite small and the baby usually sleeps pretty well but not every night.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    About five hours a day for five days a week

Host ref number: 937571876443

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