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Where: Spain - Andalusia, in the region of Malaga
What: Support on a Finca (gardening + help in the kitchen + possibly handicraft activities)
Aloha dear travellers,
first of all we want to say thank you to everybody who gets in touch with us on this platform here. We did not expect to get so many messages and we just realized that doing the communication here can be a full-time-job if we get back to everybody with the appreciation it normally deserves. But as there are some other things going on on the finca and in our lives in general, this is unfortunately not possible, we will still try to get back to at least most of you - if you don't get any reply or if it takes maybe a bit longer we hope for your understanding.. 🙏
We, that a dreamteam of 3 German Ladies: Claudia (60), Claudia (35) and Julia(37) live on a beautiful 7-acre finca in Andalusia (about 40 minutes drive inland from Malaga). Our current focus here is permaculture, growing our own (organic) fruits + vegetables and maintaining the finca itself.
Since there is always a lot to do, we are looking for friendly and freethinking people who would like to help us with all the work around the finca. Specifically, we are looking for help with gardening, various manual work and maybe support in the kitchen with the processing of the harvest (depending on the time of the year), 5 days a week for 4 hours each.
Since it is generally physical work you should be physically fit!!! 😉
In return we offer a great experience with:
- Free accommodation and food*.
- Use of the possibilities of the finca for your own purposes in your free time
- Participation/co-riding in excursions and other trips somewhere if we go somewhere
- Bicycle for free use
- The possibility to learn and develop together with and from us.
*Food means: our standard kitchen supplies for breakfast, lunch ( rotating cooking of all roommates) and dinner. Not "included" are, for example: Sweets, desserts, snacks in between, beer or alcohol in general, tobacco products, all other " intoxicants", hygiene items like shampoo, shower gel etc. pp.
We mostly eat vegetarian (reduced meat comsume) but lunch can also be vegan if that is your diet. For breakfast and dinner everybody just takes and eats whatever he wants, lunch we normally have together and one of us cooks in rotation.
We wish for
- Motivated basic attitude ("I may" instead of "I must")
- Interest in what we do here
- Willingness to learn
- Wilingness to adapt to do things in maybe a different way than you normally do at home
- Personal responsibility, reliability and thinking along
- Attentive handling of the finca, all inventory, tools etc.
- Healthy understanding of order and cleanliness
- Help in the household
- Self-responsible maintenance of your own room (sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, washing bedding,...)
- At least medium level of English or German skills to have good communication basics with each other
- Open and honest ("non-violent") communication -> talking to each other instead of about each other
In the summer months it can get quite HOT here in the interior of the country and it is already at the moment. There won't be many days with a maximum temperature less than 30°, also days with more than 35°. Then we move the work to the cooler hours of the day if possible and there are also shady places and a pool to bypass especially the midday heat, but nevertheless I would like to mention this because not everyone does well with it. Who likes to get up early gets along quite well, who likes to sleep longer may then just deal with the heat 😉
And another info regarding the mobility: In principle, a arrival without car would be possible by picking you up, for example, from the nearest train station (Pizarra). However, we are here a bit at the "ass of the world", walking to the next town it takes about a good hour each way, everything else is actually not to reach without own transport. Of course you can join us in our car if we go somewhere (depending on what's going on), but we can't and don't want to provide a "driving service" during your time here. Another possibility is to rent a car from Malaga, if you want to be mobile and are not already on the road with your car. A bicycle is available for you if you want to go exploring by bike (again, it is very warm in summer and we are in a hilly area). All in all, it is advisable to have your own vehicle so that you are flexible and can move around independently.
We are looking forward to ADULTS who are traveling alone or in pairs, please NO CHILDREN! Dogs may be possible if your dog is not consistently messing around, is fine with cats and a doggie sleeping space outside the bedroom is fine.
If it fits and all sides are happy, a longer period is also possible (depending on room availabilities and what's going on in general), but we would then discuss this here on site after a kind of "trial period" and not determine in advance....
We wish for people who really want to actively help and do something in these 5 x 4 hours per week, outside of these periods there is enough space to chill and relax or do your own stuff.
We are originally from Germany and speak German, English and a bit of Spanish. We are open minded and always happy to have people here as there is always a lot to learn from each other. And of course we are happy about exchange with each other, but we also need space for ourselves. So who is bad with himself and needs entertainment 24/7 will not feel comfortable here. Naturally, the amount and intensity of the exchange will depend on the "intersections" between you and us. Of course, we try to find out in advance whether there are enough of them so that all participants (you and we) can enjoy the time here on the finca together.
It is in general a quiet and remote place, for people who enjoy nature and silence it is the perfect location, others might feel lonely and isolated - just depends on the point of view...
Also it is a countryside place and there are bugs, ants, spiders and mosquitoes around (the bedrooms have mosquito nets).
Don't get me wrong and I do not want to badmouth our place, I am just trying to point out some possible disadvantages in advance for not giving you wrong expectations 😉
One more permanent co-habitant is our dog "Chica", she is still young and full of energy, but really friendly and is always happy about some human attention. So you shouldn't be scared of dogs or have any allergic reaction to animal hair.. There are also 2 cats around here now, so you also shouldn't be allergic to cats..
If you feel addressed please contact us via PM, we are happy about a few lines about you and I'll gladly send more infos or answer any unanswered questions 🤗
If you have any ongoing physical or mental health issues please let us know beforehand so that we can decide if a stay here will be pleasant for all parties involved.
I know the whole text here is quite long but I would really like you to read it completely as it can save a lot of time and maybe not so nice experiences on both sides. I would also like to ask you to send your PM in English or German and put the word "unicorn" in the subject line so that we know that you read at least until here 😉 Also if certain months are marked "red", please don`t send a request for these times as there is no availability anyways...
Greetings ❤️Claudia & Julia & Claudia
Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizajeJardineríaProyectos de construcción y bricolajeAyuda en una granjaCocinar para toda la familiaAyuda domésticaMantenimiento general
Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión
Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje
We are happy to share our lifestyle in general, knowledge about permaculture, plants and how to grow them, how to make your own bread or other food related things if you are interested, our perspectives of life etc pp. And we are really looking forward to learn from you if you have something to share with us. In general, all human interaction can be a great field of learning and we are always happy about new lessons in the "school of life" 😉 Naturally, the amount and intensity of the exchange will depend on the "intersections" between you and us. Of course, we try to find out in advance whether there are enough of them so that all participants (you and we) can enjoy the time here on the finca together.
There is always a lot to do in the gardens (eg removing weeds and plants, planting of trees and vegetables, creating new compost piles, collecting and/or spreading dung for fertilising repairing irrigation systems, working with the woodchopper, working with the trimmer,....) Then also now and then there is small handyman work pending, always depending on whatever is happening here and what your skills are 😉
Most of the time, we are organised in such a way that we ask workawayers for support with things that we cannot do ourselves. This means that we give an introduction and explanation of the respective tasks, which can then be completed as independently as possible.
Rarely do we have tasks that are done by you and us together in a team.
If you want to join us, you should agree to this type of organisation and feel confident about it.
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
We are always happy to improve our English or Spanish skills together with you or also help you improve your German if you are interested :-)
Depending on the situation and availability we can offer you a small single room close to the main house or a double room in the house. Standard bed lenght in Spain is only 190cms, so please keep that in mind when you are tall.
One more thing about the single room is that this room may not be very suitable for tall persons (please see pictures and let's talk about that induvidually in case you are quite tall). So it is a cozy but simple room you would have for yourself, normally everybody here just use the bedrooms for nighttime and is somewhere else during the day anyway.
If you are traveling with your own campervan a space for that close to the house or a bit further away (just as you wish) could be another option. Bathrooms, kitchen and all other facilities will be shared with us.
Other options could be a caravan or tinyhouse in the garden, but these will be mostly options for the olive harvest time..
There are many things to do in your free time, depending on whatever you like. The next beaches are about 40 mins drive away from us, but there are also beautiful lakes to the other direction inland (also about 40 mins drive). If you want to enjoy city life Málaga is the closest one, day trips to Granada or Ronda are possible as well. Gibraltar is another option. Also there are many hiking options in the area here (Sierra de las Nieves) and there are others eg close to the beach in a natural reverve area or up a river bed (these 2 options are better for summer months). These are just a few options, there a a lot more and we are happy to give you more recommendations when you are here :-)
If you are interested in music, we do have several instruments and you are welcome to use them while you are here.
There are also some German, English and Spanish books in our library if you want to borrow and read one in your time here.
Un poco más de información
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Puede acoger a nómadas digitales
We have wifi that works normally quite well, BUT it can sometimes inbetween be a bit slow or interrupted. You can use our living room to work as we rarely use it ourselves. The wifi will be switched off at nighttime but works during the day. It is important for us that your main focus will NOT be your own remote work, we had it already in the past that the workaway agreement was not met any more at all because travellers were so busy with their own work and we don't want such situations any more...
Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas
We have various options where you can park your campervan or caravan, depending on your needs and space we can discuss this further privately.
Podría aceptar mascotas
Dogs may be possible if your dog is not consistently messing around, is easygoing with cats and a doggie sleeping area outside your bedroom is fine as we keep our bedrooms petfree 😉 Other animals can to be discussed individually.
¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?
Más de dos
4 hours a day, 5 days a week + alternate cooking + help with common house cleaning once a week
Also, the tasks we were given for our two week stay were very manageable
Also, the tasks we were given for our two week stay were very manageable