A warm welcome, especially Italian speakers, in a cave house finca in Andalusia near Guadix, in exchange for help with Italian Granny



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    Until then, I will answer enquiries and we can chat, and learn about each other the place and the group in the finca. When it is legal to travel, I will be ready to welcome you

    Hello, I am Clara I'm 65 years young and I need some help! We are working to reform our place in the sun, create an new food growing area and extensive art, hospitality and wellness projects and juggle the care of my mum Josie who is 92. She comes from Southern Italy. She speaks English and Neopolitan Italian.

    We have an extended family household, myself and partner Frank, my daughter 32 partner, and four other men between 44 and 23. Everyone does a lot to help my mum, but there is a lot of physical outside work, which they need to concentrate on....Now you would think that was enough people to look after an old lady, but because she is very chatty, and likes someone to be with her as much as possible, in her sitting room or outside, I am looking for a friendly person, possibly with a feminine touch, (but not a deal breaker) to give her some extra love attention, and possibly Italian language conversation.... and give me and my daughter Chilli some relief! The household is heavy on the masculine input right now..

    We live on the edge of the area known locally as "El Badlands" since so many spaghetti Westerns and other films have used this area for location shoots, really it's the Gorafe Desert, part of the UNESCO Geoparque de Granada. Our land is in a bend in the Rio Baúl so is a little green oasis.

    The town of Guadix is 35 mins to the west, and Baza 25 mins to the east. Granada is just over an hour drive away.

    The Sierra de Baza, Nevada, Cazorla and Castrol are close by, but the jewel in the crown is Pantano de Negratín, a beautiful lake reservoir, 22km long and delightful for a swim. It's minutes away by car, and stunning. Our local mountain is Jabalcón, a great place to look over the lake and surrounding Geoparque.

    We bought the house less than 2 years ago and moved there Oct 2018. No one had lived there permanently for over 10 years, but had occasionally used it for holidays... as the owners got older it became a little untidy! There is a huge garden which at present has no form or function, an neglected olive grove, a chopos plantation which now needs some attention, a disused but sound olive mill a strange old swimming pool.....

    Oh... And 8 dogs, all but our original UK dog are rehabilitated street dogs who were in a bad way when we found them
    Although I have said we need 1 workawayer, a couple or 2 friends would also be very welcome - the room can accommodate a double bed, or 2 singles.

  • Tipo de ayuda

    Tipo de ayuda

    Cuidado de ancianos
    Cocinar / compras
    Ayuda en casa
    Ayuda con animales
    Ayuda con idiomas

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Learn about cave dwelling, join in the village life, engagement is strongly recommended.

    You can learn English and Spanish of course, from various members of the household, and maybe a little (Neapolitan) Italian from Jose (my Mum).

    The wider area, also known as the Altiplano de Granada has plenty of history, stronghold of the Moorish Kingdom of El Andaluz, and last part to fall to the Christian conquerers. There are widespread and very visible signs of the Mesolithic culture that flourished here, and remains from settlements of some of the earliest known hominids in Europe nearby at Orce too! Have a look on Wikipedia!

    There's the wonderful lake, Pantano de Negratín, Hot springs, even a hot waterfall! Cool mountains, hot desert, and tapas free with every beer or wine in the little bars in the villages.

    However, beyond all that is the warm hospitality of everyone in the area. Of course foreigners are to be observed and to be gossiped about and present a curiosity. But mostly there is genuine happiness to meet you and you will quickly immerse into village life if you are accepting.

    We have had the privlage to create life long friendships with many of our volunteers, and they have made great lasting friendships with each other too.

    While volunteering with us, you'll have the oportunity to see an amazing part of Spain. If this all sounds appealing then please send me a message.

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    Companionship for Josie (Giuseppe a, 92 and very funny but getting frail.

    Talking to Nanny, in English and Italian if possible too. Helping her enjoy her day, as she gets older she has started to exhibit symptoms of dementia, forgetfulness, sleepiness and lack of empathy, mainly concerned with her own needs. She hates to be alone, and this is a problem as the men need to work the land and Chilli and I have so much to do, running a household including 6 hungry men is a job in itself! Plus we need to spend time with the dogs, they need training and care too.

    So.. basically...Making snacks for her, taking her for short walks, keeping her company.

    Sometimes taking a turn to help cook evening meal, helping with basic house chores and garden maintenance, depending on your strengths. I do not expect anyone to spend too long 1:1 with Josie, she can be repetitive and a bit exhausting sometimes! Too much chat of the same stories!

    So we really hope for someone to support Chilli and I in her care and household, pet and garden duties. Join our team the household is broken without us!

    DRIVING you must be over 25 and have EU license.

    Joining in and adding to village life.
    Make life joyful for all you meet.

  • Idiomas hablados

    English: Fluido
    Spanish: Fluido
    Italian: Fluido

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    Quite a substantial part of both houses consists of cave, which is a very different way of living, but wonderfully cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are some out-built parts, these are hot in summer and COLD in winter. Let's decide which room suits you when you get here. Everything is rather basic - comfortable but not stylish!

    A thing you need to know about these old houses cut into the rock... The concept of privacy was somewhat less than in modern Europe, doors are incomplete, not reaching fully to the top or bottom or are only curtains, to aid air circulation, and in some cases, one room leads directly into another. Lots can be achieved with screens and curtains, but if you are worried about this do tell me.

    As there are 2 houses, I suggest you put some distance between yourself and Josie, la Nona, she is no respecter of personal space! I'd advise you take a space in the second house, which is where the 3 younger men live, plus cats come and go in this house, away from the dogs, so if either aspect worries you there are other options. Please talk to me about it.

    We eat and cook together, all of us taking turns to cook, and clear up the communal meal. We don't eat meat although sometimes Sam will buy some and share it with Josie. The food is simple and cheap, and I have to confess I find it really difficult to deal with multiple dietary requirements. We live in a world where people starve regularly. It's hard to be around fussiness. We provide plant based milk, as well as the option of cow milk, we use a lot of maíz to avoid too much gluten, and eat pulses beans and veg. Fresh eggs are sometimes available Chilli and I ran a festival cafe so we are ok at cooking!

    We look for a thoughtful, happy-minded, clean living person who is mature enough to live sensibly in a group. The vibe is quite robust, we are serious about what we do, but even so the guys enjoy yoga and meditation, music and art. This situation is a new little community, we are new to each other and are drawing on several streams of experience to learn to grow together. There will be adjustments to make in the early days! To show you have read this please mention "niños del maíz", un your reply, to show you have read this body of text.

    Use of a shared car

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    Algo más...

    Come to the Altiplano de Granada, the nearest big towns are Baza and Guadix. Granada is an hour and 15 min away.

    Enjoy the desert the Geoparque, Parque Megalithica, the Pantano Negratín, the hot springs in the woods, the mountains and the beautiful sky.

    Enjoy the tapas culture.

    Join in the many fiestas and ferias in the villages nearby, Bacor has one in the first full weekend in June...

    See cave houses, with the natural temperature control, warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer.. a d ramble round the strange troglodyte villages which are all around.

    Public transport exists but better from the big towns I'm sure everyone will co operate with lifts to connect to public transport to go places on your days off. There may be a small car available to use if you have the right EU driving license and experience and are aged over 25.

    Bicycles are also avilable.

    If you read the feedbacks below, you might be confused, because in Summer, until this year many of my WorkAway guests helped me run festivals. So will mention that. We have maybe a couple at the end of the summer, but who knows this year?!

    1. SMOKING, drugs, alcohol
    Please... I don't really welcome smokersI don't permit smoking in the house and grounds and REMEMBER this is a dry area. Fires start easily. If you must smoke go by the riverbed and be really very careful with cigarette ends and hot ashes, do NOT throw ends on the ground.
    One strike and you are out with any illegal drugs. I have had enough of people using my place to get wasted, fraternising with all the semi criminal elements in the area and drawing the wrong attention to us. NO DRUGS NOT EVEN MARIAJUANA.
    Drinking alcohol is only tolerated at evening meal and social occasions. No daytime drinking, and no habitual drinkers.

    2. FIRES
    No campfires or barbeques, if a fire started it would devastate the area and we would never be welcome back. This is no small matter. Don't leave bottles or drinks glasses abandoned that could focus the sun, the same warning for prescription spectacles. Fire is feared above all else

    3. WATER
    Water is scarce and expensive. Please be sensible about short showers, pausing the flow while you soap and shampoo. Washing machine only use when full, and on short cycle
    Flush the loo only when it's solids, not for pee, unless many have accumulated!
    Watch out for dripping taps, leaks and reuse as much as you can to water the garden.
    Water the geraniums, they repel mosquitos

    4. DRAINS
    don't put paper down the toilet anywhere in Spain. There is always a bin provided. There are times when it's nicer to flush the paper, and in these odd occasions, I'm sure it's fine.

    5. RUBBISH
    There is no house to house rubbish collection, so take your rubbish to the bin and recycle skip in the village. Avoid too much packaging.

    6. SMILE!

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    5 hrs on the weekdays, but please let's both be flexible.

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 647855692517