Help needed in Sierra Mariola mountain range, Spain



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    Hello, we are a young family living in rural Spain, trying our best to transform our home and land into something even better than it already is. It is a work in progress and it is teaching us patience and adaptability. We have made so much progress through the hard work of our volunteers. We are so grateful for the positive experience helpx and workaway have provided us with and the friends we have made through this great exchange. However it hasn’t been without some issues and so we realise that being really clear about our expectations is the way forward so here goes…

    ============Who we are==============
    We are Hazel and Tyler and occasionally Susan (Hazel's mum)
    Oban - rambunctious 5 year old, Connel - sensitive 3 year old and baby Brenin.
    We have a dog called Nash who is in constant need of a run. We also have 3 cats who are mostly outside catching mice and climbing trees. We have a pool, bbq, lots of hammocks and a view that you can stare at for hours.

    We have lived here awhile now and have most stuff figured out of years ... but we struggle with the workload of managing the practicalities of living rurally with kids and land and animals alongside Tyler working often. And we all need help with our Spanish. Especially Hazel and Oban!

    We love knowledgeable skilled people, we love patient people, we love practical people, we love people that say “hang on a minute, let me write that down so I will remember”.
    We have difficulties with people that need to be handheld through tasks and whilst we don’t expect you to have all the answers… Common sense combined with the confidence to ask questions or voice your thoughts are essential for us. We love self starters.

    """""""""""The help'''''''''''''''''''''''
    We are looking for helpers that can muck in and help with whatever needs to be done at the time.
    The work is varied, depending on the season, the weather, what projects we have, what money we have at the time, the kids and of course what you can do. It is general DIY, gardening, painting, wood cutting, pruning, digging, moving, etc.

    We also have helpers who help us out with general stuff… pool maintenance, animal maintenance (feeding, walking and a poo pick up around the land). Helping with household chores would be very welcome.
    If you see something that needs doing - do it!

    The kids… CHILDCARE... Oban and Connel are typical 5 and 3 year old boys... obsessed with motorbikes, diggers, superheros and mostly like being outside getting into trouble. All of our best helpers have developed a relationship with them and if you’d consider yourself “really not a kid person” then don’t come stay with us as they are relentlessly friendly. Our ideal helper would be able to play and take care of them and practice their Spanish as their school is mostly in the local dialect and we speak English only at home.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^Food ^^^^^^^^^

    We eat mostly vegetarian and love to cook. There is always plenty of variety on the menu; Mexican, Italian, Indian, Thai, good old British roast dinners and the occasional takeaway from town- however, at this time, we would prefer helpers that are able to cook for them selves at least 5 days of the week. There's a kitchen in the house you'd be staying in.

    We are happy to accommodate certain levels of allergies or food intolerances.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    In return for help we will work beside our helpers when possible, learn from them and teach them new skills, feed them good food and share a beer/wine with them after a day's work. We will respect them and their needs and we will appreciate everything they do to make our home a better place to be. We will welcome them like friends and they will live with us like family.

    Tyler and Hazel are English teachers so anyone wanting to improve their English will benefit. There are plenty of places to hike nearby and we have a bike that can be borrowed.

    Ideally our helper would have their own transport or be happy to walk the 40 minutes into town occasionally.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

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  • Aide


    >>The expectations and schedule<<

    The kids have a routine, they also equally like to throw their routine out the window sometimes. Sometimes we eat dinner with them at 5.30 but sometimes I try to get them in bed and have a peaceful dinner at 8. Every day is different and generally speaking they are our priority…

    So if you are not ready to be adaptable when it comes to your schedule you are going to struggle.

    We equally welcome helpers that work online etc and need fixed hours off- but please do just let us know, we have many schedules and plans and people to consider so just be clear - even better… write it down. We rely on lists and calendars and reminders!

    During summer it is better for everyone - especially you- to get up early, get some work done and then enjoy a siesta in the height of the heat of the day.

    Days off can either be away from our place independently (we can drop you at train station etc or sometimes Tyler is driving past somewhere cool) Or hanging out here, reading a book… however if you are choosing to relax here just remember this is still the home of three small kids and cats and needy dog so don’t expect peace and quiet :)

    Our first language is English and Spanish is a work in progress... We would prefer helpers who have some level of English but please also use this as an opportunity to improve your English (Hazel and Tyler are both English teachers)...

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Débutant

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    }}}}} Where we are and sleeping {{{{{{

    Our house is a couple of miles from Cocentaina which is a lovely little town and we usually drive into town a few times a week so are happy to drop you in. For those who like hiking there are plenty of amazing places within easy access of the house. We are 45 minutes away from Alicante airport and an hour from the sea. There are buses coming from Alicante daily. We are close enough to Valencia to go by train for the day.

    Accommodation will be in a small separate house which has bedroom, living room with log burner, and a separate full kitchen.

    Or a camper trailer, depending on availability.

    If you have a vehicle (campervan etc) we can probably accommodate that here.

    Length of stay is totally negotiable so please ask but generally we ask for 2+ weeks

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    *️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️The rules*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️
    In general we want to have fun and accommodate your lifestyle but this is our home and we have small kids that we want to keep safe so we need people around us that can respect that.
    Hate the word rules but after years of hosting people here I find its better to be super clear…

    1. Respectful smokers are welcome… so outside, not around the kids and keeping your cigarettes, tobacco and lighters away from the kids.

    2. No additional guests without prior agreement (you'd be surprised...).

    3. Whilst we are very liberal in general we have found that people that need to smoke or eat marijuana to get through/or enjoy their day are not people that we currently want in our home. If this is you then sorry but its not going to work.

    4. Equally if you have a heavy reliance on alcohol or like to drink to excess regularly we are not the home for you. We love a few beers and wines, we are happy to stay up late and drink socially but we have had helpers become aggressive, steal from us and spend most of their days hungover so we are trying to be clear from day 1 that this is not acceptable.

    5. We ask that you keep your areas clean and tidy and respect communal areas.

    +++ Other stuff +++

    We would prefer vaccinated guests. If this is something you feel very strongly against I don't really think we should waste our time talking about it. Thanks.

    Sometimes I might say “oh no I forgot to hang the laundry out, but now we have a doctors appointment, would you mind doing it?”- if that sounds like a reasonable request then you are very welcome :)

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    yes as long as its not huge it'll be great and we can hook it up to the electric

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    We would need to discuss this.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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