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All Year: Spring /Autumn
Area (ha): 0.505
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 5144
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: January 9, 2018

We've just been let down so we are looking for a couple of workers urgently. Can you help us right now in January? We've had two couples who have done some great work here in 2017, both couples have stayed longer than planned so we think they had a good time here. But we've been let down by the couple who were coming here next. Could you help us for the next few weeks till the end of April? We like to have couples, or a couple or friends traveling together who know each other well. Read on to see if you'd like to join us and our animals for a friendly but hard working few weeks.

Do you like wide open spaces, clean air, beautiful mountains and good company at meal times? If so this could be the place for you. We have 1.25 acres of Spanish campo land which needs attention. We are building stone walls and developing a new garden - plus doing all sorts of things on the land like picking olives from our 25 trees. We have 5 dogs (all rescue) and we foster puppies who are gradually being re-homed in Holland, Germany and the UK. We are an official fosterer for an association called Valle Verde (see Facebook), they do stunning work re-homing abandoned animals here in southern Spain. We have rescued and moved on approx 65 puppies in the last 2.5 years, it's very rewarding and they have been great fun. We love dogs and cats, we have five of our own dogs who run around in a half-acre paddock, and we have six house cats.

We need strong fit workers as we are both a bit past it! We like positively motivated people to help us with all we have to do, but we have fun too and last year our workers were very happy and several stayed longer than they had planned. We have friends here who also take helpers so we may be able to help you to your next place if you like it here. We have successfully managed to do this 3 times now.

Our country house is in the Alpujarra Valley, half way between Granada and the coast. We let the main house in the summer and mostly live in the adjoining casita. We've done quite a bit of work on both 'homes' sometimes with the help of volunteers.

We have over 100 trees which need to be cared for and from Nov to Feb the almonds and olives need to be picked. We have created a beautiful garden complete with pool, so there's always work to do, watering and tending for everything.

WORK: We expect 5 hours work per day, 5 days a week and we make lunch and supper for our helpers - we all eat together and you are welcome to do some cooking if you're good at it! Usually we like to have the weekends off and workers are free to come and go as they please, to take a packed lunch and go walking, or whatever, but we like to have the evening meal together if possible as this maintains a sort of family atmosphere.

ACCOMMODATION: Our volunteers will stay in their own room with bathroom, and will share our kitchen. We make lunch and supper for our helpers and like to have a family style feel to our meals together.

ABOUT US: We are very easy going and do our best to make our volunteer workers stay as pleasant as possible. We are flexible about hours and which days you work, however we like to keep the weekends quiet!
We mostly had a good year with volunteers in 2014 and are now looking forward to meeting more interesting, enthusiastic and hard working people this year!

THE AREA: Orgiva is in the Alpujarra Valley which is 1500 feet above sea level, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a paradise for walking, cycling and horse riding. The highest mountain in southern Europe, Mulhacen, is walkable for the fit, it takes about 5 hours. Orgiva is 35 mins drive from the Costa Del Sol, the nearest beach is at Motril, but there are many beautiful beaches and interesting resorts including Almunecar (Jazz Festival mid July), La Herradura, and Nerja which has several beaches.

Orgiva is a very special place, it is very New Age, full of alternative ways of living (yurts/vans etc) including travellers and hippies. Market day is busy and full of colour and life of all sorts. We are 5 mins (2km) drive to Orgiva which is the nearest town, or a 40 minute walk.

Malaga is the best airport for us, although Granada is closer there are very few international flights. Malaga is 1 hour 40 mins drive, there are two buses a day direct to Orgiva, but many buses via Granada where you change bus.

From Orgiva there are many places to visit - It is half an hour's drive to Pampaneira and Capilleira, two of the highest mountain villages in Spain. Granada, 1.5 hours by bus, is a beautiful cultured city and the famous Alhambra Palace is a must see. There are 2 buses a day down to the coast where there are good bus connections.

MORE: We have wifi and a good mobile signal

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