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Area (ha): .56
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 56204
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: October 3, 2017


Looking for help with getting the weeding and pruning done in time for winter from late Sept through to early November. Also harvesting almonds and olives.

We are Susan, Hazel and Tyler (and baby Oban). We are approaching the end of our first year living in rural Spain. We have some land that we are clearing and weeding so that we can grow our own veggies (preferably in raised beds). We have a number of established olive and fruit trees which have sadly been neglected by previous owners and are in need of some TLC. We are new to all of this and would welcome anyone with knowledge that we could learn from, but equally welcome those with little or no knowledge who would like to learn alongside us. Oh, and did I mention we have a swimming pool and the most amazing view from the terrace which looks even better with a nice beer after a day's work in the sun......
We are happy to host people of all ages and abilities - enthusiasm is everything.
So, a little about us; we are mother, daughter and son-in-law (and Oban is son/grandson and new to the fold). All 3 of us have been Helpx helpers in the past and so we know some of the pitfalls (and some of the mistakes helpers can make in choosing their hosts :-) - we have all been there). We have 3 dogs (so dog lovers only please). Our house is a couple of miles from Cocentaina which is a lovely little town and we usually drive into town every day 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. We are close enough to Valencia to go by train for the day. All 3 of us are 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- you are very welcome to cook for us and if you want to have meat you are welcome to bbq it outside.
We are looking for helpers that can muck in and help with whatever needs to be done at the time. Currently we are transforming the land which means, weeding and pruning the land and planting out all sorts of vegetables and flowers. In the evenings there is the watering to do as the sun is hot all day. For people who can't necessarily do heavy work there are plenty of other jobs; outside painting, cleaning, cooking, etc. For those with a particular skill we are open to ideas. We would love to build a chicken house and run so anyone with the skills to help will be particularly welcome.
Accommodation will be in the main house - we have a double bedroom which is very comfortable (we have all experienced pretty awful accommodation at various hosts ourselves - 'cozy caravan' was actually a spider-ridden, freezing, damp 1950s trailer).
Our first language is English but we speak a little Spanish and French. We would prefer helpers who have a reasonable standard of English so that we can converse but please also use this as an opportunity to improve your English (Hazel and Tyler are both English teachers)...
Some things to consider -
1. Smokers are welcome (no smoking in the house but outside is fine).
2. No additional guests without prior agreement (you'd be surprised...).
3. If you have a vehicle (campervan etc) we can probably accommodate that here.
4.Length of stay is totally negotiable so please ask.
5. Hours/days of work are also negotiable (25 hours in total per week). We are not rigid but can discuss with you - for example you may want consecutive days off or to spread them out or you may be an early bird and want to do 7 mornings and take off for the rest of the day to lie in a hammock or swim in the pool.

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