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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 16
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 26002
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: November 1, 2019

//****//Looking for long term volunteers for the winter //***/// we are full till 2020

Hello lovely people,
If you ever heard of Theauravian living, this is your chance to learn about it or to do it. Simple life happy life. Try to go zero waste. Also your mind waste.
At this moment we are on a quest for different personalities and skills :

1) We are also looking for volunteers to make this place more amazing in 2019.
2) Long term stays as we both agree.
3) Or just convince us we have to host you :-) (It worked already several times. Teach us about your skills and we will certainly consider your proposal. We love to learn.
Stays are minimum one month( except if announced otherwise) , so we can immerse you in our style of life .

Works to do :

preparing the garden for 2019.
some wall buildings for rain management.
Taking some rocks out with a jackhammer , You will love this .
Making an outside shower for the volunteers , wits sun heating power .
Also making an terrace for the volunteers .
Making a dome for the garden equipment .
Waste water management for garden work.
Safety line to the outdoor toilet.
Road repairs

You hit an amazing cool/hot/fancy place to stay, want to know more about it?

We live in a cave house on the top of a hill ( great view ), solar power , own well. 35 minutes in car to some civilization. At 1017 meters altitude, on our own 18 ha, 13, 2 acres. Andalucía is very hot in the summer, but can be cold in the winter and rainy.
An opportunity to experience a life in outstanding beauty, with pure air, no light pollution, a warm climate, in a friendly safe environment in the middle of nature.

Now our introduction:

We are Hilde, 45 years and Alain 52 years. We left the rat race and started all over here in Spain. Our intention is to create a little paradise through permaculture, natural life and community.
We speak Dutch, French, English and Spanish (basic) ( Nederlands, Français, Español, English ) .
We have 5 dogs (rescued from dog shelters), 1 cat who thinks she is a dog and one bird of prey. In addition, 5 chicken. We also have our own bird of prey, a red-tailed hawk. (The only 100 % non-vegetarian) We expect everybody to connect with all the animals.

We do love board games like Munchkin, Carcassonne, the Village, Santoska, Catan (Star Trek ) and poker ( not with money :-) ) We love to interact with you .
There's no Wi-Fi out in nature, but I promise, you will not find a better connection.
Your skills are:
People who want to life the dream with us. Co-living is a way of living focused on a genuine sense of community, using shared spaces and facilities to create a more convenient and fulfilling lifestyle.
Honesty, trustful, reliability and open-minded, respect for other people's stuff and privacy, kindness, are really important to us. One important thing I will say is that I do not get on with anyone who is judgmental or prejudice in any way against race, gender or sexuality. We do not get on with bullies or small minded people.
Sometimes when you lose your way, you find yourself here. Be sure you want it. You might be greater as you suspect. De-connect to connect. .
We cannot accept volunteers with pets or drug or alcohol habits. Also kids are not welcome due to the slopes and the big dogs.

If you apply to us, put "happiness" in your answer. So we know you read it all . You can also put in " Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious " without copying and get extra bonus point

We are looking for people to help us. I’m working mostly alone. We love to teach you new skills. But on the other hand, you can give us ideas and other points of view. But the main gain is to meet people to let them discover this fabulous region and our style of life . Helpers should have their own voluntary work insurance cover whilst staying with us. EU citizen a EHIC card.

You will be learning how to live off grid, in respect with nature.
Enjoying the silence and embrace nature.
depending when you visit us, we can show you around to local towns and the natural swimming pool.
You will learn cave drilling, building, cooking, mosaic, and gardening. Can you teach us something, be welcome.

Languages spoken
Fluent Dutch( mother language ), French(mother language Alain), English(high level ) , Español ( basic )


A small cave for one person, a bigger cave (like a studio) with a bedroom. You will have a small kitchen to cook. Also a basic washing machine. Outdoor shower, sun heated. Eco toilet. We will provide you with basic local foodstuffs for everyday life (locavore), health and balanced. (Vegetarian) The rest is up to you. Think about that we are 17 km away from the shop and they have a limited supply. Therefore, if you want daily fresh food, you will have to bicycle a lot.
So please bring eco-friendly soap/shampoo/detergent, as we do not supply these items. This is very important and not bringing Eco friendly washing products, you will not wash.

You will need your own sleeping bag and work gloves due to hygienic reasons. We can provide extra blankets.

What else ...
Transport : 2 buses arrives every day in Orce from Granada , bus company is ALSA. Hitchhiking is difficult to here, but not impossible . We can pick you up at the bus stop .
all other possibilities can be discussed depending from where you are coming. We will help you to find the most easy way by plane, train, bus or all other forms of transportation. If potential helpers arrange to come and stay with us and then do not arrive for what ever excuse. We see that a lot of grandparents die on the moment people want to come to our place. Afterwards we catch them by another hosts. Yes, Hosts do also talk to each other.
Please note that we will give you a bad report, as this is just bad manners and totally inexcusable on your part.
Once we have accepted someone we do not give back word or not turn up to meet you!!
If you find this offensive then you are probably this type of person!
If you do not find it offensive then you are the one for us!! (Reliable).

The big attraction of the cave houses is the fact that you feel in a cave house like in the nature. That security, peace, tranquility and beauty of nature. An additional advantage of the cave dwellings is the constant temperature. It’s always fluctuates between 18 and 22 degrees.( not heated 16°C ) An asset should not be underestimated in a climate like that of Andalusia where it is easily 40 degrees in the summer. "In a cave house is cool in summer and warm in winter. " In the winter the cave maintains 21°C with one log burner and in the summer the same but without the log burner . :-)
Who wants to live in a cave? Well it would appear that many people all around the world have found caves to be a very practical and in lots of cases a luxurious form of dwelling. They can have all the mod cons and of course not forgetting the eco credentials of the natural insulate properties of living in a home with more than meter thick walls and meters of rock or hard clay as a roof. So if you fancy something a little different with an eco-slant then get yourself over to the Granada province of sunny Spain and have a scout around.

This area is also abundant with mountains, natural parks and beautiful white washed villages, what are you waiting for?
In Orce there is a fantastic free natural swimming pool which is great place to spend some time. If you like walking or cycling the opportunities are endless.

The Andalusian village of Orce may be small, but is nevertheless of remarkable importance in the search of the first traces mankind in Iberia, with archaeological digs uncovering proof of settlers there from millions of years ago. In the far north of the Granada Province and bordering onto the Province of Almeria, the village of Orce is a also true discovery for anyone in search of real Andalusia. It is 926 meters above sea level and has a population of just over 1,400. At just 150km from the City of Granada, it is easily accessible by road. Orce is one of the six main villages of the region of Huéscar (pronounced 'Wescar'). This whole area, together with the neighbouring region of Baza is known as the Altiplano de Granada.
The people in the main village of Orce and in the three nearby hamlets of Fuente Nueva, Venta Micena and Pozo de la Rueda enjoy a simple rural life. The prehistoric relics include the much discussed and significant historical remains of a skull, which has become known as "El Hombre de Orce" (Orce Man). There are also fascinating and significant remains of an ancient city from the Bronze Age.
The natural surroundings are as breath-taking as the historic heritage is evident. As is the way with the southern Spanish, traditions and local cooking are taken seriously and the combination of all this elements, promises that a visit to Orce will be a real delight to the senses.
Like the other villages in Huéscar, the dramatic contrasts between lush pastoral landscape and dry flatland is one of the main attractions and something which very much sets it apart from other parts of Andalusia.
There are very interesting ancient archaeological sites at Orce: Fuente Nueva, Barranco del Paso, Barranco León and Venta Micena. It was in this last find that the cranial remains of, what is now known as, "Hombre de Orce" (Orce Man) were found.
Traditionally the local economy was based on agriculture and breeding livestock, with a particular emphasis on the famous segureña lamb, famous and much sought after for its exquisite flavor.
Many ancient stone utensils have been found and there are thought to be many human fossils still to be discovered. To date, the Fuente Nueva site is the most important of the four in Orce, for the large amount of flint, dolomitic limestone which are related to rhinoceros, hippopotamus, elephants and other mammals.
As well as these traces of ancient species, there are also archaeological remains, on of great interest being 'el cerro de la virgen' (the hill of the virgin), where you can see the remains of a Bronze Age village dating back to 2,500BC.
Orce is truly rich in historic and architectural heritage, as can be seen with the Segura Palace of the 16th - 17th century, the church of the 17th century and many stately homes.
The fortress style castle at Orce is testament to its rich historic past. The Alcazaba de las Siete Torres (Fortress of Seven Towers) was built in stages, from the 6th century and was not finished until the Christian era in the 16th century, spanning a millennium of cultural changes.

Hours expected
25 hours a week, hours to up to weather and needs

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