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Area (ha): 10.000
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 48335
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: February 29, 2020

Looking for a builder/ handyman as soon as possible :)
I like to finish the bathroom and kitchen in the gallery. Its halfway..but not finished yet...
(placing drywall, tiling, covering the ceiling, replacement toilet, sink, installing kitchen etc.)

Since 6 years I live in a Finca in a natural park in Andalusia/ Costa del Sol and in The Netherlands. I really enjoy the place because of its pure nature and silence.

The house is situated a 1,5 hour drive from Malaga airport. A drive from the house to the nearest village, Competa is about 20 min and its a 1 hour walk. It’s a beautiful multi-cultural mountain village. And it takes a 40 min drive to the coastal side. (Nerja/Torrox/Algarobbo)

I'm a Dutch artist, curator, organiser and running a gallery in the village. I'm an active person, organizing art-events and i'm accompanied by other creative, kind people, musicians and so on. I travel regularly for my exhibitions abroad. Since Competa has 50% villagers from outside Spain, the gallery is visited by various people. Also quite some artists do live in or near Competa.
I love to meet people from other countries. Important in life for me is to keep balanced as far as possible and to keep inspired. In this way I'm also able to maybe inspire others.
I do have 2 cats and 1 dog. They enjoy the natural park, but do love company as well. (And for the men: just to be clear, I'm in a relationship, not looking for a romantic affair or so.)

For a volunteer at my place there are in fact different jobs/ possibilities.

First of all: I offer a beautiful living area, great view, peace and a quiet and good room and healthy food. In exchange I expect you come with the intention to really help and support me or my projects. This means: Minimum 5 hours labour per day for 5 days a week. 2 days off during 7 days counting from the moment you arrive. Also I prefer to host people who can speak English, German or Dutch. If you hardly speak any of these languages, working together will get difficult. I've hosted quite some volunteers by now, and I would like to stress that my place is not a retreat for travellers. I have been disappointed by some helpers who needed recovery or healing time, and didn't have that much energy or the skills that they've written about in their profiles. If you're enthusiastic and you feel excited to work as well as enjoy this beautiful place and you think we can make it a good exchange, then I would gladly host you!

1) Looking for a graphic designer who can help me designing a catalogues and leaflets. Best if you've your own laptop with you with the right programmes on it.

2) It would be nice if somebody can help me to update my websites/ and add my art works on the online galleries. Somebody handy with a computer could maybe help me with that.

3) For the long term: I would love to find somebody who could help me in the gallery with many different tasks….
I'm first of all artist, so would like to spend more time on my main profession...I do run the gallery now for 5,5 years and it would be great to meet a skilled person who would like to run a gallery together with me.

jobs: keeping the gallery open weekly, assisting customers, taking care for the gallery space, hanging exhibitions, cleaning, tidying up, carrying and moving stuff, helping with publicity, designing posters or ads, meeting artists, doing online marketing, maintaining the gallery website/ fb page, helping with organizing art events, translating texts. etc.

I think it is possible to earn money as well when we book results with online promotion/ publicity and doing sells via the web and in the gallery.

Preferably a woman or man who is familiar with art/ culture/ marketing/ selling art. Languages: English and would be nice of that person can also speak Spanish.

(these tasks are maybe for long term, but can also be done by people if they stay a shorter time at mine)

4) Would like to improve some things at the house and in the gallery. A carpenter or builder could be of great help. In the gallery I would like to add a bathroom and kitchen and bed. At the house I would like to built an extra covered area. Plus some improvements in/ around the wooden cabin.

General jobs:
Things to do in and around the house:
maintenance jobs: painting iron gates, weeding, cutting trimmed wood, paint jobs, pruning, moving stuff, building a veranda, maintaining the pool, watering the plants etc.

But also: cooking, cleaning, making bedrooms ready for guests, sewing pillow covers...taking care of the pets, walks with the dog, house/ pet sitting.

The stay:
On the terrain there is a wooden cabin in which 1 or 2 volunteers can stay (if there are no other guests). It has a bedroom, living room, kitchen as well, and a nice balcony with great views. In the stone house there are rooms with private bathrooms. Also possible to be used by volunteers. Would be easiest if the volunteer can drive a car and is not afraid of rough-track. (25 min to the village)

As you read help is welcome and would be good anytime from now on.

For the maintenance jobs looking for a handymen or woman, who can drive a car as well.

Until now I have hosted 10 or more helpx people and I really like this concept. It is nice to feel supported to get the things done, but also nice to meet people from different cultures and countries and to sometimes find new friendships.

It's clear I could welcome some help! ;-)
A skype or chat on fb is also possible to 'meet' each other.

Best regards, groetjes, Lieuwke

reviews (3)
Helper: Dalia THALER Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 9, 2019
My time with Lieuwke is unforgettable. If you get to stay with her at her bea... view complete review

Helper: Kirsten and Nick Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 11, 2017
We feel very fortunate to have had the chance to spend a week working and liv... view complete review

Helper: Maggie and Miguel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 2, 2017
We stayed with Lieuwke and her partner Ben for about 3 weeks in the beginning... view complete review

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