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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: February 17, 2020

Once again our workers did not show up!! So, we urgently need helpers as soon as possible, preferably a couple. Could you be here very soon? If so read on: we have a path to build at the side of the house - then there are some of the unfinished tasks like painting railings, doors and walls - and also planting young trees and generally sorting out the garden ready for the summer.

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 1.75 acres of Spanish campo land which needs attention, we are building stone walls and still developing the gardens - plus doing all sorts of things on the land like picking olives from our 25 trees. Currently we have 5 dogs (all rescue) and 5 cats. We have rescued and moved on over 125 dogs/pups in the last 5 years, it's very rewarding and they have been great fun. The dogs are outdoors with their own 'house', they run around in a half-acre paddock. The cats are house cats so have a very comfortable life.

We need strong fit helpers 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 in past years our helpers have very happy and sometimes 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 live the large main house, and there is a holiday home attached which we let out in the summer and holiday times. We've done quite a bit of work on both 'homes' sometimes with the help of volunteers.

We have over 70 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.

Our volunteers will stay in their own room with bathroom, and will share our kitchen. Breakfast is provided on a help-yourself basis, but we always make lunch and sometimes supper for our 'family' on work days. We expect 5 hours help per day, 5 days a week. Usually we like to have the weekends off and helpers 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 community atmosphere.

ACCOMMODATION: Our volunteers will stay in their own room with bathroom, and will share our kitchen.

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've had several good years with volunteers since 2014 and are now looking forward to meeting more interesting, enthusiastic and hard-working people.

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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