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Old coal mine estate needs volunteers

World, Europe, Spain, Selva


Travel dates

18°C, 15:08

About the workproject

We need 5 volunteers

In 2012 my wife and I bought a former coal mine estate on Mallorca, size: 3 hectares. There are still some of the old buildings on the estate like a storage building for the coal and the mine tower. There are 4 houses which formerly had their own specific purpose until the mine closed in 1986.

We are transforming the estate with some drastic changes such as: creating a vineyard, a lake, a waterway, and changing some of the many common pine trees for more interesting trees such as subtropical varieties producing fruits or nuts. Right now the vineyard is being created, which involves a lot of work. There is much bedrock - or as we call it, 'badrock' which needs to be removed. I would guess we already have a mountain of over 50 tons of this!

About the host

Mark & Ans (56)

Host since



German, English, Spanish, Nederlands, Swedish

Last seen online

1 Weeks ago

(from left to right: Natasha and Angelique (friends from Holland & Ans and Mark)
We are a Dutch couple and run our own internet publishing company for many years. Our current main websites are - yes, this website - and, a bookkeeping solution for 'freelancers'. We like to combine our work with having fun and in fact: work should be fun and this works rather well.

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My project blog

Renovations to our houses in Sweden

October 26, 2018

Our blog is about our adventures and mainly these are related to Mallorca as we spend most of our time at La Mina San Cayetano. But the past 2 weeks we have been in Sweden for a change. We wanted to get away from our paradise for a short break and do some home improvements on the houses. What we have done is wrap the houses in wood panels, so it now looks as if the houses are made of wood instead of stone and concrete. Ondrej was with us and we were happy that he was willing to help us as we could never have done it without him. In just two weeks time we applied typical Swedish wood paneling on 3 of the outside walls of the house. Two years ago I already did 1 wall with Pepe Moya, but this was first of all done as a necessity as the finishing layer off the wall was very bad. A local friend - Tommy Huseback - advised me to just cover it with wood panels (planks). The effect would have a double effect: cover the bad spots and increase the insulation of the house. A third effect should be added as it makes the house much nicer. I have never liked the fact that we had placed the windows too level with the outside of the wall, which gives a very flat look. Applying the wood paneling 'pushes' the windows and doors 5 cm more inside the house. This with the Swedish red (ox red) color with white finishing of the windows and corners of the house makes it look very warm.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • help in the house

Expected workhours

  • 5 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • private apartment

We can offer you what is available. There are 3 accommodations available, but sometimes these are in use already by friends. Contact us for more details.

  • self catering

You can prepare your own meals, we will supply you the food.

  • offering money for all working hours 

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