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Working for a better world up in the mountains in Extremadura, Spain

World, Europe, Spain, Gata



Travel dates

27°C, 00:32

About the workproject

We need 2 volunteers

Hi, we are Juan, Paz and our sons Clara and Mario. Juan is a shepherd who studied forestree engineer. Paz is already over 15 years working with medicinal plants, destillation, perfums and garden healing. We began our project on March 2012 as this complete valley was over 50 years abandoned. We habe made a Logical farm up in the mountains of extremadura inside a forest. Our purpose is to recover and expand the forest and the fertility of the land using traditional ways of working with animals, plants and constructions, having the biggest respect with the nature and leaving behind us a future more fertil and seeded than consumed. Our Thinking is that the trees we plant now are for next generations and so on. At the moment we have around 25 animals goats, sheeps, mainly. Our purpose is to grow a little bit more so we are planning to make a cheesemakery. We already planted 500 fruit trees for drying the fruits, other 500 for reforest and our main works are with the medicinal-aromatic plants

We are completing a bio cycle with water, plants and animals. The fields contains the plants that provide health to the forest and the animals... and flavour to the milk and the cheese. Giving health away give us health inside. Many rivers are borned in our valley sourrounding the houses, so all water is much pure and good for drinking. We also provide us health through the vegetable garden (orchard) and sprouting natural seeds. The place is like a little paradise!! Respect for the earth is our fundament. Then we take care of the wild plants around, wild trees, the fields to make the hey, making all the cultural works to keep them happy and reproductive.

The goats go to the cliffs everyday cleaning and recovering the old ways that nobody used for a long time.
They will eat the best food an animal could eat...just pure natural and healthy plants from the clean nature from the mountain. Later they will came back bringing the best to make our products.

We live up in the mountains, 3.5 km from thee village in a wild place. Our houses have very long views at the front, at the back we are close to the cliffs, and at the sides there are several small rivers. We keep a big forest with a big biodiversity just beside our houses.

Solar energy is provided, as solar hot water shower or night bath between fire and stars.

*️️️️️️️️we accept volunteers minimum one month to be able to adapt to the present works and to know and learn minimum well the activities we develop here. but we like when people stay longer.. This make the learning process much more effective and eficient

Best wishes and thanks to all of you helpers of the nature, helpers of the world.

Saludos, ànimos y fuerza

About the host


Host since



English, French, German, Spanish

Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

We came to this project with the idea of living with the nature, and to protect the forest that surround this mountains, after so many trees planted, we have decided to grow our family as well so we are now 4, and also the number of animals increase every year.
The amount of work done here is very huge, as the place itself, and theres still lots of works to do to improve and mantein what is done. Thanks to the strenth of the nature that give us motivation we allways have the strenth to keep on going everyday....
once i heard 'we are what we do, to change what we are'

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • farming
  • help in the house
  • maintenance tasks

Expected workhours

  • 5 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • shared cottage, shared room, tent

  • shared meals

  • no money is involved