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Old coal mine estate needs volunteers

World, Europe, Spain, Selva


Travel dates

21°C, 00:08

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

3 Days 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.

My project blog

Cottage project: update

September 14, 2018

There are guests in multiple houses right now and I don't work on the cottage renovations when guests are here. Everything makes noise, which is not music to your ears (grinders, drilling, mixing concrete, machines etc). This affects the progress of the ground floor cottage project a bit - although there is of course enough to do elsewhere. However... I have my mind set to this project, I go to sleep with it, evaluating all options and choices I have to make. As an amateur you have to make a ton more decisions compared to being an experienced builder. Only for this 'burden' everything takes more time and as it should be fun you should suppress any feelings of stress or deadline thoughts - which sometimes is not easy as you want to keep the spirit high and see the actual progress. Anyway... I guess the photos and their captions show it all, so no more text, look at the images I suggest. Have a great weekend !

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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