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Old coal mine estate needs volunteers

World, Europe, Spain, Selva


Travel dates

19°C, 22:41

About the workproject

We need 5 volunteers

In 2012 me and my wife have bought a former coal mine estate on Mallorca, size: 3 hectares. There are still some of the old buildings on the estate like the storage building for the coal and the mine tower. There are 4 houses which all used to have their own specific purpose till the mine closed in 1986. We are transforming the estate with some quite drastically changes like: creating a vineyard, a lake, a waterway, changing many boring pine trees for more interesting trees - preferably subtropical producing fruits or nuts. Right now the vineyard is being created, which involves a lot of work. There is many bedrock - or as we call it 'badrock' which needed to be removed. I guess we have a mountain of over 50 tons of this stuff right now.

About the host


Mark (55)

Host since

German, English, Spanish, Nederlands, Swedish

Last seen online
5 Days ago

I am Dutch and run my own internet publishing company for many years together with my wife. Our current main websites are related to 'home exchange' and a bookkeeping solution for 'dummies'. I like to combine my work with having fun and in fact: work should be fun and this works rather well I must admit.

My project blog

Wasp spider

September 15, 2017

It's clear where this large spider earned his name from - one of the largest spiders in Europe. It's one of the family of Araneae, also known as the 'real spider family'. It's hard to miss it due to the striking colors. Ans found one in the vegie garden and showed it to me. I remember that I had seen one a few years back in our 'jungle' (the wild uncultivated part of the estate). Although the size is large in comparison to other spiders, a bite is not dangerous for humans, but it does paralyze it's pray with venom so I guess you would feel something. It's an interesting spider....* Males are about half the size of the females* Males have two sort of penises and he leaves it inside the body of the female after mating - which is called 'plugging' on Wikipedia - in order to prevent other males from mating with the same female.* After mating the female normally shrink wraps her lover and sucks out his juices, what a honorable gift of the male.* If he mates with her just after she has changed her skin, he is able to escape and mate one more time with his spare penis.* They are very selective with their pray and they avoid eating a certain beetle, the Brachinus Crepitans. The Dutch name of this beetle is much more telling about this beetle: bombardeerkever (beetle = kever in Dutch). I don't understand why the English name is not similar so Bobardeer Beetle. The funny thing about this beetle is that it can fire off an aimed bomb which explodes at a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius in the face of the spider.

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.

  • no money is involved