Homestay Oteruelos, Spain

5.0
(20 reviews)20

Join us and help around the house and garden in Oteruelos, Soria.

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Connect with nature
14 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Expand your environmental consciousness
12 travelers felt they returned from this experience with a greater environmental consciousness
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer

25h

Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Gardening
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
Farming
Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
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What you get

2

Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
Breakfast
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Lunch
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
Dinner
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Basic Internet Access
Basic speed internet for you to work remotely
Dedicated Workspace
Specific space for you to work remotely
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Support
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Availability

Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Stay at least
5 days
Stay up to
1 month

The Experience

We are Santiago and Tadeo, my 16 year son. We have Ali and her puppy , Sushi and Tina, the cats. We need help in the garden, and setting up permacultural systems, an array of vegetable growing areas, maximising water conservation and basic garden management (weeding, trimming and pruning) We also need help in the house with household tasks and maintenance, dog walking and take care of the chickens.

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Requirements

  • Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish
  • Over 19 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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20 Reviews

5.0

Host & Team

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Homestay

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

How this experience will transform you

  • 14 Get in touch with nature
  • 12 Developing environmental awareness
  • 10 Meeting locals
  • 10 Learning about sustainability
  • 9 Immersing in the local culture
  • 5 Creating true social impact

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 4 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 2 3. Good health and well-being
  • 1 7. Affordable and clean energy

China

5

Oteruelos is very good place if you want to get in touch with nature and relax. Santi is a very nice and delightful person who tried his best to make sure my volunteer experience is happy and satisfying. We had very good conversations about culture, life and experience everyday. I learned a lot about Spain. I would recommend oteruelos if you want to have a place to relax and away from the city.

26 days ago

Czech Republic

5

Santiago is the loviest man we have met on our travelling journey. He has made us feel so welcome and taught us so much about planting/growing veggies in his garden and veggie patch. We absolutely loved Ali the dog Sushi the cat and the new member of the family Tina (she was named after me 😂) who we rescued on our last day! The work was very manageable and enjoyable for us! We had a wonderful time and are truly really sad that the experience is now over. Thank you so much for having us Santiago and Tadeo..you both are lovely people and we will miss you so much ❤️ highly recommend x

about 1 year ago

United Kingdom

5

We had an amazing time in Oteruelos! Santiago is a wonderful human, very humble, and just a great guy! Tadeo is a great kid with decent football knowledge. The work itself was easily manageable and there was a lot of time to enjoy the small village and the nature around. Taking Ali, the dog for daily walks, was lovely. Her and Sushi, along with the chickens, are the best companions. We also rescued a little kitten (now called Tina), who will become a great member of the Oteruelos family. Thank you so much for an amazing 2 weeks!!!

about 1 year ago

Canada

5

I had a great time in Oteruelos! Santiago was a very welcoming host. The house is very cozy and comfortable. Ally the dog and Sushi the cat were also great companions during my stay. Oteruelos is a beautiful little village and I really enjoyed taking Ally for walks and exploring. The work was hard at times but fun to learn some new skills. Was also able to enjoy lots of down time to relax. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy nature and work outside.

about 1 year ago

Canada

3

This experience for me was just okay. People should know that it is very remote (a village of about 8 inhabited houses (the rest abandoned)) and little to no service. If you are okay with being in such a rural setting, this might be the place for you. I found it difficult to arrange rides to/from Soria, but during the school year when the host is working, it is no problem. Another thing to be aware of is that although the work is not easy, it is not counted and organized ahead of time. Communication could improve but Santiago is a very good person and will teach you about sustainability.

12 months ago


Santiago replied

Just a few corrections:

- Oteruelos is not a remote village. It's just 13 kms from the main city Soria (10 minute drive to Soria or 50 minute on your bike)
- There are buses to Soria on Mondays and Thursdays.
- Most of the houses are not abandoned. They are summer or weekend houses. In the summer there are about 30 neighbors and you can arrange rides to Soria easily. All you need is to ask anyone there (most of the people conmute to Soria everyday) and it helps if you speak a bit of Spanish and make the effort to ask for a ride.
- Last week, as you know, it was the local festival in Soria and there weren't many `people in the village -they were on holidays or enjoying the festival- And you seem to forget that you spent a day in Soria during the local festival and stayed the night in Soria thanks to my friend’s hospitality. You said you were having a lot of fun there :)
- The work in the garden and in the house is quite easy if you enjoy being in contact with nature and walk through the forest or along the river with Ali.
- The work in a vegie garden can't get easily organized ahead of time as it depends on the weather conditions on the day (rainy, high temperatures..) and in the summer it's advisable to get up early to do the garden task when it's not that hot.

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