Volunteering In The Hills Of Andalucia

Waterfalls Andalucia

Earlier in February we left Portugal and started travelling to Andalucia in Spain to start our next work exchange. This time we were going to be volunteering in the hills, which we were very excited about.

Andalucia Hills
(The view from where we stayed in Andalucia)
Andalucia Sunset
(Watching the sun set from our temporary home in Andalucia)

We spent 2 weeks helping our Dutch hosts Jelle and Flora paint a lot of walls inside and outside their new home. We worked 5 hours per day, 5 days per week in return for food, accommodation and great company. We got to stay in their amazing cave-like house and were cooked very delicious vegetarian meals.

Andalucia Painting
(Working hard or hardly working?)

Every morning I’d be up early to start one of Flora’s meditation classes at 8am. Meditating every day and always being surrounded by nature was such a great way to wind down from the city life we’d experienced in Seville and Málaga.

After mediation we’d enjoy breakfast before starting work. Throughout the day we’d have a coffee and lunch break altogether. In the afternoons we’d usually go for a short hike to the nearby waterfalls with Sam the dog.

Andalucia Dog
(Walking Sam to the waterfalls)

Afterwards we’d have time to chill, read a book and catch up on some blogging. We’d finish the day watching the sunset over the Spanish hills and eating a cooked dinner with our hosts.

Andalucia Workaway
(Friday night drinks with our hosts)

I did yoga with Flora once per week and on Saturdays we would all go to the nearby markets to mingle with the locals and practice our Spanish.

Andalucia Organic Markets
(The local organic markets just down the hill from us)
Andalucia Coffee
(Sipping on some organic coffee at the markets)

One weekend we also drove down to the nearest beach Torre Del Mar for lunch and walked along part of the Costa Del Sol.

My favourite part of staying with Jelle and Flora was hearing all about all their stories from when they sailed around the world for 3 years. It was so inspiring that Will and I added ‘Sail around the world’ to our Bucket-List and have decided to gain experience working onboard boats in the near future.

Andalucia Blogging
(The perfect place to get stuck into some blogging)

Overall we really enjoyed volunteering in the hills of Andalucia. We definitely recommend Workaway to anyone wanting to travel and experience new things. 2 weeks was the perfect amount of time to relax in nature before our next adventure to Gran Canaria where we are currently enjoying some summer weather!

Have you volunteered abroad before? Tell us about your experience in a comment below…
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