About the local hosting organizationAsociacion Fuente de la Reja made out of citizens that in the last 20 years have been working on a project to restore an ancient irrigation and farming system developed by the Moors on a hillside where a spring in the center of the town.Despite the fact that the spring and reservoir and canals and gardens were the origin and had been the lifeline of the town for ages, several years ago the spring and reservoir went dry. The gardens were abandoned. Almost all the fruit trees, save a few straggly pomegranates and figs, died.The town is close to the much larger city of Jaen and in recent decades many weekenders built vacation country homes and unauthorized wells that depleted the groundwater supply. A group of concerned residents under La Fuente de la Reja Association came together to reverse this situation. And they succeeded After a long hard fight, they managed to have the wells closed. The spring recently began to flow again, the reservoir is full of water, several of the collapsed terrace walls have been rebuilt, and a handful of old-timers and educated youths are planting gardens and selling their surplus produce in the village square.
About the volunteer workThe asociation has recently bought some plots of land and want to use them to grow local vegetables, in a project that concerns all the agroecology of the area, together with th eUniversity of Pablo Olavide in Seville
Local accommodationVolunteers will sleep at a simple hostal located inthe centre of the town. It has two bedrooms, kitchen, living room and washing machine. access to the swimming pool will be possible.
About the project locationPegalajar is a beatiful village located close to Jaen.The main economical activity is local tourism but they also deal with other services. Moreover, the great value and cultural heritage of the city, is allowing tourism development that will complement the local economy and disseminate the image and history of this noble village.In the last years, because of the economical crisis agriculture has been regarded as a possibility for young people with no job offers.Pagalajar and Jodar are located surrounded by the Natural Park of Sierra Magina with is a natural area with high quality lansdcape, pure and nerly virgin.
RequirementsMotivated volunteers able to live in a small average size rural town far away from big cities. Hot weather is guaranteed.
Extra info about the projectMeeting point will be orgasnised in Madrid. volunteers will stay one night at Youth hostal and then placed on a bus to be picked up in Jaen where they will be taken to Pegalajar. Youth Hostal is included in the price but the bus ticket no. The return will de done in the same way