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. The association 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 the University of Pablo Olavide in Seville.
The volunteers will have different tasks such as working in the vegetable gardens, decorating the town, preparing workshops for the kids, making ecological soap from olive oil. The work will be generally manual.
Volunteers will sleep at a simple hostel located in the center of the town. It has two bedrooms, kitchen, living room and washing machine. Access to the swimming pool will be possible.
Pegalajar is a beautiful village located close to Jaen. The main economic 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 economic 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 landscape, pure and nearly virgin.
The project includes ONE NIGHT in Madrid at a youth hostel where participants will be able to explore the city, including some cultural activities such as picnic in the RETIRO PARK, under the supervision of an adult volunteer. De Amicitia will cover the youth hostel expenses and food. We will not support public transport or any other extra expenses.
Asociacion 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.
There will be a pick up arranged from the Madrid Barajas Airport. It is very important that the volunteers arrive before 16:00 pm. as we will take a bus from Madrid bus station to Jaen all together.
We will let you know the exact meeting point at the airport few days before your arrival. Volunteers will leave Madrid airport at 16:30 pm to go to the bus station.
Monitors and/or volunteers of our organización will accompany participants to the workcamp venue by public transport – please be aware that the cost of travel is NOT paid by De Amicitia. It will cost you around 25 EUR one way from airport till Pegalajar.
IMPORTANT: This project is confirm but please note that due to the local elections in Spain, the accomodation or the venue of the camp may suffer changes (the arrivals and departures wouldn”t get affected by those changes, feel free to book your tickets) eventhough the other details remain as it is.