/ Working and climbing in Spain
I'm planning to start a postgrad course in Spanish translation next Sept/Oct and before that I want to spend as much time as possible in Spain to improve my Spanish. Where do I go that I can work enough to support myself (or volunteer somewhere in exchange for bed and board) where I can also go climbing as much as possible? Presumably I wouldn't get winter and summer in the same place, but a few months in one spot from January one would be a great start. Any ideas?
If all else fails I can try an English teaching job, but that means working in one of the cities and therefore not getting climbing as much as I'd like. Ideally I'd find a climbing oriented business/campsite/guesthouse or whatever that needs staff and where I could find climbing partners too.
Olive Branch ( El Chorro ) and Orange House ( Costa Blanca ) both do some sort of a deal where you do a few hours work for them and you get a discount/free accomm. Not sure on the details of the deals they do but worth looking into.
Otherwise if people were going to teach English and live in a Spanish city, where would they choose for best access to climbing? Unfortunately xcluding Catalunya for language reasons...
I'm in Tarragona teaching English. Don't write off Catalunya as people are bi-lingual with Castillian and Catalan (although Catalan is probably what you'll hear most in the street).
Only trouble is the teaching - gets in the way of climbing! If you want to climb more then trying to get a job in a bunkhouse etc is probably a better idea.
Hi not sure if you did email me at The Orange House (not Orange Branch! lol).
We are still taking people on from Jan onwards, but you are right you would not get much practice at speaking Spanish although my eldest son doesnt speak much English as all his friends are Spanish.
The added problem in our area is that alot of the locals speak Valencian.
Your best bet might be to email some of the Spanish ran refugio, such as El Atico in Chulila and the one in Montenejos.
One city that might be worth a look is Cuenca. All the benefits of a big city plus two massive gorges both starting from the old part of town. Loads to go at.
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