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Volunteer in the countryside of central Portugal in a family run farm.

Country: Portugal

Updated

Workaway Host rating
2
Last Activity
20/10/2014

Description

Hi! We are looking for people to stay with us for about 3 weeks (or possibly longer).

The farm produces mainly for self-consumption and that includes fruit, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, wine, cheese and, as my parents are not vegetarians, meat. We have 5 dogs, 8 cats, chicken, ducks, goats, sheep, rabbits and pigs.

We live in the countryside of central Portugal. The farm already belonged to my great-grandparents. In 1999, after having been abandoned for 25 years, my parents José (80) and Anita (70) started to rebuild it. With the birth of our son Matias (3 years), I Gabriela (34- Portuguese) and my husband Adam (38- German), moved into the old part of the house.

Area

Coimbra and Center

Type of help

Farming,
General Maintenance,
Building,
Gardening

Help

We would like you to help us for around 4-5 hours per day. In the summer, work has to be done mainly in the early mornings and/or late afternoons because of the hot weather, unless there would be the possibility of doing something on a very sheltered place ie. in the woods. We would also like that there is no work on at least two days of the week.

We can have lunch together (ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet). However, because of bed time for Matias, we would like you to have dinner on your own. You can have produce from the farm like eggs, cheese, meat, fruit, veg and jam and we would also buy you basics like bread, rice, pasta, sugar… but you would have to buy your own luxury goods e.g. chocolate, crisps, cookies, beer or shampoo. We go into town for shopping once a week.

We always need help with gardening (irrigation, weeding, digging, planting, sowing). My parents could need help with the animals if you would want to do that, especially at night if there is lambs which need to be bottle fed. Soon there will be a lot of work in establishing an orchard of ca. one hectare.

Languages spoken

Portuguese, English and German

Accommodation

We can accommodate 1 person up to a small family in a separate house that consists of 1 double bedroom, 1 living-room/kitchenet (fully furnished) with a sofa-bed for 2, and 1 toilet with shower. There is the possibility to use the washing machine. There is a fire place but no other heating system. Electric heating can be arranged for infants or when being sick in bed. We also have a small caravan (QEK Junior) that is far away from the farm buildings if you prefer a closer contact with nature. There is bed linnen and towels. Also, you can check your e-mails at my parents´ office.

What else ...

The farm is very close to a small village where you can find a small convenience shop and café.

Sertã, a town of ca. 5000 inhabitants, is about 8 km far away. Apart from the high street shops and the market, there are two supermarkets, the county library, a swimming pool, river beach, a small cinema, bus station (buses going to Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto), post office and a health center.

In another town, also about 10 km far away, there is an adventure sports and tourism company if you like canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, or abseiling.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

4 to 5 hours per weekday

Photos

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My father and my son with our house and my parent's house in the backgroung
My father and my son with our house and my parent's house in the backgroung
Organic veggie garden
Organic veggie garden
Our house
Our house
A sunset in the Summer
A sunset in the Summer
Host ref number: 117842918879

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