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Glampsite in the Algarve needs volunteer help.

Country: Portugal

Updated

Workaway Host rating
5
Last Activity
15/04/2014

Description

Our glampsite is a tourist destination with paying guests mainly from Europe (75% from the UK), a glampsite (glamorous camping) of accomadation of Tipis, Yurts and Safari tents, chill out lounge/cafe, Yoga temple, Zen pond, a plunge pool for our paying guests to enjoy. We grow our own veg, but we are not a farm. We open April 18 - Sept 30.


VOLUNTEERS PRIOR TO OPENING FEBRUARY TO APRIL

We need help to get the glampsite ready to open from April. We start taking volunteers in the middle of February before we open to assist us in projects such as building camp kitchens, toilets and showers, restoring broken fences, painting and maintenance of the site. If you have an interest or skill in building projects and organic gardening, are physically fit, dont mind getting your hands dirty and doing manual work then we would love your help from February until April. So the focus in building, maintenance, gardening, permaculture and anyone with artistic painting abilities, restoration or textiles skills, building, Ecological experience or qualifications are very welcomed! If you have a back ground in administration, sales, marketing, graphic design, website maintenance, and would like to help in the office dealing with customer enquiries who want book our accommodation then we would like your help also.

We provide you the basics to prepare breakfast and evening meal. We ask you to help prepare (as a team) the communal vegeterian lunch for the volunteers. If you require meat or treats then you need to buy them on your two days off. You will stay in the dorm cottage. Communal hot and cold showers and toilets. We provide your bedding, but you need to bring a towel. Work is 9 am - 1pm and an hour after lunch 2 pm - 3 pm 5 hours per day. 2 days off


VOLUNTEERS DURING TOURIST SEASON APRIL - OCTOBER

We are looking for volunteers who preferably have a big interest, qualifications or experience within hospitality or have worked in hotels or hostels or similiar tourism environment. This is important to us because we have paying guests staying with us with an expectation of good, friendly, helpful customer service and continuously nice and clean accommodation, and facilities. We are proud that we provide excellent customer care and lovely accommodation and expect our volunteers to want to do the same. If you do not like or are not good at cleaning, toilets, showers and bedmaking, cleaning Tipis then we are not for you. But if you dont mind this type of work and can cook as well, and a big bonus if you can make any type of cake to sell to our guests that would be really great! We welcome anyone with a flair for interior design and making nice touches so things look lovely for our guests such as honeymoon and romantic stays as they are popular with us. So the focus is hospitality and cleaning, housekeeping, bedmaking, a small amount of watering the garden and weeding and helping our guests. If you have childcare care qualifications (mandatory) and experience and happy to baby sit for our guests you could receive a little pocket money from our guests. Tips are shared out with the volunteers and Managers so if you do a great job cleaning, making the Tipis nice and being helpful towards our guests they can leave good tips in the tip jar! Hours of work May - Oct are either 8 am to 1 pm or 2 - 6 pm (cleaning toilets and showers, cleaning and bed making, making up Tipis), and 2 or 3 times a week 6pm to 7 pm to watering garden, cleaning toilets and showers) Once a week we ask you to help prepare BBQ night with the Managers which you get to enjoy eating the yummy food and drink and socialise with other volunteers and guests.

2 MANAGERS : COUPLE PREFERRED OR 2 FRIENDS JUNE - OCTOBER (paid position)

We are looking for 2 managers to commit to come and stay (essential) the summer and work. You must have hospitality experience either working in hotels, hostels, or similiar environment. We need a combination of skills : You should be good at cleaning, basic cooking (vegeterian a bonus) , housekeeping, bedmaking, cleaning, basic gardening, basic building or maintenace skills or ability and willing to learn, administration skills to deal with reception and customer bookings, meeting and greeting customers and a friendly , people type person so enjoy hosting BBQ nights with the guests. Generally good all rouders and people who have experience and enjoy working in hospitality, essential preferably supervisory expereience. You both should be over 21 years old have a mature approach with experience and feel confident to deal with administration in the office aswell as guests issues whilst they are on site. You also need to feel comfortable and confident to supervise the other volunteers and ensure that the work gets done and you all work as a good team so our guests are happy. In return we provide you separate , comfortable accommodation from the dorm volunteers, shared showers and toilets. You will both work 8 am - 1 pm cleaning and making up the Tipis with the volunteers , then alternate days work in the evenings 6 pm - 9 pm doing admin, the other partner works the alternate evenings you will have 1 and a half days off. You will have all your food (vegeterian) included and 2 bikes to use aswell as a small salary enough to live on and enjoy on your days off and a bonus in the end if you stay the duration and do a good job. We do not pay for flights. You need to be able to speak and write English to a very good standard as most of our guests are from the UK, but other languages also welcomed. Please email info@tipialgarve.com for more information. We will need CV,s and references and a skype interview

TRAINED YOGA & MASSAGE THERAPISTS MAY - OCTOBER (SPLIT PAYMENT)

We are also looking for trained yoga therapists and massage therapists who are happy to be available to do yoga and or massage for the guests as requested aswell as other duties for exchange of food and board in the female dorm for 3 or 4 weeks or longer and you can recieve a split percentage for Yoga and massage to earn a little pocket money whilst doing the same duties as the other volunteers such as cleaning, housekeeping, bedmaking, cooking and watering garden, reception etc

EXPERIENCED BABY MINDERS APRIL - OCTOBER

If you have qualifications and or experience as a nanny, child minder or similiar looking after babies then we would like some help to look after our 6 month old baby girl for a few hours during the day in exchange for free board and bed in the dorm and carrying out the same duties as the volunteers when needed. We will need references.

We provide you with the basics to prepare your own breakfast and evening meal . You will help make a communal vegeterian lunch for all the volunteers. Help assist in BBQ night once a week season for the guests in the summer from June - Sept.

There is free wifi, so bring your lap top, a pool table, table football, plenty of card and board games, books to read and swap, chill out lounge plays music, free wifi so bring your lap top!, hammocks, great hiking and walks near by , a large lake nearby, and a very friendly dog and cats. ... and a swimming pool to enjoy!

There is a local bus service at the end of the track to Portimao on the coast with great beaches, restaurants, bars, cafes, shops ets and to the lovely green mountains of the old town of Monchique. A taxi will cost between €12-18. We have local restaurants nearby within a 10 to 15 minute walk.

We ask that you have your own health insurance and give us a contact number of your next of kin in case of any emergencies. We only usually like to accept helpers who are willing to stay a minimum of three weeks, possibly a little less, but prefer longer such as a month. We do not accept volunteers for one week because it takes two to three days to train. This is non negotiable, so please do not ask! Please once you decide to come, commit to your decision because it takes time and energy to organise volunteers accommodation and work and in the past we have had to write "no show" on the profiles of the volunteers who never arrived.

So if you are interested in spending some time with us, able to commit to the dates you can come, don't mind working hard when needed and want to have fun in the sun, in a cool, chilled out enviroment, can smile often and laugh lots then contact us. We have a strict no drugs policy and people who have problems with alcohol please do not come to us. Smoking is strictly outside only. We encourage a healthy, laid back vibe.. we are not a party animal kind of place.

Area

Algarve

Type of help.

Help with Computers / internet,
Other,
Art project,
Helping with Tourists,
Animal care,
Help with Eco project,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,
Babysitting / child care,
Building,
Gardening

Help

Languages spoken

English, German, Spanish

Accommodation

There is a dorm cottage to stay in, and communal camp kitchen, communal shower & toilets. Once you contact us we will send you more information and a booking form to complete.

What else ...

We welcome vegeterian eaters as we do not provide meat but basic veggie food and fruit. If you want special treats or expensive vegan produce we ask you to buy them yourselves.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

. In the summer 8 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 6pm , (6 pm to 7 pm on a rota two ot three times a week maximum) 5 to 6 hours) with two days off. These days off may not be a weekend ,but you will get two days off after working 5 days.

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Host ref number: 146164112167

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