I'm Fernando, 32, managing a very rural farm in the heart of Serra da Malcata.
The main produce of this 66 hectare farm (163 acre), is goat keeping, but we've also several other animals, like pigs, chickens, turkeys, gooses, ducks, dogs, cats and so on. Also olives and some vegetables.
The farm is located in a Natural Reserve and you can use this as a base to explore Serra da Malcata, an unspoilt part of the Portuguese countryside. Hike up the River Bazágueda and visit old mill ruins. Walk in the hills, home of red, lynxs, woolfs, genets and wild boars and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery. Take the goats for a walk in the woods, side by side with native Portuguese shepherd dogs and you'll have an unforgettable experience. Back at home, cherish the view of the waterfront, feed the pigs, chickens and turkeys (endogenous breeds) , and, if you're lucky, you'll be able to feed some baby goats. Unwind and enjoy true nature. Bike riding and licended fishing are also allowed. We can and will certanly do some traditional homemade specialities. We also, depending on the season, make cheese for ourselves. We're now restoring some old country traditional houses maid of stone (schist) and using traditional materials and techniques.
In the freetime you can enjoy the river, bathing in pure water!
Conveniently located within half an hour drive of dozens of historic sites, you can visit Castle of Penamacor or the Medieval Villages of Sortelha, Sabugal, among others, and get a sense of the local flavor.
Step back in time and experience the simple pleasures of medieval lifestyle.
In other free hours, we like to discuss everything and would love to learn and teach other languages with volunteers!
Coimbra and Center
Type of work
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
We offer you the opportunity to join us for 1-5 weeks (maybe longer) to participate in daily life on the farm. You're expectec to help in several tasks, depending on what is available at the moment. We are restoring some of the stone houses, in several states of condition. Some, almost from the ground, others just repairing the roof. All will be made with traditional techniques. There is also some vegetal production in wich you can help, and in November/December you can help in olive catching and olive oil production. Some days you may help with the goats also. As we are often busy with other work for our business please be prepared to sometimes be working alone, if we have no other volunteers here. If you would like to come with friends, we can accommodate several volunteers, depending on conditions. There are allways things to be done, so you're wellcome anytime and also for long periods.
Portuguese, english, spanish, french, a bit of italian
There are 2 rooms available in 300 years plus small typical stone country house, restored according to the original conditions. We can also dispose fold away beds. More places can be arranjed, if you're not too demanding in luxury! There's also lots os space for camping and you can bring a caravan too. We've wireless internet conection for volunteer's to use, so be glad to bring you laptop.
What else ...
Conveniently located within half an hour drive of dozens of historic sites, you can visit Castle of Penamacor or the Medieval Villages of Sortelha, Monsanto, Idanha-A-Velha, Belmonte, Sabugal, among others, and get a sense of the local flavor.
Step back in time and experience the simple pleasures of an almost medieval lifestyle.
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Host ref number: 283271753372
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by Anne [18/05/2013]:
Stunningly beautiful, remote and off grid location with basic accommodation. Great to experience the Portuguese way of doing things. Endless supply of fresh goats cheese. Fernando is a good guy and will look after you.
by Alya [06/04/2013]:
Fernando, Frederico, and Mark are very lovely people to be around. You will learn so much about organic culture, goat care, herding, and organic livestock. Doris (the dog) is also a gem! Do expect the "rural" conditions, as in no running water, solar power light, etc. Food is cooked over a fire in a room not well ventilated. Hygienic conditions more
by Brennan [03/01/2013]:
Hard work, but a tremendous experience I will remember forever. Hygienic conditions are poor as it led to me getting sick, but the experience was worth it. I didn't get to meet Fernando much since he was out of town, but Frederico held up the fort nicely and was fun to be around, especially around the fire at night. I met some great people and more
Very pleasant and happy couple, always happy and also with good musical feelings!
by Oliver [01/12/2012]:
The farm and surrounding mountains are amazing as well as walking with the goats through valleys and rivers you will come to know them and love their characters! the work is hard but rewarding.
We stayed for 3 weeks Fernando and Frederico are very kind and welcoming people. Fernandos cooking is great and you'll love soup of the day! we slept in a more
by Tina [23/09/2012]:
We stayed here earlier in the year. Fernando and Frederico made us both feel most welcome. It was hard(but due to us being unfit), they both looked after us and return we tried our best. Food was good and generous and we would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the rugged outdoor life.
by Alexandre [20/09/2012]:
One of those experiences that separates the true workawayers from those who are just looking for vacations.
Hard work (as much as any other project of agriculture) in a very rural farm, but well rewarded.
Extraordinary native environment, which allows you to experience the best of Nature. Hikings in the woods and hills and refreshing dips in the more
by Pavla [16/08/2012]:
The farm is located in a wonderful place in the middle of the natural park and you can enjoy amazing starry nights and pure nature. The work is hard but nice and every day different. Fernando (the host) and Frederico (his worker) are very nice people and food is good.
But the hygienic conditions are very poor and one dog can be quite problematic more
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