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Volunteer on a Portugese Farm in the heart of Serra da Malcata, near the River Bazágueda

Country: Portugal

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Workaway Host rating
9
Last Activity
31/07/2014

Description

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!

Area

Coimbra and Center

Type of help

Other,
Language practise,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,
Building,
Gardening

Help

We offer you the opportunity to join us for 1-12 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.

Languages spoken

Portuguese, english, spanish, french, a bit of italian

Accommodation

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.


Tips: Be prepared with working gloves and good walking shoes, especialy if rainy weather is forecasted.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

About 5 hours, on a mornig/afternoon basis. If you work in the morning, you'll have the afternoon free and vice-versa.

Photos

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Host ref number: 283271753372

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