Help with our small business. Tours and rentals in the Algarve, Portugal.

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  • Description

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    ******* Volunteer Really needed now due to no show*****************
    OK volunteers it's like this....if we ask you to come and you say yes...that is a commitment...if for any reason you cannot come then please have the decency to let us know in advance. I have now been at the bus stop waiting for a no show volunteer. All it takes is a quick email saying you have changed your mind and want to do something else. We understand. Just please frrm now on anyone saying yes, please mean it.

    OK due to no show we need some help like now...if anyone can manage to come for the month of July your help would be massively appreciated.

    We are a family of 4 (Christin, Anton, 8-year old Matthew and baby Josh, just a few months old). We are trying to "keep the dream alive" of living in the Algarve and enjoying this beautiful and peaceful place.

    We have started a small tourism business near Aljezur offering house/cottage accommodation, jeep tours, bike tours & walking tours and motorbike tours. We are therefore looking for help in various areas of our everyday lives and need people to apply for volunteering with us. Ideally volunteers will need to be around 25 years or older and pretty fit/healthy as we may need you to do manual work or join in on tours such as bicycle or walking. The age is important as you may be required to drive our car so we need experienced and careful drivers.
    Practical minded and a hard working ethic are highly regarded by us. Anyone that thinks they fit this bill but maybe have experience with social media marketing as well we'd really like to hear from you.
    We are looking to take volunteers from now, so if you are interested, drop us a line.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    D/T Family issues our current volunteer is returning home on Saturday...If you can travel at short notice and can stay until Aug 8th Please contact us.
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    We are looking for volunteers to help us for the whole tourist season basically March through to September/Oct.
    As well as general house & garden maintenance, we hope volunteers can help us with the various daily tasks that arise from running our own company.
    We need the volunteers to be honest, outgoing and reliable, especially when it comes to looking after our sons and dealing with clients in the summer months.

    Here's just a selection of the possible tasks that we could as you to help us with

    - cooking or preparing picnics for clients
    - cleaning houses and our own home
    - preparing our holiday houses for clients (ie bedding, linen, painting etc)
    - doing laundry or ironing
    - entertaining our son, e.g. doing arts & crafts with him
    - preparing, cleaning or fixing equipment such as surfboards and bicycles
    - watering/cutting plants/trees
    - grass cutting & weeding
    - power washing & painting walls
    - varnishing windows/ furniture
    - welcoming clients in the summer
    - small carpentry (e.g. sanding) or building jobs (scraping & filling walls)

    Ideally, you might have a mechanical/builders background or experience with mountainbiking and bicycle maintenance. Building experience and agriculture experience also welcomed. Anyone who has experience or qualifications in child care will also be highly welcome.

    We expect you to work independently as well as in a team with us. Once we have given you a task we expect you to be able to work independently, however, we are always happy to help and answer questions if in doubt about any given task.
    We also need volunteers to be flexible regarding the working hours. Sometimes it is busier on weekends in which case you will have 2 weekdays off instead of the weekend.
    We think it's best for volunteers to stay at least 3 to 4 weeks, which will give you time to integrate. However, if we or you feel like things are not going as expected, we should be honest enough to raise the issue and try to resolve the situation.
    One very important aspect is the fact you are probably going to deal with customers face to face as we hire equipment from a large garage on our property. You will need to be courteous/honest (as you will be handling money)/and diligent (as we need copies of client passports and have to send info to the Tourism of Portugal). This is our business and our livelihoods so you as a volunteer really need to understand that. We cannot have people getting drunk, arguing with clients, walking round topless etc etc etc. You get the idea we need normal, honest, sensible people that have heaps of common sense.

    Some days (maybe that should be most days) can be a bit chaotic, having to juggle, tours/rentals and clients arriving with the school run and waiting for deliveries etc. A sense of "no worries" and a fair bit of flexibility in your approach to tasks will defineately be considered a bonus.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Portuguese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide a double berth caravan where you have privacy. It is on it's own plot of land but only 20m away from the house. It has an outside table and chairs/sun loungers and is nicely situated near a stream and under an oak tree. You can also use the guest bathroom in our house for showers and of course you would eat with us if you choose or take food down to the van. You are welcome to make it your own and if you desire some privacy just chill out at the van. We have wi-fi in the house so you can log on and stay in touch with your family/friends.

    Please be aware that we are living 6kms from Aljezur. There is a bus service to Aljezur and Lagos from here several times a day. We provide you with bicycles so you can explore the surrounding areas when you want to.
    We are happy to give you a lift to Aljezur, Lagos or the beach when we go there.

    At the end of the day we have put an awful lot of time and effort into starting this business and we have to continue putting in a lot of effort and work. We see it that volunteers are here to help us with our work but equally we do not exploit people. So far the volunteering experience has been a good one, for both parties.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We hope the workaway experience will be interesting for either side. We enjoy hearing traveller's stories and learning about different cultures & backgrounds.
    We offer a hands-on experience of a multi-lingual and multi-cultural family running a tourism business in the Western Algarve including all the challenges that cross our ways. If anyone says YES they agree to come and then decide at the last minute they are not, please, please, please be adult about it and let us know. Waiting at the bus stop for a non appearing volunteer is a massive waste of our time leaves us without the extra help we always need and is quite rude. (previous experience).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    For most of the volunteers so far, enjoying the natural beauty of this area has been a major factor. We have incorporated volunteers into our tours and taken them on day trips to the beach, bar-b-q's on the beach, snorkelling etc. We do not do day trips everyday but when we can. WE know a lot about this area and can recommend places to visit or travel to.

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    Volunteering hours expected

    6 hours, 5 out of 7 days


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