Volunteer at a Quinta in Nogueirinha, Central Portugal.

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello, thanks for having a look at my profile, I'm Patrick an ageing (57) Englishman living on a 1,2 Ha Quinta in Nogueirinha, near Oliveira do Hospital in central Portugal. My ex partner and I hosted 'Workawayers' for some time and on the whole it's been a positive experience as you'll see from the reviews.

    The day to day running of the Quinta coupled with my other work is pretty much a full time job in itself. The property is currently for sale, thus it's a priority to keep it clean and tidy for when potential purchasers visit.

    In addition to running this place I also help with another 'Workaway' hosts eco / enviro project at Loriga, so it's likely that volunteers will assist, both here and there, depending on the time of year and what we're up to, the key is flexibility.

    I share the place with my feisty little dog Eccles, two cats and two hens plus local wildlife including badgers and wild boar. The accommodation is comfortable, with all modern facilities, volunteers have their own room and private facilities. Within easy walking distance of the house is a small shop with adjoining cafe/bar and the local Associação (social club).

    The quinta sits on hillside, with a mix of woodland and terraces. The (upper) wooded area supports native trees, and the (lower) terraces are used for cultivation of seasonal crops, vines, olive and other fruit trees.


    IMPORTANT!

    I endeavor to have a sustainable lifestyle, however this isn't an 'eco project', insecticides and herbicides are used where necessary. I feel it's important to make this clear to potential volunteers to prevent them working in an environment in which they would be uncomfortable.

    I provide food for volunteers, but have to be honest, I'm no genius in the kitchen, no being very honest I'm pretty terrible! I eat practically all 'conventional' foods, anyone with an unconventional or 'alternative' diet should let me know when applying to volunteer. If you have specific dietary requirements causing greater expenditure, please be prepared to make a contribution.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Help

    Help

    I like my volunteers to integrate at all levels, we all have areas where we excel and others where we are barely competent so I believe it's good for us to learn from each other. Work is varied, like keeping the house clean, shopping, preparing meals or maybe working on the land which is very varied, mainly determined by the seasons.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a little Portuguese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers have their own bedroom and their own bathroom facilities. I have television and wireless internet.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Due to the terrain, volunteers need to be 100% physically and mentally fit. Due to the risk of forest fire and the environment in general, I prefer non smokers. The nearest main town (for bus transport) is Oliveira do Hospital (6Km). There isn't a railway station nearby, the nearest being at Nelas (35Km, approx 45 minutes). The quinta is not suitable for children due to a plethora of hazards including wells and mines (water not land!).

    When not working, volunteers can visit the spectacular Serra da Estrela (mountain of stars, peak 1993m) where skiing is available in the winter months with a full range of other outdoor activities throughout the year.

    Locally there are many walks and areas suitable for mountain biking. Rock climbing and kayaking facilities are also available nearby. Although I am an hour or so (by car) from the sea, there are many beautiful local river beaches (Praias Fluviais) with freshwater swimming, bars, cafés etc.

    For those less energetic (or needing a rest) there are excellent museums, annual cultural attractions (festivals etc), local bars and restaurants. The large cities of Coimbra & Viseu are both about an hours drive away (Regular luxury coaches to Coimbra). The Spanish border is about an hour away by car.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    25 hours max


Photos

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Here are the animals (Daisy & Rrrags the dogs) with two of the cats (brothers Preto & Branco) enjoying a relaxing sleep in front of the fire!
This view is taken from the terrace, it shows one of the veg' plots after rotavating. The water mine (from where we get our domestic water) is also shown.
This is the view from the upper terrace toward the Serra da Estrela which is about 20Km away.
This is a distant view of the house and lower part of the land where we grow our crops (or not depending on the amount of water available).
We added the canopy at the main door this year (2012) it lets us sit outside without getting too hot in the summer and gives us a bit more protection on the wet days.
We have clear views of the Serra da Estrela, the snow doesn't always come down this far!
This is the lower level where visitors stay, there is one large bed/sitting room, a curtained doorway leads to a shower room and separate toilet with washbasin.
Eduardo, Emilie, Elaine & Patrick near the summit of the Serra da Estrela close to 'Nossa Senhora da Boa Estrela'.
Margherita and an unknown TV presenter at Lagares da Beira carnival (Feb 2013)
Patrick, Diogo, Tiago, Rrrags & John at the Serra da Estrela on 20th March 2013
Ian & Claire wine tasting at the Festa do Queijo in Oliveira do Hospital on 9th March 2013
30th July 2013, Amanda, Patrick & Elaine with Rrrags and Daisy at the summit of the Serra da Estrela (1993 metres)
Pod, Roberto, Juliette, Elaine & Patrick, 25th August 2013
Roberto & Patrick busy bagging Potatoes, 17th August 2013
Son Tae Ik (known as 'Sonic') enjoys late night karaoke with José Duarte in Nogueirinha on 20th August 2013
Richard (Ricardus) enjoying an 'after work' beer in 'Casa Benfica' (the local cafe) in January 2014.
Vince and Kailey enjoying a drink at Lagares da Beira Carnival on 4th March 2014
Elaine, Erin, Jemma & Patrick enjoying the snow on the Serra da Estrela on 12th April 2014
Jemma & Erin enjoying an after work 'cocktail in the local bar on 13th April 2014!
Elaine & Tamera enjoy bottles of Superbock in the local bar on 16th April 2014, the owner 'Jose Maria' looks on!
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