We, Angelika(59) and Christof(57) as a couple and Ires(53) and Leonie (17) are living in an old shist-house at the edge of a small village in the mountains.
The house is completely restored with 5 rooms, a guestroom, kitchen and bathroom with solar warm water.
There is a small chicken-house, some sheds, a workshop and a garden with greenhouse, cistern, vines, fruit- and olive trees.
Coimbra and Center
Type of help
Help in the house,
The work in the garden depends from the season: seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting and picking cherries, raspberries, grapes, kiwis, olives....
In the house: making juices, jams and chutneys, cleaning etc.
Christof is happy for each hand helping to do small repairs at the
old building, putting insulation on one more roof, repairing fences,
making firewood etc.
German, Portuguese, English
we have a guestroom for 2 people and places to set up a tent.
There is common use of our kitchen and the bathroom.
What else ...
If you want to come, please mail us in advance or give us a call.
Work is 4-5 hours daily except for Sundays.
We have bicycles and can show you beautiful trails through the
deserted mountains around, and as well hiking and canoeing
trails. You can also use our dinghy and make a trip on the huge
“barragem do Cabril”, which is 4 km away.
There is a daily bus at 16:30 from Coimbra directly to Chã de Alvares and several buses from Lisbon or Porto to Pedrogão Grande
(20 km from here), where we can pick you up.
A little more information
Volunteering hours expected
4 - 5 hours
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Host ref number: 895295182336
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In this home I met calm and easy going people in a tranquil place. Ires, Angelica, Christof and Leonie are very kind people and it was easy to get to know them, even though I only stayed for two and a half weeks and met some of them for just a few days. Also the rest of the family is really nice. There was a lot of laughter when they visited. The
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When we got to know Karel he told us that being at our place and with us was his first experience as a workawayer. Besides, he was instructed by another workawayer since none of us was at home during his first three days. He coped very well with this difficult situation. We got to know Karel as a very motivated, interested, precise, fast learning
my time at this beautiful place with Christof, Ires and her daughter Leonie (Angelika was in Germany again and i am sure, she is a wonderful person, too) was amazing and full of inspirations. They are very relaxed and easy going hosts with a lot of life experience, interesting insights and good humour who take care for you, show you the area and
We were really lucky that Stefanie came to help at our place. She quickly learned about different tasks to maintain house and garden. She took responsibilities whenever required and usually did this in a splendid mood. When all of us had left our place for a whole week, we could trust that she would look responsibly after the place and the
Kim has a keen and fun-loving spirit, is open minded and very communicative.
She helped in the garden, in the house, making firewood and has always been in a good temper.
In the 2 weeks Kim was around she has been a good helper for us.
We wish her a good time now in Lisbon with her fellow students and all the friends she has made there.
The time at Christofs Angelikas and Iris place was a big enrirchment for me.
I didn't had the possibility to meet Angelika, but Christof and Iris made me really enjoy my stay. The homelike evenings, the inspiring diskussions and trips in the mountains in freetime completed my stay besides the work in the garden and helping with making wood.
We've been at Angelika, Ires and Christof's place in the end of December 2013. Both of them are nice, understanding and ressourceful persons. We liked the work, the food, the games, the (many) teas, the dogs, the pirate cat, Christmas eve, etc, etc. The only thing we feel like complaining about was that it was too short. Thanks to them, we've
Thanks Steph and Jaques for staying with us, picking the last olives in December, helping with firewood and in the garden and also with work around and in the house.
It was good fun to work with them and when they worked on their own, they were very reliable. Whenever needed, they joined in our activities and helped to prepare a nice
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I just left this morning after having spent 9 days at this beautiful place, situated in a peaceful village!
Christof and Ires are really good honest people, very welcoming and openminded. I will miss them for sure! I didnt get to meet Angelica, but Im sure that she is too. 1 cat and 2 happy dogs also lives here.
I spent most of the time
Petra is uncomplicated and easygoing, a quick learner, and gains almost immediately a survey of all the details. She is quite experienced as an autonomous worker, takes naturally part of responsibilities in house and kitchen and spreads a good atmosphere without any comment. She is a good listener, friendly to everybody and fantastic with
We really loved Chaymes permacultural activities in our garden. He has a lot of knowledge about plants and gardening and likes to share this with whoever is around. He showed us, how to improve the composting process and to make and apply IMO, a quite efficient technique from Korea we didn't know before. After 3 weeks of his continuous action, we
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