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My name is Miguel. I am a musician, a clown/magician, a juggler, a massage therapist and an all-round great guy :-), but what pays me the bills is my Professor job at the University. If you want to know, I teach decision theory (of all things!)
I live in a small house (in Ermesinde, next to Porto) with a huge garden where I have been doing organic farm for 15 years . I'm trying to be as friendly to the environment as possible without losing quality of living. With the volunteers we created a beautiful and productive garden and also managed to build a music studio, sauna, Jacuzzi, and a few really comfortable rooms. We love music and art - especially circus (it's near some circus schools and we regularly host artists)!
The farm is really close to Porto (45 mins by bike or 20 by train) and the national park (we regularly go there for hiking, horse riding or swimming, check the pics).
We have around 20 fruit trees (oranges, lemons, kiwis, plums, persimmon. arbutus, mandarine, grapefruit, peach, pear, apples, cherries, medlar, quince, berries) and a few vegetable patches (cabbage, chard, garlic, onion, spinach, tomatoes, etc.). We plan to have chicken soon...
Our little project is all about cultural exchange and a lot of music! Volunteers are really encouraged to use the music studio for their projects of any type, including rock, folk or electronic music.. I'll be happy to help - I love to mix and produce.
Important Note: we are not a business, just a small cultural and farming project. It's not a job or a country club :-). We then expect volunteers to be independent and proactive. We prefer open minded problem-solving people instead of problem-finding complaining (or worse, preaching!) volunteers.
We regularly do mountain trips where we try to help with tree planting, cleanup of forests and nature in general. So, active people with hiking or climbing experience are really welcome.
Even if the project is small, I feel the conditions we offer are really good! I will be happy to give you a WhatsApp virtual tour (video chat) of the farm if you wish.
I don't eat meat and we mostly cook vegetarian but volunteers are welcome to cook and store anything they wish.
There is food and drinks avaliable for breakfast and lunch, but the volunteers are supposed to cook and participate in the house chores. The best for last: peanut butter is unlimited :-)
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We look for chill and open minded, proactive people really interested in learning about productive non-nonsense organic farming.
We also love musicians, circus artists and creative people in general.
Musicians can use a full studio anytime. We're super happy to share music influences and organize concerts or street performance.
The work will be mostly in the garden around 2-3h every day plus sharing house work, like cooking and cleaning. Farming depends a lot on the time of the year, of course. In general we get to do all the work in the morning so afternoons and evenings are free.
If you are a chef or a massage therapist don't bother telling the story of your life. Just mention that on the subject line and we always say yes (subject to availability of room) 😁😁😁
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Private room. There's some really nice sociable cats that go with it (if you leave the door open).
We get to travel a lot to the national park and nature in general. Our favorites are hiking, swimming and horse back riding. In our trips we try to do a bit cleanup so we will offset the impact of the travel. We generally travel by bike or electric car, charged partly with solar power (hope one day it'll be 100% solar).
Volunteers can use the bikes. Porto is really near. There are amazing bike rides along the coast. Porto is a vibrant city very welcoming to street musicians and other kind of artists.
Sadly, we cannot host smokers. I am a bit tired of picking cigarette butts from the floor...
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 3 h/day, or 20h/week.
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