We seek (non-smoking) helping hands for our Eco glamping on the South-West coast of Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    We’re a young crew from Amsterdam, living our dream on the South-West coast of Portugal and we’re looking for some happy campers to help support our project. We live inside the Algarve and Vicentine Natural Park, close to the ocean, and decided to 'go green' by challenging ourselves to work towards being more self-sufficient and sustainable.

    Last year we opened our little paradise to the public, letting people experience an eco “glamping” style holiday. Our main goal is to reconnect with nature whilst inspiring our guests and volunteers with a healthy, balanced lifestyle. If your interested, please read all below.

    So, what are we looking for?

    First and foremost, we’re looking for people who love nature, can interact with our guests and have some enthusiasm for the hospitality business. The types of skills required and the nature of projects we’re working on changes throughout the season:

    February thru April 
Our main focus is preparing for the hospitality season! Jobs include building, gardening and general maintenance. In this period we need people with carpentry skills, gardeners, electricians, and strong general handy wo/men.

    Specific jobs to be done:

    Making eco-toilets.
    Setting up solar electricity at our eco tents.
    Pitching tipis & safari tents.
    Building eco-friendly shower areas.
    Clearing land, trimming trees and gardening.
    Creating natural/ chill out areas.
    Constructing a floating wooden structure on the lake for musical performances, etc.

    May thru October
The main focus is hospitality! During this time we’re shouting out to people with experience in the tourism / hospitality sector, or happy people who enjoy guest interaction and don’t mind getting their hands dirty (think, cleaning tents, changing eco toilets, helping prepare and serve breakfast, washing dishes, and supporting our guest check-in procedure). Throughout this period, our volunteers work rotating shifts, meaning you’ll be allocated a different dedicated task each week, depending on our needs and your strengths and preferences.
    
Specific jobs to be done:

    Breakfast shifts (07:00 - 12:00)
    Cleaning shift (11:00 - 15:00)
    General maintenance shift (8:00 - 13:00)
    Dinner / pizza evening shift (16:00 - 21:00)
    Check-in shift (15:00 - 20:00)

    Also needed (May thru October)

    Experienced yoga / pilates teachers.
    Vegetarian / vegan chefs.
    Animal carers (dogs, chickens, pigs & cats).
    Household support and babysitting (Flint, 1.7 years old & Jip 7 years old).

    And what can you expect?
    Be prepared for some physical work, dirty hands, thinking, planning and the need to find solutions in a natural, back-to-basics setting, surrounded by aromatic smells from wild lavender, eucalyptus and pine trees, bird song, refreshing coastal winds, plenty of adventure and gorgeous natural swimming lakes.

    What do we ask for?
    We ask our volunteers to work 5 days per week and ± 5 hours a day. Working hours can vary due to the nature of working with guests. During your free time you can do your own thing! Most volunteers enjoy visiting some of the many stunning beaches in the area, surfing, walking in nature and travelling around the Algarve.

    What will you eat?
    We provide a warm lunch on the days you work, either prepared by the volunteers or one of us. You’ll need to prepare your own breakfast and evening meal with ingredients we provide. During your non-working days we kindly ask you provide your own ingredients and cook for yourself.
    Any expensive / special non-vegan or exotic ingredients need to be provided by the volunteers. Since everyone is unique, we can of course adapt to the situation with clear communication.

    Where will you stay?
    We currently have 4 camping tents, one campervan and we welcome volunteers with their own tents or vans. Those staying in our tents will likely share with one other volunteer.

    How will you get around?
    About getting back and forth between the nearest town (Budens) and our remote paradise; please know it’s a bumpy 7km hill ride! Therefore, we recommend coming by car or renting a scooter or motorbike in Lagos. If you don't have a car, we’re more than happy to give our volunteers a ride when we drop off / pick up our children from school or head out for other things, such as shopping and surfing.

    What else should you know?
    Yoga / pilates classes are offered to our guests, but when your work schedule allows, you’re more than welcome to join them for free.

    We are not a luxurious eco resort with shiny facilities, or a youth hostel. Thus, we work hard and follow our ethos 'the luxury of having less'. Naturally, everything is clean and safe, we have limited Wi-Fi, warm running water during sunny hours, solar power and serve healthy, nutritious lunches.

    Is that everything?
    Yup! If you like working hard and want to spend time outside surrounded by beautiful nature and positive people, we encourage motivated, open-minded volunteers to come join our team :)

    Oh, and we’d reeeeeally appreciate it if you mention which task(s) and time of year you’re interested in applying for in subject of your message!

    Muito obrigado
    Dave, Sonya, Petra, Jip & Flint

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    February thru April 
Our main focus is preparing for the hospitality season! Jobs include building, gardening and general maintenance. In this period we need people with carpentry skills, gardeners, electricians, and strong general handy wo/men.

    Specific jobs to be done:

    Making eco-toilets.
    Setting up solar electricity at our eco tents.
    Pitching tipis & safari tents.
    Building eco-friendly shower areas.
    Clearing land, trimming trees and gardening.
    Creating natural/ chill out areas.
    Constructing a floating wooden structure on the lake for musical performances, etc.

    May thru October
The main focus is hospitality! During this time we’re shouting out to people with experience in the tourism / hospitality sector, or happy people who enjoy guest interaction and don’t mind getting their hands dirty (think, cleaning tents, changing eco toilets, helping prepare and serve breakfast, washing dishes, and supporting our guest check-in procedure). Throughout this period, our volunteers work rotating shifts, meaning you’ll be allocated a different dedicated task each week, depending on our needs and your strengths and preferences.
    
Specific jobs to be done:

    Breakfast shifts (07:00 - 12:00)
    Cleaning shift (11:00 - 15:00)
    General maintenance shift (8:00 - 13:00)
    Dinner / pizza evening shift (16:00 - 21:00)
    Check-in shift (15:00 - 20:00)

    Also needed (May thru October)

    Experienced yoga / pilates teachers.
    Vegetarian / vegan chefs.
    Animal carers (dogs, chickens, pigs & cats).
    Household support and babysitting (Flint, 1.7 years old & Jip 7 years old).

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We supply you with a dressed up (shared) tent. Bring your own campervan is welcome too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are pretty near the South and west Atlantic coasts... there's lots of sun beaches, nature and surfing stuff going on. Note: we are stationed inside nature!!! WE ARE A 100% NON-SMOKING host and we are allergic to wild fires and cigarettes (too many wild fires have destroyed pressures pieces of nature nearby).

  • 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?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have great knowledge in off- grid living

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 (max 25 hours per week)

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