I'm Patrick, an Englishman living on a traditional 'quinta' in Nogueirinha near Oliveira do Hospital in central Portugal, I share it with my three dogs & two cats. I sometimes help a friend at another quinta at Loriga in the Serra da Estrela so I'm kept pretty busy
I'm a semi-retired, construction contractor with extensive experience of property renovation, something I'm still involved in. I need someone to help with a wide variety of work, some building, some land maintenance, some gardening, some animal care, in fact a really wide range of activities ensuring volunteers won't get bored!
In addition to the 'exciting' practical stuff, there's also some mundane stuff to do, like cleaning and maintaining the house, walking the dogs, washing clothes, shopping and cooking, all made easier with more than one pair of hands!
Volunteers are based at Nogueirinha unless they are particularly hardy and feel drawn to stay at the Loriga quinta, best to have a look first! Nogueirinha is a typical quiet Portuguese rural village where I'm the only English speaker. There is a small shop, with bar a couple of minutes walk away, there's also an 'Associacao' (Social Club) with internet access.
If you've read this far and it sounds interesting, maybe have a look at my past volunteer reviews below, then contact me to discuss how we can possibly work together.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
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.
English, a little Portuguese
Volunteers have their own room and bathroom facilities. Internet is located at the local 'Associacao' where they can enjoy a beer as they surf!
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 only host 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!).
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours max
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