Ola! Hi! Nice to "meet" you. I am Maggie and together with my husband, Colin, we are running a summer surf/winter enduro hostel.
in this moment we are pretty well set in terms of workaway. if there is something you feel you can contribute specifically to our project...we are always open to this! otherwise we have space towards the end of the season (august, september...and onwards!)
Who would be a good fit??
Someone who likes nature and ocean, who enjoys to be active (surfing, hiking...etc), who is happy meeting new people and also enjoys time alone. Someone who is just as happy to work as to play and is looking for a place where they can work and contribute.
What’s the role?
workaways do 5 hours of work 6 days/week. there are 4 scheduled hours and the 5th hour is flexible and as needed. the work comes in many forms... cleaning, handy work, making breakfast, gardening, babysitting, checkins...etc
What we are about: Our mission is sharing this beautiful part of the world (the south west coast of Portugal) and our passions (outdoor adventure, surfing, yoga, fitness, fun, and friends!) with like minded people. Our goal is to provide guests from around the world with what they are seeking during this holiday. Be it nice waves and surf, relaxing days on different beaches, quiet moments of yoga and meditation, or a more social experience meeting new people and listening to local musicians....we aim at connecting people with what they are looking for!
The Exchange: During your stay here you will have accommodation and a shared bathroom....the more flexible you are with accommodation the easier it is for us to accommodate you! if you absolutely need a private space just let us know. we do what we can in that moment. Your breakfast will be provided, often there are bbqs with guests and the others from workaway, and we do a staff day when we can. We will provide you with any surf equipment you may want (wetsuit, soft board, high performance board, body board). There will be the opportunity to join yoga classes for no charge and when we have evening events you are more than welcome to be a part of the festivity!
A little about the area: We are on the south west coast in the Algarve region in a small fisherman town called Arrifana. The area is a natural park with beautiful landscapes and cliffs. It has loads of surfers coming in the summer months. There are beautiful hikes (the Rota Vincentina), many wonderful beaches, waves, and great food.
About US: Colin has been running this place for 7 seasons now. I am a newer addition as this has been my third full season at the lodge! I am a Yoga teacher from the United States but I have spent much time living in other parts of the world. Before coming to Portugal I was in Thailand for the last 4 years. I love Yoga and Spirituality is a big part of my inner world. I have caught the surf bug and in general I am a very active person (running, surfing, wake board, skiing...etc) Colin is from Germany and the lodge has really been born out of his vision. He feel in love with the area and wanted to create a place for other people to enjoy a place that he likes so much. He loves to Surf and ride the Enduro Bikes. He also likes to spend time Paddle Boarding, Fishing, or on a boat. We have 2 dogs that live with us and the 4 of us love time spent walking and enjoying the landscape. On May 28th 2018 we welcomed our baby boy into this world. We are full time parents and love our time all together. We have moved out of the lodge and live 7 minutes down the road. It brings us real happiness to share this place with you and in doing so have a bit more time with our son!!
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
I can only speak for myself...i came to this area at first as a traveler. And from this experience I feel in love with the surf. I am in the water as often as I can be learning about the connection with the waves and the technique for the surf. When I'm not in the water I am surrounded by really inspiring people coming to this area. People creating businesses in different creative ways and people deeply involved with meditation, yoga, spirituality.
Specifically at the lodge you will work side by side with Colin. Colin has been quite a mentor for people coming to work here. He has created this lodge to be a place people are returning to again and again. He works hard to make this place so spectacular and he ENJOYS what he has created. Both at the lodge and in Arrifana you will be surrounded by people from different parts of the world. Already I am American, Colin is German, and you will be in Portugal! The lodge is up and running so you will learn what its like to have this type of business...the challenges, the joy, the need to think on your toes... but we are also committed to this being the best place it can be. Any of you vision and ideas are welcome!!
Summer Season Tasks....
-Guest Interaction (showing them the beach/taking them to live music in the night)
-Cleaning the common areas (pool area, billiard room, outdoor kitchen)
-housekeeping of the rooms
-As a team we put on evening events (bbq, live music, dancing...etc)
Dieser Host bietet Unterkunft und Bezahlung.
English and German
1. Converterd motorbike trailer. Very simple accommodation which is basically just a bed though people have loved sleeping here.
2. Large Caravan. either 1 double bed and a sitting area or 2 double beds.
3. Small Caravan. 1 double bed with small sitting area or double bed with single bed
During your time off there is of course the opportunity to surf. Also the many things available by foot....There is a pool or a beach to open up a book and just relax at! There is the opportunity to fish or horseback ride. We offer Yoga. There is skim boarding, hiking, and biking. If you rent a car or have a car of your own (we could help you get this sorted out!!) a bit further away (40 minute drive) there is the city of Lagos. there are more beautiful beaches, small walking streets, caves, wake boarding...etc. Our closest town is called Aljezur. It is an old town that is pretty basic but has everything you need. Pharmacy, grocery stores, shops, restaurants, a castle, a river you can SUP board.
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