We live on the island of Faial in the village known as Castelo Branco, located on the south side of the island. I am a retired teacher and my husband a retired marine. We are looking forward to meeting people from other parts of the world. Our English is limited, but we see this as an opportunity to hopefully improve our language skills. We have one child, a son, who is studying in continental Portugal and comes to visit during his school breaks. Apart from this our time is spent volunteering in the local community club, with environmental projects, and with an abandoned animal organization as well as singing in the church chorus (we aren't religious per say, but we do enjoy singing with our community members). Lastly, we are true animal lovers and our home reflects this. We have 4 cats (2 indoors & 2 in/outdoors) and 3 dogs (1 indoors & 2 outdoors).
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
We are determined to have our outdoor space transformed into a permaculture garden. We don't know enough about permaculture to be able to achieve this goal on our own and at our current stage in life the truth is we've lost a bit of spunk to get it accomplished by ourselves. This is why we'd love to have a volunteer(s) help us get our project on its feet. We've added some photos of the outdoor space we'd like to transform. It currently has some banana, apple, and orange trees. We envision transforming our garden into one that birds, insects, and humans can enjoy and we'd like to focus on the use of natural products.
So, we are looking for a volunteer that has some of the following traits:
- Experience in permaculture
- Physically able to tackle the necessary tasks to transform our garden
- Sociable, friendly, and self-motivated
- Animal lover
We are asking volunteers to commit 6 days a week/5 hours per day. In return, we will offer you a private bedroom and 3 meals a day/ 6 days a week. We generally eat light meals (soups, cheese, bread, etc.) and try to eat vegetarian meals as often as possible, but not always.
We live very close to the airport, so there may be times that we can pick volunteers up from the airport otherwise volunteers can walk or take a taxi.
English: Gute Kenntnisse
We rent our top floor out to tourists, but if we don't have any tourists staying with us our volunteer(s) will stay on our top floor. There the volunteer will have a bedroom, seating area, and a bathroom all to his/herself. If the top floor is not available, we have another private bedroom for our volunteer.
We're only 1 km from the airport, 10 km to the city of Horta, and walking distance from a lovely natural swimming area that also includes a recently built swimming pool filled with ocean water.
Some additional main island attractions are:
Varadouro (20 minutes) - two natural swimming pools, one for adults and one for children, where you can enjoy ocean swimming. You can also swim and dive outside the natural swimming pools in areas which have been arranged for swimming and fun.
Capelinhos (30 minutes) - a "must see" location on the island where a submarine volcanic eruption took place.
Caldeira (45 minutes) - the vast crater of an extinct volcano, from which the island originated.
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5 hours / 6 days per week