Hi, thanks for looking at our profile! I hope you are all fine and in good health. We are still very careful in Portugal, but also very behind with the work in the farm. Traveling to Portugal will be possible again soon. For this we can host again 1 or 2 volunteers, for the following jobs:
We will need help for taking care of the horses and other animals in the farm; stable training and socialising young horses, feeding, filling water and cleaning the stables, a lot of gardening and weeding, some repairs, painting, some fencing, some cleaning up and bring old stuff away for charity or recycling, some household... We also planted some young trees and vegies who need some extra care.
As we are off shore, we have electricity and hot water by a generator. Most of the time for only a few hours in the evenening. We have a mobile Wifi Modem. But we have a very nice farm, surrounded by hundreds of hectares unspoiled nature!
We have 1 old stallion, a rescue pony who stays with him and 2 mares in the field with one filly, all from different ages (the old stallion is 29 and retired,the pony 2 y., one mare from 11 y., another from 10 y. with a filly born in March. And in the stable: a 18 y. old Lusitno mare who was nearly socialised and is very traumatised to get trust and in hand and 2 yearlings also to socialise.
5 cats (3 Russian Blue, 1 Blue British Shorthair with 5 kittens and 1 Blue point)...and 2 dogs (Rafeiro do Alentejo and a Portugese breed guardian dog mix).
The farm is located in a very quiet part of unspoiled nature. In the summer the volunteers can enjoy a lake to swim on a walking distance. A local bar is on 2 km and has also internet, a snooker, TV and cheap drinks. We go a few times a week to Coruche for groceries and also visit markets or festivals or so in the villages close by etc.
Please note, we are not at the busy coast but in the quiet countryside in a part of central Portugal with a few habitants...
If you like the city, beach(life) or luxury more than a calm green nature area, than look for another host... If you need a rest and to come back to yourselve, this place is the best. During the free time during the day you'll have time to relax, reading, writing, painting, drawing, going for a walk to the lake or walk with the dogs etc.). Sorry, the stallion is to old for horseriding and we are now focussed on breeding in stead of riding. Sorry, we don't have place for couples (only except if you can stay in our campervan with a 1,5 bed), families or volunteers with pets. When it is to hot to work during the day, we cool down in the house and will be more active in the cooler hours outside.
Be welcome to stay with us!!!
Help around the house
How to socialise and train horses, how to feed and handle them. To know more of local forest agriculture, natural surroundings, clear starry nights... and more knowledge from the interior of Portugal.
Taking care of the horses (feeding and cleaning stables and paddocks, cleaning and filling the water buckets). Taking care of the dogs and cats. Some household. Daily help in the fields, with the fences, (re)construction, repairs and (sometimes urgent) maintenance... Painting. Help in a new project to make an apartment in an old big truck with recycling materials. Helping with restauration of a horsetrailer or some old kayaks.
Portuguese farm on 12 hectares with Lusitano horses, cats and dogs in a green quiet part of the center of Portugal
Most of the time the volunteers can sleep in a campervan behind the farmhouse and use the bathroom in the main house. We provide working clothes, rain clothes and boots.
People should have:
- Responsibility and respect for people, animals and nature (no drugs or too much alcohol!!!)
- Persistence, communication skills and a positive way of thinking....
- No trouble with temporarily having less luxury and no fear of making their hands/clothes dirty (country life)
- Experience with horses/animals (provide references if possible) is a plus, but people who want to learn this are also very welcome!
- Experience with doing chores is good, but people who are willing to learn are also welcome! I like to teach working with tools!
- No problem with colder nights in the winter, the heat in the summer, insects or less comfort....
- No problem with female manager... ;)
Due of the economic crisis we feel the effects in our budgets. For this reason we have no luxury but essential healthy tasty basics in meals and drinks. Most of the time vegetarian, sometimes with fish or seafood. Please try to respect that the animals also have to eat...
We apriciate your help very much and wish you a good stay in the sunny heart of Portugal!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
max 5 hours a day- Most of the work we do now in the mornings with a nice break to eat some, at the end of the afternoon feeding animals and filling water... (max 25 hours a week)