Join us by the lake in Alentejo, Portugal



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    *️️️️️Wanted: artists / sculptors!
    We are looking for a person or couple to join us for 3 weeks in April / May and sept / Oct to create sculptures, murals, mosaic and general design features around the land. Please provide examples of your previous work.

    Join us by the lake for a sundowner after a satisfying day of working on the land! Or enjoy a post work swim or surf at one of the many local, pristine, white sand beaches. There is also wild swimming available a 10 minute stroll along the canal.

    Stay as our guest, learn about off grid living and enjoy pristine, wild beaches superb for surfers and sunbathers alike!

    We are a family of three, with a five year old daughter, currently unschooled, living in an off grid farm in the stunning Alentejo region of Portugal.

    There is a lake, creek and canal on our land, a pine forest, a cork oak forest and an, as yet, unexplored 'jungle'!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you will learn the inside track on real life, off grid and sustainable living! We can't claim to have it all mastered yet, but are happy to share our knowledge and experience of leaving city life to Go Green..

    We will be applying permaculture design principles to growing our own food and working with the environment and animals to create a pesticide and chemical free garden.
    Aaron has a certificate in permaculture and Salli is formerly a coach and trainer of NLP and we are happy to share our skills and experience to aid you on your own personal journey.
    Close by (4km down a dirt track) we have the pristine, wild and untourested beaches of Praia Do Carvalhal and Paia Da Amália . A further 10 minute drive in either direction and you have the beautiful surf and sun spots of Odeceixe and Zambujeira Do Mar.
    We will happily share a taster of local life, including the local markets and social gatherings.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We are looking for carpenters, builders, decorators, gardeners, permaculture enthusiasts and designers, artists, child care help / teachers!
    We bought our off grid farm in November with the intention of restoring it to its former glory. Sadly the mum and wife in this family, Salli, became seriously ill soon after and we now need extra help across the board to catch up on lost time!
    Specific projects are:
    Gathering fire wood
    Burying pipes and cables,
    Artistic / creative support
    Clearing trash from re-usable items
    Painting and decorating
    Deconstruction of a large warehouse
    Gardening and weeding
    Breaking into the 'jungle'!
    Creating water ways and drainage around the lake and creek
    Building of compost toilet
    Child care / teaching
    If possible - practice in speaking Portuguese.
    Ideally you will be sociable, fun loving and have a 'can do' attitude. It is our intention to laugh, sing and be merry as we work!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The accommodation offered will be a large and comfortable bell tent with proper mattress and bedding. There is an outside kitchen, shower and compost toilet for your exclusive use and you’ll be situated in a pine forest overlooking the lake. Washing can be done in our machine and filtered drinking water is available. Our volunteers will receive lunch and dinner on work days of 5 hours. A total of 25 hours p/w. Couples welcomed.
    We will share communal meals a few days of the week and at other times provide food for you to prepare for yourselves.
    Wifi is available outside the main house.
    Volunteers should provide their own vehicle as we are pretty rural and cannot provide transport. However, if you enjoy walking it's a pleasant 1/2 hour stroll along the canal into the local village of Brejao which has a shop and restaurants.
    We will also gladly accept volunteers in camper vans and provide a power hook up. Filtered water and wifi outside the main house. Families considered.
    Volunteers must have their own travel / health insurance

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are blessed to live within a short drive of some of the best beaches in Portugal. Surfers and hikers will love this spot!
    We live a simple, uncomplicated life and intend to keep things that way! Sociable at times and private at others, we are relaxed and happy to receive like minded spirits interested in off grid living, social activism, alternative health and living, alternative education for children, yogis and meditators always welcome too.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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