Small family farm in Vale de Prazeres, Fundão, Portugal



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  • Description


    We are a family of three living in Central Portugal. We bought a Quinta (small farm) with two ruins. We are current living in a small village while progressing very slowly with our building projects. We are busy with a barn. This is an earthbag construction. We would love some help with this and afterwards with the restoration of the ruins.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects

  • 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

    You will learn and discover together with us many skills.

    Plumbing, electrical work, water management agriculture permaculture and natural building construction.

    We have a big excavator which you will learn to operate.

  • Help


    There is so much to do! First we have an earthbag barn and two ruins. This needs to be solar powered.

    The land needs to be adapted to a permaculture farm. Excavating a few small dams and setting out contours fo swales. A natural pond is high on the agenda for sure!

    We need to create a water system and build shelters for small livestock like chickens an sheep.

    Lots of pruning and planting needs to be done.

    The roadway needs to be improved and we need to build a wood fired kiln, a pizza oven and rocket stove.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Hebrew: Beginner
    Dutch: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner
    Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I seem to have picked up on quite a few languages and it would be great if I could learn to speak some more fluently.

  • Accommodation


    As you can see, buildings need to be constructed so if you can rough it out in a tent or a ruin with hardly a roof then you can start the process off improving things around here with us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a vibrant expat community in all the surrounding areas of Alpedrinha and Vale de Prazeres. There are plenty of river beaches around and village markets are getting back in swing. Vist the Serra de Estrella and Gardunha mountains. Local cheese factories and restaurants are wonderful to visit.

  • 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

  • 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

Host ref number: 155661611191