Join our happy workaway family on our quinta in Alquerubim, Portugal




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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Our farm is owned by Goetz and Amelia whose lifelong dream was waking up every day to donkeys on a farm and whose dream has come true!!!
    Goetz is not much of a farm boy but is instead out surfing or kitesurfing living his dream in his campervan with our dog Jackson.

    The house is a large double story old house where we all live together, with volunteers who have their own rooms.

    We currently have one volunteer here and a couple who ended up staying for a year who are now leaving us and we would love to share some new experiences with new people. We have 2 rooms available for now.

    The farm is a fun farm for the pure pleasure of living with our 3 donkeys, five ducks, 14 chickens, 2 cats and a dog. We bought the property and it was pretty wild and overgrown but with amazing soil and exhisting fruit and nut trees, we have started to, with each season, embrace permaculture, food forests and working out how to keep animals that are happy and healthy, eat our own food ans live harmoniously with nature.

    We have two small construction projects underway, of cottages to be restored and renovated so are hoping to find someone with a little knowledge of construction or if not, who will give it a go.

    Our donkeys are a native breed in Portugal which are going extinct. We plan to get more in the future as we would like to do therapy and trekking with them, as well as rescue more donkeys. For now we have our 3.

    The donkeys and all other animals need feeding, cleaning out, walking and as we go away occasionally, it is vital we have people who have a genuine love and interest in the animals welfare and idealky thise who wiah

    We work from Mon to Friday from 9 till 2 and then Saturday and Sundays off or other flexible hours depending on the surf, weather etc but its basically 25 hours a week, all food is provided which is 90 percent vegetarian. We usually all eat together and Amelia cooks on week nights. Weekends everyone does their own meals or joins up for meals or we make pizzas.

    We want to create an artistic, warm, welcoming space with various accommodation facilities, workshop spaces and be surrounded by enthusiastic people of any age range we can share, collaborate and exchange ideas. We love people with initiative who will go and research stuff on youtube and then say "ok i think we can do this"

    We would love to invite artists to come and use our space as a canvas to create whimsical, irreverant art in any form alongside the building and in the house, garden and field. If your passion is bees build a beehive, if your passion is art, make an art installation, if you want to try make wine, use the grapes. we are open very much to ideas and collaborations.

    Although we are both 50, we relate a lot to alternative younglings. and our aim is to turn our space (Farm of magical) into a vibey, communal funky space that is a fun space for volunteers to hang out, whilst also restoring the main house and outbuildings to eventually accommodate groups for yoga, shibari workshops and eventually restore the big barn into accommodation.

    current projects:
    training donkeys to do treks, helping with painting and building, plastering, sanding, starting building a duck pond, building a beehive or whatever else takes your fancy. We love people to have their own ideas and make things, be creative and leave their mark.

    We can offer electricity and water if you have your own campervan which can be parked in the donkey field.
    We do not currently have any paid positions available, only volunteer hours, unless it is construction woodwork or plumbing.
    Amelia and Goetz

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience the Portugese countryside but not too far from Porto. Connect with other volunteers and learn and exchange skills and ideas.

    My husband can take you surfing or teach you one of his other watersports .He also offers support with anyone doing the 12 step programme.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We have a few projects on the go as well as daily farm life and tending to our produce.

    Creating art installations, building a pond and mini hydroponics set up, building beehives, a natural swimming pool, a fire pit, compost toilet.

    Fencing being put up for the donkeys.

    An exhisting adobe barn, needing renovating, a bathroom, roof, insulation, flooring, plastering so carpentry and building skills, using lime render and plaster, tiling, dry walls, plumbing would be a bonus!

    Two bathrooms in the house ie installing shower, toilet
    Insulating of roofs, tiling.

    Kitchen needs a bit of tiling, new sink installed and a bit of modernisation.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are desperate to learn PORTUGESE. !

  • Accommodation


    accommodation is rooms in our house with a shared bathroom, shared kitchen and once cottage is renovated this will be available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are mostly vegetarian. We eat meat or fish maybe once a week but cook for the vegetarians separate stuff.

  • 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

    we have fibre

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    we have water and electricity for you to plug in and an outside loo

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Any pets that arent chicken or cat killers.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

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