Join our project and help with gardening in Tomar, Portugal



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  • Description


    Hi there! We are Ruud and Silvia, a Dutch/Brazilian couple that decided to change lifestyle and move from Amsterdam to Tomar, Portugal - the project was born!

    Our project contains two centennial stone houses in a lovely 4.000 m2 of land at the Nabão river, a property that was in desperate need of love and time. Since 3+ years we have been cleaning, (re)constructing, recycling, (re)shaping both houses and the garden – it has been hard work, but very rewarding. We live in one house, which is now comfortable, and we are renovating the other one now. We respect the houses and their history, choosing sustainable solutions and recycling/repurposing objects as much as we can. We love our life here so much, that we would like to share it with more people. Last year we had a great experience with a traveler who stayed with us a few weeks. She was super helpful but, most of all, having her around was very inspiring and refreshing. This encouraged us to become Workaway hosts now.

    Are you interested in spending some time in a small town in the center of Portugal and at the same time help us continue our project? We can offer a spacious private room/bathroom, meals, and good company. Our home is located in a quiet place just outside the city, but at walking distance from the historical center of Tomar. The city and the region have much to offer, you will not regret spending some time here.

    We hope to hear from you soon to discover mutual interests!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    At the place you will have the opportunity to live in a relaxed environment that offers much opportunity to learn and give. It is difficult to list how you will benefit from your stay with us, because every person has a different angle, which might change according to opportunity and need. We hope to engage in a pleasant relationship with you, where we share life for a while, and learn from - and inspire - each other. Below some of what we can offer.

    We are fluent in Dutch and (Brazilian) Portuguese, and also in English, the language we use for communication. Also, we both have (professional) Informatics skills. As experienced DIY-minded people, we have been doing all kinds of things, from construction to planting and harvesting. We love a challenge, and have succeeded in facing them in the 20+ that we have been married. This is not our first project for home renovation, but it is certainly the biggest. By helping us here, you can learn from what we know, or teach us what you know, or we can find out about we still don't know together. All that can be done while listening to music, chatting with each other, during meals or while enjoying the lovely sun, the riverside or the pool. We are the bosses of our time.

    And of course, you will be in Portugal, which has great climate and very friendly people. You will be able to experience Portuguese culture and habits besides visiting the great Natural resources in the region. We use to say that Tomar is like a ‘black hole’, once you are here, you don’t get out. This applies to Portuguese and foreigners, so be aware.

  • Help


    We ask you to help us 20h every week, and we are in principle flexible on how to fill this in. The tasks will vary/evolve as we go, to adapt to your expertise and preferences, and also to the seasons and the project’s needs. Examples of tasks are taking care of the vegetable garden (horta) and garden (jardim), setting an irrigation system, recycling and repurposing objects, building fences, sewing, repairing and painting walls, harvesting olives and oranges, and much more.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are always keen on improving our English skills and also more than happy to help you improve your Portuguese and Dutch skills.

  • Accommodation


    The bedroom and bathroom are located in the upper floor of our home, which has been recently renovated. The room has 15m2, contains a double bed and cabinet, and also a sit corner – it is large and ventilated, offering your own private space. We could arrange a workspace if necessary. The bathroom is located on the corridor, but it will be reserved for your private use during your stay. Also, you will have access to our home facilities. Wifi is available and unlimited in (almost) all the property grounds, including the garden. There is also plenty of room to park your car/van.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a large garden, so there is plenty of space to enjoy your free time – it is our small oasis, in which we spend most of our time. But you will probably look around too. We are located just outside urban Tomar, at a walking distance (1.2 Km) from the historical center. There is plenty to do and see in Tomar, for example Convento de Cristo and other templar legacies, restaurants and shops ().
    The region also has many attractions, such as the Lake of Castelo do Bode dam at the Zêzere river and the Camino de Santiago. Many other attractions are +- 45min by car, including the Nazaré beach with gigantic waves, Leiria, Alcobaça, Batalha, Fátima, Coimbra, Santarém, Caves and pre-historic monuments. And, if you want more, Lisbon is just 120km away. Tomar is well connected by rail – it takes you 2h to reach Lisbon – and it has public transportation by bus. We can also support you in organizing transportation, when the time comes.

  • 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

    You will have a private space with good internet (Silvia works remotely for a Dutch employer, and Ruud runs our own digital facilities).

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    The entrance is narrow, so only small units would be able to reach the parking space.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 199911568816