Corga is a farm set in a valley in the centre of Portugal. Fairly remote, but not far from the market town of Oleiros, Castelo Branco. We have lots of terraces to maintain and develop, vegetables to cultivate, and a large amount of woodland to get under control. We have have three friendly dogs, two characterful cats, about 15 chickens and the occasional passing wild boar.
We experienced a forest fire about two year ago so much of the work needed is management of burnt trees and firewood. We also welcome help doing some decorating in the house, organising it ready for guests next summer and also looking after the animals and chickens.
Keen cooks are welcome. We are not vegetarian or vegan but will happily accommodate anyone who is.
Volunteers work are expected to work around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Accommodation is in the house. Internet is available, and we have lots of books to read - anything from Victorian novels to philosophy and permaculture.
This area of central Portugal is called the Pinhal Central and is characterised by swathes of pine and eucalyptus trees. It's very hilly and there are many atmospheric abandoned villages set in remote valleys.. (we have one very near us). We are 15 minute's drive from the nearby town of Oleiros, a thriving market town with several restaurants and a couple of shops selling amazing local sheep and goat's cheese and we usually go in about once or twice a week. We can pick up volunteers from there (coaches go to Oleiros from Lisbon and Porto). We are also a short drive from the river Zezere which is delightful to swim in during the summer and autumn.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
You will be living close to nature in a remote valley in central Portugal in a typical stone Portuguese house plumbed to a spring. Central heating and hot water comes from a wood burning range and solar panels.
The people in this area typically don't speak much English so you will certainly get a chance to practice your Portuguese!
We try as much as possible to serve local Portuguese dishes, cheeses and wines. (Though of course we cater for vegetarian and vegan diets too).
We are particularly looking for volunteers to join us and help plant fruit trees and acorns and re-establish the vegetable garden after the fire we had a couple of years ago. Digging up brambles and collecting fire wood would also be very helpful as would dry stone walling. We also need help with some organisation inside the house and anyone with decorating or other practical skills would also be very welcome.
Volunteers stay with us in the house.
As we are in a hilly area, the weather can be cold in the winter and even in the summer when it can get very hot indeed, jumpers might be needed in the evenings.
Smokers welcome, but we ask you to only smoke in designated areas due to the summer fire risk and never in the house.
The house is remote and there is no public transport. We generally only go into town once a week but we can take you in more frequently if needed. You'll need to be self-sufficient and happy with peace and quiet.
We have three friendly dogs and two cats who all love to go for walks! There are many local tracks to explore and the river Zezere is great for swimming in.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two