Help on the land and stay in a peaceful valley in Oleiros in central Portugal

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Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art 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 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).

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers stay with us in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5

On nice evenings, we stroll up the track and sit watching the sunset with a glass of wine (or cup of tea, if we're being good).
There are endless walls to repair. You can see here a new cherry tree doing well, and a rosemary bush that's thriving.
Quartz crystals litter the land. We've stuck quite a few of them in the walls around the place.
This is the view from the road above our house (quite a way above it). Down in the bottom of that valley is the River Zezere.
A cup of tea with a view. This is one of the dormer windows at the top of the house.
We've got various vines around the property - this bunch is outside the back door.
Smudge on the left, and Wriggles on the right. Looking as if they're well behaved.
Quinta da Corga: with a view of some of the terraces, and a few of the cottages.


Host ref number: 245253415925