Help at our small farm and stay at a watermill in Ponte de Lima, Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    Rula and I spent 10 years working for the Red Cross in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Our boy is now 4 years old and happy to help in any gardening task. We are currently taking a break from the humanitarian work and embracing nature on our small farm in Ponte de Lima. For the last year we have been working on many projects, mostly in the garden and forest. Help is welcome :-)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    During the last 10 years we lived in 3 different continents and experienced different cultures. Between us we speak 7 languages fluently and like to cook different dishes and share meals.
    Mario has an engineering background with computer networks and telecommunications and is currently playing with sensors and microcontrollers, designing and building irrigation systems and automated chicken coops. He has experience in off-grid systems and construction. For the technical activities Mario will provide all the information for volunteers interested in the diy/maker scene.
    Rula is an agronomist and loves board games. She will introduce you to Syrian food.
    Filipe likes singing, dancing, playing with sticks and is learning the guitar. He speaks Portuguese and understands Spanish and English.
    Jesse is a young Labrador retriever who prefers jumping on the kayak to swimming in the cold water and is always ready to play. He also takes care of all animals in the farm.

  • Help

    Help

    Looking for volunteers with good physical condition, able to carry loaded wheelbarrows and moving rocks for example.
    Wood splitting, electrical, construction skills or carpentry experience is highly appreciated.
    We also accept someone with child care experience to spend some time of our 4 year old son and take care of the house.

    Here are some tasks we always need help with:
    - Clearing brush
    - Cutting old trees and firewood
    - a lot of digging and moving dirt
    - Fixing stone walls
    - Shopping, cooking and cleaning the house
    - Taking care of the vegetable garden and feeding animals (chicken, goats, ducks, pigs, dog, cats)

    In 2020 we finished a few projects:

    - Building an outdoor kitchen area with wood-fired oven. We're now having sourdough bread and roasted meals all the time!
    - building bunk beds for the new volunteer accommodation (in the old mill)
    - Building a garden shed to store firewood, tools, kayaks and bikes
    - Installing outdoor lighting and cameras

    Projects for 2021
    - Building a tiny house using reclaimed materials
    - transform a shipping container into a comfortable guest room/studio: ALMOST DONE,
    - Building a platform for a tent in the forest - DONE
    - preparing new vegetable garden
    - building composting toilet
    - Building a new chicken coop - DONE, needs painting
    - building new wood shed
    - Putting up fences and building stone walls
    - Rebuilding an old stone dam that used to divert part of the stream to the mill (postponed for August 2021)
    - Rebuilding water wheel and mill mechanisms (once we find someone who can actually do it)
    - testing diy hydro generators

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private bedroom with two single beds, shared bathroom. You can also camp in our tent in a private area of our garden. We provide three meals if you work 5 hours a day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You should bring working shoes and clothes. We provide gloves and gum boots if needed.
    Laundry is done once a week.
    Our farm is mostly woodland and is a 4 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the historical town of Ponte de Lima where you can find many facilities, including library, big supermarkets and a lot of restaurants and cafes and a canoeing club.
    You can swim in the river that runs just in front of the house (it's a clean mountain river, quite cold though). A kayak is available too.
    Twice a month there is a huge open air market in Ponte de Lima.
    During the summer there are music festivals in Paredes de Coura and other nearby towns.

    We are 1 hour drive away from Porto. There are regular bus connections to the airport and to Viana do Castelo, Porto, Braga.

    One bicycle is available for guests. On days off, we sometimes go hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking or canyoning around the area. If you have experience and insurance you are welcome to join!
    High speed fiber internet is now available.

    We prefer vegetarian meals, but do eat meat or fish often and raise free range chicken for eggs.
    Smoking is not allowed inside and near the house . Wine or beer is ok in moderation.

  • 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

    There is unlimited fiber connection with 50Mbps.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can provide a nice parking spot with electricity, access to a water tap and Wi-Fi !

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)

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