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We are David & Eli, a Belgium couple and since 2014 we live and work on our 12 hectare beautiful land with view on the Serra da Estrellla mountains.
We have cats, dogs, chicken and goats and we have a big organic fruit and vegetable garden. We try to live a sustainable life and provide our essentials as much as possible from our own land, fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, meat, wood, timber, water, ...
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Our land is privately located and a dirt track of 1km separates us from the outside world. You can experience being in full nature enjoying the peace and silence. We have no direct neigbours but we are located between 4 small typical portugees villages on walking distance, each with a tiny grocery store and a local bar where the locals meet for coffe and social company. They are always very pleased and exited to see strangers coming by!
We are located about a one hour drive to the top of the Serra da Estrella mountains and the way to it leads you through beautiful and exiting places.
You will experience daily life in rural, central Portugal, and learn what it takes to maintain and run a farm on a 12 hectare land.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are generally looking for volunteers to help us with the maintenance of the land, the animals, the garden, the household, building and all round jobs.
The land is partly open, terraced and partly forest. The main part of our forest has burnt in a forest fire in 2017. The main part of the burnt forest has been cut, but there's still quite some wood to be processed. We are giving the native trees and vegetation a chance to regenerate. We often need some strong and energetic people with a good physical condition to help us out on the land, cutting wood, processing and stacking firewood, clearing heavy vegetation, making fires, cutting grass, etc...
The animals, the garden, the kitchen and household also ask a lot of our daily effort. In this area we are looking for help in feeding the animals, milking the goats, cleaning stables, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting, cooking and washing up and some general household tasks. Experiences are not required but doing the tasks with a smile and a good attitude are a must!
Are you a DIY enthusiast, and do you have some experience with woodwork/ carpentry we will certainly have some nice creative tasks for you! A lot of our burnt trees have been cut into nice timber to do some building and constructing...
Or are you confident with plumbing or have you any experience as an electrician?... that could be very useful as well...
The work to do is usually very divers and often depends on the season, different things to do in different times of the year... and of course we try to take in account the interests and qualities of our volunteers.
FOR THE MOMENT WE ARE MORE SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR A COUPLE OR A DUO WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY FOR A LONGER PERIOD (AFTER A TWO WEEK TRIAL). PREFERABLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE A BIT OF HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AND BEING ABLE TO WORK A LITTLE INDEPENDENTLY. THE IDEAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE AND LEARN ABOUT THE DAILY TASKS AND ROUTINES ON A FARM IN CENTRAL PORTUGAL. TAKING CARE OF THE ANIMALS, GROWING AND PROCESSING YOUR OWN FOOD, PROVIDING FIREWOOD, BUILDING, CRAFTING, LAND MAINTENANCE, ETC...
MAINLY LOOKING TO SHARE OUR LIFE FOR A WHILE WITH SOME MOTIVATED AND ENERGETIC PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE DREAM OF DOING SOMETHING SIMILAR.
OF COURSE WITH FINDING A GOOD BALANCE IN BETWEEN WORKING AND SHARING TIME TOGETHER AND ALSO ENJOYING ENOUGH PRIVATE OR FAMILY TIME TOO.
IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THAN WE CAN CHAT...
We have caravans for our volunteers to sleep and in our community area our volunteers can cook and eat together.
Sheets and blankets are provided and we have a comfortable bathroom (heated in winter) with hot water, shower and toilet.
Daily tasks like cooking, washing up and keeping our community area clean and tidy are shared responsibilities and we expect everyone to cooperate in these things.
We try to find a good balance between cooking and eating together but expect our volunteers to be able to take care for themselves from time to time (but then of course we provide the essential ingredients).
We offer our volunteers food and accommodation in exchange for help on our farm. We are not very strict in counting the hours per day you work but appreciate our volunteers to be flexible too. Some working days will be longer and harder than others and we regularly build in days of rest depending on everyone's needs!
We are open minded and try to divide the work depending on our helpers experiences and capacities. So it's important to us to get a little information about who you are, why you would like to join us and what you expect of your experience on our farm!
We are looking forward to meet motivated people who are open for adventure!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The mobile reception is very good on the land so people who bring their own hotspot can work online... Our wi-fi only works around our house and doesn't reach our accommodations.
People traveling with their own home on wheels are always more than welcome! The access to our land is by a long sand track but even medium to large vehicles can easily get here. We have a camper spot with water and electrics and have hot shower and toilets.
Only well behaved pets can run free on the land. We have dogs, cats, goats and chicken and we don't accept other animals chasing them! Also realize our land is big and sometimes the work locates far from the accommodation and pets have to stay home as the work involves machinery!
More than two
Flexibility is appreciated! With a average of 5hours a day, 5 days a week.
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