Help us with land maintenance, animals, garden and more in Coimbra and Center, Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    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, ...

  • 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
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    Unfortunately on the 15th of Oktober 2017 a firestorm hit our land and destroyed a lot of our belongings and our investments of the last few years. But we found the strength to carry on and to keep focused on our dream to live our life from the land and maybe create a ecological campsite/ holiday-rentals on our land so we can share our beautiful place with our guests, ...and volunteers of course!

    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 the fire and all the dead pines have recently been cut down. We still have quite some wood to be processed... but also planting and pruning trees... 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 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.

    DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS THE MAIN THINGS TO DO WILL BE ANIMAL CARE (we have lots of baby goats), GARDENING (watering, weeding, harvesting,...), HELP WITH COOKING, WASHING UP AND CLEANING.
    ALSO WE WOULD SET UP A NEW FENCE FOR THE GOATS AND WILL BE PROCESSING FIREWOOD FOR WINTER (cutting, splitting and stacking)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have caravans for our volunteers to sleep and in our community area our volunteers can cook and eat together.
    We also have a extra double bed on the mezzanine in our community area. 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).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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!

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Flexibility is appreciated! With a average of 5hours a day, 5 days a week.

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