Help to create our off-grid paradise and have a great time :) 12km from Castelo Branco, Portugal

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hey :) we are Baru and Kathi. Young, married queer couple. Living our best live and want to share it with people. Last year we bought our dream property and started to live here in March 2023.

    We have done a lot of workaway ourselves ( we actually met at one amazing project and fell in love) that's why we have the perspective from both sides. ( hosts and volunteers)
    As volunteers we seen the best and the worst projects and that's why we are trying to create the perfect experience, what we would love to experience as volunteers.
    That means that if you can stay with us, you will be treated as a family members :)

    Our dream is to renovate the ruin and make a dream house out of it and create veggie garden what can feed us majority of the year.
    Right now we are living in a bell tent, until we can move to the house.
    We are looking for a people who will help us to create the most beautiful place. But the same important is for us to have a great time together. To share stories, wine, play cards, guitar. And share this beautiful life what we have here, with you.

    We have done a lot of workaway ourselves ( we actually met at one amazing project and fell in love) that's why we have the perspective from both sides. ( hosts and volunteers)

    And if you are looking to live the same lifestyle, or even buy a land, we might be able to help you as well ☺

    :::: For SAFETY reasons, would prefer woman, queers, and couples but respectful men are very welcome as well. ::::

    :::: Please note that it is remote here. But it is possible to walk to the mini supermarket in 25-30 minutes. ::::

    Now about us:
    Hello! We are Baru and Kathi, a married couple from the Czech Republic and Germany.. and of course Kiri and Sasha, our little fury friends :)
    We traveled for about 4 years in our self-converted campervan and lived already somewhere else off-grid before we developed the wish to settle down on our own somewhere (at least a bit :) )

    It was our dream to live somewhere in beautiful nature, buy our own piece of land, and create our own little paradise... So come and help us to create it.

    Now we found that perfect place in Central Portugal. ( cca 12km from Castelo Branco)

    From an experience, our preferred time to host volunteers is 2-3 weeks, but with an agreed TEST TIME for both sides to see if we like each other. As we are not only looking for some people who will help us but as well we want to have a nice time with you and share a slow and happy life here with you.
    We also like to drink homemade Portuguese red wine, visit friends, or have visits, play cards, guitar, and darts in the evenings :)
    We are able to accommodate people with their own campervan as well. ( just probably not the biggest trucks as the roads here are quite narrow :) - but we had no problem with VW LT )


    At the moment we have various different tasks that we need help with:
    - Digging
    - renovation of the ruin
    - clearing out the ruin
    - stonework ( if you have as well extra knowledge, it's a big plus, as it takes a while to explain things around the
    building in case you never helped with something like this before and as well we don't have huge knowledge
    ourselves, so any helpful input is welcome
    - building on a budget (with found woods etc... )
    - building shower and toilet house
    - building outdoor kitchen
    - a lot of gravel movement with a wheelbarrow
    - weeding garden
    - clearing land

    We as well have one open position in the kitchen. To cook vegan from what we have at home and clean the kitchen afterwards.


    <3 --VEGAN ONLY-- <3

    We love to eat meals together and talk :

    You are very welcome to come and help, no matter if you are vegan or not. (Of course, you would have to be open to veganism - or even better want to go vegan yourself :D) We would appreciate in case you bring your own food that it is only vegan food

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    We can't promise if and what exactly you will learn here, I guess it depends on who you are and what you already know.. and also what we will do during your stay :)
    But ... you will definitely get an insight into how to live off the grid and close to nature.
    If you are interested in this topic you definitely can get a lot of information about solar, water and other.
    If you do not know how about a vegan diet, you definitely can learn a lot here as well :D
    Here is like very traditional Portuguese life around ( farming, olive picking, traditional events, etc - but this all depends on the season and time of the year :)

  • Help


    You can get dirty while working, so bring some working clothes :)

  • Languages spoken

    Czech: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We have a tent and a mattress and a sleeping bag/blanket. We have space for a campervan too.

    We have drinking water
    We have only an outdoor portable shower, but the property is big enough to get privacy.

    At the moment we have a very basic compost toilet and for the shower we use portable shower head and our water from the well, What we warm up in the pot if necessary)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have WiFi.
    If you have a dog, we have to talk about whether it's possible because of our dogs and our neighbor's animals, we would have to try how it works :)

  • 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

    you can contact us about the details. But the internet is strong at many places on the property

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    For van people it is perfect here :)

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If you have a perfectly behaved unproblematic and kind animal, we can try it and see if it works. We don't like to have here a chaos, bird hunting, or any conflicts with our own animals

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours per day or two hours per day ( find more in the text) x 5 days

Host ref number: 275777457514

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