Living off grid and helping us to develop our homestead in Alentejo, Portugal



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  • Description


    We, an Austrian family with two children, enjoy the simple, decelerated life in the Portuguese Alentejo. The office chairs and regular working hours were exchanged for all sorts of tools and activities that enrich our hearts. We spend most of our time outside, but most of all we have the opportunity to spend them together. We have one dog and three cats.

    We own a property on the shoreside of a lake near the village Torrão. It´s a reservoir lake which supplies the rice fields 30km away. Also due to little rain in winter the lake can disappear one season. When full, it gives us the opportunity to swim, kajak or just relax and enjoy nature. Torrão is small but nice, not touristy but rather typical portuguese. More busy in summer than in winter. The next big town Èvora is 40min by car.

    Our business plan is to sell olive oil and give courses in handweaving and wildeness/survival skills such as archry, primitive fire making, etc.
    For this we are developing our property. We do all our things mainly ourselfs. Besides solar power, running water (cold & hot) and 2 work spaces we can provide a public outdoor kitchen, a 5m yurt for guests, 1 bathroom with a shower/1 extra bath house with small tub. Further we can accomodate tents (bring your own) and 2-4 caravans/mobile homes.

    Our main work at the moment is to cut our olive trees for the next harvest.
    Also constructing buildings, working on fences, cooking and spending time with our kids or teach them skills you bring with you is on the list.
    We are living with nature and don´t follow a strict 9-5 working day. We work depending on the personal kids´needs and the weather, sometimes including weekends while having days off during the week. Nevertheless, a healthy work attitude is just as important to us as good communication. We daily provide three vegetarian meals as well as fruits.

    We also love to go surfing (50min by car) once every two weeks, go on weekly trips to Evora or exploring our closer surrounding.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a family from Austria with two kids, a husky and three cats. We love to be outdoors, to kajak, to shoot with bow and arrow, develop our garden, visit a capoeira class with our kids and go surfing.
    We give courses in survival skills and have an atelier with two looms where you can have a closer look into handweaving.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We need help in cutting our olive trees, cleaning the land, cutting fire wood.
    Maintain our fruit and vegetable garden.
    Building a fence around the property.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a mongolian yurt to sleep in. It is located on a hill with a beautifull view at the lake. The yurt has 28sqm and offers a double siced bed, a chest of drawers and a table with chairs. The separate bathroom with shower, sink and composting toilet is just around the corner.
    You can also bring your tent or van to live in.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    With your time off, you can go with us to Évora, go to the beach of Sines/Melides/Comporta and join us with surfing. The village Torrão is only a 10min walk away and provides you with small supermarkets, cafes and bars.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space for all kind of vehicles!

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have pets too (dog, cats, chickens)!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day

Host ref number: 293774195645