We are Lesley and Dave, we have four boys. Two sons have left home and live in the UK and two boys age 15 and 21. We have a four hectare farm with tourist accommodation and camping facilities. We have a pollytunnel and vegetable garden. We keep 5 dogs that sleep in the house. We have goats, pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks. We have an outdoor unheated swimming pool.
We cook various cuisines for local music events.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
They will learn about the Portuguese culture, food and language. The travellers can learn about ecological farming, running a tourism business. There are amazing places to see that are hidden gems, such as river beaches, the mountains and historical cities with wonderful architecture. There are a variety of things going on in the community such as arts, music, singing, dancing and martial arts to become involved with.
We are happy to involve any travellers in our everyday life and learn skills such as building, looking after the land, cooking etc.
We have a farm and tourism business, we need help with cleaning, working on the land, gardening, collecting wood, chopping wood, animals and aspects of building. We enjoy making things and would like somebody who can work a sewing machine.
We would like people that are computer literate, maybe know about website design, like taking photographs and making video.
Room single or shared in heated house.
There are many walks, river beaches and places of interest to visit here. Throughout the summer months there are many festivals and festas every week. There is a bus stop a short walk from the Quinta and a little further away a coach service that takes you to the cities of Coimbra, Porto and Lisbon. There are many activities and clubs in the local area to become involved in and an opportunity to get to know people here. The Portuguese people are very friendly and accepting of people, there is also a large community of English and Dutch amongst other nationalities here and is easy to fit in to the community.
We employ people within our business and like to have fun, are sociable and will include any volunteers as part of the family. We are happy to include them on days out and when possibly drive them places and introduce them to friends that will also include them in activities and social events. We work hard and play hard and would like volunteers to be committed and flexible as working hours may change due to weather and where we need the help most but also want you to enjoy your time in Portugal.
We have travelled when younger and worked away ourselves and had wonderful experiences and would like to offer that opportunity to others. We also have a yurt here, where we practice yoga and meditation that is available to volunteers too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week