We are a couple with a 7 years old daughter, a 2.5 years old boy, 2 dogs, 3 cats and few chickens living on a beautiful piece of land in South Alentejo (Portugal). We love quietness and contact with nature, waking up everyday in our heaven of piece, surrounded by oak trees.
We are creating a space to receive guests that want true ecologic relaxing holidays (wooden house, teepee...). We wish our visitors will observe and connect with nature, learn new things and enjoy mindful moments - as well as eat good fresh local food!
Right now, we need volunteers for woodwork, decoration, feeding the animals, maybe play with our kids...nothing imposed :)
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
We speak French, Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese...we travelled quite a lot before finding our piece of land in Portugal and we come from backgrounds very different from what we are doing now...so we guess there is a lot to exchange with whoever is open to it :)
We are looking for responsible and serious volunteers who would like to help us re-generate a beautiful piece of land, by planting trees, pruning, building wooden and cob structures so we can provide rural accommodation to mindful tourists, as well as host courses (natural soap making, timber framing...).
Qualified volunteers requested :)
English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Hebrew
Accomodation is in can be in a caravan.
There is an outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen and compost toilet, as well as a wooden table and benches.
If you have a caravan or a van, there is plenty of space, so we can discuss the option as well.
We provide food (mainly vegetarian) but volunteers cook their own meals.
The following should be acknowlegded and accepted by volunteers before they come. Thank you :)
We work 4 days a week, 5-6 hours a day.
We are quiet people who expect the same from our volunteers (no loud music or shouting). It is for us basic respect to this rural area, as some birds are nesting on the land and in the neighbouring areas (owls, falcons...).
Our tiny house is not a 'communal area', as we are a family who value its privacy.
We also respect volunteers' privacy, everyone should enjoy his own space. We can connect the Internet from our house so you can enjoy it outside.
There is a shared outdoor (covered) kitchen for volunteers, an outdoor shower and compost toilets.
We expect from volunteers that they will keep these areas clean and tidy at all times, so that everyone can enjoy a welcoming place.
Water is valued and should not be wasted: we are in a dry area, and our water comes from the well. (Unfortunately this winter didn't bring a lot of rain...)
We expect people not to 'take their time' in the shower and do their dishes as efficiently as possible. We prefer anyway people that shower regularly, for the comfort of all :)
Only ecologic products should be used as all the water goes back to the land. We can provide such if needed.
We all drink water from a nearby source (regularly controlled, best water ever :)
It is forbidden to make fire or use candles. Risk of fire is extremely high.
Positive and mindful people are always welcome.
We prefer to avoid extremists of all kinds.
Live and let live :)
Volunteers can go to the beach (beautiful Vilanova de Milfontes is 20 min drive from our place), hike on the Rota Vincentina, pick mushrooms, go surf...our place is located 5 minutes from a small town with restaurants and cafes.
There are also plenty of local markets that make the rhythm of the life here...as well as other foreigners around...different projects, same good energy.
If it's too hot: beach or lake, both are accessible in less than 20 minutes. A good siesta under a tree is also recommended.
If it's already dark, find a comfortable seat or lay down and stare at the moon & stars, listen to the owls and enjoy peace, no more boundaries between inside and outside...
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5-6 hours a day, 4 days a week