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My name is Marie, I'm french and I have been living in Portugal for 30 years. I run holiday homes in Quelfes, near Olhão in the Algarve.
I live in the countryside, with view on the sea. It's a very calm and charming environment, only 5 km away from the large white sand beaches. The region kept its authentic vibe, away from the mass tourism.
You will be living in one of my guest house: with bedroom , bathroom , kitchen and toilet.
I provide all the basic ingredients (salt, oil, coffee, tea, spices etc) but you will have to cook for yourself. At the market in Olhão you can buy fresh and local fruits, vegetables, fish/meat for reasonable price.
I provide the bed sheets, towels and you can wash your clothes.
In return I ask of 2 hours of help per day and per person. .
The scheduling of the 2 hours of help will depend on the weather, arrival/departure or presence of the guests and your own preference. When possible, I am flexible with hours.
There are 2 bicycles, you can use them to explore the local area or even further (you can bring them with you on the train). Warning ! in summer we rarely have less than 30°C !
Please note I’m a French-speaking, so if you're looking for an immersive Portuguese language experience, this isn't me !
My place is difficult to reach by public transport, therefore I give priority to people with their own car.
Ideally I am looking for a couple age 23 or more.
Citizens of EU should bring their current European Health Insurance Card.
If you are from outside the EU you must have valid medical insurance.
I will verify all volunteers ID and health insurance on arrival.
Looking forward to meeting you. Don't hesitate to write me if you need more information.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Due to the corona virus the social life is limited as most of the events,concert, life music in the bars are cancelled.
The tasks consist helping in cleaning the garden, making some light renovation tasks, painting, furniture renovation, general housework and cleaning of houses, terraces.
This requires someone who is organized, uses time effectively, is able to help independently.
We'll work 2 hours per day or 14 hours over 5 days in order to let you 2 days off which leaves plenty of time to discover the region.
In an independent small house.
Olhão is at 5 km it is a fishing port and a fascinating town with winding narrow streets, flat-roofed houses which give it a Moroccan flavour. The coastal littoral of the municipality belongs to the Nature Park of Ria Formosa.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the most amazing places of the Algarve, not only for its variety of landscapes but also because of its unique location. Recently elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this is one of three protected areas . This is a unique coastal lagoon which is constantly changing due to the continuous movement of winds, currents and tides.
The sandy islands parallel to the coast offers wides and wild beaches and are accessible from Olhão via ferry.
Over that Olhão has good amenities and communication links to the east and west Algarve via train where you can take the bike with you.
Within one hour you'll reach the west side of the Algarve, the city of Lagos, its cliffs, rock formation of "Ponte da Piedade", or Portimão making a cruize on the river Arade to Silves.
Within 20 mn to the East, you'll reach Tavira and its long history which origins date back to the late Bronze Age.
Olhão hosts a fantastic Saturday market, which we never miss, it is famous for its large choice of fish, locals fruits and vegetables.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
14 hours over 5 days/person. flexible
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