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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 6 km away from the large white sand beaches. The region kept its authentic vibe, away from the mass tourism.
You will be living in my house:
You will have your own bedroom with a covered terrace, your own bathroom and toilet.
We will share the kitchen. You can use all the basic ingredients (salt, oil, coffee, tea, spices etc) but you will have to cook for yourself. At the fantastic 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. This does not include helping with the general maintenance of the common rooms, kitchen after using it and keeping you bedroom clean and tidy. .
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, feel free to use them to explore the local area or even further (you can bring them with you on the train).
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 or people who are used to drive by bike.
Ideally I am looking for a couple age 25 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 in meeting you. Don't hesitate to write me if you need more information.
Help in the house
I'll introduce you to my circle of friends, take you to events where I'll go.
Specially in summer there are regular live music, night markets and Olhão is a great place to socialise.
The tasks consist helping by 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 and likes cleaning.
We'll help 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.
French, German, Portuguese, English, Italian.
In an independent double bedroom with private bathroom and terrace.
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
14 hours over 5 days/person. flexible