G'day Guys and Gals,
Here's a grand opportunity to Work, Rest and Play-
We have a new house that needs some plastering, painting and floor tiles to be laid.
Our animals need new residences as we are eliminating wood constructions owing to fire risks and replacing with concrete block buildings.
New fencing will be needed.
We must prepare the Farm Land area for growing food next year after the Winter rains. The growing area has been neglected.
We have a small tractor.
The old wooden kitchen down by the seasonal river has an enclosed veranda. There needs to be a shower installed there. And a few other renovations.
Some new water piping needs to be installed and a secondary pump installed.
We have also a Caravan that you can stay in. You can make a pot of coffee there. :-)
In the new year, we want to build a Swimming Pool and recreational area.
A professional digger will come in to do the ground preparation and digging. Don’t worry about that.
We are looking for a totally Fit Person with no health problems.
Four Hours a Day for 5 Days, in Exchange for Good Food and Accommodation for each week. (Weekends off with a filled tummy and a place to sleep)
When the pool is finished if you are still here, then you will be able to enjoy splashing and swimming and having more fun.
When the Entertainment area with bug screens and a roof have been completed, you’ll be enjoying BBQ Food even in Summertime. (Rustic land in Portugal requires a dedicated fire protection area for BBQs during the no Burn Period.)
Hopefully you have, and can play a Guitar or something and that would add to the fun.
Please feel free to ask questions and we shall do our best to answer.
Cheers for now,
Kevin and Ellie
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Mix with the Portuguese in the village and start to learn the language or improve on it.
Learn to mix with other people from different walks of life.
Learn to survive on little money
Learn to clear land
Learn to grow veggies in the harsh Portuguese Sun
Learn to look after animals.
Learn to live Off The Grid.
Learn how Water is Retrieved, Filtered and Tanked
Learn how to Build and see how we built the Wooden Buildings.
Learn how to do Solar Power Systems.
Learn how to set up Electricity wiring
Learn to Work with Concrete
Learn to Lay Concrete Blocks
Learn how to plaster and Paint
Learn how to lay Tiles
Learn how to Put on a Roof.
Learn how to Survive Hot Portuguese Sunshine.
Super Strength is not as important as is common sense, firm hands, being fit, energetic and not being work-shy.
INTERNET ACCESS IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE LOCAL VILLAGE. We just need to give you the access code.
The Cafe in the local Village has Free Internet and it is just a 15 minute walk to get there. Plus the Dongle referred to earlier.
Only five days a week at just 4 hours a day are required. The OTHER 20 Hours a day are for you to REST and PLAY.
A Caravan is at your disposal and a Compost Loo just for your own use.
Dining is a communal experience. But of course you can make a cuppa in the caravan.
This ain't the Ritz. We are 100% Off The Grid. But you will be able to make use of TWO 100 Watt Solar Panels to charge up your devices. Please ONLY charge up devices during Sunshine otherwise you'll damage the batteries.
If you need a shower, you'll need to assemble one in your free time. When we started off living Off The Grid, we used a plastic bath and wash bowl. It makes you more self reliant to live Off The Grid.
We drink our well water. Have done so since 2015 when we bought the land. If you want to walk to the village just a half Kilometer away, they have the finest pure sweet spring water that's free. And you can buy Coke there at the cafe.
What else ...
TRAVELLING TO THE CITY
There is a bus that goes into the City of Castelo Branco where you can take in the sights, watch a film, eat at the many eateries and fast food joints like Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut... you can even take up 10 Pin Bowling or just go for a swim at the city's pool. Until ours is ready of course :-)
Whatever floats your boat.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
We will buy an Internet Pay-As-You-Go "Dongle" for you to use. And we will GIFT you €20 of usage as a present. When you leave, you will return the dongle of course.
Space for parking camper vans
We will provide the use of a Caravan if you wish to use it. The Old Wooden Kitchen down by the Seasonal River may be used instead, if you prefer. We lived in it for a couple of years. It has Lights. Also a Wood Burning Cast Iron Cooking Stove that is great for keeping warm in Winter. If you come in a motorhome then there's room for parking too.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Just 4 hours a day, 5 days a week