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Hello, my name is Andy.
I have worked as a volunteer all around Europe and absolutely loved the experience and skills I gathered along the way. This experience has motivated me to give others the same opportunity and become a great host with a view to providing an excellent well run, well-organized operation. In our first year of hosting Workaway volunteers, we accommodated 30 people with great success. As we enter into our second year we want to improve the experience for both us and the volunteers thus we would like to host people for a minimum stay of 4 weeks which allows for a more structured experience and more opportunities to cover a wider range of tasks and to explore the local surroundings.
We are now actively seeking for assistance with looking after horses on a beautiful farm in central Portugal. We have 11 horses, some showjumping/competition horses and the rest of the herd are for general riding and more importantly, therapy horses or ponies.
It is also a wellness retreat center with an amazing yoga studio and a vegetarian/vegan kitchen, thus yoga teachers and vegetarian/vegan cooks are always welcome. Workaway volunteers do not need any experience and anyone is welcome to apply if however, you do have relevant experience this will be viewed favorably. Our most successful volunteers have the following characteristics:
• A true love of animals is a must as all our horses are family members
• Good work ethic as you will be left to carry out the task by yourself at times
• Self-starter and have some common-sense.
Our non-human family has some jumping horses, a dressage Lusitano, miniature Shetland ponies plus seven dogs 20 chickens and some fish in our medication pond.
There is a family of five humans that live on the farm and the volunteers are accommodated in a bunkhouse which is well-appointed with a bathroom and kitchen space and shared a bedroom. The farm is only 2 minutes from the local train station which is an hour from Lisbon city by train. The local shop's cafe and restaurants only a 10-minute walk away. There is a swimming pool on the farm and bikes to use to discover the area. There could be riding opportunities for experienced riders, but riding is not part of the daily tasks.
Any questions please message me, and I will happily and promptly answer any of your questions.
We can be flexible for the right person on the duration of time spent with us and helping you along on your traveling adventure
In short…..if you are a lover of horses nature and yoga then this is the place for you.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are English speaking but there are many Portuguese team members that work on the farm too so you can always practice your Portuguese. Come and learn new skills with horses, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the Portuguese sun. This also a retreat center and yoga classes are available.
We have 11 horses and they are all living out in big grass paddocks. We need help with the normal daily horsey tasks. All the horses, apart from 3, get daily exercise - we need help with collecting them from the field and bringing them to be groomed and tacked up, ready for exercise. Also, poo picking and general help when needed on the farm like gardening or help prepare or cook in the kitchen.
A bunkhouse that has 4 beds in with all modern fittings and a TV and Netflix. The bunkhouse has a private shower room and toilet with a fully equipped kitchen area. All the food is provided and sometimes we have a big family meal together.
We are just over an hour away from Lisbon, easily reached by train. And 10 mins away from Golega, the European center of horses. There are lots of local cafes and restaurants and we have a dam on the farm for natural swimming or you can chill by the pool. There are also lots of local historical sites for you to explore, as well as the Tagus river.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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