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We are 4 adults and 2 kids (10&15 years old). Our house and lifestyle are modest, and in some ways unusual. We are a family that is more interested in joy than in social conventions, so if you can enjoy living outside of the box a little, you will enjoy living with us.
We love to have people stay with us not just to help us with the chores, but also to celebrate life with us, and be part of our community.
We have recently moved into our own farm (10 hectares with a river and a waterfall almost on the doorstep). We are in Lagares da beira, near Oliveira do hospital, Portugal. We are setting up the house - which needs finishing, and starting the farm’s infrastructure.
Currently we can host up to 3 helpers. This keeps changing so please check in a message. If you like camping, we have more space. We have a few rooms and beds in the house, and some camping spaces. We can provide a tent and mattress if needed, or if you have your own van, there’s plenty of space for you to camp that way. The house has 2 bathrooms available to everyone. Usually our helpers eat with us. Cooking and cleaning after a meal is part of life with us, and in principle we expect everyone to partake in these activities. We really do prefer people who like socialising, but we know how to give people space when they need it.
You will support us with the farm, and the house building projects, including gardening, construction/woodworking/ building, cleaning, cooking, child minding/tutoring, and depending on your skills- other specialised tasks.
Right now we need more than anything people with good hands who are experienced and un afraid
of physical work. If you are a builder, carpenter, or just someone who has a way with construction projects and can do anything, we want you!
The housework is normal and includes cleaning and Cooking etc.
We love people who LOVE people and children. We prefer people who are motivated to help and have high cleanliness standards, so that we don’t need to explain to you much about it. If you have a drivers license That’s even better. If you have technical skills, in farming or construction, we want to hear from you!
We expect up to 20 hours of help per week from each of you. This will pay for your accommodation, food and wifi. Depending on the arrangement with us, and on how much time you actually put in, we allow people to also contribute less time and to pay for their food costs (about 30 Euros per week, but if we can get the garden going well, that could be reduced..).
Important Note: we are a vegetarian, no onion and no garlic household. We have a very strict no smoking and no alcohol policy. Please only contact us if you feel you can comply with this. We don’t demand that you be the same as us, but we expect you to be able to respect our house rules and if you need to eat meat or smoke, that these are done off our land (there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area.)
Our helpers always receive love and conversation, An opportunity to learn /join meditation and Tai Chi or yoga lessons/practice, and home made music! Bathing in the river is a daily thing too around here.
If you are interested, contact us :)
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
In exchange for your help, you will receive space to camp, access to all the facilities of the house, and utilities including wifi, TLC, conversation, and much more. This "more" includes but is not restricted to going out on hikes, joining yoga /dance / tai chi, and sitting together playing music, or games. Your interests can influence our choice of fun.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We need to finish our house. Tiling, wall painting, carpentry, and such skills will be super. Any skills that can allow us to get off the electric grid, would be appreciated too. We also need to start the farm side of things so construction of paths, fences, digging compost holes, general weeding and gardening are just some of the things. People with design and permaculture knowledge and know how, would be very welcome as well.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Depending on availability - room in the house (probably shared). We can also provide a tent and mattress. Loads of space for tents and campervans is available. Please contact us to discuss what we currently have.
If you are interested to stay with us please tell us a little about yourself.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have unlimited wifi but it’s not as fast as in the city. As long as you spend some of your time working and socialising with us, we are very happy for you to work online :)
This host can provide space for campervans.
We have a dog and a cat. The cat is not very dog friendly but the dog is totally harmless. Please only bring animals that can be safe both to our animals and our kids.
More than two
12-25 hours per week
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