Help us to fix up our new home and garden on the other side of the river from Lisbon, Portugal



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    Hi, we are Pedro & Marieke!

    We live with our two dogs Lota and Billy and Pedro's three kids Alea (14), Max (10) and Tobias (9) in a small fishermen's village opposite of Lisbon, right across the river Tejo. Here, we're making our new home and we've created our beautiful and colourful garden where we grow some veggies and fruits.

    Pedro (45) is creative, happy and easy going. He grew up in Lisbon, but moved to the countryside of Aljezur in his twenties. There he lived in the tiny, beautiful village Pedralva with just seven other people - all of them of 75 years or older. After that he lived in Germany for two years before moving back to his hometown, Lisbon. Pedro 'discovered' Porto Brandão and saw great potential in this rather undeveloped fishermen's village so close to Lisbon. He made the jump, and moved to 'the other side of the river' where he is enjoying his rebuilding project.

    Marieke (40) is well organised, cheerful and friendly. She lived most of her life in Holland, but over the years developed a great love for Portugal. In the beginning of 2018 she decided to move to the Algarve, where she managed a rural guest house and retreat center for two years. Falling in love with Pedro - and his family - made her decide to move to Porto Brandão earlier this year.

    Porto Brandão has a small river beach, some restaurants and a café where villagers gather for their daily coffee. The ferry terminal is right next to the house, the boat takes you to Lisbon (Belém) in less than 10 minutes. The beaches of Costa da Caparica are closeby and there are great opportunities for surfing and hiking in the area.

    We are in search of WorkAwayers who would like to help us fixing up our new house and garden, while enjoying the Portuguese (family) life, the city if Lisbon and the Costa da Caparica.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Pedro can teach you the basics of the Portuguese language. He's a great cook, he can show you how to make typical Portuguese food (all recipes from his mum). Fresh fish and seafood can be bought directly from the local fishermen and grilled on the BBQ in the garden. On the small beach of Porto Brandão and the terrace next to it, you can watch the boats passing by and enjoy beautiful sunsets. Marieke can provide you with some great hiking routes in the area and help you arrange surf lessons. Of course we always enjoy to show our guests the best places in Lisbon!

  • Help


    We welcome happy, flexible and open minded helpers. Depending on the skills, we would like some help with:

    - General maintenance jobs
    - Painting in the new house and/or in the garden
    - Taking care of our veggie garden (watering, weeding, planting seeds)
    - Keeping the garden area clean
    - Pet sitting our dogs Lota and Billy
    - Babysitting
    - Helping with BBQ's hosted in the garden

    If you have experience in building / construction, that's a plus! We aks for 3 hours of help per day (without food provided) or 5 hours per day (with food included). The hours can be flexible. In general we only work on weekdays. In case food is included we'll make sure the fridge is filled. WorkAwayers will have their own kitchen to prepare their meals. On some days we will eat all together.

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    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    French: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    WorkAwayers will have their own private room in an apartment above our family home (with its own entrance). In case there are multiple helpers, you will be sharing the bathroom and kitchen. There is wifi, hot water and everything you can expect from a normal, basic accommodation.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3 (without food included ) or 5 (with food included)

Pedro & Marieke
Our village Porto Brandão; Lisbon is right across the river!
Fresh seafood delivered to our door.
Fresh veggies and fruits from our garden.
With Max and Tobias on the nearby Costa da Caparica.
Building our new home.
The ferry terminal is right next to our house and brings you to Lisbon in less than 10 minutes.

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