Hi I'm Valentina, a 40 years old Neapolitan woman :-)
I studied psychology in Florence (Italy) where I also worked as promoter of cultural events for a local advertising company. After finishing my studies I moved to South America, where I worked for different NGO as psychologist and social worker.
In 2010 I moved to ireland where I spent 7 years. I first worked at a project about self sufficiency, I learnt about organic gardening, traditional and ecological building, carpentry, stone wall building, thatching, poultry, learning Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills, fishing, magazine and book publication, web site creation and maintenance, learning cooking and food preservation skills, hospitality to guests and visitors.
In Ireland I also studied complementary therapies, like Swedish massage, Thai massage, reflexology and sport and deep tissue massage, and I worked at an health and herbs clinic and shop, blending and dispensing herbal remedies.
I bought myvpiece of land in Portugal 2 years ago after travelling and volunteering as workawayer for a year. I renovated a good portion of the buildings and I now run a small, ecofriendly bnb for travellers and tourists.
It's a little paradise, surrounded by nature and only 10 minutes driving to the beach.There is a pond on the property and a small stream too. There are over 6000 m2 of land with fruits trees, sheep and bees. I also have 5 free range chickens and 2 sweet dogs.
I have a few projects to work on this autumn and winter:
I intend to completely reorganize the vegetable garden, rellligning the irrigation system and replanting everything.
I want to build a big pergola with wooden table and benches, to enjoy some shade in the garden.
I would also like to create a space for workshops, for practicing massage, yoga, for playing....
The forest needs some attention, trees needs pruning and the wood needs to be chopped and stored.
There is one last little house in need of renovation work, I have a plan to turn it into a little apartment, with ground floor, kitchen, bathroom and mezzanine.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Learning Portuguese, English and Italian. Learning about vegetarian and Italian recipes. Learning about gardening and medicinal plants. Learning about general building, DIY and renovation. Learn about pond maintenance and water management.
building, renovation, roofing, painting, landscaping, gardening, forest maintenance, painting, restoring furniture, stream clearing, planting trees, making paths through the forest, building French drains, making a tiled patio, building compost toilets, pond maintenance.
Plenty of space for camping a cosy room in one of the houses. In winter bed next to a big wood burner stove, nice and warm!
In their time off, helpers can relax at the stunning Sao Martinho do Porto bay or visit one of the surrounding historical towns, like Alcobaça or Batalha with their beautiful monasteries. Helpers can also enjoy hiking as the area offers amazing paths in the forests.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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