Looking for help in nature and fun on a Portuguese farm - near Lisboa, Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    We are one hour from Lisbon. We run a historic estate in a beautiful setting that hosts weddings, summer camps, and seminars.We are also an operating farm.Mostly silviculture.We farm mostly trees. We are situated in one of the largest Cork Tree areas in the world.Mediterranean forest ecoystems are considered one ofthe most important ecosystems right after Virgin Forests. We also have lots of pine trees both for lumber and also for pine nuts.Cork and pine nut trees are a very sustainable resource as their lifespan is over 200 years and they produce cork and pine nuts during that time.We pride ourselves for beeing an environmentally responsible farm and we enjoy teaching volunteers and visitors about what we do.We are a Forest Stewardship Council certified farm.FSC is a worldwide recognized organization that certifies socially and environmentally respectefull organizations like ours, that harbour and follow, strict guidelines for workers, neighbouring populations and the environment.We are audited on a regular basis.

    In the past, it was used as an agricultural and hunting grounds for the nobility of Portugal. There is a main house, dormitories, and small houses, as well as a pool, pond, and a large wooded area to explore, offering a glimpse of historic and contemporary Portuguese culture and living.


    We finally finished building our lake and a big thank you and congratulations to all involved!.It has been a few of years of hard work with stump removal and brush clearing etc. and finally some landscaping.😊

    From the agricultural antiques you may be cleaning and organizing, to working in the gardens.
    We need assistance with grounds maintenance and development.

    Grounds keeping often includes tasks such as raking, weeding.

    Decorating and painting, recovering antiques, trail building, cleaning and organizing objects, and planting and weeding around young pine and cork trees.

    Please note that we provide accommodation and food in exchange for help.Volunteering does not involve any financial transaction.It is about mutual benefit based on cultural exchange.

    We also need help building and rebuilding old structures.
    We appreciate people that share with us their interests and skills.

    Every year, after JUNE 26th UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST WE HOST OUR WORLD FAMOUS SUMMER CAMPS Therefore most of the help needed during those months is related to the summer camps.Please note that during July and August most of the help is needed for kitchen and dining room work like dooing dishes, cleaning of kitchen and dining room area, however if you prefer to be outdoors, there is plenty of work to be done.Work is usually light and hours are short due to our number of volunteers during this time that varies from 8 to 12.
    You get lots of free time and use of the pool and lake and working hours are usually less than expected.



    WE HAVE SPACE FOR LONG TERM VOLUNTEERS.

    IF YOU ARE NOT A CITIZEN OF A E.U. COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD CARRY YOUR OWN TRAVEL INSURANCE UPON YOUR ARRIVAL.IF YOU ARE FROM ONE OF THE E.U. COUNTRIES YOU SHOULD CARRY YOUR HEALTH CARD.

    If you are looking for travel Insurance you can get some information at the Workaway website by clicking on "Information" then clicking on "Insurance" .

    TO GET HERE:

    GET THE BUS AT "CAMPO GRANDE" METRO STATION.

    It is better to take the metro to CAMPO GRANDE station.There you catch the bus to Coruche.Once you arrive in Coruche .If then you can take a taxi just down the street from the bus terminal right across from Santander Totta Bank.
    We are only 5 minutes out of town.

    ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT US 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, TO RECONFIRM YOUR PLACE, UNLESS OF COURSE, IF YOU ARE A LAST MINUTE VOLUNTEER.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers can benefit from direct contact with our staff, by learning some of the local habits and ways of living, as well as some portuguese as we have 5 permanent people working full time and 4 of them only speak portuguese .We are mainly a tree farm and we enjoy teaching volunteers about our way of dealing with trees be it at the planting stage or their maintenance and looking after during their lifespan, the benefits that trees exert on the local environment specially during these times of climate change and what our experience tells us about the diferent ways we pursue in order to guarantee their healthy survival and the sustainability of the whole ecosystem.During July and August we host a CISV summer camp and volunteers can socialize with the camp staff from all corners of the world.Coruche, our neighbouring town, has an interesting old downtown area, and a typical Portuguese traditional architecture.Santarém, the next town, has also a rich downtown core and has been a candidate as a world heritage site.Abundant old churches and ancient romanic and phoenecian artifacts and structures are some of the atractions.Another popular activity with volunteers are the local weekly and monthly outdoor markets where you can witness locals in a rich interchange of socializing and bartering.People sell everything from clothes, garments, tools and locally grown chickens, turkeys, ducks and also dried figs and almonds.

  • Help

    Help

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    All year

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    We continue to have some fun projects!Building a laege earth lake is one of them.

    After Children summer camps are over we need to repair lots of things like:
    -window shuter repairs, painting walls and windows, restoring antiques specially wooden ones etc.
    -tree planting, weeding tree saplings, shrub pruning, leaf raking, mowing the grass, cleaning rooms, working in our organic vegetable garden.

    we have 3 dogs and 1 horse, and need help with daily care for them too!

    We like help and commitment but we also like our volunteers to have a good time and a positive experience. Try us out.

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT US 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Portugese, French,

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide accomodation and food.Volunteers do most of their own cooking.
    Accommodation consists of:
    -A rural house, with 4 bedrooms -2 beds each +wc and living room - small kitchen --Another 2 bed room house , sleeps 6 . We have a double room for couples.Most times we can give you your own room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We need help all year around!Garden work, pool maintenance, cutting grass
    help with dogs, and the horse.Tree planting in the Fall and early Winter as we plant pine and cork trees in our mediterranean forest .Watering those same trees in the Summer.Quince picking.Help our two permanent staff on different home chores, helping with their daily duties.Coruche is a nice litle town with all the amenities.Supermarkets, farmacies, cafes,etc.There are a few bars if you feel like an evening out, Almeirim is a nearby town with the famous Stone Soup.That is an amazing soup, like you never ate before.Santarem(30 km away) is an important historic site as well as Evora which is a Unesco world heritage site.There is nature around, lots of places to bike and walk, star gaze at night etc.Lisbon is only one hour away by car.

    TO GET HERE:
    Try not to arrive on weekends as we are understaffed and taxis don't run on weekends.If you do, make sure to let us know in advance.

    For bus schedules insert the following link in your browser:

    GET THE BUS AT "CAMPO GRANDE" METRO STATION.THE COMPANY NAME IS "RIBATEJANA"
    To get from Lisbon Airport to Coruche:
    Firstly, you will either need to take a taxi or bus to Campo Grande. There you will need to catch the 901 bus to Coruche.
    Here is the tricky part! When in Campo Grande, the 901 bus stop will be hidden away around the corner. If you turn left out of the main building and walk past all the taxis you should see a small green sign that reads ´´ribatejana´´ and ´´coruche´´.
    When you have caught this bus, do not worry about having to get off it. The stop you need will be the final stop.


    Once in Coruche, give me a Ring and we will try to pick you up if we are not extra busy.If at all impossible, you can take a taxi just down the road across from the santander totta bank.
    We are only five minutes out of town.
    If you are driving-in Coruche you look for the road to SANTAREM and once at the edge of Coruche you will see the INTERMARCHÉ store on your left.
    We are 5 kms from town, on the right.
    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT US 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL, TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week, or 4 hours a day 6 days a week during tree planting season and also most of the times depending on volunteers preference. (max 25 hours)

Volunteers at the local weekly market
Painting a rail at the castle
Our big lake
Planting trees in the fall and winter
our lake

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