Experience life on a off-grid eco homestead and help us with our two year old son Dylan in Alentejo, Portugal



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    Located a few km from the beaches of Zambujeira do Mar in Alentejo, SW Portugal, we are Jason and Isabel, a Swiss/English couple with a young family living on a beautiful, off-grid homestead of 5.7ha. We are looking for someone who wants to spend the summer (min. 2 months stay) living with us, helping out with our lovely little son, get involved in the garden and loves the ocean as much as we do.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Between us, we speak English, German and French, and we are passionate about sustainable living. The land is beautiful and relatively untouched - we always have lots to do, but love the progress we have made so far, the skills we have learned and the experiences we have made. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience from gardening, alternative education to off grid living and surfing.

    This year we mainly focus our time on the veggi garden, take care of our trees and food forest. The life here is very diverse and you can learn a lot about the different tasks and challenges of daily life off grid. We are also keen surfers with a beautiful, uncrowded beach just a 5 min bike ride away. We have surfboards that we can give you to use and have two guest bikes.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    Its been 4 years since we went Off Grid and our workaways have been there every step of the way, helping us to kick start our dream to live sustainably and self-sufficiently on our own land. With our two sons Dylan 2 years, and Evan 6 years old, four dogs, three cats, 6 hens and a rooster on the team, there is lots happening and plenty to do.

    We are looking for positive and motivated person who has a passion for nature and off grid living and likes children. If you are into alternative education, good food and maybe even like to surf - get in touch, we would be happy to host you. Otherwise no special skills/experience necessary, but you should enjoy the life in nature and spending time with children. We are a little overwhelmed with all the work that needs to be done, and are looking for a beautiful human who wants to explore the world with Sunshine Dylan. He is a super chilled, happy, open, curious two year old, who loves pondering around the land, has a deep bond with our animals, is obsessed with water and the beach and loves people. Its not the hardest job in the world, but in our universe an important one and we are calling out for the perfect fit to our little tribe to spend a summer with us.

    A daily (vegetarian or vegan ) lunch is provided from Mon-Fri. Breakfast and dinner will be self catered by you. If there is an abundant harvest, we are happy to share some garden veggies with you.On some weekends we also invite you to join us for pizza from our clay wood fired pizza oven :)

    We ask for 20 hours per week / 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday.

    Please make sure you have international health and accident insurance.

  • Languages

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

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    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.

  • Accommodation


    WINTER: best you come in your own van or motorhome. Otherwise we have our Horsebox bus 'Glesni' that used to be our home for 6 months. It can sleep a couple. There is space to hang out, cook in the fully equipped kitchen and a small wood burner for warmth. There is an outdoor compost toilet for your use and a bathroom next to our house.

    SUMMER: For accommodation, during summer we have two cosy tents with a mattress to sleep in and our lovely horsebox bus 'Glesni' is the shared space to hang out, cook in the fully equipped kitchen and use for what ever you need it. There is a compost toilet for your use and a bathroom next to our house. We also have freecamping space for guests in their own camper van.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Stunning beaches and cliff walks all within walking distance. Surfing/bodyboarding - we can provide surfboards if needed. And we currently one bike which can be used. There is a regular bus service from Zambujeira to local towns and a daily service to Lisbon. But if you would come with your own car, it will give you much more independence.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    we are basically digital nomads that settled down. we have an office set up in an horsebox camper, where one of works on a daily basis. we have 4G on our land. for speed uploads the village is 10min away with a lot of cafe shops etc

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We are always happy to host people who travel in their own camper vans/ motorhome since we are renting out our cabins for long term visitors.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    it needs to be discussed on a case to case base. but we are open.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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