Experience an off-grid eco homestead with permaculture garden and food forest 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're looking for help with our project to enlarge our permaculture garden, work on our Food Forest and live self sustainably in harmony with our land. We share household tasks like cooking and gardening / permaculture, landscaping, tree planting (November onwards and winter / spring ).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • 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 - lots to do and lots of satisfaction from learning new skills and seeing real progress made! We mainly work in the garden, renovate and build new things. The work 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.

  • Help


    Its been 3 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. We are two years into the project and, with a baby, a five-year old, three dogs and three cats on the team, there is lots happening and plenty to do. The big summer 2020 projects on the land that we are working on is setting up more garden beds, some Hügelbeds, create new compost piles, tend to the garden, clear more land and make terraces in the food forest and climbing frames for our plants. Lots to do :)

    Our children are at home with us and we have been on a beautiful unschooling journey with our 5.5 year old for the last few years. Our son speaks English and Swiss German, understands German. If you speak Portuguese we would be very happy for you to speak Portuguese to him, so he can practice with you. Our younger son was born in March 2019 and is at the moment a highly spirited 1 year old. Crawling, learning about life and smiling at everyone.

    We are looking for positive and motivated people who have a passion for nature and off grid living and like children. If you are into permaculture and love trees as much as we do, we would be happy to host you. Otherwise no special skills/experience necessary, but you should enjoy working hard with your hands and enjoy hanging out with children.

    A daily (vegetarian or vegan ) lunch is provided from Mon-Fri. On some weekends we also invite you to join us for pizza from our clay wood fired pizza oven :)

    For volunteers staying in our accommodation, we ask for 20 hours per week / 4 hours per day.
    For volunteers staying in their own camper van, we ask for 15 hours per week / 3 hours per day.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, german, french

  • Accommodation


    For accommodation, we have our lovely horsebox/camper bus 'Glesni' with a cosy bed, kitchen, compost toilet and (cold) running water. Here you can prepare your own (self catered) breakfast and evening meals. 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

  • 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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Host ref number: 447426474628