Experience an off-grid eco homestead with permaculture garden and food forest in Alentejo, Portugal



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  • Description


    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.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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!
    Our friend Emma is living with us on the land and has a forest school like child care on our land. Both our boys are unschooled and we are always happy to meet like minded people and families.

    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. We have two guest bikes.

  • 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.

    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, carpentry, permaculture, 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 working hard with your hands.

    A daily (vegetarian or vegan ) lunch is provided from Mon-Fri. Breakfast and dinner will be self catered by you. 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.

    Please make sure you have international health and accident insurance.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • 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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