Help us on our journey to a sustainable lifestyle in beautiful Monchique, Portugal



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  • Description


    We are currently looking for help with gardening, planting, harvesting fruit and olives and clearing land. There may be some other type of work, including general maintenance help with building and helping to occasionally look after our lovely dogs.

    Hiya, we are Mel & Rick both from the UK. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have found our own 'slice of heaven' and now have land with a couple of ruins that we have renovated along with two caravans that we have also renovated. We are living completely off grid with solar power and a fresh water mine.
    Rick is a professional builder and has a vast amount of knowledge and skills to share. I am more a 'Jack of all trades' and more than happy to take instruction in areas I know little about which is quite a lot when it comes to building! I love to make things and all things 'crafty' and have a few projects lined up making meditation and relaxation areas.

    We have a largely sustainable lifestyle and we are learning new and wonderful things all the time about the environment we live in. We are also learning about permaculture and preparing to put this into practice beginning with a reed bed. We are already growing and producing many fruits and vegetables and have also harvested our own olives. We also have chickens that give us delicious fresh eggs daily.

    In our spare time we enjoy the many beautiful beaches and walking through the spectacular landscape with the dogs. Rick loves fishing, playing guitar and surfing.
    We are not party animals, been there done that, but we still enjoy a couple of beers in the evening. We love good food and although we are not completely vegetarian we rarely eat meat.

    Our aim is to provide two caravans and also an area for tents to Eco tourists. All running off solar power and with compost toilets and eco showers. Along with secluded meditation/yoga/relaxation areas where they may reconnect with nature and themselves.

    Between us we're pretty well travelled and are always interested in hearing other peoples stories and experiences of travels and life. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    Opportunity to learn building skills, gardening & planting, growing fruit, vegetables & herbs. General maintenance and design. Share knowledge and skills. Meet like minded people from other countries and walks of life. Improve language skills. Meet our lovely dogs. We also have a wonderful cat who's kind of the boss! Experience living off grid and gain knowledge of solar power and permaculture (we're just learning ourselves so you may know more than us!) Put your creativity into action with any good ideas you may have / brainstorm with us to find solutions
    and above all enjoy the beauty of the Monchique mountains, the blue skies the sunshine and wildlife.

  • Help


    We are looking for help in gardening, land clearing, general maintenance and some help with our animals. Also sharing in the cooking and washing-up.

    Off-grid living can be hard, and charmingly rustic! Much of the help can be quite physically demanding. We do expect our volunteers to be able to do physical tasks outdoors, so if manual help is not for you then maybe our space is not your ideal choice. There may also be less demanding physical tasks but please be aware you will need strength, energy and enthusiasm! We don't expect you to be jumping around with joy every morning! But happy and with a positive outlook would be good :)

    On the ''heavier'' side we are looking for help to clear the land and perhaps help Rick with building including building paths, steps and terrace walls (this may include lifting stones)

    On the '' lighter'' side there will be some garden maintenance such as weeding and planting fruit, vegetables and herbs. There is also some light general maintenance. Help with eco ponds.

    We welcome people happy to share their skills and knowledge although we also believe in learning through experience and therefore no skills are necessary just a genuine willingness to help and a happy go lucky nature & positive can do attitude towards hard work and generally willing and happy to muck in

    Helping days are Monday - Friday and will be five hours daily.

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    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


    Accommodation will be a caravan. If you are travelling in your own van you are welcome to park up, There are compost toilets and eco showers. There is a communal kitchen and eating area. All food for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by us (unless you decide to eat out in the evening) Breakfast and lunch will be 'buffet' style with food put out and everyone helping themselves whilst dinner will be where we all sit down and enjoy a cooked meal together unless you prefer to go chill out in your own area. Occasional help with cooking would be great though not essential, however clearing the table and taking turns with the washing-up is :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There was a free bus that goes to and from central Monchique three times a day four days a week including Sunday which may start running again soon?? We often pop into Monchique too it's only a twenty minute drive away and of course you can jump into the car with us (room permitting!) We are surrounded by wonderful scenery with great photographic opportunities everywhere! There are lots of great hikes and walks to enjoy and hidden little gems to discover. The beaches on the south coast of the Algarve are around forty five minutes away while the west coast is around thirty minutes. Both offer stunning scenery and on the west coast great surf too. We often go to the gypsy markets and car boots at the weekend and hope these will also open again soon. There is a little bar/restaurant fairly close by that we sometimes go to on a Saturday evening which occasionally has live music. We are both ex smokers but we wont preach if you smoke we just request that you extinguish cigarettes properly, this is VERY important.

    We would be able to collect you from central Monchique when you arrive and can arrange times etc with you. It's important that you know where we are and that you plan your journey here Before the date you intend to arrive! We cannot drive further than Monchique to collect you or drop you off.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large flat space for parking vans, we also have an outside kitchen, shower and compost toilet.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can accept pets but only friendly dogs as ours dogs are very sweet natured and we also have a cat and chickens so cannot accept dogs that are found of chasing cats or eating chickens, we have experienced both and I'm sure you can appreciate we dont want this again! The cats pretty cool and a fast runner but the chicks dont stand a chance poor things.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 475528494744