Help with rammed earth construction on an off-grid Farm in Odeceixe, Portugal

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: No minimum

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  • Description

    Description

    Update: CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR HELP TO CLEAN AND REBUILD AFTER THE WILDFIRES.

    The idea is to create a low key, off grid haven with seasonal tourism.
    We are Rick, Sanne, Xavi and Rora (33, 34, 8 and 4). We also have 2 dogs. We were making a self reliant project/life and were been blessed with a beautiful piece of land to do it on. We want a fun atmosphere and more like-minded people to come and enjoy the ride. We have lived and worked in many places and been inspired by lots of different people and lifestyles. We want to make everything functional with minimal impact and try to inspire people how to live comfortably, minimally. Let us know your skills and interests and sometimes we can try and cater the work to that. Unfortunately I can't change the title of the listing, there is no rammed earth building going on for the foreseeable future but happy to explain and answer questions.

    What else: We are down to earth people. We love to eat local veggies and meat. Aiming to have most of our vegetables atm, unfortunately we sold our dairy and meat cows but aim to get back into it after aome travellint. We don't mind catering for vegetarians, veganism is a bit of a hassle sorry!

    After work we like to spend time at the beach, surfing or having some drinks with friends.

    Also looking for long term volunteers!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    At the farm, volunteers can learn about natural and modern building techniques. Off-grid living; providing your own energy and water. Growing vegetables during drought seasons. Keeping the living areas safe of forest fires.
    After work and in the weekends you can go for beautiful walks through nature and along the traditional neighbouring farms. You can visit Odeceixe historical centre (8km) or one of the many beautiful beaches. There is a bike! But just the one.. We like the sort of people that will fix a flat tire if it pops on them :D !

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We have just finished a rammed earth construction with limecrete/clay tile floors, lime plastering with the traditional portuguese cathedral roof. Those two houses are done now and we need to update a lot of the infrastructure around it. Including making a nice campkitchen, plumbing and fire safety, make a deck, making a storage shed for the stuff we've gathered along the way etc!

    A bit of heavy duty strimming is often on the cards! Clearing some land and burning for fire safety, strimming... sawing, heaving fallen trees. etc to provide us with firewood and to give space for good groundcover to return along the riverside. & some daily routine house tasks.

    There will be a little of continual gardening (less so over winter) & keeping the animals.
    We have a small no dig organic garden and many compost piles!

    We are interested in creating more swales and using goats for soil building, fire prevention and meat production on our steeper slopes, i.e fencing and digging! But not just yet.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    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

    At the moment we offer accommodation in our Mercedes box van cabin, or the gypsy wagon. Camping is also a possibility, but might be a bit cold between november & april. People with their own vans are ideal too.

    We provide 3 meals a day. We have small children and a small house so we like to have it to ourselves in the evenings but there is a kitchen uptop. We have lunch together on workdays.

    There is a compost toilet, heated shower and outdoor kitchen near the vans. But we are looking for help to upgrade most of this!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In exchange for your much appreciated hard work we will return..

    3 Meals a day

    Hot shower

    Town or Beach transport now and again.

    Beautiful location, we are 10mins from the beach, just over 5mins from town (By car). The valley is a lovely place for hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and mushroom hunting (after the rains) but it is a bit secluded without transport (6km walk to town). Odeceixe town can be very quiet in winter and very busy in summer, in winter we mostly spend our time visiting neighbours along the valley and getting stuff done.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We don't have great phone signal but we do have fast internet.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    For now yes

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 489624315717

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