Stay in your own cottage and be welcome at our family lunches in exchange for some help in our garden, paint jobs or DIY in Alcobaça, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 26/01/2023




  • Description


    Hello, I am Virginia, 48 years old mum from 4 girls, I am from Holland but living in Portugal since 2005. I work with tourists and I am a ceramist.
    Me,my partner Alberto and the youngest two live in a small town in the portugese countryside. We love restoring old houses and furniture. Trying to do a vegetable garden, and fun projects on our land, which is mainly woodland. Over the last years with the amazing help of volunteers. This experience has become very dear to us. We all love to meet new people. And we made some lasting friendships over the years. I am looking for some help in and around the garden, with some painting, or small diy projects , cooking or any art projects welcome as well.
    You need to like kids, animals and be a possitive person. We offer you your own cottage. We have lunch together, sometimes with the kids, and in the afternoon you have all the time to do your own stuff.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers coming to our place will learn how to work in nature in a sustainable ecological way. Reuse wathever is available.Will learn to enjoy vegetarian meals. And will learn to believe in one self and following your dreams ! Everything is possible if you have a positive mindset ! If you are interested i can teach you Portuguese, we can do yoga, or i can teach you ceramics techniques.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    In wintertime we always have several things to do in the garden or in our woodland. Like weeding, planting, clearing parts of the garden and woodland with a trimmer. Around the house we also have some painting and some small repair jobs. I love restoring old furniture and if you like it you can help me or i can show you how to do it. I would also love if you could cook sometimes, and especially if you can cook nice vegetarian meals.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A small cottages is available for you. Where you have a small living space, a sleeping room and a bathroom, free wifi available

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are at 10 minutes walk away from a small village where you find a little shop,a pharmacy and bus stops.
    Our house is not to far from the silvercoast, and some nice little towns with lots of cultural highlights.
    During your stay I will definitely take you once to see the coast or one of the cities.

  • 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

    You have your own house and we gave good Internet (fiber)

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You can park in front of the cottages, or down in the woods in our lovely land.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dog, cats, small pets

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 517747535912

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