Come and help our eco house in São Domingos, Santiago do Cacém, Portugal



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    Greetings travelers of the world. I am Michiel, a 34 year old male human being. In Juli 2019 I bought a house in the Alentejo region of Portugal. I am from Belgium and my girlfriend Paola is from Uruguay. We love to work with Workaway and meet new people, share good times, cultural exchange and furious football table games as much as possible.

    The house is great and has lots of potential, which has already been tapped into, in the past year. My family came over and we had a big round of renovating all together. We are looking for people who are willing to help out in making this house into a home. Painting, some small construction jobs, gardening. That kind of stuff. It would be great to move forward together.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    The village of São Domingos is a beautiful example of a typical Alentejo village with all the charm that that entails. Surrounded by vast cork oak tree forests, beautiful lakes and fields it is a far cry from the daily grind of an urban live style.

    We cannot provide an income for you but we are providing a high standard of healthy vegan food, occasional pizza and a beautiful place to get to know rural Portugal.

    Why are we an 'eco community'?

    - We greatly value building and renovating with what is available in our near surroundings. This often boils down to pallet wood being used for construction, cork for isolation and so on.

    - We cook vegan food and try to minimize waste where necessary.

    - We are not all off the grid but are working towards going fully solar for generating electricity in the nearby future.

    - We recycle as much as possible, only use recycled toilet paper & kitchen roll and compost all of the organic waste.

  • Help


    As mentioned above we are looking for help with painting, sanding, making furniture from palettes, adapting the electricity, gardening, cooking and petting the house cat. No specific skills are needed, although of course any experience you have is more then helpful and we would be very grateful to learn from you.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate
    German: 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


    Couple of options:

    - We have two bedrooms available with a private bathroom in a small apartment in the back of the garden. .

    - A 1982 'Rapido Confortmatic' caravan with dining corner and a comfy bed. The caravan is located inside the work space, next to the garden, so you will have privacy when you feel like that.

    Depending on the number of volunteers we are hosting at the moment of your arrival you will receive accommodation in one of the two options mentioned above. Both are secluded from the rest of the house which ensures you have privacy when you need it.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Food politics:

    - We like to eat together as often as possible, which usually doesn't happen in the morning due to people getting up at different times. So please provide your own food for breakfast.

    - Lunch is always done together, unless someone is sick, in need of some privacy or away. we are fond curry enthusiasts, a love we would love to share with you!

    - Dinner is shared during the week, we all take turns cooking through the use of a weekly schedule.

    - During the weekends we might eat together or not, kind of depends on the moment and what we all feel like doing.

    - The cost of food is shared between all of us, which means that we go shopping once a week for basic ingredients and fruits and veggies. This usually amounts to about 14€ per week*. The common meals we cook are all vegan. We kindly ask to purchase extras like cheese, meat or anything in particular you would like, yourself. We regularly go shopping so there is no problem if you need something in particular, just ask us and we bring it along.

    - We have a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal. We kindly ask you to clean up after meals, and keep the kitchen a clean and happy kitchen.

    *In case you do not wish to share the cost of food, you are also free to take care of your own food/cooking.



    The village of Sao Domingos is located about 20km from Santiago do Cacem, 40km from Sines (which is a coast town) and 120 km from Lisbon and Faro. The region is great for hiking and mountain biking. Local sights are fairly limited but there is a restaurant, two small supermarkets, and four bars.

    Buses run two times on weekdays to Santiago so public transport is often a tough one to use here. We can help by getting you into town when we go shopping or need to run errands, and of course we will pick you up and drop you off upon arrival/departure.

    We have mountain bike (bicycle) that is yours to use whenever you want.

  • 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 have a high speed satellite internet connection that works great 99 percent of the time. There is dedicated space where you can create a little table/office setup.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can host people in campervans but please be aware that the van or campervan would need to be parked on the street. The garden is quite big but not big enough to put a van/campervan.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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