Goats at 1000m in the Serra De Estrella mountains. Stay on top of the world and help bring this farm back to life.



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Help needed right now with goat care, sheparding, clearing and fencing. Kids are being born right now and mums need feeding and checking on.

    Nestled in a shallow valley over one thousand meters up on the top of the Serra De Estrella mountains is our isolated farm. We keep a number of different animals, mainly goats which need walking on a daily basis. There are lots of tasks we need help with to bring this farm back to working capacity.

    We are a small family of three, me Emily 36, Sam 36, and recently arrived Connie, in her second year. Four years ago we brought one of the abandoned "casais de Folgosinho", featured in the documentary "Ainda Ha Pastores". We feel a strong responsibility to bring this place back to life and to show it the respect it deserves.

    Me (Emily) and Sam spent 3 years travelling and volunteering here in Portugal before moving here. During our travels we have learnt a bit about permaculture principles, wild food and organic farming. In our previous lives, Sam was a sheet metal worker. We want to use all our previous experience to work towards a sustainable future for us and this beautiful place we are blessed to be living.

    This is a very special time for us as we are just starting to have a impact here (our forth year), although people have lived here for over 300 years. We would want them to be able to see that we are caring for this place as they did. We welcome anyone willing to share their time and knowledge with us here, to create something beautiful.

    We had some amazing volunteers the last three years and achieved a lot, we're very thankful for all the help.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Help us bring life back to this special place on top of the world.
    Learn new skills and techniques by helping here, and we hope to also learn new things from those who come.
    Learn a bit about making dairy products and baking.
    Enjoy the amazing view of the highest mountain here in Portugal.
    Walk for hours without seeing another person or any evidence of man.

  • Help


    We are looking for people interested in living with us, simply and as sustainably as possible.

    We need help caring for the goats, gardening, building, clearing, cooking, cheese making, and day to day stuff.

    We have 22 goats, that need shepherding every day. Also chickens, ducks, 2 cats, and 2 dogs.

    Opening the very old irrigation channels, an ongoing job that requires lots of clearing and digging, however very satisfying seeing the water flow along the land.

    Gardening and transplanting trees.

    We are rebuilding the various ruins.

    We want to reforest a large area with native trees.

    Volunteering Hours - Approx 4/5 hours per day. Aprox 25 hours per week. Also help is required with daily tasks that are necessary to live here, for example picking vegetables, cooking and washing up.

    1 set free day per week. Plus around 1 day per week when we are going out (market, river beach or visiting friends etc) we expect help for just 1 or max 2 hours in the morning before we go).

    Our routine is dictated by the season and our animals.

    Goats need milking and shepherding twice a day.

    Watering seedlings and the garden also happens in the morning and evening.

    On your free days food will be provided, if you are here. We do visit the local river beach when it is too hot, local towns, villages and can take you sightseeing, to our friends farms and parties.

    Ideally minimum stay of 2 weeks, as it takes time to get to know the place, and the animals. Long term volunteers very welcome, provided we work well together.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have a small house for volunteers with woodburner and double bed, that can sleep a single person, a couple or two close friends. We also have a caravan.

    Or you can bring your own tent or camper.

    Our facilities are also very basic, temporary compost toilet (a bucket), no mains electric or water, (we have a solar system and water from springs and the stream).

    We do have some internet and you can charge your phone etc.

    Also as we are pretty high up, it gets cold at night. It can also be very hot in the day, but be prepared this is on top of a mountain so it's not the super hot climate that most people think that Portugal has. We can have a fair amount of snow in the winter.

    Please bring suitable clothing and a sleepingbag, as it can be very hot in the day and cold at night, even in the summer.

    Please bring waterproof foot-ware, as even in the summer the grass is very wet in the morning up here, and we have a lot of water around.

    We provide three meals a day, we eat a normal diet. We use seasonally available fruit and veg.

    We make our own sourdough bread, cheeses, yoghurt and meat products your welcome to see or help with this while your here.

    Breakfast with tea or coffee. If you need additional tea or coffee please provide this for yourself.

    There is a cooked meal for both lunch and dinner. Help with picking salad and preparing meals is appreciated.

    We can cater for vegetarians as we rarely eat meat. We do eat milk, cheese, eggs and (goat meat occasionally) as we keep goats. If you are vegan you may need to supplement your food, as we cannot cook extra meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can enjoy being alone with the mountains up here, beautiful views, walks and nature. it is very quiet. It takes a 40min drive to get to any towns. The nearest village is 8km away, and are very old beautiful villages. We visit a local town around once a week, and occasional local events, you are welcome to accompany us. There is paragliding off the edge of the mountain near us, in the summer months.

    We can collect you from a nearest town, but nowhere is near to us here, so please communicate well about your arrival.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4/5 hours a day (max 25 hours per week)

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