Live in nature and help restore an old farm and land in Central Portugal




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    Hi Workawayers!

    Help me restore an old farm with a big orchard and vegetable garten in Central Portugal!

    I am 53 years old and from Germamy. I recently bought a beautiful old farm of 12.000 m² with some stone houses and ruins and two wells in the center of Portugal (near Ferreira do Zezere) that needs to be renovated / rebuilt. Even though I will have professional contractors there still are a lot of things to do!

    Having been a workawayer for one year of travel around the world a few years ago I would appreciate some help for myself. Please feel invited if you are interested in helping this project proceed and grow - not forgetting to enjoy life and the area! :-)

    P.S. Please be aware that there us only a garden shower and an outdoor toilet!!! The feeling could be described as a little bit off grid.


    No need to be fully vaccinated!


    Sorry, right now I don't have WiFi.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities


  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will get to know this nice and quite area and landscape with healthy maritime weather and the smell of eucalyptus...

    As I am new in Portugal (I originally am German and right now travel quite often) I cannot give you a very close look in to Portugese lifestyle. Sorry for that! But I know quite a bit - let us discover more together!

    Also I have some friends living in the area, the neighbors are all very friendly and have a lot of tipps where to go and what to do - and there is a growing community of foreigners that are connecting quickly.

    Maybe you will find here your own real estate you dream of (the prices are reasonably low)??

    => Please note that my place is in a rural area with farms and agriculture, the next bus stop is a 15minute-walk away, and the bus only runs once a day...
    Therefore you should bring enough to read, your yoga mat or whatever you need to feel comfortable away from the institutions of modern society.

    => It is advisable to bring good and waterproof shoes, working clothes and maybe even rubber boots.

  • Help


    I bought an old farm in Central Portugal that has to be rebuilt - the interior needs to be built up anew (therefore I will have a construction company), the garden needs weeding, cleaning the well and providing a water supply for new planted trees.

    What I need are:

    * gardeners and garden helpers, tree surgeons (cut and plant trees, reactivate the vineyard, clean and reactivate two wells, install an irrigation system, cut trees, cut blackberries, build a pathway)
    * harvest workers (olive harvest)
    * help with burning branches and garden waste
    * helping hands for nestinge aids / bird houses
    * technician (plumber?) to fix the water system of the caravan
    * strong arms to move stones
    * roofers
    * interior designers (2022)
    * carpenters (2022)
    * electritians (2022)
    * plumbers (2022)
    * solar technicians (2022)

    I will try to provide the tools! Just good boots or even rubber boots are recommendable...

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I definitely want to learn Portugese. I can share my language skills in German and English with you!

  • Accommodation


    I will share with you my fully equipped private caravan that is in the garden at a very beautiful and "gemuetlich" spot within the garden. Two single beds are for you!

    Cosy and in a good shape:
    There is the bed area, the cooking area, the table area. There is a toilet house nearby (outside). The caravan has ventilated heating, but right now no running water (needs to be fixed). There is a garden shower and a seperate cooking stove up in the old stable and a nice sitting area in the yard that I use during the warmer seasons.

    ☆ Of course you can bring your own tent or your own camper. Water and electricity will be provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My farm is nearby FERREIRA DO ZEZERE (Santarém) in the center of Portugal.

    The next bus stop (on request) is within walking distance.
    Ferreira (nice little town with a lot of cafés and a weekly market, public bus to Lisbon) is a 7-minute-drive away, around 5 km to walk, I can usually take you and pick you up to/from there. The beautiful LAKE CASTELO DE BODE (where you can do all kinds of watersports) is about 15 minutes away. TOMAR (old Knights Templar) is a 20-minutes-drive, LISBON (vivid city with a lot of historic buildungs and culture, next airport) 1.5 hours, PORTO (also airport) can be reached within 2 hours. Famous cities in the area are also COIMBRA and FATIMA.
    The Portugese ROAD TO SANTIAGO (hiking) is about 20 minutes from my farm.
    Also there are quite a few ROCK CLIMBING spots within a 1-hour-drive (let me join you!) - and of course the ATLANTIC OCEAN for the BEACH and SURFING (at about 45 minutes) and swimming for the harder ones!
    The big garden invites you also to just be, breathe, dream a day dream and e.g. read a book, listen to the birds and cicadas. :-)

    I might be able to pick you up at the airport or train station or bus station - let us communicate about that. There would be enough space for parking your own car / camper. On the weekends I can usually take you to explore the area. (You don't need a drivers' license.)

    Meals: As I prefer local vegetables I don't eat a lot of meat but can cook it for you. I can offer strict vegetarian food (vegan I could give a try) or other dietary needs as well.

  • 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

    You can also bring your tent or caper. Water and electricity will be provided. A garden shower and toilet waits for you.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If you want to bring your dog, it will have to stay outside my caravan - sorry.

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    Hours expected

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

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