Join us and help around the garden and house, in a small rural village in Portugal

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Portugal

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    16/01/2021

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello! We are a Portuguese-Italian couple living in an old rural house with a big garden near Porto. It's a small village with not much movement even during day time. It is surrounded mainly by forest and farms. There are several cafes around, where you can enjoy a beer or a traditional menu for a very cheap price. The closest supermarket is at 5 minutes driving (20 minutes walk), but we prefer buying food at the local market, which happens twice a week.

    The house where we live is old but has all basic comforts: hot water, electricity, washing machine, fully functional kitchen with occasional wooden-oven :-), together with a big big garden. Both the house and the garden need a lot of maintenance and work: weeding, house renovation, fencing, pruning fruit trees, animal care ... We love having people around, sharing experiences and knowledge. Apart from volunteers, we often have friends coming over to help, make bread or soap, improve some little things here and there: the house is always in construction!

    There are always animals around: at the moment we have two chickens and a cat, but we dream of having ducks eventually, and we already took care of several dogs, including the neighbour's. We are dog lovers, although we don't have one at the moment, and we worry a lot about their well-being and positive interactions with humans, other animals and house dynamics.

    We are always open to suggestions regarding eco-construction, organic farming, animal care and reuse of materials. Although the place is quite isolated, it is always possible to organise open events (music, theatre, barbecues, ...), as long as they are respectful of nature, neighbours and do not cause any harm to anyone.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    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 volunteers will be immersed in the rural life of a little village and will enjoy the company of both locals and travellers at the same time. We are interested in eco-construction and would love to learn, share experiences and knowledge about it. We are also related at different levels with several alternative projects (rural communities, cultural associations, music projects) in the area, which we'll will be happy to show you, shoud you be interested.

  • Help

    Help

    Any help with gardening, construction and animal care is welcome. It is not necessary to have any specific ability, as long as you are energetic and proactive!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private or shared room, depending on the number of volunteers (max 3 volunteers per room). Sheets and towels are provided. Shared kitchen and bathroom.
    Allthough we are not always able to prepare meals for everybody (especially when we are running errands around), food is always available, it's just a matter of cooking it :-) We offer vegan food. Other food (meat, fish, cheese, gluten-free,...) is not included, but you are welcome to buy it yourself and cook it if you wish. We like cooking together and enjoy each other's company.
    This is not a farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Once you're here, it is mandatory to visit the city of Porto (15km), which has become one of the main cultural attractions in Europe during the past decade. The bus stop is at the door. Buses run from 6pm to 8pm (one bus per hour). There are less buses on Saturdays and Sundays, but we can give you a lift when we go there (usually twice a week), together with several tips about local associations, cheap places to eat and alternative spots.
    There are several religious and hiking paths near the house. Bicycles are available. Neighbour villages offer a lot to see, including Natural Parks, ancient monasteries, beautiful beaches..
    You can always join nearby wild life events in "Parque Biologico de Gaia" (animals from similar climate), "Parque Ornitológico de Santa Maria da Feira" (worldwide birds) or "Estacao Litoral da Aguda" (Atlantic ocean's sealife)

  • 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

    Vans can be parked near the house, just few seconds away.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week

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Host ref number: 619746873969