We are an English/Brazilian family with 2 small children (4 and 6) living on a remote farm of 40 hectares in the Chapada Diamantina area of Bahia. We speak English and Portuguese and a little Spanish and French. Both children speak English and Portuguese. This is one of the reasons we enjoy this cultural exchange for the family to practice speaking other languages, exchange recipes and a general cultural exchange. We have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, 2 cows and chickens and ducks (if the dog hasn't got to them!!) We have planted on the farm coffee, mangos, avocados and some vegetables depending on the season.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
The area is very remote (and quiet) we have only wind and solar power, there is a small village 20 mins walk from the farm for basic supplies and a larger town 20 mins drive for weekly shops. We enjoy living at a slower pace and trying to use what we have to make what we need where possible. We enjoy listening to music and discussing the world and teaching the children - access to different cultures opens the mind.
We are looking for help in the house with general chores, child care and we love cooking. Also for those that enjoy it there are jobs around the farm with building, repairing animal pens, planting and looking after animals. We sometimes go camping or trekking in the surrounding areas . Looking for people who are relaxed and happy to turn their hand at anything. We maybe looking to spend more time in the town of Lencois in the future which will mean a different pace of life and help more in the home and with the children.
We offer a few different options of simple accommodation. We have a camper van with a double bed which is parked in the garden for visitors and we are preparing a guest house on the farm (800m from the main house) or there are places you may prefer to camp. At the moment the bathroom facilites are in the house but we are in the process of making other facilites at the guest house. Food is generally prepared and eaten together but if in the guest house there will be a wood stove and breakfast and/or dinner can be prepared there too.
Although within the popular tourist area of the Chapada Diamantina we are a long way from the tourist hub, sometimes we visit Lençóis for work. In Lençóis there are many day trips and longer treks available. For short term visitors it is easier to spent days of on the farm and see the local rivers etc. Or if people are staying long term we can offer accommodation in Lençóis to take a few days off at a time and enjoy the town and surrounding areas.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week