Come enjoy our lake, go for a walk or meditate in the hills of Aljezur, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 8 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    ##Please only react if you really plan to come, we don’t mind spending time to reply but only if it’s not in vain!##

    We are a Dutch family with two home-schooled children. In summer 2017 we bought a piece of land near Aljezur where we want to realise our dream; a little paradise where we can live from the land. We first took our time to get to know the land and now it is time to feed the land, before the land can feed us…
    So, there is a lot of work to do and we need your help!

    We have a lot of projects to work on from big and intensive to small and ‘just in between jobs’. For instance

    - cleaning / taking care of the land
    - making more comfortable spaces on our camping field
    - build the outside kitchen / shower on the camping field
    - build or improve (pet) houses
    - rebuild or improve the swing (bigger!)
    - taking care of the vegetable garden / fruit trees
    - taking care of the donkies
    - help with (or take over) the cooking
    - build the greenhouse
    - repair the well

    A lot has already been done on our land, and a lot is still waiting for you! You will have quite a bit of freedom in how you want to spend your time. We do expect a certain amount of communication on what you (and we) are doing, we can do a lot together, but you are also able to a lot on your own just when you want to do it.

    We live in our self-sufficient bus and need you to be independent to. We use our own water (lake and well) and electricity (solar) and thus you need to be able to live life aware, simple and ecological.

    In your free time you can enjoy our lake, go for a walk or meditation in the nature we live in, visit other interesting people living close by, bike or (hitch)hike to Aljezur or beaches. You can always join us to visit local markets, gatherings, shops or, at certain times, just share a beer or conversation with us, play a game, bike, run or jump on the trampoline with our kids.

    You can stay and help on projects for a maximum of a month, but after two or tree days we want to talk about the feelings/experiences of all involved ones, so we can decide together how to continue and on which projects.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We're happy to share our experience in (solar)electricity, cars/machines, building, gardening, yoga & meditation and teaching. And we are open to learn more and get inspired by new ideas.
    We also like to learn the Portuguese language (or other languages) in A natural way.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We need you to be self sufficient/independent, willing to work hard; together or alone, positive in and aware of our family-dynamic and natures rhythm.

    We need to work on the base and infrastructure of the land. That means mowing, sowing seeds, cleaning in between the trees and bushes, cutting trees and collecting wood, making cleaning-fires (if permitted), digging holes for planting trees, etc.

    Together we also work in the garden we already created. Cleaning, making an irrigation-system, taking care of the vegetables and herbs, seeding new plants in the greenhouse, and expanding the garden with those, etc. We like to work and build according the thoughts of permaculture.

    Apart from tasks on the land, we also need a person to do the lunch-cooking for all of us, with food from the garden or local market.

  • Languages

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


    When its available we can offer you a ruin which we are transforming into an apartment. It has beds to sleep in (maximum of 4), a wood-heater and a simple kitchen.

    You are also welcome with your own (cara)van or tent on our camper-field.
    We are working there on an outside kitchen, shower and toilet to share. For now
    we have a compost-toilet and a big lake to refresh yourself in. A warm shower can sometimes be available at our bus, depending on the weather and sunshine.

    We use our own water and electricity, so you need to be able to live life simple and economical.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    living off-grid, holistic way of living, un-schooling, arts, children, ecological balance, building, attachment parenting, permaculture, non-violent communication, self-sufficient living, animals, healthy food, pioneer adventure, living with natures rhythm, honesty, challenges and opportunities, ..

    If you feel connection with at least some of these words, in any order, we invite you to contact us...

    We especially welcome couples or families because we, as a family, need some time to be together on a daily base and expect you to take care of yourselves at those moments. Singles capable of doing this obviously are more then welcome too!

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    maximum of 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 645716435211

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