Help in garden and agriculture at an eco-lodge in Paúl valley, Santo Antão island, Cape Verde

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Cape Verde

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello ! My name is Daniel and I am a bilingual Spanish/German citizen who came to live on Santo Antão island (Cape Verde) about 20 years ago. I built by myself a small eco-lodge which is a 7,000m2 property with Eco cottages, some built of stone and some of adobe, with straw roofs. Also there is a large natural swimming pond. The property is terraced hillside, nestled in the Paúl valley on Santo Antão island, Cape Verde. We have about 15 big and mid sized mango trees, 2.000 m2 of bananas, some manioc and 8 avocados trees plus some diverse trees and plants. We have about 25 chicken and a female cat on the property.

    Situation

    As we are now more than 1 year closed for guests, I would like to still be able to care of the garden and agriculture here and the irrigation system must be put the most automated as possible to reduce the time for watering the property and get more time to plant and care new plants and vegetables.

    For you ?

    Ideally for a couple, but also possible for one person alone. You are experienced with gardening and agriculture, irrigating systems? Are you fit and active? Do you love being “in the middle of nowhere”? Do you enjoy working in the garden / with agriculture?

    The help:

    Edson is working on the property since more then 10 years, he is a Capeverdean and he knows very well the property and all the details about watering, when and how get water from the spring, etc.. He works about 8 hours a day, 6 days a week doing similar tasks as need to be done by you, but he does have very little knowledge with watering (drip irrigation system), planting and caring vegetables, plants. It would be requested to be there about 4 hours a day, 5 days a week in the time frame of 7am to 3pm which is the time when Edson is here.

    Tasks:

    watering, installing and maintaining watering (drip irrigation)
    Caring of existing garden and irrigation
    regenerating soil / starting a composting system
    creating new gardens with fruit and vegetables on abandoned parts of the property
    caring for fruit trees and bushes
    Feeding the chicken and cat

    My offering:

    You would live in our new apartment with aprox. 25m2, with own kitchen and bathroom with warm water. You would have Wifi access with quite good DSL which normally is good enough to do even video calls.
    The cleaning and change of towels and linen would be done once a week by our cleaning employees.
    On the property are two more houses with kitchens which I will be renting out for guests for longterm rentals, mostly digital nomads.
    You can use the swimming pond and you will have plenty of places where to relax, read, do yoga / meditation in your free time.
    I will be here on the property only some of the time (I maybe traveling some months in Europe) , but will be available via Skype every day, which I also use to communicate on a daily basis with our employee Edson, during the time I am not here.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    Farmstay help

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You would get to know Capeverdean people, Capeverdean culture and Creolo / Portuguese language with our workers, neighbours etc. You would also learn about building stone walls, straw roofs and adobe techniques, depending on which phase of the yeasr you will be here, some of these works will be done by Edson who is very good at these.
    We would learn about gardening, agriculture, composting, irrigating and from your personal ideas/experience in general.

  • Help

    Help

    Caring for the garden, weeding, watering, parts of the land also need clearing. Planting vegetables and flowers. Regenerating soil / starting a composting system and creating new gardens with fruit and vegetables on abandoned parts of the property.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You would live in our new apartment with aprox. 25m2, with own kitchen and bathroom with warm water. You would have Wifi access with quite good DSL which normally is good enough to do even video calls.
    The cleaning and change of towels and linen would be done once a week by our cleaning employees.

    You can eat as much is available on our property as plenty mangos (in summertime), Bananas, Papayas, Manioc. For the rest you would need to do your own shopping for which we would organize you a transport once a week so you can go to the village (15 minutes drive) and come back with the food. We will pay the food you need to buy for you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You could hike in the freetime around the stunning Paúl valley or even explore the island on weekends.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Wifi access with quite good DSL which normally is good enough to do even video calls i s a v a i l

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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


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