Help with my horses, building and gardening in the Algarve, Portugal



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    Hi everyone!

    At the end of 2019 I bought an old abandoned farm in the South West Algarve.
    My goal is to live as to live as self sufficient as possible, make the land as productive as possible and hopefully one day sell fruit and vegetables.

    Therefore me and the people I am living with are arranging vegetable gardens. At the moment we are growing a good amount of greens, onions, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgetes, squashes, aubergines, peppers, herbs like basil and so on.
    We are constantly trying to improve our learnings in the permaculture field in comparison with the garden techniques of the locals.

    Currently I am rebuilding the ruin and aim to create a beautiful and rustic house. Maybe you are a carpenter or builder? I could really need help with that.

    I am living in a nice caravan with a small garden infront on a plateau of this property.
    I like to share this space sometimes for meals but in general need my own space like anyone else.

    In general there are always people living with me- mostly they are friends or workawayers who become friends.
    So you will never be alone here. Last months we have been 8 people, but things are constantly changing.

    We like to eat together or have a barbecue every then and now. But some of the people are working or studying- so there is no real boredom.

    With us are living five horses, five dogs and four cats- all staying with their individuals.
    One of the tasks is taking care of the horses- feeding, watering and collection the manure for compost.

    We regularly go out for rides around the hills or the nearby-lake (barragem de bravura)- there is a spare horse you could ride on if you would like to join.

    We built mountain bike tracks around the land- which you can enjoy riding.
    The nearby beaches offer nice surfing opportunities or cafés and restaurants.

    The property is located between the surf beaches of the West coast, Aljezur, Lagos and Marmelete, just outside a little village with 2 cafes and the famous pizza party nearby. Other than the village, and surrounding countryside it is fairly isolated.

    Aljezur as the closest town has different shops, organic markets, local farmersmarkets, cafés, restaurants, yoga shalas and so one.

    There is a nice conscious movement in this area- you can connect with people and join ecstatic dances, cacao ceremonies or similiar events.
    Or maybe you just want to enjoy the hiking trails of the costa vincentina?

    There are endless opportunities. We don't have public transport close to where we live. Ideally you will have your own transport or like to hitchhike- which can be easilly down around here.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    With us you can easily learn about the off-grid life in portugal. We are connected to the portuguese locals and neighbours- so you will get an experience of the traditional living here in the rural countryside as well.

    Join us learning from our garden and our aim to fulfill the permaculture dream. As well as the daily tasks of arranging and maintaining the off-grid life and taking care of our animals.

  • Help


    The tasks depend on the time of the year. Following things need help:

    Horse Training
    Growing vegetables
    Feeding horses and general horse care
    Tree planting
    Picking medronho berries
    Helping in the vineyard
    Building mountain bike tracks and a horse track
    Making the caravan nice

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would love to learn more Portuguese.

  • Accommodation


    Ideally you can park your own van in our field. It is also possible to put a tent in a hidden corner of the land -or what fits for you.
    We have a campervan with a simple interior to offer.
    There might be the possibilty to rent another caravan with water, solar, fridge, double bed and outdoor area for some extra.
    So because the project is quite new I dont have great shower and toilet facilities so you need to be happy with basic facilities.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lots of nice beaches 20mins drive away, local towns, mountain hikes and many social events nearby. Traditional portuguese living, conscious events

  • 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

    We love people to come with your own van.

  • 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

    4hrs with food included or 2hrs if you want to buy your own food

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