Help welcome for young family and farm near Castelo Branco, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 21 Jan 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hello dear readers,

    We are a young family in Castelo Branco, central Portugal. We have 2 daughters whom are 9 and 4 and our younger son is 2 years old at the moment. We came to Portugal because our dream is to live off grid, self sufficient, with nature and animals. By now we have build our own cob house, managed to get electricity going through solar panels and have a starting farm going. We have sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, two dogs and cats. We are planting a food forest so we take care of a lot of baby trees at the moment and we have a garden.

    Our children are being unschooled in some periods of time (when life is really busy for example) and otherwise me (Zoé) really likes to do Waldorf inspired homeschooling with them. Our children are bright happy souls, that love people and are always curious to explore whats new. It is really important to us that people that want to join our project for a while realize that our children might see them as role models and inspiration!

    Me, Zoé, I´m mostly concerned with household tasks, children, food preparation and animals. I love gardening too but unfortunately i don´t get to that much lately. I´m very passionate about wild herbs, health foods and child education.. But my absolute biggest passion is the sacred feminine. I´m passionate about the mestrual cycle, pregnancy, childbirth, etc. and I am taking different courses about these topics. I just started my work as a doula and am starting a course about menstruality. On thursdays I hold a kids group for children between 3 and 13 years old. I am the only driver in our family and help with this is always very welcome! Next to that I am a passionate nature lover with a pagan spirituality and our family spends a lot of time preparing the yearly festa´s like soltices, equinoxes, imbolc, etc.

    Steef, my partner, loves building mostly. He´s a passionate eco-builder! Right now he´s an all rounder and joins in to do some of the cooking, household. Apart from that he does a lot on the land.

    Our dream in coming here is that this place would naturally grow to become an eco village. A place where all people have a land to live life the way they want to but we can also focus on helping each other the increase lifes quality. No need for endless talking in making decision together, no, simply making decisions for your own land but sharing for example seasonal parties, a lunch a week, a baking day, rides to town, just a nice day at the lake or whatever is needed. Since a few months we have a neighbour who shares our vision and a bigger family is slowly growing from this!

    At this moment we could really appreciate help. There are a lot of things to do and for us it is important that people that come here enjoy their time and do what they like. We can use help with the household, kids, taking care of the land, the garden, animals and a bit of building here and there, so there are always a lot of tasks to choose from!
    What we need right now is responsible people that are good at carrying out tasks by themselves and cleaning up after themselves. People that are happy to help a young busy family out so that there can be more peace for ourselves and more time to spend with our beloved young ones! An hour or 5 of help a day would be amazing, what we can offer is a nice place to be, your basic food needs and friendly people! We value our family time so we are very happy to eat lunch all together but we ask that you make your own breakfast and dinner. If you come without your own accomodation we can provide you with a camping cooker, tent, a caravan as personal or communal space depending on how many people we are.
    Families are always amazing as the children seem to entertain each other amazingly and the adults get more done is this way too.. everybody happy!

    If you feel like we might be a match with your wants and wishes and your personality please let us know and we will write you back asap!

    At the moment we can provide a caravan and or tent. From may onwards camping in a tent is comfortable in this part of Portugal and we can provide you with the needed equipment (tent, matras, sleeping bag, hot water bottles) if you cant bring them yourself! In the month june and the beginning of july we will have a part of our house available for people to stay as part of our family is off traveling!


  • 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
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    Living natural and eco-friendly is a big one, unschooling and living with awesome kids, farming, building, language.. Lots of openings to learn about life =) And I (Zoé) am always happy to share knowledge about my courses (menstruality, childbirth education, doulaing and jungian psychology) and the making of foods. Steef and I are people with a stand apart view on life and always enjoy to philosophise about life!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    At this moment (spring season to early summer) we can use help with the garden, trees, animals, household a bit of childminding, building of wooden cabin, roofs and bathroom and last but certainly not least: driving. And a lot of little things like cleaning up. We are flexible on what you prefer to do as we ourselves enjoy it all though keeping on top of it all in nearly impossible so help in any area is more than welcome.

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    We would be really happy with improving our Portuguese in a playful way. We ourselves can offer dutch and english as a return,

  • Accommodation


    Tents, caravan and your own van/caravan. In june and the beginning of july a part of our house is available!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are busses until our village but picking up in a nearby town is also possible if waiting times are to long. We live 3 km distance from a beautiful lake and there is an occasional outdoor festival happening at a place 12 minutes from here.

  • 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

    We have a good and stable internet connection through ethernet, we dont use wifi.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We had all sizes here already, vans to trucks. Only really big school busses etc might lead to problems but if you´re unsure please contact us and we will take measurements =)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 731254699833

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