Eco conversion of our home with your help in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal



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  • Description


    we are a colombian-german family with a home in germany and a home in portugal. we love traveling and riding bikes, eating home-made food and making things with our hands. we love the coast and summer and the sun.
    our house in portugal is 20 years old and has been empty for a while. it was built at a time when ecology was not a big priority in building. slowly but surely we want to make it as environmentally friendly as possible - from changing the heating system to using the rain water and exchanging the toilets for compost toilets. it is a big challenge for us as this is the first time we are house owners and we have a lot to learn. we want to do as much as we can ourselves and with the help of volunteers or friends. we have already received a lot of help from friends and neighbors in germany - most of our furniture, kitchen utensils and so on are from friends who no longer needed them. this way, when we spend time in our portugal home, we always think of the lovely people who donated their belongings. and this is the kind of atmosphere we like in the house - to know it is not just a place for us, but for friends and family who want to spend time there with us and feel just as home as we do.
    other projects pending are reparations to the walls of the house and giving some love and care to the garden, which has been neglected for a while.
    our house is located on the silver coast of portugal, just an hour north of lisbon and a 15 minute bike ride from the beach. we are also close to surf spots like nazaré.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    within our family, we speak spanish, german and sometimes english and are happy to share our languages and help others improve their skills.
    julián is very talented in finding creative solutions for anything that needs to be done around the house, and his mechanical skills for improving and repairing bicycles are excellent. anyone who wants to know how to fix bikes can learn from him.
    eva loves cooking and baking and sharing recipes - but don‘t expect to learn traditional german cooking :-)
    we have done some exploring in the area and it really has a lot to offer - water sports like surfing and kite surfing, also hiking, biking, visiting historical cities, villages and monasteries, discovering vinyards and farms..

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    we would like help with the following projects:
    - building a deck on our terrace
    - putting up gutters around the roof
    - renovating a bathroom
    - setting up a horizontal humidity barrier in the outer walls of the house

    if you have experience with any of these projects, we would love to learn from you

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    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


    we have two rooms for workawayers and a separate bathroom. our kitchen and dining and living room are spacious and shared. our garden has lots of space to find a quiet spot to relax in the hammock or read a book or do yoga or absolutely nothing.
    we tend to cook one warm meal a day, either at lunchtime or dinner, and we enjoy sitting down together to eat. we are quite flexible with other mealtimes but breakfast, lunch and dinner are always available. we are not vegetarians but in portugal we don’t eat meat, unless we should find organic meat one day..

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    getting around is easier if you have a bike or other kind of vehicle. we have several bikes available for workawayers to use.
    there is little public transport available in our village, however busses and trains run from caldas da rainha, only a few km away.
    things to do in your free time:
    - surf in peniche or nazare
    - visit portugals biggest sand dune in salir do porto (4km away)
    - explore the medieval village of obidós
    - explore lisbon
    - kite surf in obidos lagoon

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximal 4-5 Stunden am Tag, 5 Tage die Woche

Host ref number: 754773725267