Interested in Olive Harvesting on BD/organic Farm in Nature Park, Portugal



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    This is a 20 ha Quinta within the boundaries of the Natural Park Serra da Estrela, the largest park in Portugal, in the center of Portugal. I am Dutch living here since 2007, a specialist in biodynamic farming for 35 years, We have several traditional granite farmhouse, lounge, art atelier, 35 sheep, 2 horses, 3 dogs, 8 cats.
    We start 23rd of november our olive harvest, until 11th of december. We can have about 8 volunteers, of whom one might cook for the group. Volunteers work on average 5 hours per day from Monday to Friday, there are some Portuguese locals who know their way who work all day. Olive picking is simple, sometimes hard work, always outdoors, you get dirty, but when you go to the olive press with the olives you picked, it is very rewarding to see the olive oil. We have a shared room for you, with bedding, towel and private bathroom, internet, wonderful land, great food. Be aware that we are in a mountainous region, so it can be cold. We do not have central heating, but we have a radiator in your room, and a good woodfire in the communal space. Take warm clothes with you.
    We are 15 km from Guarda, easy to be reached by bus and train.
    Looking forward to meet you, Eelco

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help

  • 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

    We are Dutch, we take integration in the local community very serious, for the olive harvest we work together with local Portuguese people from the valley.

  • Help


    OLIVE HARVEST: we harvest the olives in November/December.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    In winter you'll sleep in one of our rooms (each with 2 beds, bedlinnen and towels for you, shower, and electric heating).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Serra da Estrela is the largest Nature park of Portugal. This is really rugged nature, great for walking or cycling. In the direct neighbourhood you find medieval villages, the interesting city of Guarda is at 15 km. Bus and train go to Guarda, then you take the taxi to our farm.
    This is a very rural area, small villages as if in medieval times. It is very quiet, beautiful nature, clean air.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    approx 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

An overview of our main buildings.
Lunch on a campfire during the olive harvest! January 2017
Our sheep herd of the indigenous Bordeleira breed.
On top of the mountain next to us, you can look into our valley here. January 2017

Host ref number: 763158625147