Help in the garden with woodwork and some construction in beautiful remote nature in Alentejo, Portugal



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  • Description


    We are a young-hearted couple in the late 50ties from Switzerland and Germany with two adopted dogs, a little, sweet senior and a two years‘ old new shy female, who had been kept on a short chain and now appreciates freedom and a safe, loving home. We are installing ourselves in our off-grid house/property for a permanent stay with at least the idea of self sustainability. You are warmly welcome if you‘re also honest-hearted and friendly, love and respect nature, like to share your possible skills or else learn some, like to work hard, you are happy to do any jobs that need to be done as long as you know or are taught how to do them, enjoy variety of tasks, don’t mind to get dirty at work but you’re generally a clean person, outside but also inside your heart and mind. We enjoy the quiet and absolutely remote countryside and go for little walks with our dogs, occasionally go cycling or go to the beach, do lots of work outside in the field and garden, love healthy and fresh food and we usually like quiet evenings. Are you also open-minded for new ideas and activities and appreciate cultural exchanges? There are lots of possible projects at our place we can do in team-work or partly individually.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Welcome at our home and enjoy nature and calm area in a remote place in Alentejo (just north of Algarve), Portugal, surrounded by trees, bushes, flowers, January to June picking oranges and of course eating ;-) them, lemons, learn about some herbs for cooking and tea, relax in the countryside and view to sea (10km areal distance).

    We have been in the lucky situation to have learned a lot from our workawayers and we are also happy to share our experiences and knowledge with you.

    You may learn about local trees and fruits and veggies,
    learn about solar system,
    cooking together, baking Swiss cake, maybe making a Portuguese dish,
    lots of happy gardening,
    depending on the season you can enjoy organic veggies and salad from our own garden, meet local Portuguese farmers where we buy eggs and our fresh milk, local butcher who gets meat from the area (if you like all that).

  • Help


    Depending on your skills there are various possible projects:

    There’s always lots of different garden work and it would also nice if you like cooking and baking.

    We have open jobs for building, plastering, tiling, installing a new toilet, a new shower base, possibly making a wall with natural stones from our property. You may also like to build pallet furniture or do little renovation jobs including painting.

    Further possible jobs are sewing curtains etc. Sometimes we also need help cleaning the house.

    You enjoy working outside and partly inside as well, please bring along good working clothes and also good shoes for the countryside and garden and a hat and any necessary sun protection.

    It’s important that you love dogs, too. We have two adopted dogs, who had been abandoned, an old little sweet senior and a younger lovable female. Even though she‘s still a bit scared of new people she’s very friendly and really sweet.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    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


    Remote, clean house, our home is your home. We have experienced that a little extra privacy is appreciated on both sides for the early mornings and the evenings and we have therefore created a nice little room space in the accommodation container. The sun is shining in there beautifullly in the evenings under the cork tree. There is a possibility to cook your tea or coffee on a double gaz burner there. There is also a gas heater for the slightly colder seasons. A dry toilet and outside shower with warm water is available too.
    Our house is partly traditional and modern, glazed winter garden, which you can enjoy too. You may also like to chill out on the roof terrace and a beautiful view to the sea (within 10 km areal distance).

    Our home is really off-grid, out in the wonderful countryside, it’s absolutely quiet out here, we ‚only’ have solar system for electricity and our own well for water, which means you need to be open not only for a chance but a necessity to appreciate electricity and water resources with moderate use and conscious approach and respect for our wonderful nature. We have experienced that it's really hard for many workawayers and also our visiting friends to understand that water cannot come endlessly out of the tap and that electricity doesn't simply come out of the socket ;-) For that reason we now have strict houserules, to insure that new visitors and we can all feel compfortable.
    Unfortunately, we are not able to offer our internet access anymore as the usage and downloads have mainly blocked our own possible usage. Therefore, we recommend you organize and buy your private mobile internet connection, which is in Portugal available for even 15 Euros for 15 days unlimited, which you can then use here.

    There is absolutely no public transport to or from here, but we pick you up, it’s 20 minutes drive to the next town and bus stop, 30 minutes drive to the beach. You can borrow our bikes or we can give you a lift to a nearby place a couple of times a week.

    We have mostly healthy food, we are growing food in our garden but partly also have to buy fresh food in the shops. We love vegies, salad, fruit, sometimes barbecue etc. and occasionally wine. We like local meat and fish but we also often cook vegetarian meals. Therefore, vegetarians are welcome too.

    We usually cook for lunch between 2-3 pm and enjoy this with our workawayers, whereas breakfast, dinner and in-between snacks you can just help yourself with fresh food, which is always available. At weekends we need a break with cooking for everyone, so you can simply cook for yourself. You will always get enough and nice food, which is easy and quick to prepare for yourself at weekends.

    We prefer non-smokers and normally enjoy quiet evenings and often early nights.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We pick you up from the next town, São Teotónio, coaches commute either from Lisbon airport southwards within 3 hours to S Teotónio or else from Lagos to S Teotónio within about 1 hour.

    If you wish, we can take you to a place you may like nearby (beach, town, etc.) a couple of times a week or else further south to the Algarve when we can combine it with our plans because we do live in a remote place. Workawayers who wanted to see more of the country and didn’t have own transportation decided to borrow our mountain bikes a couple of times a week and/or to work longer hours and take 3 days off at the weekends to travel to places and we gave them a lift to the next bus stop on S Teotónio.

    You may also enjoy barbecue/grilling with either meat or veggies. We also have a piano. There’s lots of space outside with tables, deckchairs, etc. You may go cycling with us and you can borrow one of our bikes, you can go on short or long walks or a run, in the evening enjoy the sunset outside, maybe on top of the roof terrace with view to the sea, read a book, with a cup of tea with herbs from the garden or a glass of Portuguese wine.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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