Help out at a vegan retreat in Melo, a village in the Serra da Estrela national park , central Portugal



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    18th July-14th August
    Animal lovers, preferably a couple or friends. First 2 weeks will be getting to know the animals, watering trees and plants, painting walls and wood.
    From 5th August taking care of the animals whilst I am away (annie) walking, feeding grooming, watering trees and plants. My partner Adam will be there for back up.
    We are looking for volunteers to help in the garden and help with painting g and little renovating a house. You will be staying in a seperate house to is, 5 minutes walk across a field. The house you will stay in has mains water and electricity. We ask for 5 hes a day 5 days a week in exchange for a place to stay and food. On volunteering days we eat lunch together, other meals you prepare for yourself with food we provide for you. We are vegans and will only be providing vegan food. We can show you how to prepare different vegan dishes if you are new to preparing plant based food . There is always plenty of food.

    We are Annie & Adam, we live on a 5 hectare property on the out skirts of Melo, a village in the Serra da Estrela national park in central Portugal. We moved from Bulgaria with all our animals in April 2015 . We have 4 horses, 7 dogs, 6 cats and lots of roosters ( male chickens) that make up our family, they are all lovely, however if you are not that into animals, this probably is not the place for you as they are allowed everywhere and join in on every day tasks, sometimes not quite as would be wanted! We opened our retreat centre in May 2016 . The Quinta/farm is a place for people to enjoy the area in a vegan, healthy, non toxic atmosphere. We run a variety of courses, including self healing techniques, yoga, meditation and animal communication courses. You do not have to be a vegan or spiritual to visit, just whilst you are here we ask you to not bring meat, animal products, alcohol, marijuana (unless medicinal) or other intoxicants onto the property. We have loads of projects to complete they include, plumbing , fencing the boarder and planting trees, pulling up bracken, cutting back brambles and maintaining the veggi garden, poo picking, hay turning, fruit picking, herb and flower collection, painting the house, decorating, amongst other stuff, all quite physical work. We also have daily tasks which involve cleaning the guest areas, washing up and food preparation.
    Volunteering with us means that you help to make this place an amazing experience for our guests whilst they are attending courses, we do not offer juice fast options to volunteers, although you are welcome to join the yoga classes if they are running there is space or it fits in with your jobs for the day ,it is not guaranteed. The same goes for the Reiki courses, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our Reiki courses, but again not guaranteed.
    We have both travelled extensively and have many a tale to tell, we also enjoy listening to our guests tales, thoughts, hopes and dreams. We like to socialise but also appreciate our privacy, so its important that you dont expect us to be around all the time. We are going to try and organise workaways so we have a few people in at a time, as this will allow us to get more work done in a shorter amount of time and make it a more social occasion, again however you may find that its just you, so being able to do jobs alone is important. The property is off grid. We have very limited wifi and it only goes on for a few hours in the morning and then again in the evening and have limited electric for charging devices. Water is from a natural spring and we have a grey water run off into the veggi patch and so ask you not to use environmentally harmful products in the shower, we can direct you to natural products that do not have a negative impact on the soil.
    We have a website so if you would like to learn more about the project before applying please email us and we will send you the address. This is a healing retreat centre, people visit for peace and quiet and to get away from everyday life, so we ask that you respect each persons space and are aware that some people may be having a hard time as they begin to detox.

    Please bring long trousers that will protect you from the brambles as well as working shoes. It does rain a lot here in the winter and spring so waterproofs are good too, also if you have them working gloves, we have some gloves you can use if you dont have your own. We do not have insurance to cover any injuries you might sustain whilst working here, so please make sure you have your own insurance. We will ask you to sign a disclaimer when you arrive and also expect you to be honest with us about the jobs you are happy or un happy to do. We prefer people to stay for a week and then for both parties to review from there if a longer stay is a good idea. If from day 1 or early on we realise you really are not suited to our project we will drop you back to the nearest bus or train station that can safely take you to your next destination

    Look forward to hearing from you
    Annie & Adam

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Chance to learn yoga, meditation and reiki. Learn about a vegan lifestyle, gardening and enjoy time in nature under a blanket of bright stars. Nice walks in the local area . The chance to be part of foster animal rehabilitation and the chance to visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre close by.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We have loads of projects to complete they include, plumbing, making an irrigation system, fencing the boarder and planting trees, pulling up bracken, cutting back brambles and maintaining the veggi garden, poo picking, hay turning, fruit picking, herb and flower collection amongst other stuff, all quite physical work. We also have daily tasks which involve cleaning the guest areas, washing up and preparation and we have some art projects.

  • Languages spoken

    Bulgarian: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Intermediate
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Depends on the time of year, but will range from caravan, tent, or horsebox, once the season starts it will be tent only as the others will hopefully be rented out to guests. There is a communal kitchen (with no running water, we bring the water up from the spring in buckets) and living area which we expect you to keep tidy. The toilets are long drop and compost and the showers are heated by the sun, and when its not shinning we have a wood burning shower unit. This is not a luxury place, it is very basic and natural, it is however a stunning place to spend time close to nature.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Things to do in the local area- Lots of walking and cycling opportunities in the National Park, the local municipality holds numerous events around the year. Possibilities to visit the near by towns of Gouveia and Guarda, not to far from salamanca in spain for the weekend off.

  • 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.

  • 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

    We ask for 3.5 hrs a day, every day of the week

Host ref number: 827861528924