Enthusiastic volunteers to help us on farm in Tabua, Portugal

Country

Portugal

Favourited 504 times


  • rating

    Host rating

  • feedbacks

    Feedback

    33  

  • last activity

    Last activity

    18/10/2020

  • facebook friends

    Nº of Facebook friends

    93

  • Last email replied

    Reply rate

    90.0 %

  • Last email replied

    Average reply time:

    within 3 days

  • Badges

    Top Host
    Facebook verified
 
  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
  • Description

    Description

    We came to central Portugal in summer of 2014, having fallen in love with this beautiful place. We - Leon (South African) and Claudia (English) - left our old lives in Turkey and London respectively, to renovate the quinta. In the six years we've been here, we have rebuilt the house, built up a successful guest enterprise, started our kitchen garden, and are now busy developing our plans for the 4+ hectares of riverside terraces and woodland that we call our home. It is a wonderfully tranquil spot, overlooking a tributary of the Mondego river. We spend our full days looking after the kitchen garden, the dogs, cats, ever-increasing ducks and chickens, and our six alpacas, but are conscious that we need help to build on our work to date.
    We look for volunteers who express an interest or have some experience with self-sufficiency, growing food, gardening, etc.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are working towards an element of self-sufficiency, growing our own food. We are interested in many principles of permaculture and are looking to implement more. We do not use pesticides on any part of the quinta. Anyone with a passion for and/or knowledge of this type of living would be a bonus, as we are keen to exchange ideas on composting, bio-char making, etc etc

  • Help

    Help

    We do a lot of composting, including hot composting, which involves a fair bit of physical labour as it needs turning on a daily basis. On the other hand, we are a No Dig farm, so this at least is not required!!

    Day to day volunteer help may also include work in the duck and chicken area, alpaca stables, as well as focussing on a large plot which was badly burnt in the 2017 and which we are working to reforest and plant.

    Farming is hard work, so volunteers should be prepared to work as hard as we do.
    ((( IF you have any reservations at all about hard work, please do not apply!! IF you have any interest in growing things, and are keen and enthusiastic, we look forward to hearing from you !! )))
    However, we will never expect anyone to do any tasks we are not prepared to do ourselves.

    (Please note: You would need to have your own travel and health insurance as we do not provide this.)

  • Languages spoken

    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Autumn 2020: Accommodation (for max 2 people) is a converted shed, with double bed, linens provided, access to power, with private showerroom

    Food: we cannot accommodate a vegan diet requirement; we use dairy (local shepherd sheep milk) in our food, and eat a lot of our own eggs. Gluten- and lactose-free food is also something we cannot cater for.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The quinta feels very isolated but is only 12 minutes drive from the local town. The volunteer is welcome to make use of the mountain bikes (good cycling and walking around the quinta), kayak, and fishing rods, when these are not being used by guests.

  • 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

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Mid May 2018 - showing the affect of the October fires on our surroundings.

These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (5.0)

Communication: (5.0)



















Host ref number: 845778912837