Hello, I am Mark, Dutch but living close to Monchique. 2 years ago I started doing workaway myself in order to find a place where I felt home. I had 3 workaway experiences in Portugal which I liked all a lot. Finally, I ended up in Monchique which I fell in love with. After settling down for 2 years and searching for the right land, I recently bought a ruin with a hectare of land. This place I want to convert into a small paradise. I am not living on the land I bought but in a house close-by. This place has a beautiful garden which also need maintenance, as well as the vegetables garden. I am a conceptual artist and have experience in the commercial sector as well as cultural sector. The last year I helped people with gardening and construction work, which I like a lot. I don't have education in the latter, but believe in learning by doing and sharing knowledge and experiences. For the people who are into surfing, the west coast is 30 minutes away.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
I believe Monchique is a beautiful, relaxing place. I am not a workshop space or have an expertise in a specific thing. I am an allrounder and definitely hope to learn from you too. I am Dutch but speak Spanish, English, German on a good level and a bit of French. Currently I am learning Portuguese. If you are a surfer or want to learn surfing, we can go to the beach together if there is time as I want to learn it as well.
There is both light and "heavy" work to do. Maintaining the current garden etc. and on the other side the more heavy work of cleaning the forrest, making fires, strimming etc. Going to renovate the ruin soon so builders, woodworkers and skilled electricians are also more than welcome. I think about 20/25 hours of work a week and schedule that flexible, so you have enough time to go on longer trips if you like.
Dutch, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese
A room with double bed, with shared bath room, kitchen and living room. There is lot of space in the garden as well. Its a simple but beautiful home and the view and the garden is complete luxury.
On 20 min there is a bus stop but the schedule is a bit poor. The best would be if you have your own transportation and if not you should not mind to stay a bit around the house too. Hitchhiking works also very fine here in the Algarve. Of course I also make often trips and visits, which you are happy to join, but cannot go making sightseeing tours. If you have questions, please ask.
I am not vegetarian myself, but am happy to adapt if somebody is. I don't smoke but you can outside ;-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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