Looking for help in the house and garden near Tomar, Portugal

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hello, I'm Mindi I'm originally from The UK but I moved to Portugal in Summer 2017, to live a simpler, rural life.

    I live in a village 6.6km south of Tomar so I am not 'off grid' but try to be as sustainable as I can by growing fruit and vegetables to eat. We have our own water and sanitation but also fibre internet.
    It is important that you are comfortable around animals and have an open heart.
    I teach English online so I am indoors for much of the day. I am happy to help English learners and love to learn about other languages and cultures.

    I am pretty relaxed and easy going and love meeting new people.
    I am looking for someone (1 or 2) who is/are happy to do tasks independently.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Enjoy the relaxed pace of life in Central Portugal.
    The Tomar area has a wealth of historical sites and beautiful locations to explore and I would be happy to share my love of Portugal with you.
    It's a 20 minute drive to Castelo do Bode dam and its massive reservoir, river and beaches. There is wakeboarding, paddle-boarding etc.
    We are 10 minutes from World Heritage site Convento do Cristo
    Discover the pleasure of eating food from the garden, drinking local wine or chilling in a hammock.
    I am a native English speaker, learning Portuguese.
    I am a qualified UK schoolteacher and TEFL teacher and I am always happy to help with learning English.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    I would love some help to look after the animals, and to maintain the vegetable garden, flower beds, little vineyard and trees. I would love some help with planting, weeding, pruning and harvesting .
    There is a lot to do here to maintain and improve the land and buildings.
    I'd especially appreciate help with painting and fixing fences etc.
    As I teach English online 5 days a week, this would suit a somebody who is happy to do tasks independently.
    I can show you how to clean a swimming pool!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I really need to improve my Portuguese. I am a qualified, experienced English teacher so if you want to improve your English skills, I am happy to help.

  • Accommodation


    Tiny caravan in the garden, with double bed, mini-fridge, lights and electricity.

    Shared bathroom in the house with shower, toilet and basin.
    Use of the kitchen, dining-room, and sitting-room.
    Wi-fi, TV, Netflix

    Chill by the pool or in the garden hammocks.
    Swim in the 8mX5m outdoor pool.

    Help yourself to breakfast and lunch, we share an evening meal in the house or outside. All vegetarian. Can accommodate vegan and gluten free diets too. I welcome help in the kitchen, preparing, cooking or washing up!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The house is situated in a village 6km from the beautiful city of Tomar, with its World Heritage Templar castle. There are regular buses and trains so it is a great base to explore central Portugal. I can collect and drop off at the local bus/train stations in Santa Cita or Tomar.
    I have 2 bicycles you can borrow.
    My home is 20 minutes by car from Barragem do Castelo de Bode, a hydro-electric dam, and one of the largest reservoirs in Portugal. With beautiful beaches, surrounded by trees, the reservoir is fantastic for swimming, boating and water sports. There is a small wake-boarding resort and pontoons with swimming pools in the lake.

  • 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

    There is fibre broadband.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 855726985633

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