Renovation project and woodland in central portugal



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  • Description


    My husband and I have just bought a renovation project in beautiful central portugal. We are both teachers and our children are adults now so we are looking to live a greener more simpler way of life in which we can use solar, compost toilets, reuse water and create an eco project in our recently chopped woodland . We are renovating the house and have a mini orchard of oranges satsumas and olives. We have vegetable patches and will grow organically. We want to encourage our oaks and natural flora to regrow and entice the natural portigiese woodland and wildlife to return. We are quite new when it comes to renovation and realised we have a bigger job than anticipated and would love help outdoors and indoor in exchange for a loving home , good food and lovely people and friends to share the summer with. We live in a village overlooking mountains but are in fact only 5 minutes drive from town, 30 minutes from coimbra and an hour from beach. We have a giant bread oven stone room which we need to learn how to use and we would like someone with carpentry skills if possible but certainly not necessary. We are learning portuguese but speak French to the neighbour and have a great network of ex pat english friends and some portuguese friends too! We are there from end july till end august. If we can make the home totally habitable for a winter then we can finally live our dream and move out there. Anyone who helps us achieve our dream would always be welcome to our home!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are english teachers so improvement in english . Some free lessons. Opportunity to practice french Spanish and Portuguese, opportunity to be involved in a woodland eco project to benefit the environment and create a haven , use creative skills to use wood for sculpture or furniture , diy skills taught by husband, cooking skills if wanted by self, cricket practice and be part of social team if desired potlrtiguese culture

  • Help


    General labouring and diy, woodland management and creating nice spots for picnic, building wooden structures from recycling wood, advising on nature, advise on building and reusing materials, greener living

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English french

  • Accommodation


    Old Portuguese house and own bedroom

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Central portugal us beautiful. Rover beaches, running, cycling, nature visits, beach, Coimbra city, outdoor pools. We need to work hard in the summer as we have to return to uk after summer but we like to play and enjoy ourselves too

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 886546862234