Help our family with building, carpentry and other maintenance with your experience and skills. South/West Algarve, Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young family, Josh & Margo and our two children August, 5 years and Olive, 2 years. We run our own guest house in the small village of Figueira on the south west coast of the Algarve, 15 minute walk from the Figueira beach, in the Coasta Vincentina National Park.

    We live in the main building of the guest house since we took on the property and began renovating 5 years ago.
    The old stables and farm buildings are now converted as 4 small holiday cottages each with their own kitchen and bathroom and we are enjoying long busy tourist seasons from March to November.

    During the off season winter months we are looking for experienced workawayers to help us with many maintenance jobs, carpentry work etc .
    Due to the a full busy season in the summer months, we as a family need some quality time with our together.
    That means that we looking for workawayers that feel confident and experienced enough to work independently
    with good initiative.
    And are happy and able to entertain themselves during the days of and free time in their free time.

    As we are closed for business from November to March we can offer one of our cottages as very comfortable and cosy accommodation with shared courtyard and "hangout" area for the workawayers.

    Ideal for surfers that would like to combine the help with some surf due the countless surf spots all within 5 - 20 minutes drive on both the south and west coast.
    If surf is not your thing then the area also provides some of the best Portuguese hiking and mountain biking trails or simply beach exploring days all around the Natural park where we are based.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    *Our workawayers can learn about our sustainable vision for a more conscious way of life. They can grow and improve there existing handy skills while helping along side other like minded creatives and makers. Further developing ideas for good design in inspiring surroundings alongs side a healthy and positive outdoors life style.

    *With our knowledge and collection of local and found materials we can demonstrate and guide our workawayers in many areas of traditional Portuguese building renovations. Working with basic materials from the land to achieve stunning and practical results.

    *Experience a little Portuguese village that still maintains it's authentic charm and is a real slice southern Portuguese life in the country.
    The local fish and organic fruit and vegetable markets are the standard way to shop here meaning a more conscious diet with almost no wastage and plastic packaging!
    Although we are at the edge of western Europe the village is located just 15 minutes from the buzzing, historic town of Lagos and a nice little harbour town Sagres with some bars, restaurants etc

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for skilled, hands-on, workawayers to help along side both Margo and myself, Josh but definitely also confident to do tasks alone on a wide variety of physical tasks.
    For example; decking building and repairs, stone walling, interior carpentry, rendering walls, gardening, painting and furniture making......... are among some of the tasks we are looking to complete.

    Due to the a full busy season in the summer months, we as a family need some quality time with our together.
    That means that we looking for workawayers that feel confident and experienced enough to work independently
    with good initiative.
    And are happy and able to entertain themselves during the days of and free time in their free time

    We have a fairly good collection of hand tools and power tools in our workshop where we also store many of our materials for up-cycling and creative building projects.

    Where possible we use natural or found materials for many of the tasks that we cary out on the property and gardens or we source as many materials locally and as sustainably as we can.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English - Dutch- Portugese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The workawayers will be staying in one of our cosy and comfortable traditional cottages with a fully equipped kitchen and private bathroom. All bedlinen provided and own cleaning materials. Double and single beds available, making this workaway suitable for couples, friends or individuals. Inside and outside eating areas, BBQ, a wood burner, washing machine.

    As the cottage contains it's own complete kitchen and we have a busy work and family life with our two children we will not be offering cooked meals. However we will be offering a money (€40 per couple) contribution to our workawayers towards their weekly food shopping.

    We have built our place up with a lot of love and hardwork and expect that anyone staying with us will treat it in the same way and also feel right at home during their stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    *Ideal for surfers that would like to combine the work with some surf due the countless surf spots all within 5 - 20 minutes drive on both the south and west coast. Also many of the local surf camps remain open during the winter months. This is a great time for beginners or first time surfers to take a lesson for low season prices in smaller groups than in the busy summer time.

    * If surf is not your thing then the area also provides some of the best Portuguese hiking and mountain biking trails or simply beach exploring days all around the Natural park where we are based. From the door you cn follow many coastal and in land trails and simply be surrounded by nature.

    *There is plenty space to practise yoga in the courtyard or just a 15 minute walk of our local beach.

    * There is a broad rage of local events, food workshops ,yoga classes, and handicraft markets etc that you can do in the local area. They are all listed in a VIVA events agenda, which we post on our wall each month.

    * Visit the surrounding towns and villages to get a taste of the local ways of life and sample the many affordable local restaurants.

    *Days or nights out in the buzzing towns of Lagos or Sagres just 35 minutes by bus.

    *We can also offer the use of our mountain bikes on agreed days to get around in a healthy active way.

  • A little more information

    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

Who would like to gives us a helping hand with our family run guesthouse close to the sea in the stunning south/west of Portugal!
Host ref number: 914354558918