Our family home and our farm animals need someone to help take care of them, so basically its about house keeping, maintenance, gardening and animal sitting. we have a big house to share, and 2,5ha farm where you can also develop your own projects.
daily task include taking care of the animals (2 horses, 1 big loving farmdog, 3 cats and chickens); and gardening ☺. Other tasks would be some general maintenance or cleaning of the house and Garden.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
We are open to help you to explore your interests and the area. As we grew up here we are actively integrated in the Portuguese society, knowing about its social, cultural and historical development. We can help you get around to get to know the main villages and other places of interest.
This region is so rich in natural beauty and variety, from the more rural quiet country inside or the stunning Atlantic coastline and Natural Park, so it is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, bicycle riding, horse riding, surfing, canoeing, fishing, etc.
My brother - Paulo is super Handy in DIY maintenance, building and mechanical stuff, besides knowing the best surf and fishing spots.
Me - Anna am horse trainer and riding teacher at Moita Nova Equestre, i would help and guide you with the care of our horses. You would get the possibility to practice or learn about a very special natural horsemanship, bonding with the horses and experiencing the effect on our human wellbeing and personal development. Its also about their natural care (freedom based, barefoot, bitless) or more specific areas like rehabilitation, osteopathy, physiotherapy, nutrition. There may even be opportunity to attend riding lessons at Moita Nova Equestre.
Help on a Farmstead is physical -so you must be reasonably fit and enjoying being outdoors. I don't want to be controlling volunteers so you should be a self starter who can help on your own initiative - able to work independently. You must have some life skills such as do basic DIY, basic use of tools, cleaning, maintenance tasks, being able to paint, chop wood, cut weeds/bushes, bring in firewood, and be confident around the animals.
Animal care involves a basic daily routine and a big sense of responsibility! (you shouldn´t mind getting dirty, being in the rain, sun, mud and dust because you will have to look for them every day).
The horses are kept in a very easy natural way, so they are always outside in the fields. Daily care includes watering, checking for their health, feeding the older horse, checking/repairing the electric fence and feeding hay or grass when needed. If you are confident and enjoy being around them you can include some grooming because they really appreciate all the attention. The dog and the 3 cats are best friends and always are there for some cuddles.
You would get your own little apartment, with private kitchenette, bathroom and terrace. As it is a small but open concept, only has one room with a double bed, it is best suitable for one person or maximum a couple. you would be responsible for your own food and ingredients but sometimes we can also do a big meal or cook together and enjoy a nice familiar interaction.
We value 'down time' for both ourselves, and volunteers; in your time off you can just relax and enjoy your stay, go to the beach (5km) in the summer or during a rainy winter day watch a movie, do a puzzle, baking. You can also do some sporty activities like yoga, swimming, go for walks. (Rota Vicentina) . There are frequent traditional markets and also some cultural happenings like concerts etc
The farm is in the middle of the country side we are 5Km from the closest village Porto Covo . Next towns are Vila Nova de Milfontes, Santiago do Cacém, Sines, Cercal do Alentejo. So:
We could lend you a bicycle, and if you know how to drive and have a license you can use the scooter (50cc.) But ideally you should have a own transport.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week