I am an open minded/free spirit, active elderly lady, living with my animals and caring for the farm that me and my passed away husband built 35 years ago, when we migrated from Germany to the Portuguese southwest coast. Even though I am a widow for a few years, I live a happy fulfilled and active life and love to be around all people, old and young. As my children both moved out, and now i have a big house to share and 2,5ha farm where I can develop my projects. I would need a helping hand with some of the more physical daily task such as taking care of the animals (3 horses from my daughter; my dog, 3 cats and chickens); a lot of green gardening ☺, some general maintenance of the house and the surroundings and maybe sometimes for shopping and cooking. I am Flexible person for the right people!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
I´m open to help you to explore your interests. As I lived, worked and raised my kids here, I am actively integrated in the Portuguese society, knowing about its social, cultural and historical development. I can take you around to get to know the main villages and other places of interest. You can practice your language skills in Portuguese, German or English and there would also be the possibility to attend Portuguese lessons with my Portuguese daughter in law.
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 son can show you the best location for this activities.
As I love gardening, landscaping and growing vegetables in a very sustainable ecological way I can show you some permacultural techniques I have learned throughout the years. I also do a lot of special healthy cooking with a lot of vegetables and fruits. I can share my recipes for fruit smoothies, baking, preserving, gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, Mediterranean food, typical Portuguese cuisine, and I’m always open to new cooking experiences.
My daughter is a horse trainer and riding teacher at Moita Nova Equestre, She would help and guide you with the care of our 3 horses. You would get the possibility to practice or learn about a very special natural horsemanship bonding with the horses and the effect on our human wellbeing and personal development. 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. 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. Normally they are fed twice a day and the chickens once a day.
You would get your own little apartment, with private kitchenette, bathroom and terrace. As it is an open concept and has one room with a double bed it is best suitable for one person or a couple. You are also welcome to come in my house for a tea, longer chats or playing board games. Because of my special dietary needs, I think it is better you would be responsible for your own food but ingredients will be provided. we can also cook together, anyway I would really like to share at least one meal with you every day, for eg lunch, and enjoy that as a nice familiar interaction.
I value 'down time' for both myself, 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 join me on some regular activities like doing yoga, swimming, go for walks. (Rota Vicentina) . I frequently go to some traditional markets and I also like to go to cultural happenings like concerts or meeting friends in a bar/ going to a restaurant
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.
I normally go into town minimum twice a week I am happy to take you around. I can also give you a lift if you need to get to the train or bus.
I can lend you my bicycle, and if you know how to drive and have a license you can use the scooter (50cc.)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week