Loving family welcomes an extra pair of hands in central Portugal




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    Hi travellers,

    We are a loving family of four who recently relocated from the UK to fulfill our dream of moving off-grid and becoming self-sufficient. We settled in the picturesque region of Penela in Central Portugal where there is an abundance of fertile land and a growing community of like minded souls. So we are now learning about building chicken houses, pumping from a well and renovating our house. Life is full and so we could use some extra help!

    We are 2 adults and two children (13 & 9) a dog, with chickens and cats on the way. I am holistic therapist and my husband is a gardener. We have beautiful land with an abundance of of cork oaks, olives, figs, peaches, kiwi, walnuts, apples, pears and more. The garden is a continuous project which needs lots of love, strimming, composting, weeding, preparing, planting and harvesting. We are also home educating and so even our day to day tasks take a lot of time and we would also really value some help with the children's tuition.

    We live in a small village outside of Espinhal but workaway accomodation is in Penela a beautiful historic town with good transport links. It is approximately 20 mins from the city of Coimbre, Portugal's third largest city.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As there is a strong alternative and home schooling community in the area it is a very welcoming and social place to be. Penela is really an up and coming place with restaurants, shops and cafes and a Thursday market. It is very lively in the summer due to the recently opened hostel/ bar that has parties and serves craft beer.

    The village of Espinhal and waterfall - Pedra da Ferida - are a few minutes drive away, with with music nights, monthly market, cafes, dance classes , weekly yoga.

    The accommodation also has good transport links to the city of Coimbre and there are also many river beaches nearby.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We have the availability for several workaways and different tasks depending on your experience and interest. Please let us know your area of interest when you apply:

    - eco building
    - gardening
    - painting, decorating and odd jobs
    - childcare
    - tutoring
    - cooking
    - cleaning

    We would like 3 hours of help for 5 days a week. Please note that the exchange is for accomodation only and food is not provided.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Newly renovated and spacious 3 bed house in the centre of the castle town of Penela, with kitchen, living room and bathroom. There is also a large self contained studio flat. If you would like internet in your accommodation you will need to bring a plug in device, network is good there but we have not set up internet as it is newly acquired.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please do reach out and let us know what you are looking for from this experience and we can see whether we can accommodate your needs.

    Looking forward to welcoming you to central Portugal soon!

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 916352169883