Family looking for long term volunteers in central Portugal




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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Hello dear future volunteer, great that you are interested in our place. Let’s try to give you a good impression of what expects you when you come to work here :

    What kind of place is this?
    It is the home of a 7-headed family, a small heard of goats, loads of ducks and chickens, a few cats and dogs and many olive trees.
    We raise and educate five children, live in houses that we built ourselves, work the garden and for most of the year are fully self sustainable when it comes to animal products.
    If you are as exited as us about this very real and intense way of life, Adagatiya is for you!

    What kind of work is there to be done?
    Between kids and farm, we basically have a 24/7 job, but we are our own bosses so with this comes the possibility to focus on areas that are of higher interest to each person. There are a few main areas to work and learn :
    - Gardening
    - Animal care (especially the goats)
    - Household and cooking (we really love good food )
    - Natural construction
    - Food processing (dairy products, preserves bread baking....)
    - Any kind of creative and inspiring activities with the kids (ages 15,13,11,4,1)

    What about accommodation?
    Short term volunteers are sleeping in their own tent if they have (if not we can provide). For volunteers on the long term programme we are offering a caravan if available. Also there is a communal outdoor kitchen that can be used at any time and a cosy roundhouse to spend comfortable downtime when it’s wet or cold.

    How does it work with the meals?
    For short term volunteers : breakfast is on your own terms in the communal kitchen. Otherwise we work on a “we work together, we eat together “ principle. That means that on days that you come and work, you will eat with the family. If you want the day/s off, you take care of your own needs.
    For long term programme : we will make individual arrangements that best fulfil everyone’s needs, both regarding workload and food requirements.
    Good to know : even though most of our meals can be adapted to vegetarians, our kitchen itself is not vegetarian.

    What do I need to bring?
    - Comfy clothes
    - Outdoor shoes
    - Sleeping bag
    - Head torch
    - In winter rain jacket
    - Tent if possible
    - Biodegradable toiletries
    - Enthusiasm for working, learning and open communication

    Long term programme :
    We offer a special long term programme for people that would like to come for several months or longer. The idea is to become additional adult on the farm and a part of or family. Conditions, boarding and pocket money are subject to individual arrangements according to everyone’s needs and capacities.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There is much to be picked up here in the areas of natural building, crafting, cooking, gardening, dairy and goat management.
    Being a multi cultural family we find ourselves combining various traditions with a smile and a sweet vibe.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    * Note: In addition to our regular volunteer program, these days we would also welcome to our family someone (M/F) who is interested in a long term stay.
    To help out with household and take part in our daily routine, in exchange we'll provide a living space, full board (including meals, laundry, days off with car etc.).
    For more details please contact us and mention in the subject *Long Term Program* .

    There are various tasks around from householding to gardening and goat herding to fencing and building depending on your skill and interests there is always something to be done. The most important for us is that you are ready and able to manage your self and your work without supervision and seek rather communication than orders. There are also five kids around aged 15, 13, 11, 4 and 1 who are happy to be inspired by cool projects and activities.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in tent or a caravan with shared compost toilets and shower.
    We also have fully equipped communal kitchen facilities that you can use if you prefer to provide for yourself or simply need your coffee in peace before starting the day.

  • 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

    We have decent connectivity but a cap on data usage.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have both dogs of our own as well as farm animals. So the stay with pets depends on the compatibility of the pet and attentiveness of the human :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5h per day Weekends are free

Host ref number: 931216614235