Gardening & building at an environmentally friendly farm in beautiful Alentejo, Portugal

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Portugal

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    21/07/2021

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    Tranquility. Silence. Space. Nature everywhere. Amazing sunsets. Bright stars.

    When we decided to leave the Netherlands to come to this magic piece of land in Portugal, we came charmed by this rural atmosphere that helps us breathe better, both in a concrete as in a metaphoric way. We are open to receive more people to share this sensation with us – and also lots of hard work. Because to live the dream we have to work – hard! – to make it happen!

    We live in an old farm that borders natural park Serra de São Mamede. The landscape is really amazing, as you can imagine. We grow fruit trees on a large terrain with grazing lands, olive trees, and cork and holm oaks. There is also a stream that flows into a beautiful small lake in which turtles and fish live (sometimes, an otter comes to visit)! There are several cats, dogs, donkeys, sheep and chickens walking around on our quinta, and almost 60 species of birds are counted on our skies every year.

    On our terrain there are a few different holiday homes and 3 rental caravans. It is also possible to camp on our small-scale camping or our natural camping terrain. In our 25 hectares farm, 5 hectares are dedicated to the camping site.

    Everything related to the campsite is done and will continue to be done by us: receiving guests, organizing reservations, cleaning bathrooms, dealing with marketing and finances etc. Sometimes we have to be so focused on trying to make the camping thrive that we feel we are leaving our “home” behind and we wish very much to have the help of like-minded people to stop doing that. That's where you come in!

    Sustainable entrepreneuring: we have always found the environment and a balanced society very important. This is the main reason why we invest in environmentally friendly methods and renewable resources to run our camping in a sustainable manner. We are advocates of sustainable and responsible entrepreneuring and try to do this in our own quinta. For example, electricity is also generated by solar panels, the (drinking) water comes from our own water wells and we’ve been planting organic gardens, olive trees, cork oaks...

    We are doing our best to thrive during these very challenging times, and we have realized that having your help to make the place even better for when this pandemic goes away is the right thing for us to do now. If you do come to live with us for a while, please be aware that we are very conscious about sanitary protocols and respect health directions, like using masks in closed shared spaces and keeping physical distance.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    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

    Apart from providing lodging, as explained above, we want to help you with 75 euros every week so you can buy your own groceries. We do not have the habit to eat together as a routine, so you would have to cook for yourself. (Please let us know if you are a great cook and we can think of alternative arrangements!). Of course, it will be our pleasure to invite you once in a while to have a meal and a beer with us, and we can drive you to the market so you can buy your groceries.

    And you can help yourself of our fruits and fresh eggs!

    Of course, the main benefit of being here is the lifestyle and the experience itself. Apart from the very calm atmosphere of rural Alentejo, that you’ll be able to enjoy everyday, you’ll be very near medieval towns, megalithic monuments, roman ruins, nature trails perfect to hike and bike...

    Characteristic of Alentejo are the white houses with yellow or blue stripes and the typical windmills that you can see here and there. Unique are also the charming white villages that suddenly emerge from the vast fields. Castelo de Vide, Marvão and Portalegre are just a few examples of the very close villages and cities that you can visit during your stay in Alentejo, Portugal.

    The farm itself is perfect to spend your free time, walking among nature, reading a book by the lake, interacting with our animals, having a coffe with the guests and, in the hot months, enjoying our pool. Do note that it’s not a place fit for party people, but it’s really ideal for peaceful nature lovers. Some of the guests are staying with us for months in a row, what turns our farm into kind of a friendly and easygoing neighborhood of independent but like-minded people. For the moment, we are a bunch of dutch people, one brazilian and, of course, the guests that come and go from all over Europe - many of them portuguese, many of them our friends already.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help

    Help

    Regarding the tasks you would be doing, it’s mainly gardening. By gardening, we do not mean permaculture, or vegetable gardens, but heavy tasks done with a heavy mower, the kind of thing adequate only for strong people. Since this is gonna be the main activity, it really has to be something you are able to do, like to do and feel happy while doing it! We have many hectares of land and soon they will be begging to be mowed! There will also be a good amount of manual weeding and some pruning, trimming and chopping wood, also. It’s heavy help! So neither you nor us feel frustrated or mislead, it’s very importante for us to be clear about that with you. We are looking for someone fit, because the nature of the the help demands it.

    Some help with building can be in order – quite traditional buildings, not the more alternative natural ones (we explain that because we know that many Workawayers are very fond of this kind of work and we don’t want you to feel disappointed). It would be mainly painting and plastering, maybe some wood work, or even plumbing and electricity. People with knowledge and experience in this areas are also very welcome here.

    You will help 21 hours per week (we can negociate how to distribute your weekly hours, so you can, let’s say, avoid gardening when it’s raining, or, for example, not do three days in a row to make time for yourself and visit the amazing attractions of this region – let’s find togheter a balance that is fair for both sides).

    Please, do know that even though we do respect people’s individuality and need of free time, this is also a deal: we do expect things to be done in a certain way and we do expect a professional attitude regarding the quality of the tasks being done. Come to our quinta if, added to your love for nature, traveling and alternative living, you find pride and pleasure in your work and understand that the help we need is for real.

    We assure you that we will fulfill our part of the deal and that, if you decide to come, you will have lots of good moments to enjoy our beloved farm.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    One of the tasks you’ll be expected to do is to help us repair the rustic house you will be staying at (see pictures), that will later be transformed into a yoga studio. That means that, in the first, let’s say, two weeks, while it’s getting ready, we will acommodate you in one of our caravans, with shared bathroom, or studios.

    After that, you’ll live in the round house seen on pictures. Be aware that electricity in the building is limited – enough for you to load your notebook and cellphone, but not to run high electricity-drawing appliances. Phone and internet signal are also not strong in this area of the farm, that’s more isolated, but within (a very short) walking distance you will have free Wi-Fi of very good quality. The bathroom (with hot shower) that serves this house is located outside, in the yellow building shown on the pictures, where is also a small shared kitchen, open, but sheltered. You will be alone in this house - total privacy.

    Alternatively, if you have your own caravan, motorhome, van, you are very welcome to stay in our campground and use all of it’s infraestructure. In this case, we can hook you up to electricity (at our expense).

    You keep your places clean and heated yourself. Towels, bed linen and kitchen linen can be provided by us and are washed by yourself (at our expense).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you have your own car, know that the place is very easy to reach, with paved road access.

    But we are close enough to the nearest village (with markets, restaurants, banks, drugstores) for you to reach it after a pleasant 5 km walk.

    We can also, sometimes, borrow you a bike or give you a lift to other nearby cities, as well as pick you up in the bus station when you arrive.

    If our proposal makes sense to you, and if you’re an open minded person with a cheery disposition looking for a nice place to live and work, write to us and let’s talk! We hope you will enjoy peace, space and nature in the beautiful environment of our quinta.

  • 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.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    3 hours per day



Host ref number: 938294132579