We are Laura & Miguel :)
We have been married for 7 years and we are 40 and 36 years old respectively.
We have 6 dogs (Oli, Kat, Leia, Bilbo, Dalila and Sansao) and one cat (Rob). They are family to us.
We love hiking, sci-fi, having dinner with our friends, enjoying a good movie, cooking and chatting about current world affairs. Miguel is a university law teacher and lawyer, and I am a manager in the travel industry.
We live near Santarem , in a countryside property 8Km from the city, with great views and a pool.
If you enjoy surfing, Nazare is 1H away, and Lisbon is 45 min away (car, train or bus)
We need help with tasks and with pet-sitting (always!).
We are also undergoing a specific project of cleaning the adjacent land, that has been abandoned, and has a lot of trash. We are welcoming volunteers all year round, either for helping with pet-sitting or with other tasks.
We have a guest house available, with its own bathroom, kitchen, living room and room.
We would love to welcome especially people who work / study permaculture and landscaping as we are planning the next step for our property. We are always pleased to meet interesting people who love animals.
Rob, the cat, has access to the outdoors as well, where he wanders and hunts, but sleeps and eats at home, where he gets his cuddles and love from us. He has no special needs, except making sure he comes back home, has water, food and a good belly rub! He is used to sleeping with us.
The dogs (who also sleep with us) are Oli, Kat, Leia & Bilbo.
Oli is the elder of the tribe, he is around 11 years old and he is not aware he is a dog. He is, in his mind, a person. This means he gets all the perks, except eating with cutlery. :) He has Addison's syndrome and takes pills (Astonin) everyday. He has very special needs: absolutely no stress (not even getting a hair cut or nails cut is allowed by the vet) and always sleeps with us, if need be under the sheets. If you find this odd then maybe this is not the house for you. His medication has to be precise and cannot be missed at all.
Kat, short for Katniss, is a 6 year old sweet calm princess with lots of curiosity about the world and lots of patience. She is very calm, but a little shy and very loving. She has Leishmaniose but has done her medication and she is clinically healthy. She loves (and demands!) her morning and nightly cuddles.
Leia is a 3 year old princess, who joined us some summers ago. She loves chewing things (all things!!), taking naps, and running around. She needs constant attention, she is very scaredy and it takes a looong time and dedication to get her trust.
Bilbo is our newest baby: he literally showed up at our doorstep, lost. He is 10 months old, 23K and growing (he will be around 25K when is is fully adult) and he has a LOT of energy. He is very smart and very docile.
Dalila and Sansao were rescued from the forest, where they were born. They are still puppies (6 months), and very scared of the world and of all humans. They require patience and care.
All of them were abandoned or lost and we adopted them from an animal shelter. They are part of the family.
If you think that sleeping with dogs on your bed is strange, this is not the right home for you.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
We are professionals in the areas of Law and Tourism, we speak several languages and love to travel. We have lived in different continents and we love to share a meal. We can share our knowledge in:
- languages (portuguese,spanish, english and french)
- vegan and vegetarian culinary
- training and recruitment
- Human resources / Human capital management
We always need help with pet-sitting, in order to be able to give us a break and go away for the weekends.
Also, we need help cleaning the house, vacuuming, and the usual house tasks.
Also, we need help with our garden / trees / gardening tasks, planting or weeding, and composting.
Also we have the specific project of cleaning the land.
We can arrange flexible working hours, with days off (3 or 4 days a week and the rest off) and we would very much enjoy cooking for our volunteers and having meals together.
Our guest house can accommodate up to 4 people (2 bedrooms) and has complete privacy. If necessary we also have a guest room with private bathroom in our main house.
Of course volunteers are welcome to use the pool (if the weather allows or if they are brave enough to withstand the cold...!)
Private house or a private bedroom and bathroom.
Our house is located outside a small village, so it is isolated. You wake up with the birds singing, and the view of the mountain range of D'Aires and Candeeiros. This is pure countryside. We shop for food in the closest village (8Km away) but for smaller things (bread, milk) we have a small mini-market. You can get really fresh produce at roadside stands as well or at the bi-monthly market in town. Use of our car may be available, depending on the days.
Santarém is a 10min car ride away, with many restaurants, cafes, cinema, shops and even a mall.
Contemplating the staggering views from Santarém’s Portas do Sol atop the old town walls, it’s easy to understand why Roman, Visigoth, Moorish and Portuguese armies all wanted to claim this strategic stronghold above the Rio Tejo. Dom Afonso Henriques’ storming of these heights in 1147 marked a turning point in the Reconquista and quickly became the stuff of Portuguese national legend.
The River Tagus and the fertile meadowland surrounding the plateau on which Santarém stands have been important factors in the settlement of the area since remote times. The Roman name for Santarém was Scalabis, and they were also responsible for its urban layout and for making it one of the most important cities in Lusitania.
One of the best ways of discovering Santarém is through its cultural and artistic heritage. You can also visit the city during the events that serve to highlight some of the region's best features. In June, there is the National Agricultural Fair, where agricultural produce and instruments are displayed and a cattle market is held. You also have the chance to see a bullfight if you're a fan of this particular sport.
October is the month when the National Gastronomy Festival is held, the main gastronomic fair in Portugal. These events are complemented by exhibitions of handicraft and folklore from all over the country. If possible, make sure to take the opportunity to watch the traditional dance of the Ribatejo region: the Fandango. This involves at least two men simulating a fight and symbolises the special skills of the cowherds who work in the nearby meadows.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Depends on the tasks, we are flexible.
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