Join us in the Algarve, Portugal



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  • Description


    Vegetarian hosts and friends, Roger (m) from England and Sheridan (f) from Canada, would like to welcome you to the Algarve in Portugal.

    We currently have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, and 2 chinchillas, all rescues.

    We believe in a strong sense of community, and like our volunteers to participate in the household, from helping to prepare meals and sharing mundane tasks like washing dishes, to entertaining everyone with their musical instruments or voices, to designing and building outdoor structures and making garden art, when the chores are done.

    We provide the basics for you to prepare your own breakfast and simple lunch daily, and share evening meals.

    We love it when volunteers cook their favourite meals for us all to share!

    Last year, we started our first organic vegetable garden, but this year has been more of a struggle, and we are currently replanting lat summer crops.

    Ours is an ever-changing and growing volunteer family, and as a result, the people who most enjoyed their time with us were self-motivated, and able to go with the flow. They enjoyed assigned tasks, but were self-directed and didn't constantly watch the clock,. They looked forward to evening get-togethers, and sharing philosophies around the dinner table.

    We try to work to a schedule, but sometimes life gets in the way, so if you need to work to a set schedule, and don't like interruptions or change, you might not enjoy staying here.

    We have maintained friendships with many of our previous volunteers, including repeat visits and visiting them when we are abroad, and we look forward to getting to know you, too!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are not Portuguese, and are only beginners at the language; but we are always interested in learning more about Portugal, its language and its culture, and exploring Portugal with you.

    ROGER is involved in international animal welfare-related projects, and has some links to local projects. Information about past projects, and other interest groups and their projects, is readily available and there is never a shortage of interesting conversation around the dinner table.

    SHERIDAN has experience in home construction, gardening, Qiqong, and group singing, and plans to start facilitating art projects again this year.

    We are always happy to find people interested in learning, and also in teaching us; we think life should be a continuous exchange.

  • Help


    Our garden is very much a work in progress. The vegetable garden, fruit trees, and grape vines need constant maintenance.

    Every day, someone picks from the garden for the kitchen table (plenty of opportunity to learn about plants and cooking).

    The perimeter of the property is overgrown with brambles, which regularly need clearing. It's a bit of an endless battle, but we are starting to win against them! Bamboo needs to be cut back regularly, so it doesn't take over the farm!

    The area in front of the house has recently be cleared of rubble and brambles, and we need to finish cutting the bamboo, replant some succulents, and generally beautify the space. Your input and suggestions are welcome!

    There are a few crumbling out buildings to be rebuilt, and we have plenty of bamboo waiting for your creative ideas.

    Depending on the schedule, the house also requires continuous work, as well as painting and decorating.

    If you can help with:
    - Cooking and food preparation (e.g.: Pickling, Jams)
    - Housing Cleaning
    - Weeding and general garden maintenance
    - Picking fruit
    - Garden Clearance (brambles, overgrown shrubs)
    - Feeding and cleaning the chinchillas
    - Light maintenance work
    - Building wooden structures
    - Fencing
    - Brick and Cement work
    - Painting & Decorating
    - Putting up Shelves, Replacing Doors, Cabinets

    ...or generally contribute in any way to our household ...........we welcome you!

    Sundays are free, and Saturdays require about an hour of work, since walking the dogs and watering the garden always need to be done.

    You can join us for excursions, or do your own thing, on your days off.

    Ideas for outings are always welcome, and extra days off can be arranged.

    *️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️we would like to start creating some alternative housing soon. If you have any prior experience or knowledge, please get in touch!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, very basic Spanish and French, beginner Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    There are two rooms for volunteers inside the house- a double room and twin/triple.
    We occasionally provide a single room.

    Previous volunteers have enjoyed camping, and we have a couple of tents and some comfy mattresses. The tent area has electricity.

    There is also space to park a vehicle or campervan and plug in.

    Everyone inside and out has access to two bathrooms with showers. Volunteers are welcome to use the communal spaces in the house, when not working.

    We provide the basics for do-it-yourself breakfasts and lunches. Evening meals are prepared together with the volunteers on work days, and are vegetarian. We can also accommodate vegan and wheat-free diets.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️PLEASE NOTE: Food is vegetarian with several vegan meals. Although we accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions, and food is plentiful, we ask that you please provide any specialty items you need (we are often cooking for 6 or more people, which can make it difficult to meet everyone's special needs at every meal). There is an extra fridge for volunteers.

    You can join us for our trips to the market on Saturday morning or Wednesday evening, where you can buy your own specialty items, or any extra food that you want for the week, and we often go to flea markets on Sundays.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️WE ASK THAT YOU NOT SMOKE OR COOK MEAT ANYWHERE ON THE PREMISE - INSIDE OR OUTSIDE*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️.


  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest village, Odiaxere, is 2.5km, about 20 to 30 minute walk,. There are a few little shops and cafes, and a pizza restaurant which does take-away.

    We are about 13 km. from Portimao, and 9 km. from Lagos. Both towns have active day and night life and nice beaches. It is quite a long walk to the beach, but rides are usually available if arranged in advance.

    The local bus stop is less than10 minutes walk, and buses to Odiaxere, Lagos, and Portimao are frequent. The train station in Mexilhoeira Grande is 2.8km. away.

    We are 75km. from the nearest airport, in Faro.

    Outings to the market, shopping excursions, and beach walks with the dogs on weekends. Regular trips into Lagos, Portimao and area. Occasional full-day outings to points of interest. Tell us what you are interested in seeing, and lets arrange some day trips!

    NO SMOKING due to allergies.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week, flexible

Poppy and Bruce
Billy, the latest rescue cat
Guest teacher Jamie gives Sheridan some didgeridoo advice!
What's everyone looking at?
It's Eli up the tree, gathering walnuts!
Roger and two volunteers upright a fallen tree
Sheridan and two volunteers enjoy a day off!
Sheridan with one of the rescue horses
Just back from Saturday market!
The orange orchard
Sahara, one of the two rescue horses
The house, definitely in need of paint now!

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