Help us with gardening and DIY projects in the Algarve, Portugal




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    **** We are currently looking for people who would like to stay at least 3 or 4 weeks. Anyone interested in cooking and house care, planting for the winter, and assisting in a natural building project? ****

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

    We currently have 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses, all rescues.
    Our focus, for the first few years on the farm, was caring for rescue horses, but now that most of them are re-homed, we are working on expanding our organic garden, planting trees, encouraging wildflowers, and making a welcoming home.

    Ours is an ever-changing and growing volunteer family.
    The people who have most enjoyed their time here are self-motivated, and able to go with the flow. They enjoy assigned tasks, but are self-directed. They look forward to evening get-togethers, and sharing philosophies around the dinner table with us and the other volunteers.

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

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

    ****For the comfort of everyone living or staying here, we DO NOT not accept CIGARETTE SMOKING on the property. Thanks :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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.

    If you have somewhere you would like to visit, we are open to day trips.

  • Help


    We are working on making the farm totally self-sustaining, planting trees for a food forest, and have plans for yurts and cob housing.
    Our garden is a work in progress. Vegetables go to seed quickly in hot weather, and we are learning about gardening in Portugal!
    The vegetable garden, fruit trees, and grape vines need ongoing maintenance.
    We started a pond at the end of last year, and are looking forward to finishing that project.
    We hope to build a small straw bale house this year.
    There are a few crumbling out buildings to be rebuilt
    We have plenty of bamboo waiting for your creative ideas.

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

    The house requires daily upkeep.

    If you can help with:
    - Building projects
    - Cooking and food preparation (e.g.: Pickling, Jams)
    - House upkeep
    - Planting, weeding and general garden care
    - Picking fruit
    - Light maintenance work
    - Building wooden structures
    - Brick and cement work
    - Painting & decorating
    .......we welcome you!

    ****No experience necessary, just bring your enthusiasm!****

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    One very large room with 3 beds and private ensuite.
    One single room.
    One large bell tent.
    Communal area with fridge, kettle, toaster, sofa, books and games, and dining table. Access to main kitchen for shared meals.

    Previous volunteers have enjoyed camping, and we have a bell tent, a single tent, and some comfy mattresses. The tent area has electricity.

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

    We provide :
    Daily breakfast basics
    Basics for light lunch
    Large evening meal on work days (vegetarian)

    We can accommodate vegan, wheat-free and restricted diets.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you please purchase 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.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️DUE TO ALLERGIES/SENSITIVITIES, WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT SMOKE 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 an Italian pizza place, which does take-away.

    We are about 11 km. from Portimao, and 8 km. from Lagos.

    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 75 from the nearest airport, in Faro, and 3.5 hours by bus from Lisbon.

    We make 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

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have room for any size of vehicle. There is hookup for electricity.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are ok with pets.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week, flexible

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