Davina and Simon are the owners of a 6 hectares property whom they bought in July 2018. Building renovation, construction and permaculture have been the main activities for the past year - currently, along with Simon and Davina, we have 3x long term volunteers (Giordano, italian all rounder - Olga, ukrainian kitchen manager and Steffen, german farmer/gardener.
We welcome volunteer help mostly in the maintenance of the gardens and permaculture terraces around the property, building and maintenance of existing spaces.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
The cultural exchange opportunity is mostly through our international team, people with several years of experiences around the world and a few here in Portugal - we regularly work with local artisans/builders and the small community of Monchique offers a great chance to view and live the Algarve hills lifestyle in full.
Due to the great variety of work and activities available within the property, volunteers have a chance to learn several skills by working on the land: wood work, terraces grass trimming, weeding gardens, organic building, composts, permaculture, harvesting, planting and maintaining our terraces.
We usually focus on the maintenance of the large terraces of our 6 hectares of land - mostly, watering gardens, strimming, collecting compost material, building steps around the property, treating wood, maintaining irrigation systems, weeding gardens and harvesting food for our little community to serve at the table for meals.
We built a "Volunteers Village on the east end of the property: fully functional kitchen (fridge, gas hob, cutlery, plates, pots and pans)
We provide also space for tens (or a tent if required) for spring and summer - we all live indoors (inside the property) autumn and winter.
We organise lunch around 1pm, prepared by our kitchen manager - for breakfast and dinner, everyone can use our shared kitchen, where we store food for everyone to prepare whatever they wish - we follow a ovo-lacto vegetarian diet, and the owners provide sufficient food regularly
We are located just 30km from the amazing coastline of the Algarve - half an hour car or bus to the beach, plenty of natural walks - Monchique is a very small and quiet community, just 3km from our property.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 6 hours a day, 5 days a week