Looking for vegetarian chef and other helper at our retreat centre in Alentejo, Portugal

  • Portugal
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  • Última actividad: 08/02/2023



 Estancia mínima:  1 mes o más



  • Descripción


    Hello 😁, we are Ugo (Italian) and MaryAnn (1/2 american and 1/2 italian brought up in Madrid) who moved to Portugal after 10 years living in Hong Kong.

    Ugo, an italian food connoisseur and entrepreneur, MaryAnn, a mindfulness and compassion and executive coach entrepreneur.

    We are the guardians of 74 acres of magical land in Serpa, Alentejo, where we are following our dream of creating a luxury land and people regeneration retreat center, a natural refuge where nature, animals and people can work together in harmony.

    We moved into the property in January 2019 and with already the help of many volunteers, we have 5 beautiful veggie gardens that have been giving us wonderful food, horse stables, chicken coop, fencing and so many other wonderful work done.

    We have 2 horses, 3 donkeys, 20 chickens, 2 dogs, 2 cats, so if you are animal lover, you will be happy here :-)

    We are now looking for 2 paid positions.

    1. A vegetarian chef with experience cooking for retreats to up to 20 people with tasty and nutritionally balanced meals.
    a. Cooking and presenting for retreat participants farm to table meals
    b. Creation of menus and cooking for outside guests when there are no retreats.
    c. We offer room and board, minimum salary and incentives when there are no retreats.
    d. Cleanliness and organisation very important as we are an eco-chic retreat venue
    e. Curriculum of experience needed. We will not interview you if you have no chef experience

    2. “Factotum” person who can support us with cleaning of the rooms and main areas, help in the kitchen and the garden when not cleaning rooms.
    a. No experience needed, just a big desire to learn and a healthy work standard and attitude :-)
    b. Minimum salary plus room and board.

    We are looking for a couple, or two people who will be sharing a room and who share our vision here – a land and people regeneration retreat center.

    The first 4 weeks will be paid and probationary for all - once we are all happy, we will provide contract for at least 6 months to one year, PLEASE DO NOT WRITE TO US IF YOU CANNOT STAY AT LEAST 6 MONTHS. We might not reply to you if you cannot stay at least 6 months. Thanks for not wasting your or our time ;-)

    Drop us a note with your previous experience to schedule a video interview.
    Thanks and look forward to connecting with you if you have the above requisites.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Ugo is Italian and MaryAnn is half Italian, half American, but grown up in Spain. We have lived for the last 10 years in Hong Kong, so we have quite an international background. Ugo is a food lover, worked in food for the last 7 years,

    MaryAnn is a Mindfulness (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), executive coach and passionate about trying out new vegetarian recipes.

    Ugo has attended a PDC (permaculture design course) and a natural building course so he can build the different structures needed for the farm part of the retreat center. He is very excited to share his knowledge and experience.

    We are happy people and we like happy, interested in our project and proactive volunteers who care and are happy to respect the house agreements :-).
    We are very keen to arrive to almost a 0 trash impact with our project.

    We love animals, and somehow they love us and the many volunteers back, specially if you are the type of person who realises that animals need to eat also during the weekends :-)

  • El anfitrión ofrece una paga acorde al salario mínimo

    El anfitrión ofrece una paga acorde al salario mínimo

    Este anfitrión ofrece alojamiento y paga.

    El anfitrión ha indicado que pagará al menos el salario mínimo por hora de su país por cada hora trabajada y que también ofrecerá alojamiento. Pide ayuda con un negocio o una actividad empresarial. Ponte en contacto directamente con el anfitrión mediante la mensajería de la página para obtener más información y detalles sobre el salario ofrecido. Cualquier acuerdo con el anfitrión debe cerrarse por anticipado.

  • Ayuda


    You will be supporting us in running this retreat center through cooking as a chef and as a "factotum" supporting in the cleaning and other activities needed to run this retreat center.

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Fluido
    Italiano: Fluido
    Portugués: Intermedio
    Francés: Principiante
    Japonés: Principiante

  • Alojamiento


    We offer a comfortable room with 2 single beds or could be made into a double bed and 1 shared bathroom with hosts.

    We use the common kitchen used to cook main meals. We provide bedding, but please bring your own towel.

    Food wise we provide 3 vegetarian meals a day (we cannot cater to vegan diets as our chickens want us to eat their eggs, our bees love giving us honey, and our organic sheep farmers love that we love their cheese, so we use all of these ingredients in our cooking :-) you can provide your own snacks and any special foods you need.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    The help required is 40 hours a week divided in the 7 days, or 5 days, depending where the bulk of the work of cooking and cleaning will be.

    During your free time you can enjoy long walks around the property or to the close by little city, Serpa (10 km away by taxi or hitch a ride with us when we go into town), where there are restaurants, bars and all the commodities that a small town can provide. Nearby there is also a river (2 km away) and a water fall and natural park (5 km).

    If you are interested in traveling while you are here, we are not the place for you as it is difficult to get around by public transport.

    Regarding transportation, we will pick you up in the bus station in Serpa (direct buses from Lisbon). You can also go via Beja (bus or train from Lisbon) and from there catch a bus to SERPA, which is 10km far from the property.

    Ideally you can arrive on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday (if possible - we can discuss that when we communicate about your arrival)

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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    Horas esperadas

    As it is a paid position, it is 40 hours a week divided in the 7 days.

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 921349294163

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