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We are Menno and Jacqueline. In the summer of 2011 we moved to Portugal together with our 3 children, Finn (now 25), Thijm (now 22) and Caitlin (now 18). We wanted to create something special for and by ourselves, where we can both live and share our passions at the same time. Menno´s passion is “cooking” and as a viticulturist he is also passionate about “wine”. “Horses” are Jacqueline´s main passion. Our third passion, which is host/hostess-ship we share in common.
We were both active in the business sector in the Netherlands. Menno worked as manager in the transportation world, Jacqueline was an independent IT consultant. In 2010 we sold everything we had and moved lock, stock and barrel to Portugal where we now own a small estate of 25 acres with 9 lodges, ecologically designed and equipped as we would like to have it when we go on vacation ourselves. We have created an environment where peace, comfort, friendliness and a good atmosphere meet. Menno will be cooking , Jacqueline now cares for 4 horses which she rides and trains. We were very happy with all volunteers we had untill now and we are sure we will have the same amount of fun, laughter, hard work and good times with our volunteers this year. If helping at an 'eco-glamping' and farm in the mountains of Portugal appeals, then we would be very interested to hear from you. In return we can offer bed (tent) and board with the family, fresh air and sunshine, wildlife galore, great experience and the opportunity to learn some new skills and maybe impart some too.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendreProjets artistiquesAide avec des éco-projetsJardinageBricolage et projets de constructionS’occuper des animauxAide dans une fermeCuisine/repas pour la familleAide à la maisonEntretien général
Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre
Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
We are located in the Parque Natural Serra Estrela. A beautiful and remote part of Portugal with almost no tourism. The summers are long but not overly hot due to the altitude of 700 meters. The Upper Mondego river is nearby (walking distance) and is amazing for swimming, also the natural park (for outdoor enthusiasts to explore).
You will mingle here with other volunteers, friends, family and guests, we like to see ourselves as one happy group of people, changes are high that you will meet other interesting and likeminded people. We are happy to teach you new things or show you new ways, whether it be gardening, cooking, building, animal-related things or anything else we will happily share our views or knowledge. The food is usually really good here, volunteers give us thumbs up for the meals which are often made with a great input of volunteers themselves and mainly fresh, out of our own gardens. During high season we offer yoga classes every morning which you are free to join.
Our old Portuguese farm or "quinta" lies just above Faia, a small village on the edge of the "Serra da Estrela Natural Park". We are an organic farm with olive, fruit, and nut trees.
Spring 2023 we are open again to rent out some canvas lodges which lie within the premises of the farm. The farm then offers a wonderful holidayspot in peace, with space, in a beautiful and authentic part of Portugal.
We will need help from the beginning of mayl till the beginning of october.
We have locally employed staff to cover the business site. We have a chef, two gardeners/builders and three cleaners, all local people. The volunteers we look for are here to help us in projects such as the garden, horses, some maintenance and building projects. These projects are all private. We have the following volunteer opportunities to help us (but feel free to mix it up or bring in your own unique skills):
General maintenance: For the beginning of the season we will need some help to do some general building and maintenance work on our old Quinta. We can surely use two or three volunteers in May. Qualities: love of the outdoor, muscles, generally handy with tools and able to work alone/independent.
We have 4 horses which we use privately. You can help to take care of the horses, if possible ride and help train the horses.
We will need help with our biological garden where we grow as much as possible for our own consumption.
Menno is a professional wine expert and a good cook, if cooking is your thing than you will love it here. We grow of course our own vegetables and fruit for our diners with the volunteers. Jacqueline takes care of the animals of the Quinta: We have 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 goats and 4 horses. Although we cook a lot of vegetable dishes, we are not vegetarian however vegetarians will certainly love it here but we cannot cater for vegans (!).
Outside the period of May - October we are "hibernating" and do not need any volunteers so it is useless to apply, also we only start responding to mails around March for the next/upcoming season.
We are still building/renovating the Quinta-mainhouse so at this moment we cannot accomodate you inside. For each volunteer we have a sheltertent (small, but with all amenities including a proper bed/matress). If we have a lodge free we will put you up in one. We have a central shower/toilethouse/washingmachine for you to use. We like good, healthy, biological food (out of our own garden) and allthough we are not vegetarian, meat does not play the mainrole in our diet. This means we welcome vegetarians but cannot cater for vegans. We are a family and would love to welcome you as a part-time member so stay with us, eat with us, share and have fun with us.
If you enjoy taking walks, hiking nature trails, reading, locating historic sites, listening to music, watching movies on our beamer, exploring the local markets, star gazing, chilling by the campfire at night and experiencing the day to day happenings throughout your surroundings then we have it all. The city of Guarda is 12 km away and we have to go there almost daily for shopping etc. You can always hitch a ride with us into town or we can pick you up later in the day. The mondego river is closeby, about 30 min walk but we can also bring you there, its perfect for hanging out on a riverbeach during a hot day with swimming etc. Offcourse we have plenty of nature all around us for walks. Generally there are more volunteers with us so there is always likeminded company. We strive towards a mixed group of volunteers in the sense of age, gender, experience, nationality, etc. as we have found out that this really works well so dont hesitate to mail us, the common language in which we all communicate is English although you sure will pick up some Dutch words.
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Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux
Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?
Plus de 2
Nombre d'heures attendues
25 hours, 5 days max per week, minimum stay three weeks. We are especially interested in long term stay
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Always happy &… read more
You'll work together with other volunteers (depending on the period) and this is to me the best thing! We were about 10 volunteers from around the world and that was… read more
so I'll talk about the daily miracles that happened at the place.
We found 4 kittens abandoned and their mom at the stables one Day, they brought an Extra touch of warmth to the place
we found a waterslide at the river, which was so good to play and have fun
we dared to jump from the bridge at the lake… read more
We… read more
She was willing to learn new skills and shared her stories and listened to… read more
We got to know eachother well during her stay and discovered she has a great sense of dry humour and os very dedicated to her work. She also cooked a German meal for us… read more
This was my first workaway experience and I couldn't have chosen a better host.
Jacqueline, Menno and their children are super nice and warm-hearted and I felt really welcomed the minute I arrived. I had the best time with them and the other volunteers… read more
We felt fully confident leaving him in charge of the different tasks and he proved us right.
He is outgoing, well educated and respectful, yet always in for a good laugh and a lot of fun.
Ben is fully autonomous in working after… read more
Heaven on earth!!
I am so relaxed now and I… read more
It wes lovely to have you here. Always full of zest, energy, high spirited and optimistic.
Very dedicated to the job and a good sense of humor.
Thanks for staying with us.
Intelligent, smart, sensitive, well travelled & informed, pro active, in tune, versatile, understanding, hard work, can do attitude, amazing cooker and a smile that bright up every soul!
You can talk about just anything with her and she has very professional cooking skills,… read more
The tasks she did were: house cleaning, breakfast and working in the garden.
Her best traits are: she is committed and did the best she could in each task. She is peaceful, honest, and has an amazing gift for gardenwork.
I definitely recommend Carolina as a volunteer.
Thank you for… read more
I’ll always remember how Thijm taught us how to play poker, the peaceful mornings just watching… read more
The people I've met there (both Jacquie and Menno's family and the other volunteers) are so nice and they make… read more
Very easy going, smiling, ready to help, pleasure to have around!
Lauren spent a month with us, and it felt like family. She's a great barista!!. Ivan came over for a week and is a great guy. They were a great help as they caught exactly what was needed and we barely needed to tell them what to do.
I would… read more
If I had more time to stay in Europe I would definitely stay… read more
He helped us with many things around the property; cooking, gardening, producing excellent cocktails.
Dan makes beautiful photographs, we used several of his pictures in our new website. He is engaging and interesting company, easy-going, well-balanced, is… read more
There is to much to be said about Jacqueline and Menno, they are both very interesting people with big hearts, it was a pleasure to spend time around them. They have created a real dream within the mountains, it is a beautiful environment to be in. The kids- Finn, Thijm and Keet are also… read more
The work schedule is quite variable and although we didn't have many days off, it was never excessive.
I really miss this lovely family, the peaceful atmosphere and the amazing yoga shala !… read more
Jacqueline, Menno and the kids have made a beautiful little paradise what immediately felt like home. The family is living really close together with the volunteers and also with the guests! It's really nice to see that everyone… read more
Jacqueline, Menno, Finn, Tyme and Kate were so welcoming, engaging and enjoyable to be around. Their site is beautiful, I was lucky enough to stay in a lodge for a week before the guests came, they are gorgeous and so well designed with an insanely beautiful backdrop. I also got to experience… read more
They… read more
Menno and Jacqueline are such friendly and relaxed hosts - we felt at home very quickly.
The place itself is so stunning and a perfect way to experience the best of rural Portugal.
Work was varied and very flexible and even on busy days we had a lot of fun helping in the kitchen.
We were… read more
Jacqueline, Menno, and their children have the most wonderful spirit. The day I arrived, I was welcomed with open arms and nothing but love. Whether it was playing cards with the kids or just chatting… read more
My first workaway adventure. I had a great time and met a lot of nice people. I needed some guiding from time to time, but I think I managed well.
My life is a puzzle and every piece is a challenge to put in the right place. So work is a piece for me. I like the feeling of developing and challenging myself. And this is definitely the… read more
hope the best for you, See you, Victor
We had great time with lovable family and friendly volunteers, enhancing our experience.
Surrounding nature is beautiful, work was easy (and well organized, every evening a schedule is made for the next day) and food was way better than we expected.
We appreciated that everybody… read more
It is a beautiful place with amazing views to the mountains
The hosts are very friendly
When Menno cooks for guests you have a tasteful dinner and you can also learn new recepies
You can enjoy their natural pool
If Menno plans a guided walk to the river you can join and it is a nice tour through the mountains
They expect you and… read more
They are compassionate, accommodating, and thoughtful people who genuinely care about their volunteers.
The ecolodge itself is absolutely stunning, with beautiful views of the mountains and small… read more
FOR EVERY ONE: We spend 4 weeks here and found a paradise. You will find a lot of heart here and every kind of work and you can relize your ideas with them together:… read more