New ecotourism project with gorgeous views and animals in Serra da Estrela, Portugal

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Portugal

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    Última atividade

    15/08/2022

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    94.1 %

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    dentro 2 dias

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    Super Host
 
  2022 

 Hospedagem min. solicitada: mínimo 1 semana

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  • Descrição

    Descrição

    Shahnaz (my wife), Arianna (our baby girl, born in Feb 2021) and myself, Francois, are the proud owners of beautiful quinta nestled at the foot of Serra da Estrela mountain range and national park in Central Portugal. In 2018, we took over this farm that was abandoned for 15 years. We are in the slow process of reviving it, clearing shrubs and brambles, planting new trees, and trying to create a badass veggie garden. What we do is inspired by permaculture principles and an ecosystem approach, and one of our goals is to become more self-sufficient.

    The whole property is off-grid. We live in one of two tiny houses, and are renovating two other old stone buildings. Part of our vision is to turn this already amazing place into an edible landscape / food forest, increase biodiversity, and strengthen drought resilience.

    But we're not the only ones working at the renaissance of our little piece of Portuguese wilderness paradise! Our three donkeys (who are so very fluffy) work tirelessly - all day, every day, and all week - at savoring all kinds of vegetation, suiting their whims and fancies, while delightfully dispersing their homemade fertilizer (yes, that means poop).

    Our dogs, Mojito and Castanha are an unlimited source of entertainment.

    Murdoch and Fuji, the cats, do the usual cat stuff: purr [FEED ME], miaouw, leg-rub [FEED ME], a nap here, scratch the carpet [FEED ME], a bounce there, and repeat [FEED ME][FEED ME][LOVE ME].

    Last but not least are our various daredevil free-range birds (chickens, guinea fowl, and ducks) who are some of the finest fox escape artists of the whole district. Well, we wish, but as we naively noticed once or twice, they're quite low in the food chain (if you forget to lock them in at night).

    In terms of getting to us, the closest airports are Porto (approx. 3h away by bus) and Lisbon (approx. 4h30 away by bus). You can take the bus or train to Guarda, the big town 20min away from us. We'll pick you up from there.

    On days off, you are welcome to explore the area on your own (see some ideas below). If we're headed to town for errands we can drop you off somewhere, and if we go to a regional market or other event you're welcome to come with us.

    Note: We're an LGBTQI-safe space.

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Projetos artísticos
    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Jardinagem
    Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
    Cuidar de animais
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Cuidar de crianças/atividades criativas
    Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
    Ajuda a cuidar da casa

  • Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos da ONU
    Erradicar a pobreza
    Erradicar a fome
    Saúde de qualidade
    Educação de qualidade
    Igualdade de género
    Água potável e saneamento
    Energias renováveis e acessíveis
    Trabalho digno e crescimento económico
    Indústria, inovação e infraestruturas
    Reduzir as desigualdades
    Cidades e comunidades sustentáveis
    Produção e consumo sustentáveis
    Ação climática
    Proteger a vida marinha
    Proteger a vida terrestre
    Paz, justiça et instituições eficazes
    Parcerias para a implementação dos objetivos
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    We are quite well integrated in our community; we speak decent Portuguese and regularly go to local shops and events. During your stay with us, you'll have a glimpse at what living in rural Portugal entails.

    That said, we also lived in many different places before moving to Portugal, such as New York or La Paz, and we traveled a lot before settling down here. We learned a good deal of homesteading (among other things) along the way, and we enjoy sharing our experience with volunteers and visitors.

  • Ajuda

    Ajuda

    Well, we need all kind of help around the quinta - the work follows whatever project(s) we are doing at the moment - on-going examples include clearing and cutting vegetation, shrubs etc.; taking care of the animals; fencing; planting; composting; gardening; and much more.

    We don't require special skills and welcome all kinds of experience, as long as you're motivated and don't forget to have fun along the way. However, you get bonus points if you're good at woodworking, building, growing things, training animals, photography, video filming and editing, and... ok nevermind, we are quite open-minded and can probably find a use for almost any skill or interest you have.

  • Idiomas

    Inglês: Fluente
    Espanhol: Fluente
    Francês: Fluente
    Português: Intermediário
    Holandês: Iniciante

  • Acomodação

    Acomodação

    We have a few tents (for 2 and for a family of 4) that you could deploy wherever pleases you on the land (think night sky with zero light pollution and so many stars).

    We provide mattresses & pillows, but ideally you bring your own sleeping bag. If that's not possible, we'll find a way to make it work.

    We have one outside solar shower with solar-powered hot water that offers privacy (think taking a nice hot shower in a field, surrounded by nature) for the summer months, two indoor shower for colder months, and vermicomposting toilets.

    We sometimes cook together and would be sharing some meals. Other times, you'll be cooking on your own or with other volunteers. Either way, we cover your food costs as per the Workaway framework!

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    We're a 20 min walk or 5 min drive to a pristine and untouched piece of the river Mondego - yes you can swim in it, and nothing beats that in the summer.
    It's a 30 min walk or 5 min drive to the closest village for local shops, bars, restaurants, a bank, and a post office.
    It's a 10 min drive to a nice lake where you can swim and relax.
    There are numerous historical villages in the area, that all organize their own medieval fair (usually summer or fall).
    We're by the Serra da Estrela national park, which means breathtaking views, walks, Portugal's highest point, and skiing about an hour away.

  • Mais alguns detalhes

    Mais alguns detalhes

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    • Acesso à internet limitado

      Acesso à internet limitado

    • Temos mascotes

    • Somos fumantes

    • Pode hospedar famílias

  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    If your campervan can make it down our rather rustic path (2km of dirt track, often bumpy and with quite a few turns), we would love to have you! Don't hesitate to ask, and we can figure out based on the vehicle you drive whether it's feasible.

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    Horas previstas

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Essas classificações são opcionais e foram dadas junto com os comentários dos membros.A classificação média deixada por cada opção é exibida.

Precisão do perfil: (5.0)

Intercâmbio cultural: (5.0)

Comunicação: (5.0)








Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 217766823461