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Oliveira do Hospital
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3
Persons: 1 or more
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 27861
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: July 21, 2017

We are a couple in our 30's who moved to Portugal so we could own our own piece of land and live on it. We also were looking for a slower, simpler way to live.
We have around 8 acres of beautiful land with lots of running water hence the name of the site. It is a mix of fields, terraces, woodland and streams. We have goats, sheep, geese, chickens and a cat and are also attempting to grow a lot of our own food.
We are by no means eco-warriors and are very much omnivores but we are looking for a better way to live where we do, make less of an impact on our surroundings and think more about what we are putting into our bodies.
We currently live in a caravan on our land which we have lived in for years now and are in the process of completing converting our building on the land to live in. It's dry and habitable now but needs much more work to make it into a home. We rent a yurt out to make some money over the year but also work online and work for others in the area doing anything from building to cleaning.
We also manage an adjoining piece of land behind us.

It is very much what we had hoped for here and the Portuguese couldn't be more welcoming. We are however finding while our workload increases, more and more jobs are being left behind at our place and we have much we want to achieve yet!
We are looking for people (male or female, single or couples) who are active and willing to help. We are interested in shorter term help but also meeting people that potentially might like to stay on for a longer period with an area of land that they can use for themselves, please email to discuss!

We have a huge variety of work that needs doing here and for the right person I think they could take a lot from it. We are learning as we go along about many aspects of running a piece of land and caring for animals but we both have practical backgrounds in different areas which make it work well. We would be glad of anyone with some/any knowledge of building, electrics, welding gardening or animals but it isn't essential. We have a large variety of work available from weeding, veggies and helping with the animals to more physical work. We can find a job to suit anyone willing to join in and can offer the potential to learn more about the practicalities off grid living.

We would ask for around 5 hours work a day, 5 days a week, you are welcome to choose your days off as weekends don't mean much to us anymore! If you want to get involved even more that would be great. When you get here and we settle into a routine this is flexible as some days you may want to do more and some days less.
The jobs each day will vary and we will always be trying to find you interesting projects to join in with. General jobs to choose from would include helping with the animals and gardening,getting involved with building work on buildings and on the land, clearing land and burning, chopping wood, alternative energy projects and much more. New things pop up most days! I have a fuller list of current work that needs doing that I can send you if you would like more information.

In return for your help we can offer friendly company, can show you around the area we live in, give advice on property searching/buying if that is why you're here. We will also include dinner in return for your help.
We can offer accommodation in our yurt which has a woodburner in for the winter. There is an outdoor (undercover) kitchen area and we can also set up a kitchen in the house for winter. The toilet is a composting toilet and there is a solar shower. For winter water can be heated on woodburner for washing.
We also have good access for anyone coming in their own van.

We have water from our wells for washing etc and can supply drinking water that is filtered through our caravan.
If you need to know anything about the set up please just ask.
There is a great café, shop, bar and restaurant in our village all an easy walk away so you aren't going to marooned in the middle of no-where.

In return for the work described above we will give 25€ per person a week for food so you can cater to your own diet. Of course we will have some meals together as well!

I could go on for pages but this is everything in a large nutshell, I am happy to communicate further by email about particulars and answer any questions you may have.

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