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Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 40101
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Last Updated: May 28, 2017
We are a Swedish/Israeli couple living on our small farm next to Odeceixe, a cute village in the Southwest of Portugal. Our place is located by the river of Odeceixe, 3 km outside of the village and 6 km from the Atlantic ocean.
We bought the land in the spring of 2014 and we have been very busy sense!
We have hosted over 65 volunteers the past year and we have had an amazing experience renovating our houses and building up the farm! We could never have done it without the help from so many wonderful and caring people, we are truly blessed! We are now looking forward to host a smaller group of volunteers, two at the time, to help with the general maintenance of the farm and more natural building projects.
Our vision is to live a quiet life in the countryside, in harmony with nature and all living beings around us.
We are practicing permaculture and we have recently finished renovating two houses built out of rammed earth.
To support our self's we are renting out the houses during the summer months.
We have a small garden and fruit trees to care for and in the future we want to bring animals, such as dogs, cats, chickens and sheep. At the moment we have chickens and a cat.
We need a bunch of strong hands and curios minds to help us create something beautiful for the next generation to come.
We look for volunteers to stay with us minimum 3 weeks but we prefer helpers that can stay even longer than that (2-3 months).
The living circumstances are very simple with limited access to internet and hot showers.
This spring we are going to prepare for the next tourist season, which means we will be building outside showers and compost toilets and set up gardens. There is a lot of different maintenance to be done as well, so the daily working tasks can vary a lot. We usually eat lunch together every day so we also appreciate volunteers that feel comfortable cooking :)
For the summer months the work asked from volunteers will as well include help cleaning the houses two-three times a week.
A lot of the work will be physical so we need volunteers that have no problem doing heavy lifts, digging etc.
We have a big caravan that volunteers will stay in during winter and spring. It has 5 beds but comfortably sleeps 2 volunteers. We would there for prefer friends or couples volunteering with us, or people that don't mind sharing the space with another volunteer. There is separation walls in the caravan so you can close your own space when you want to :)
During the summer volunteers will stay in tents next to our gorgeous river!
Our land is placed on the border between regions Algarve and Alentejo, both are very charming and beautiful. The beaches in this area are perfect for surfing. In Odeceixe you will find everything you need, banks, postoffice, restaurants, bars, shops, etc.
There are busses going to the Southcoast and to Lisbon daily, and in the summer a lot of young people are in the area to attend parties, festivals and beach-events.
You can swim in the river on our land in the hot days.
In the neighbor farm you can attend yoga four times a week.
There are a lot of hiking routes around the area.
We are vegetarians and will provide vegetarian food, but of course are you free to bring your own food of choice.