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Tavira Eastern Algarve
All Year: Jan thru to July
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 38170
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: March 29, 2018

We are a young at heart retired couple in the prime of youth in mind if not body which is why we need some help in our Gardens. During the month of May. Initially we are looking for Helpxers for 1 or 2 weeks who can turn their hands to general garden duties like weeding, pruning, cutting down dead trees, along with a variety of other tasks. With the help from other Helpx Sam Barbagallo who completely remodelled our koi pond and fitted a new liner a job well done! Also in 2017 we replaced all of the fencing to stop the dogs escaping and to keep our guests in as well! Our project for 2018 is to complete our 2017 project which was to convert our stables into kennels. This project will restart in the Autumn 2017. But as I said above our gardens are in need of some TLC Our next project after the gardens will be later on this year. We will need help in finishing them off and constructing runs and erecting fencing to stop the guests escaping, that's the dogs not the Helpxers! We work very closely with a number of rescue organisations along the Algarve as the abandonment of animals in Portugal is reaching epic proportions, at the present time I am in the process of Training one of our rescue Labs as a Balance Assistance Dog to ADI standards. We are looking for Helpxers with some building experience to help us with the conversion of our kennels so we can house and socialise more abandoned dogs. We really need HelpX's who are prepared to give us some much needed help for approx. 6 hours a day for 5 days, week-ends are free to explore Tavira and all that this part of the Eastern Algarve has to offer. In exchange we offer two meals a day plus snacks and a nice apartment that has a kitchen, small lounge, a double bedroom and en-suite shower room. We are remote but not isolated. The Quinta is in the middle of orange groves and is teaming with wildlife, if you are a keen birder you will be in paradise only a few weeks ago we rescued an Eagle Owl whilst out walking our dogs. You can have use of our mountain bikes and the nearest village which is St Estavao is only 15 mins away by bike.
You will have to love dogs as we have 4 Labradors and our project centres around rehabilitating abandoned dogs before we find them furever homes. There is also a large swimming pool to relax in after a hard days work! and WiFi to keep in touch with the world outside. Unfortunately we cannot allow smoking either inside or out as we live in a high risk area for fires and having gone through two horrific fires here we just cannot risk it! This is another reason for our posting because of the terrible fires last year we need to clear our paddocks near our house of any tree's and bushes that are a danger to our dogs and ourselves. We would be most grateful of any help before the summer sets in, many thanks Terry and Nicola

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