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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46828
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: July 17, 2016

We are looking for a couple with interest in building, gardening and cooking to come help from March 2016 onwards.

The main aim is to create fun, practical and hard-wearing furniture for the co-working studio, common kitchen and dormitory.

We will also be renovating the roof on the outside shower, building a tool shed + woodstore in the carpark and creating a sun shade for the water tanks - working with: wood, stone, ceramic tiles and creativity :)

We'll start working again in March 2016 with the aim to have everything complete by June 2016.

We plan to host a few small groups over the summer - at which point we'll also need a volunteer to help with day to day tasks such as cooking, gardening and cleaning.

A little history...

Located In a remote and peaceful old farm, located in the Serra do Caramulo mountain range - 50km from the Atlantic coast.

The farm is totally off-grid, energy is provided by solar and micro-hydro generation ( from a small stream that borders the land ), we are gradually working towards being more self-sustainable and producing more of our food and others resources as locally as possible.

All volunteers have the opportunity to learn a few things about off-grid living, sustainability, traditional farming and land management or working with locally sourced building materials, such as stone or wood.

The land is open and spacious, with areas given over to living, farming, grazing, herbs, flowers and woodland - the valley below gives open views to the peaks of Portugal's highest mountains - The Serra da Estrela.

Spring is an amazing display of colour and life - starting with the mimosas in February all the way into summer - flowers, birds and life in general celebrate the return of the heat from the suns rays.

The aim is always to create durable, attractive, useful additions to this amazing space - built were possible with local and natural materials - simply moving them from other locations on the land to use.

The neighbours are frequent visitors, bringing on their goats to graze - they are always on hand to offer advice and to place objects or concepts into context - they are connected to this land in a deep, yet simple way - they embody all that is good and positive about Portugal.

The area has very few foreigners, and the locals generally only speak Portuguese - lack of language skills in no ways blocks communication - but a basic spoken level can be of help in certain situations.

Portugal is a safe, tolerant, relaxed and naturally beautiful land.

Languages spoken:

English, Spanish, Portuguese


VW camper van parked up with a majestic view of Serra da Estrela - has running water, small kitchen and power / light. Basic, but unique!

Please note:

We would ask that all volunteers have their own travel or health insurance cover - we, of course take great care to avoid any dangers and aim to provide a safe and healthy environment - but we do not have or offer insurance to the volunteers that come.

## Due to fire risk we do not allow any form of open fire or smoking anywhere on the farm ##

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