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Faia, Guarda
All Year: No
Area (ha): 10
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 15515
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: March 26, 2017

We are getting ready for our sixth season this summer. Our old Portuguese farm or "quinta" lies just above Faia, a small village on the edge of the "Serra da Estrela Natural Park". We are an organic farm with olive, fruit, and nut trees.
Summer 2017 we are open again to rent out our 9 canvas lodges which lie within the premises of the farm. The farm then offers a wonderfull holidayspot in which guests can live our life with us, for some time in summer, in peace, with space, in a beautiful and authentic part of Portugal.

We are a Dutch family living here with our 3 children (18,15,12).We will need help from may till the end of summer (end of September)

You will work 5 hours a day averagely. Some days (when we cook for the guests) are more busy then others. You will get 2 days off, we are flexible. We'll ask you to stay at least 3 weeks (or longer).
The work will focus on and around our guests and their wellbeing. We only cater for 9 lodges so we do everything ourselves.

We have the following volunteer jobs:

General maintenance: For the beginning of the season, before the guests arrive we will have a job for someone who can help to put up the lodges and do some general building and maintenance work. We can surely use one or two volunteers in April and May. Qualities: love of the outdoor, muscles, generally handy with tools.

For the volunteer work in summer we would like people who hospitable and like to work around and for tourists.

We have jobs at the poolbar of our biological swimming pool. You will help to run the bar, keep an eye on the swimmers and in between do some light maintenance work at the pool.
We have 5 horses. You wil be taking care of the horses, saddle the horses and when you stay long enough to know all the routes, ride the horses with the guests (adults and children).

We will need help with the garden where we grow as much as possible for our restaurant. We do breakfast every morning and diner 3 times a week for our guests and on saturday we have a pizza night. For the restaurant we need help in the kitchen; make tables, serve the tables and doing the dishes.

For your accommodation we have a volunteer terrace with little tents which have mattresses. You share one bathroom with mostly 5 till 8 people.

Menno is a professional wine expert and a good cook. We grow of course our own vegetables and fruit for his diners with the guests and volunteers. Jacqueline takes care of the animals of the Quinta: We have 5 cats, 3 dogs and 4 horses.

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