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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 40
Persons: 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 22440
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: March 8, 2020

Dear volunteers. Our journey as a family started with a search for an adventurous, off-grid lifestyle in Portugal. A calling to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and to live a healthier life style including growing our own organic food and to be more self sustainable.

After 4 years of intensive work, we (Sonya & Dave) felt ready to make the next step, this meant opening our doors and share our learened lessons with volunteers and guests so they to can rediscover their connection with nature and experience what it takes to have have an operational ECO community with various activities.

What can volunteers expect?

Be prepared for sometimes physical work, dirty hands and the need to find solutions in a natural, back-to-basics setting, surrounded by aromatic smells from wild lavender, eucalyptus and pine trees, birdsong, refreshing coastal winds, plenty of adventure and gorgeous natural swimming lakes and awesome colleagues.

What do we ask for?

We ask our volunteers for a minimum commitment of 3 weeks, working 5 days per week and 5 hours a day max. Working hours will vary due to the nature of the work at hand. During your free time, you can do your own thing! Most volunteers enjoy visiting some of the many stunning beaches in the area, surfing, walking in nature and travelling around the Algarve.

What will you eat?

We provide a warm healthy lunch on the days you work, either prepared by the volunteers or one of us. Youll need to prepare your own breakfast and evening meal with ingredients we provide. During your non-working days, we kindly ask you to provide your own ingredients and cook for yourself. Any expensive/special non-vegan or exotic exspensive ingredients need to be provided by the volunteers. Since everyone is unique, we can, of course, adapt to the situation with clear communication.

How will you get around?

About getting back and forth between the nearest town (Budens) and our remote paradise; please keep in mind, its a bumpy 7km hill ride! Therefore, we recommend coming by car or renting a scooter or motorbike in Lagos. If you don't have a car, were more than happy to give our volunteers a ride when we drop off/pick up our children from school or head out for other things, such as shopping and surfing.

What else should you know?

Yoga classes are sometimes offered to guests and you if your helping schedule allows.

Please note: We are not a super luxurious organised resort with shiny facilities or urban fanky youth hostel. Thus, we work hard and follow our ethos 'the luxury of having less'. Naturally, everything is clean and safe, we have limited Wi-Fi, warm running water during sunny hours, solar power and serve healthy nutritious lunches.

Is that everything?

Yup! If you are NON-SMOKING, like to help us and want to spend time outside surrounded by beautiful nature and positive people, we encourage motivated, open-minded volunteers to come to join our outside adventures.

Oh, and wed really appreciate it if you share your motivation why you want to come to us.

Muito Obrigado.
Dave & Sonya

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