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Santo Tirso
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 45292
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: March 1, 2016

I'm Teresa, I'm 52 years old and I live with my daughter (Érica), my cats and dogs in a farm that has around 4 ha and is situated in a little village called Agrela, located near Porto (40 minutes on public transport).
Telling you a little about the farm's story... It was built in 1945-50 by my grandfather and it was projected by a very known architect, Francisco Caldeira Cabral. By then it was a self sufficient farm: produced wine, potatoes, corn, apples, oranges, chestnuts... and also had some animals like pigs, cows, horses and sheep. There was also a carpentry where all the farm's furniture is made and repaired. It employed about 20 workers! Unfortunately during the last 20 years it was closed and because of that everything became very degraded...
Since 2010 we live here and because we like animals very much our dream is to transform this place in a nice hotel and clinic for them (dogs, cats, horses..) and also a shelter for abandoned animals. For that it's necessary to restore the buildings: their windows, doors, furniture... Who wants to join us in this beautiful and interesting project???

The first big condition to volunteer in the farm is to love animals! At the moment we have many dogs (mainly abandoned ones that are looking for a new fantastic family). As we are restoring the farm we need volunteers understood in several areas, like: painting, carpentry, biological agriculture... Or simply volunteers with will to clean, organize, arrange the different spaces, help with the animals and also with new ideas!
The volunteers will be a big help with the work in the farm but also a help for us to practice our English!

The volunteers will stay in a little house totally equipped, with 1 bedroom, kitchen, 1 toilet and a living room, without air conditioning neither TV but with internet and a stove. This was the first house restored by us and where we first lived during 2 years. This house was first built to receive the guests of mother house (that is localized in the other side of the road but does not belong to the farm anymore).
The kitchen is totally equipped for cooking all the meals, that's why we will only provide the ingredients that the volunteers need. As we are vegetarian and only buy vegetarian products we prefer volunteers that doesn't mind to eat vegetarian too.

There are some interesting locals for volunteers to visit nearby:
Porto, a beautiful and historical city, is 40 minutes by bus (that stops just in front of the farm). There the volunteers have a lot to see: Ribeira, Torre dos Clérigos, Porto wine cellars, many museums, and do some shopping...
Santo Tirso: a little city, where you can eat the typical Jesuítas (a cake) and visit the Claustro de S. Bento.
Parque Nacional do Gerês: it's a very beautiful natural park where there are many outdoor activities like tracking, canoeing, horseback riding... It's a bit distant, around 2,5 hours by bus, and 1,5h by car.

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