WWOOF Independents host no: POR054We have many different jobs we would welcome help with. Of course the work varies with the seasons and some times are busier than others. We ourselves are learning with each new experience, and enjoy sharing knowledge.
Though we can’t offer 5-star accommodation, we can offer a fantastic, peaceful location with wonderful views, good food (special diets catered for), and plenty of free time.
Children are welcome and, if they don’t want – or are to young – to join in with the work, can have meals for 3 euros each (under 5’s free). See wwoofing with children.
We can accommodate a live-in vehicle/campervan at the top of our land on a reasonably flat parking space.
Dogs are welcome but must be good with our two male dogs, poultry, cats, rabbits, and horses, and must not be allowed to wreak havoc in the gardens!
We ask that you work 6 hours per day, 6 days per week, in return for camping accommodation and 3 meals per day, 7 days per week. We prefer volunteers to stay for between two and six weeks, though we are flexible and longer stays are possible by arrangement after an initial ‘trial’ period.
You may choose to work your 6 hours whenever you like, unless we have a large project which needs ‘all hands’. In the summer you will probably not want to work in the afternoons (the hottest part of the day), preferring to work for a few hours in the early morning and a few hours in the late afternoon/early evening.
Work varies with the seasons but will usually include digging, weeding, planting and watering in the gardens; helping with the animals (if you have experience with horses some riding is usually possible); building work; general maintenance & keeping the smallholding tidy, and household chores.
We have a number of little projects in the pipeline which we undertake as time & finances allow and if you have a creative streak we welcome your ideas for ‘funkying up’ the place – one of our volunteers, Mary, did some lovely mosaic work around some of the windows and doors on the house. Depending on the time of year, there is also harvesting and preserving of produce, making wine and olive oil, hay-making, etc.
As we are often busy with computer work for our business please be prepared to sometimes be working alone, if we have no other volunteers here. If you would like to come with friends, we can accommodate up to 4 volunteers.
Accommodation and Food:
You may bring your own tent, borrow one of ours, use our yurt (when available) or we can help you make a bender.
Breakfast and lunch are ‘help yourself’ from the kitchen and gardens, and Andy cooks the evening meal for everyone. Special diets are no problem but please let us know in advance. We normally eat our evening meal at about 7-8pm in winter, and at about 9pm in summer.
What to bring with you:
Useful items to bring with you include – torch/flashlight, old/work clothes, sunhat, suncream & swimwear in summer, waterproofs in winter, biodegradeable/eco-friendly washing products. We have a limited supply of spare bedding, so if you can manage to bring your own sleeping bag, that is helpful.
Check you have insurance that covers medical care including transportation home, accidents, and loss of property. You should also be covered against you injuring other people or losing or breaking other peoples’ property. Make sure your insurer knows that you will be a volunteer on a farm.
Get yourself a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in case you need medical treatment whilst in Portugal, either as the result of illness or accident.
Many of our volunteers have asked if we’d like them to bring us anything – things that we appreciate (and can’t get here) are english-language books, good-quality soy sauce, bisto gravy powder, yogi tea, ‘faith in nature’ shampoo and ecover heavy-duty hand cleaner!
If you are interested in coming to volunteer with us and/or you would like more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Andy was about the best guy to ‘work for’ – I know he would not approve of being thought of as boss. I have the utmost respect for what they are doing there. I urge anybody with an interest in organic farming, or just in doing a little physical labour in one of the most beautiful and tranquil places one can hope to find, to visit them.”See more comments from our volunteers.
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