Work exchange for Caravan accommodation in Central Portugal

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Help only 12-15 hours per week in exchange for hospitality

Caravan work exchange in Portugal โ€“ Picturesque rural area close to river beaches, mountains, national park. Fundao town is 6 miles (10 km) away, traditional villages closer. I could pick you up by car from Fundao, initially. Buses run from nearby village but not very frequently.

Caravan accommodation available on 2 hectares organic land, with access to electricity, borehole water, internet, shower, washing machine. Theres a camping toilet but I would like to make a compost toilet. I do also have flush toilet in the house.

About the exchange

Work exchange of 15 hours per week for accommodation and use of utilities, (meals NOT included). The rest of the time you’re free to do what you like. (If you have your own live-in vehicle then 12 hours would be enough).
Help needed with all aspects of land maintenance, vegetable growing, tree pruning/planting, olives/fruit/nut harvesting/preserving, fence/gate mending/constructing, weeding, strimming, cutting wood etc .
Basic construction needed such as building shade area and compost toilet. DIY skills would be useful as I am converting a barn also. So there are inside jobs for when its too hot to work outside on land.

I have 2 dogs (rescued) and a cat. No farm animals yet


What type of host are you?
  • Private/Individual/family

What are you looking for help with?

  • Building
  • Cleaning
  • Farming/Gardening
  • General Help
What’s the mission of your community?

This is organic farmland in unspoilt countryside, which I’d like to maintain in harmony with nature. Theres a natural water supply and native trees, I also have bees and only use eco safe products. Ideally I’d like to become more self sufficient eg I’d prefer solar electricity but am currently on mains. I may in future have chickens and grass eating animals, but have not yet.

Its not a community at the moment, but I could be open to that on a small scale with the right people.

How many volunteers could you host?
  • A couple of volunteers
When would you need volunteers?

Any time of year

How many hours of help per day?

Others (please write in the general info section).

Note about the volunteer work and other expectations

So long as you work the required number of hours (12-15 per week) it can be done at any time and however you like. There will usually be a choice of tasks needed. Some times of year something like olive picking will take priority.

Are accommodation and food included?

We can offer only accommodation

What type of accommodation can you provide?

Others (please, specify in general info)

Diet – nutrition information

You need to provide your own food. I am vegetarian, but you dont have to be. There are cooking facilities in the caravan. I also have a solar oven which you could sometimes use.

Fees transparency

This is a work exchange. No money involved so long as you fulfil your obligation of 15 hours per week (12 hours in some circumstances).

However, there is an optional use of car which would have a daily fee to cover maintenance costs.

VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?

Maybe. We can help with an invitation letter, if the candidate has good qualifications.

Volunteers’ benefits:

A base to explore Portuguese countryside and historic places and quaint villages, practise language skills with locals. There are sometimes festivals or workshops nearby and eco-communities in the general area, including one using permaculture principles and another living in accordance with Krishna’s teachings.

I have a friend who does walking tours of street art and building murals in nearby town.

What to do in the free time
  • Many places to walk or cycle.
  • River beaches and mountains.
  • Cafes and Bars.
  • Parks, swimming pools, markets, restaurants, traditional village festivals at certain times.
  • Yoga / pilates classes

English. Am learning Portuguese very slowly.


Hot and dry in summer. Can get cold and wet in winter but often sunny days and chilly evenings.

How to get to your site
  • 3 hour train journey from Lisbon (airport)
  • 1 hour drive from Spanish border.
  • Buses and trains to Fundao
  • I can pick up from Fundao (or theres local bus to nearby village, but not frequent)
  • Easy access for own live-in vehicle
Is there internet access?



Whatsapp and phone number given after initial contact.
Hostname: Sarah

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4 thoughts on “Work exchange for Caravan accommodation in Central Portugal

  1. Hello,
    My name is Laura Guessan, I am 23 years old and I really love your project !
    I don’t know if it’s still actual but I would love to help you with your caravan, I’m a really motivated and sportive person, I love to explore and discover new things !!!
    If you want more information about me, just let me know, I’d be happy to answer ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy your end of day
    Guessan Laura

  2. Hi Laura
    Im sorry I only just saw your message here. It is still available, any time of year.
    I have someone during first week of January, (3rd-9th) then someone else mid Jan until mid February. So anytime after that could be possible, if that works for you.
    Best wishes

  3. Hi, Sarah do u have any availability for me and my dog.
    My friend has his own van to stay in.
    We both have building skills and have experience working the land.

    1. Hello dear volunteer!
      This is the comment/reference section of the host announcement. The hosts/organizations usually don’t read this section. To get in touch with them, please use the contacts you can find in the ‘Contact Details section at the end of the same announcement.
      Thank you and good travels ๐Ÿ™‚

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