Help only 12-15 hours per week in exchange of hospitality
Caravan work exchange in Portugal – 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?
What are you looking for help with?
- 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.
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.
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.