I give lots of freedom in the task choice and in general... I would like people to want to help, not because they have to. There are lots of local festivals in the summer, and volunteers can come with me.
We're a family with an 8 years old daughter living now in the Earthship we built. We built a self-sustainable Earthship building starting from an existing stone ruin and a team of volunteers, supervised by Michael Reynolds & carried out by a group of experienced European Earthship builders. At the moment still need plenty of help to finish the build, interior and exterior, and learning a lot about Earthship as a result. Also a lot of stuff to do in the garden. We built a raised beds system with water flowing around each bed. There is a lot to improve there and in other areas of the land. Lots of potential. I always ask the volunteers what they want to do, as there are so many missions they can choose from.. each one is working where he likes the most, garden, house, and the specific mission he'll want.
Noya and her family are very nice , especially her daughter Emma, we got along very well! The farm is nice , it has lots of adorable animals and I loved it. I didn’t stay the whole time I was supposed to because it was very cold to sleep at the tent outside. I would recommend new volunteers to bring your own sheets and blankets for the stay when it’s winter.
over 1 year ago
It was nice to spend time in the farm and Noya is a cool host that don't demand too much from you. I had lucky that when I was there I met with a family that is volutering in the farm for almost a year and they are very kind and toughtful, it's good to don't feel alone. I think the biggest problem in the farm is about the volunteers intalations that is not so good... If you are going in the winter time be ready to be cold 'cause the place to sleep is not comfortable and only have cold water in the shower. Besides that the farm is beautiful and the animals are great.
over 1 year ago
Noya is a great host, open and welcoming. Unfortunately, she was busy with other projects during my stay there. But she made time to go out for pizza on my last day there and we had some nice chats and she was open to my feedback.
The property has come a long way, but there's plenty of more work to be done. I liked that I had full independence to make my own work schedule and to pick the tasks that I wanted to work on.
Overall, a pleasant experience :)
almost 2 years ago
My friend and I had a great time at Quinta de Prazeres. We couldn't meet Noya because she was on holidays, but her friends in charge were really nice.
During the week we spent there we had enough time to work, rest, meet new people and even visit some nearby towns.
It was a good experience!
about 3 years ago