Join a Ecologic Community in a Natural Farm at central Portugal

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The Exchange

We are a young couple with some experience on self-sufficient-living that in 2015 got a piece of land close to a small growing community of close friends in a beautiful valley at the highest mountains inside the biggest natural park of our country. We need help on creating a Natural Farm to support our small eco-community!


Title

36 hours of help per week

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens


What you get

1 day off per week

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Free Tours: We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Free Parties: Get free entrance for the best parties in town.

Free Events: Get free entrance for the best events in town.

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Requirements

Beginner English or Beginner Portuguese

Over 18 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

During Spring and Autumn (March, April, May and September, October, November), we need help for around 5 hours/day, according to goals. You will have a shelter with wood burner to sleep, solar shower, dry-toilet and a small caravan, with gas stove and frig, that you can use for cooking breakfast and dinner ( we have lunch all together). We provide the same healthy ingredients we use for cooking our own food. There's also a natural pool in the stream and according to the season, mushrooms, edible and aromatic plants, berries, acorns and chestnuts.


Activities & Shift

This year we will need help maintaining the vegetable garden; implementing and maintaining food forests; building simple structures with roundwood and recicled materials; harvesting herbs, vegetables, fruits and processing them; farming maintenance (cutting and caring fire-wood; moving electric fences and farm animal summer shades); enjoying live, sharing wisdom and much more ....


Rules

We want to share our daily life with people that like us search for a balanced life style opened to change and cooperation. So we hope your willing to practice this principles:
-Work with Nature not against it;
-Value edges, marginal and small;
-See solutions inerente in problems;
-Produce no waste;
-Value people, their skills and work;
-Respect for all life;
-Use public transport and renewable energies;
-Calculate food miles;
-Reduce your eco-foot print.