Help to fix things in an old farm

The Exchange

I have been for two years the owner of my grandfather's old farm. I have neither time nor and muscles to do the general work. I am Professor at the University of Porto, parents over 90, son and daughter over 35, living in Germany, where I have lived 18 years. The place is in the middle of nature, 1 Km far from the village, 30 km from Porto (20 min). There are some easy things to fix, like walls, woodworks, and spaces to empty and reorganize.

What you offer

25 hours of help per week

Painting & Decorating: Help with painting or decorating the property facilities.

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

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

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

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

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.


Intermediate German or Intermediate English

Over 25 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

I expect from the world packers to help me cleaning some areas in the buildings, throw old junk away and repair other things. As I will be some days of the week in Porto, it is possible that they have to take care of themselves regarding cooking and cleaning the kitchen. They are responsible for maintaining everything orderly. Together we will plan what has to be done, and the food that can be bought and cooked. I can also teach them a lot about Portuguese culture (arts and history) and language. They can easily visit other towns nearby, as the train station is only 5 km far away. There is also a supermarket in the village nearby, around 200 m far from our entrance, where all kinds of product can be bought.

Activities & Shift

I expect from the world packers that they help me cleaning rooms and buildings full of junk and old things, and repair the things that can be repaired, for instance, sand an old wardrobe and put some oil or wax on it. Repair some wholes on the walls, and put some new lamps on some ceilings or walls.


They have to be careful with all the old objects; after work, the tools that have been used, have to be cleaned and put back to their place.