Connect with Nature and Rebuild a Typical Cottage!

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The Exchange

Wanna help in rebuilding a typical cottage in a small village of Portugal? It is already possible to live here with some comfort, but there are repairs and improvements that need to take place, namely rebuildig the roof, restoring the house and building a fence around the property. You can cook your own food - we have a vegetable garden and a kitchen - and connect with the locals. No smoking allowed in the house for safety & health reasons.

What you offer

25 hours of help per week

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

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.

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

Language lessons: Take free language classes at our place.

Holistic Therapies: You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.

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


Fluent English

Between 22 and 70 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

The program will consist on rebuilding and repairing an old cottage that belonged to my sister. Both her and my mother wrote poetry (I write short stories), hence the name "The Writer's Haven". If you have a writer's soul, you'll feel quite at home!
I will drive you from Évora station to the village and you will be able to live in the cottage while working on it. There may be other volunteers living there at the same time, so I hope we will all get along fine.
According to what you are able to do, I'll try to get you all the materials you need to work with.

Activities & Shift

You will work for 25h per week.
You can prepare your meals in our kitchen and use the washing machine to do your laundry.
During the weekends, you will have the opportunity of having different activities, from taking tours prepared by me, to cooking or language lessons, talking about books and music, or maybe just doing some Reiki or meditation under one of my olive trees!


I am terribly allergic, so please do not smoke inside the house. You have plenty of room outside to do so, if you need.
The house is in a small, calm, quiet village, so please respect the neighbours - don't be too noisy!
Please keep the following in mind:
This was my sister's country home, but unfortunately she died before seeing it complete, so I took that responsibility, even without any funds or financial capacity.
All that has been done here has required a lot of work, effort, sacrifice and love, so please be respectful and take good care of everything.
She would appreciate it, and so do I.