Farming in Alentejo, Portugal

DONE BY: Isabella Bradford-Johnson | Honley High School, Manchester Metropolitan University | Manchester, U.K.

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: www.workaway.info

LENGTH: 4 weeks

LOCATION: Alentejo, Portugal

FUN: ★★☆☆☆

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★☆

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • 7:00am: Wake up
  • 7:15-8:00: Feed the animals (Pigs, Hens, Sheep, Tortoises, Ducks/Geese.)
  • 8:00-11:00: Working on farm, usually weeding and cutting grass to give to sheep
  • 11:00-11:30: Break
  • 11:30-1:30: Back to work
  • 1:30~: Free time to sunbathe/read/socialize dogs in the kennel.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

Mowing the grass, feeding the animals, walking the dogs.

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK DID YOU DO PER WEEK?

25

IN EXCHANGE OF WORK, PROVIDES: 

  • 3 meals a day, 7 days a week
  • Accommodation in a caravan with no heating

 

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

Everybody is different and their lifestyles must be respected even if you don't agree with it.

MORE NO-CRAP TALK: 

Would not go here; I didn't have a great experience with the owners of the farm. 

Jiyoung Jeong