How The Quinta came about ...
The Quinta has been a labour of love that has come about over the last thirty five years or so.
Primarily powered by the hard and unrelenting effort of its present owners, Daniela and Frank, it has also had contributions from many diverse nationalities as the oasis has been created.
Its primary goal was to become a small business in an area of isolated beauty which could provide employment for a local population and aid to arrest the "flight to the cities" that is the inevitable result in an area of low employment and poor soil.
In this it has been successful and nowadays boasts that it keeps five families in the area who would otherwise have bought their tickets out.
So it has always employed locally in its effort to keep the surrounding countryside alive, but it also hosts volunteers every year in our other effort to spread the word of sustainability.
By giving practical experience of the way we run our operation to those interested our volunteers learn how a small business can be run in general as well as how one can be totally off-grid, from electricity production and water heating to waste disposal and water purification. Many have come through the EU's Earasmus Programme as well as the excellent Workaway site, and many return several years running.
However, there are always new openings, so if you, or anyone you know, is interested in either learning how to run a Lodge such as ours or are interested in learning how to run a sustainable enterprise, and are willing to be a committed member of our team, we can teach you how we do it.
This is definitely NOT a few hours every day! It is more a "way of Life" so no clock watchers please …. our minimum volunteer positions are a month and we prefer two or three.
We like applicants to be motivated, have a positive attitude, sense of responsibility and sense of humour - and you must be able to work as part of a team or on your own.
If you’re not prepared for this please don’t waste your time by applying for a position here.
Also please note that we are fairly isolated - at least by European standards; if you need a disco on your doorstep this definitely isn’t the place for you, but volunteers have free wifi if they bring their own computer or tablet, and get full use of the Quinta's facilities on time off, including sauna, canoes, SUPs etc.