Coffee Shop Worker – Portugal
Do you enjoy preparing good food and serving good coffee while interacting with interesting customers? Come to work as a barista or baker or waiting on tables five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) in the coffee shop.
You will have lots of opportunity to explore your personal strengths and interests, as you clean and maintain the space, organise events, advertise on social media, and share your faith.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
You have perhaps some catering experience, or enjoy baking, or experience as a coffee barista. Ideally you speak Portuguese as well as English.
Share an apartment across the street, and make use of good public transport connections.
Our ref 11511
Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
History and the Age of Discovery
Portugal is one of the oldest global and European nation-states, its territory having been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times.
Portugal was settled by pre-Celts and Celts. Portugal has been visited by Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Portugal as a country was established during the Christian Reconquista against the Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711AD.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers. Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration, notably under royal patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator and King John II. Notable voyages were Bartolomeu Dias' sailing beyond the Cape of Good Hope (1488), Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India (1497–98) and the European discovery of Brazil (1500).
Portugal monopolized the spice trade during this time, and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However, events such as the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, the country's occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil (1822), left Portugal crippled from war and diminished in its world power.
The handover of Macau to China in 1999 marked the end of the longest-lived colonial empire (from 21 August 1415 to 20 December 1999).
Culture, music and arts
Portugal has left an amazing cultural and architectural influence across the world, a legacy of 300 million Portuguese speakers, and many Portuguese-based creoles.
Portuguese music has a wide variety of genres. The traditional genre is folk music which uses bagpipes, drums, flutes, tambourines, accordions and small guitars (cavaquinho).
Another renowned genre is Fado, a melancholic urban music originated in Lisbon in the 19th Century. Internationally notable performers include Amália Rodrigues, Carlos Paredes, José Afonso, Mariza, Carlos do Carmo, António Chainho, Mísia, and Madredeus.
Portugal has a rich history in painting. The first well-known painters date back to the 15th century – like Nuno Gonçalves. Prominent international figures in visual arts nowadays include painters Vieira da Silva, Júlio Pomar, Helena Almeida, Joana Vasconcelos, Julião Sarmento and Paula Rego.
[Source: Wikipedia. Read more about Portugal here]
There are 42 people groups and 14% are unreached.
The largest religion is Christianity – 93% (3% evangelical). Non-relgious – 5.2%. Hinduism – 0.7% and Islam – 0.5%.
[Source: Joshua Project]
Pray with us for
-a for passion for the lost
-church planting in Portugal
-more full-time Christian workers
[Source: Operation World, 2010]
Pray using the Operation World online resources
Watch the Prayercast video for Portugal