Searching for motivated volunteers to build a family house or take care of the garden in North Portugal!



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    Hello everybody! We are a big family that 8 years ago bought, together with several other families, a land to make our dream come true: live in harmony with nature and with each other, and create a little paradise to raise up our children. This years we have been creating spaces - by now almost each family has built their house to live, and we even built the "homeschooling" school of our little village.
    The quinta where we live together is a very special place: it is big and wild, has an incredibly beautiful river, pure air and water, and is surrounded by only more wild nature. We are totally off-the-grid: our water comes from a nearby spring, we use only renewable energies as a source of electricity, and we have compost toilets.
    Oraibi, a part of the whole community, works like this: We are a big family with small children, trying to educate them, build a bigger house and get sustainable, everything at the same time :) So a lot of things (and life force) going on here...

    This year, with the unexpected arrival of our last baby, it has come evident that we need more space to live, so finally, after a couple of years of going around the idea, we are building a bigger house! 
    Of course, this will take some time... we estimate that we will be open for volunteers until October. 

    Update: right now we are in need of one or two volunteers that could focus on the garden and stay for a longer period (maybe two months?), so they can instruct and show how things work to the short-term volunteers that join the graden group :)
    And, of course, still needing people for the building... :)

    The jobs to attack will vary depending on how the project is developing, but we leave here an idea of how we think it will roll:

    - May-June: We need to make ready the fundaments and the cellar of the house. We will like to create a gardening team, which will be working in the garden, and probably helping in the kitchen too, depending on the number of volunteers we are hosting at that moment. In June we will probably also be preparing the woods for the structure to be mounted.
    - June-October: We will be building the house!!! We will mount the wooden structure and try to work in parallel with building up the light-straw walls (an amazing technique to know, since just with clay, straw and water you can create thick stable walls with a high insulation rate). We will also need a working team on the garden-kitchen. Since this is the time when most volunteers will come, the kitchen work will involve cooking for big groups. 

    Our wish-list: We would love to have experienced volunteers in any of those fields - experience in fundaments lying, carpentry knowledge (if you can make joints in a wooden frame structure would be fantastic!!), being able to work with power tools, experience in gardening or experience in cooking for big groups. Wow, that is a big wish-list ;) But, we need to say, the most important thing we search in volunteers is good energy, a kind heart, and a strong will to help move forward whatever project is going on. Experienced volunteers are of course always welcome (and appreciated!), but sometimes, even if a person doesn't have much experience, they can do a great job by really wanting to do his/her best and putting lot of motivation, interest and love in whatever task at hand. So, if you have the motivation and the will, if you are interested in meeting alternative ways of living, seeing an eco-village from the inside and spending your free time in amazing nature, this could be very much your place! :) 

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will experience how is the life of an almost sustainable family (off-the-grid, eating from the garden, surrounded by beautiful nature), and the magnificence of creating things with your own hands. You will learn about natural building - how to build a big family house (fundaments, wooden structure, straw-clay walls) just using your hands .

  • Help


    Right now, we basically need very motivated volunteers that want to give a hand with making the garden ready and preparing the fundaments of the house-to-be, so our "summer building party" can take place... and of course, also giving a hand with any other funny ideas that might arise in the moment (we are quite "creative" sometimes), like building a rocket mass heater or taking a caravan out of a house - two thought-in-the-moment ideas that came last year on an inspired moment ;)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    portuguese, spanish, english, german

  • Accommodation


    Right now we can offer accommodation in a caravan and in an old, quite amusing, camper van. We also have a tent where we can host people, and a big tipi that we are planning to mount for the summer.
    We have a summer kitchen that will be used as a common kitchen, where we will share (vegetarian) meals together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you are interested in seeing an eco-village from the inside and spending your free time in amazing nature, you can be happy here :)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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