Sustainable, eco-friendly off-grid project in a quiet valley in central Portugal

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Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a Portuguese family in a sustainable, eco-friendly off-grid project. Our place is located in Serra do Açor, a mountain range in central Portugal, in a quiet valley that inspires spiritual grounding.
    There's a spring with delicious fresh water in a forest environment with many ancient "xisto" stone terraces.
    We are 3 people, 2 cats and 2 dogs.

    It’s important to us that before you arrive you know what we are about. We want to make sure volunteering is a positive experience for everyone.

    Our diet is basically vegetarian, with both raw and cooked food, lots of fruit, vegetables, wild greens, seeds, mushrooms, rice, pasta and eggs. Some of the vegetables are produced organically in our own garden.
    Breakfast is usually soaked oats, fruit, seeds, yogurt and honey. Lunch consist of salads, rice or pasta, lentils, beans. At dinner we normally have soup.
    We may have bread and butter available.
    We have black, green and herbal tea and if you want some coffee you can bring your own.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers can learn with us how to live in a sustainable, eco-friendly off-grid project. How to manage water, electricity and heating. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle put in practice. Supplies, harvests and storage.
    We do preserves from our organic garden.
    We make natural soap, shampoo and other organic skin products.

    We have a beautiful forest and a reforestation project is underway with native trees and others.
    A deep connection with the stillness and activity of Nature is a fundamental part of living here. We cultivate this spiritual grounding.
    We are always learning and discovering.

    Sometimes, after dinner we can have conversations, watch documentaries or listen to audios, you can join us if you like.

  • Help

    Help

    The work here is very physical, so volunteers need to be in good shape.
    Hours can be flexible and are usually determined by weather and what needs to be done. Individual preferences are taken into consideration. Sometimes the tasks may get a bit hard, but usually not so much.
    We handle tasks in a shared and rotating way, so nobody is left with repetitive tasks.
    Work may include cutting firewood, forest maintenance, cleaning and maintaining paths, farming, occasional wood construction.

    We tend to prefer working with people up from 23 years old.

    Two work models are available:

    3 hours/ day
    We provide:
    - Accommodation in a single room or in our tent and,
    - Breakfast.
    - Lunch (for a small contribution).
    - Dinner (soup).


    5 hours/ day
    We provide:
    - Accommodation in a single room or in our tent and,
    - Breakfast.
    - Lunch.
    - Dinner (soup).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Single room or tent (provided) with mattress, blankets and pillows.
    Outdoor solar-heated shower.
    Outdoor dry toilet (compost with sawdust).
    Indoor kitchen and room for lunch. (wooden house).
    Indoor Volunteer living room and meals room. (xisto house).
    We have lunch together. On days that no volunteer work is required , we may not have meals together.
    Internet Wifi is accessible near the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We would expect people to be self reliant/ independent.
    It's very important that volunteers have a good connection with nature and they are comfortable with being alone.

    Because we are interested in living a conscious holistic life we have a few rules to support this during your stay:
    ·    No drugs.
    ·    No drinking (other than an occasional glass of wine with a meal, we are in Portugal after all!).
    ·    No noise and no music (we love listening to nothing).

    Please bring torches (or flashlights) as these are not provided and are VERY NECESSARY! Candles (also barbecues and any fire making) are strictly prohibited as the fire risk is very high here!

    Please bring bio-degradable soaps and shampoos.  If you cannot find these or buy them before you come let us know ahead of time. We will be happy to sell you a bit to cover your stay.

    We live in a beautiful area.
    Volunteers can do great walks in nature. Nearby we have the beautiful waterfalls of "Fraga da Pena", the old forest of "Mata da Margaraça", breathtaking vistas right here in Esculca, many river beaches along Rio Alva, all within 10 minutes by car. There's no bus from here in August, but car rides can be arranged or shared.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3 or 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

A quinta
The family house (Wooden house).
The wooden house
The xisto house.
The volunteers living room and kitchen.
The organic garden.
Preserving food.
Fresh. At the camping site
Terrace and its view over the valley.
Inside dry toilet.
Walnut trees down the valley
The panoramic view from the nearby Esculca village
Near here (about 8 km) Fraga da Pena
Rute, Elsa and Rafael

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