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



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  • Description


    We are a Portuguese family in transition from Lisbon to 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, but not strictly, vegetarian, with both raw food 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. Dinner we use to have soup.
    We may have bread and butter available.
    We eat fermented food (mostly sauerkraut and miso) produced by us. You can learn how to do it with us.
    We have black, green and herbal tea and if you want some coffee you can bring your own.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • 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 soap and other organic skin products.

    We have a beautiful forest and a reforestation project 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 do conversations, watch documentaries or listen to audios, you can join us if you like.

  • Help


    The work here is very physical, so volunteers need to be in very 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.
    We handle tasks in a shared and rotating way, so nobody is left with repetitive tasks.
    Work may include cutting firewood, cleaning and maintaining paths, clearing brambles and weeds, farming, occasional wood construction.

    Two work models are available:
    3 hours/ day
    - accommodation in our tent and,
    - Breakfast.
    - soup at the dinner time.
    (Lunch is provided for a small contribution. )

    5 hours/ day
    - accommodation in our tent and,
    - Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Portuguese, English, a bit of French, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    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 take the 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 use to be alone.
    We prefer the volunteers have age up to 25.

    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 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 buy these in bulk for our own use and 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

  • 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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