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.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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.
Volunteers need to know how to cook good and simple vegetarian food for 3 or 4 persons (for the people who lives in the community). Experience is required.
Helping making soaps.
Sometimes doing some gardening, watering or cleaning paths.
- Accommodation in our tent,
- Dinner (soup).
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
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).
On days that no volunteer help is needed , we may not have meals together.
Internet Wifi is accessible near the house.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
15 hours help a week (3 hours, 5 days)
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