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

    Gardening
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    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.

    We provide:
    - Accommodation in our tent,
    - Breakfast.
    - Dinner (soup).

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    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.

  • Accommodation

    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).
    On days that no volunteer help is needed , 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 hours help a week (3 hours, 5 days)

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