Regenerating an Agroforest Natural Ecosystem in the wild Sw Portugal, Alentejo/Algarve



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  • Description


    This is a 21 hectar property in SW Alentejo, 8 km from the ocean and crossed by Rota Vicentina, the Long Distance trail that runs the entire region from Santiago do Cacém to Sagres. Abandoned for more than 50 years, it has turned into a wild and powefull natural forest, where one can find all the varieties of the local flora.

    The Project aims to recover and regenerate this natural treasure. The main activities on development are the recovery of the old earth ruin, the production of Medronho, honey, vegetables and having animals – goats and sheep – to help on the clearing and maintenance of the land.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • 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

    The long-term vision of the project is to contribute for the valorisation of the natural forest of the region and to create a sustainable way of managing an agroforestry property, being able to generate income from the natural resources available. Volunteers joining the project will be able to learn about the production of Medronho, honey and vegetables, will be in contact with farm animals and also have the opportunity to meet with hikers and travellers passing on the trail just in front of the property.

    S. Miguel and Odeceixe villages are a few minutes distance on a bike, allowing Workwayers to get to know real life rhythm and habits of the Alentejo and Algarve, as this is a border town of the two Portuguese districts. Beaches are also close with good surfing and world class hiking along the coast.

  • Help


    There is much work to do as we are on the construction phase of the entire project. We are currently on the final phase of rebuilding the main house and have a mason and our farm worker / home-keeping doing the main work. In the meanwhile, there is a vegetable garden to care, a chicken shelter to be build, the animals house to plan and implement and the wood shelter to raise. Now that the Medronho picking season has finished is time to collect wood from the forest and start to prepare the distillation season.

    After the main house is finished, there will be much work needed in order to improve the surrounding areas and plan future projects. If you are enthusiastic about dreaming, planning and building, then you’ve reach the right place as the room for creation is basically endless.

    Volunteers with experience in building, carpentering, using saw machines and other forest machines are more than welcome, as the challenges at hands are an everyday inspiration.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Potuguese, English, Spanish and Franch

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers can stay in their camper van, on a Bugalow with all the facilities (room/living room, toilet and kitchen) in the farm or in a rental house 5 minutes walking distance. It will all depend on the timing and needs of fellow candidates to join the project.

    Food is provided so that you may have everything you need to cook for yourself. The vegetable garden will also supply the main goods. There will also be days where we all cook and eat together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Odeceixe and S. Miguel villages are just around the corner, allowing for some social interaction. The beach of Odeceixe with world class surfing and hiking is just 8 km away. The region has many small towns and interesting projects to explore and get to know.

    There are daily busses to Lisbon, Sagres and Lagos if you ever feel the need to crush with a big city and all it brings along, taking a break from being in the wild.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

José, one of the property's co-owners, happily bringing a pot full of red ripe Medronhos during the 2018 picking campaign
The main house.
Mateus, the property worker preparing the beds for the brand new vegetable garden.
The property seen from top of the hills.
A Rota Vicentina trail marker, on the path right in front of the main house.
Host ref number: 727919794258