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We are a cultural and arts community that is working towards being self sustained. The community is situated in the mountains of Monchique, Portugal surrounded by nature.
Because of the coronavirus, we are closed now.... but we start again, in the second Week of May.....
We are happy, when a lot of people come with all kind of skills.....
Our community provides an alternative way of living with permaculture gardens, farm animals, sustainability projects, and arts and cultural workshops. It is a great place to come to meet other like-minded people if you are passionate about sustainability and alternative living. We hold community meetings throughout the week along side activities and workshops, such as quiz nights, dance nights and yoga classes. If you have something you are passionate about and want to share with others, we would love for you to run a workshop. One of the best things about is the variety of jobs you can do as a volunteer, which gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and discover what you enjoy doing.
We have been running a pizza night every Friday for 8 years, which has become a party which brings together locals and travellers from all over the world. Preparing for and holding this party is part of your role as a volunteer and gives you an opportunity to develop skills in pizza making, and many other roles.
We have a combination of short and long term volunteers and on average have between 30 and 40 volunteers and residents at a time. There are a wide range of age groups among our community including families, including children and teenagers and we would love if other families with children would join us.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You will experience living in a community, where everyone works to contribute to the community goals. Living alongside people from all over the world, you will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, languages and ways of life. This is a place to discover yourself, develop strong friendships with others and find out what unique qualities, skills and knowledge you can offer to contribute to the community.
We are looking for hard-working volunteers with knowledge of and an interest in permaculture so we can grow our permaculture gardens and work towards our goal of being fully self sustained. Motivated and responsible people who have skills in construction, arts, music, electrical skills, cooking and computer skills, specifically in using Wordpress, are welcome. We also invite anyone who is motivated to learn and develop new skills to join our community.
We have a variety of options, including caravans, vans, tents and tepees. Bring your own tent or you are also welcome to camp in your own van. If you intend to stay long term, you may have the option to move into a caravan or van if this comes available. We are currently working on building some sustainable huts.
What else ...
The community is on 14 hectares of land, surrounded by mountains. There is so much nature around, including ponds, lakes and streams to swim in, mountains with hiking tracks and beautiful peaceful areas to sit down with a book. There is a nearby town, Marmelete within a 2 hour walk or short drive. On the weekends, you may wish to day trip to Lagos or Aljezur, which are only 25-30 minutes away by car.
A little more information
We provide 3 meals a day, which are all vegetarian. There will sometimes be vegan options available, but we cannot guarantee this. While we are a vegetarian farm, we do offer meals with meat on occasion (usually once a week) as well for those who want this. We have a bar where you can purchase drinks from and a shop with snacks available daily.
Work is approximately 25 hours a week. For most jobs, we start in the morning and you can have the rest of the day to yourself. In summer, we have earlier starts so that we are not working out in the heat in the afternoon.
We decide on weekly and daily jobs and responsibilites during our morning meetings.
We require volunteers to commit to a minimum of 3 weeks.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
25 h / week
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