Come and help with our eco project in the mountains of Serra da Estrela, Portugal



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  • Description


    My name is Samuel! I'm living in the beautiful mountains of Serra da Estrela on a valley between two villages 5km far away from the city Covilhã. I am caring the lands in this valley since 3 years and my parents garden that is 500 m far away. I also have chestnut trees in the mountains in other region. The land in the valley was abandoned during 25 years. When i came here nature was caring the place with lots of wild plants. I started to study and transform the steps to apply permaculture principles and produce food. In my family garden i have lots of fruit trees and good soil to grow vegetables and aromatic medicinal plants.
    I developed a with friends from several countries a brainstorming google sheets with the inttention to create a permaculture center in one of the abandoned houses that is in the valley where this place will be a place with this vision "Vale de S. Domingo enables people to experience healing energy of nature in order to grow to their fullest potential and be in service to others as a wholesome model of living and working to create social change, harmony and community",
    - our actions, events and activities are guided by the permaculture principles
    - we strive to grow our own food and work towards self resilience
    - We support and contribute to local food Production and local economy
    - We increase environmental awareness through workshop, activities and lectures
    - we offer a Health Approach guiding people through the use of natural medicine
    - we provide a inspiring place for artists stay in Artistic Residence
    - we offer a center for kids to develop their connection with nature, arts and healing
    - we raise awareness through yoga, meditation retreats and wellness activities
    - we regularly celebrate the beauty of life through ceremonies, events and arts
    - We develop a physical place in which people can live, learn and work together
    I m living in a rented house in the valley that im working on the reconstruction to be available to be the first headquarter of the center. Im connected with projects around this region and gardunha with whom i participate in meetings, activities and events. Im also associated and going to the local city market with the organic producers of our association (BIOECO)
    You're invited to come visit and get involved in this dynamic place. :-)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you will benefit being in nature and the easy connection with a multicultural ambient that is around this magical mountains. You have also opportunity to get involved in local portuguese lifestyle that is going in this region. You have the possibility to learn a lot about how to create something that is bringing changes in the global just acting locally. The ecomarkets that we organize regullarly is a place where we all meet to exchange products, develop ideias, create integration and have rich funny moments.
    There is all year around cultural events happening in the villages and cities around.
    Lots of workshops about permaculture, natural building, vegan vegetarian classes, retreats.

  • Help


    We need help to fix the house with carpentery/construction work and to create an outdoor shower and help to fix the roof to have more comfort to the volunteers, help in the vegetable gardens, collecting wood and we are planning to do some hugelkultur beds and mandala garden. There is garbagge around the place that we would like also to clean. Help to build an outdoor oven and the community area. This is a project that is also connected with sustainable and community projects around and also with local native organizations and instituitions, we will build a playground to kids in nature around the valley. We are investing all of us to this purpose and your help is welcome.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Portuguese, spanish, english, Hungarian, german, a bit of french and italian

  • Accommodation


    The accomodation is in a house with 2 floors and the attic. The house is with the middle floor in good conditions with one room and one common room. The first floor is where is the toilet and kitchen and a common room that needs to be repaired. The attic is to work on to create a common room to volunteers. We have also tents to accomodate the one who want to be deeper in nature.
    The food here is vegan /vegetarian and mostly part of the products are comming from the gardens.
    We are growing food to our family and also to exchange with other producers and to participate in the eco markets, all the ones who come will have available organic and fresh vegetables and fruits from our gardens our from the most close and sustainable as possible. We also use to dehydrate veggies and fruit to have in the winter. The diet is mostly vegan also vegetarian.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Here you have the opportunity to go to the nice city of Covilhã that have good places to have fun, beautiful streets to get lost. You have all the beauty mountains to explore, hicking, riding a bike. You have also in the winter the opportunity to ski and more.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

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

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