Learn and help with permaculture, natural building and holistic health in an abandoned village around Viseu, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 27 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are a group of Permaculture teachers, gardeners, natural builders and holistic health practitioners and live on a non profit base and as much self sustainable as possible. Three years ago we followed through on our big dream, which was to settle in Portugal and renovate an abandoned village. The village is located in the area around Viseu. (1,2 hr east from Porto, 1 hr from Aveiro) We are currently in the planning phase and setting up our temporary infrastructure as well as (already!) growing 70-80 percent of our own food. We have 1000 m2 of greenhouse in which we grow tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, potatoes, bananas, beans, pumpkins, etc... We manage around 14 hectares and have a great flock of sheep that help us year round. (and also provide us with meat) In addition we press olive oil and make chestnut puree. Since the project encompasses quite a lot and we are a pretty ambitious group of people, we decided to open towards volunteers to help us with our goals related to self sufficiency and village restoration. Most of us were running a permaculture school (the panya project) in Thailand before moving to Portugal. This means we have some experience hosting volunteers and working with you, rather than you working for us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    We are a dynamic group of passionate people who used to run a Permaculture school in Thailand and can offer you a unique experience where your learning could be pretty diverse! We always have building projects in the pipeline, as well as lots of land management and gardening.

  • Help


    We are in full spring 2024 mode! We would love the help of a carpenter/builder because we are renovating 2 of the ruins (woodwork, natural plaster, kitchen making, floor, etc.) AND we would absolutely love help with anything related to gardening. We need mostly support with planting, weeding, mulching, watering and processing (dehydrating, canning).

    For JUNE: looking for 2 experienced builders to help with the rebuild of our old village ! Please let us know !

    For the end of JULY: opportunity to volunteer at Tradidanças, a beautiful music festival in São Pedro do Sul. Please let us know if interested and more info is available upon request !

    Other general tasks include helping out with the sheep and pigs,help out with communal cooking and play with our children (age 5 months, 1, 7, 11 and 12 y old). If you have very specific skills, let us know! :)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We are currently setting up our pioneer infrastructure. we have one comfortable community house (with hot shower and toilet, kitchen and living room), a van that is used by guests and a caravan. Inside the communal house there are two cats and two dogs, beware if you have any allergies. If you could come with your own van or tent, you will have a huge advantage!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We all care deeply for the village we are renovating, so expect us to ramble on and on about our dream for the abandoned village. :) We also have great neighbors, so be prepared to spend some time socializing over red wine and talk about cabbages and beans. We tend to work hard but also enjoy ourselves by cooking spectacular home grown meals. Please come with a tolerant mindset, as this type of early-on pioneering work comes with some challenges, specially when the weather is very hot or very wet. The amount of people living here is 10 adults and 5 children, but during spring and summer we receive often guests and family.We do appreciate our private times in the evenings só people that volunteer here also need to be comfortable spending time independently. As a group, we are a mix of Portuguese, American and Belgian. We speak English, Dutch, French, German and Portuguese.

  • 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

    We can give you an electrical hookup, definitely great if you can come with your own van or tent.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 967743444578

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