Developing a multidimentional project with an organic garden based on permaculture principles in Covilha, Portugal



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    We are a solid and steadily growing group of people inspired by a common vision of creating a new model for a sustainable society that promotes integral human development.

    This is a multi-dimensional development project run by an international team from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of skills. Its goal is to develop a model of sustainable living in response to modern social, economic and environmental challenges.

    We are creating its nucleus in a rural community based on ecological principles in the centre of Portugal near the beautiful Serra da Estrela Nature Reserve, as well as to facilitate the development of other sustainable projects in the surrounding areas.

    It envisions becoming a centre of environmental and social excellence that will serve as a source of inspiration and innovation for the wider community. It also aspires to become an important centre of eco-tourism, with a residential area, camping facilities and on-site programmes of international appeal.

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    1. To create a model for sustainable 21st century living,

    based on neo-humanistic values and all-round service, which will be a replicable educational, research and service resource for society at large;

    2. To act as a social hub,

    bringing together people who are interested in music and the arts, education, culture, health, economics, innovative scientific techniques and consciousness studies;

    3. To help improve the quality of life of all living beings,

    both human and non-human, and to create a supportive environment which provides for the needs of the residents and the surrounding community within a governance framework based on sociocratic principles;

    4.To strengthen the local economy and the surrounding communities,

    through interaction and by helping them in their efforts to become self-reliant in terms of food and energy as well as through the creation of employment opportunities;

    5. To promote a healthy and ecological lifestyle,

    supportive of activities that lead to joy and happiness and stimulate the regeneration of biodiverse sustainable ecosystems.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

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    We are looking for volunteers who are open to live with people from different cultures and backgrounds and who are interested to share in and learn from the whole process, sunny days and rainy days. We want to provide a place where everybody can express themselves and learn how to develop their full potential.
    Most of the time is living with us a yogic monk who can teach and guide us in meditation techniques, a yogic lifestyle and how to live together as a community. We practice meditation, kiirtan (spiritual chanting and dancing) and yoga exercises twice a day everyday and everyone is welcome to join. We are a vegetarian community.

    Our daily routine usually starts with (optional) morning yoga and meditation sessions, followed by breakfast, a morning meeting, then work until lunch around 13:00h. (depending on the season). You are expected to participate in our work schedule for 5 hours per day and then you organize the rest of the day. You are welcome to join the (optional) evening meditation and/or any other evening activities. Meals are prepared in shifts and eaten together.

    You will be involved in some of the following activities: helping with the development and maintenance of the forests; planting in the organic garden; collecting wood and fruits / wild berries. You will learn how to prune and take care of many different trees and berry bushes, composting, mulching, caring for and transplanting seedlings, how trickle drip irrigation systems work, weeding and all other aspects of maintaining and developing an organic farm. You may like to visit other eco-villages and projects nearby.

  • Aide


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    Our project is young and we are still growing, learning and we need people who work with love, not afraid of the weather and are open to make friends from all around the world!

    We are looking for highly SKILLED people that like to share their knowledge and learn as well from our experience. We require people to be independent but also team workers, responsible and ready to commit for a minimum of a month. Generally, we are looking for a long term commitment.

    Open positions:
    1. Experienced people in agriculture and organic farming (permaculturist) - we have a 450sq.m. greenhouse that needs care between July and August and later on :) We have 0.5ha different kinds of berries that require a lot of weeding, mulching and picking. We have a vegetable garden 1ha that needs some love and care.

    2. Experienced people to join our construction team as for the next few months, there will be a lot to do on the land: maintaining and repairing older structures, as well as co-creating a couple of new spaces, such as a workshop and an office space. Experience and interest in natural and sustainable ways of building are an advantage!

    3. Motivated people to fundraise and help to find ways to sustain the project. Writing applications, grants, networking. Good English skills are required. People that don't mind staying longer behind the computer.

    4. People that like helping in managing and organising events, different workshops and programs. Team working skills are required. Experience is preferred.

    5. Social media and communication enthusiasts. We need a person to help taking care of social media, especially in the interaction with the audience, our ideal followers and supporters. We also need help in the creative process for pictures, videos, strategies, captions and hashtags.

    6. Passionate chef that likes to cook and share their knowledge and experience with a wider group of people! We are looking for creativity and someone to manage the available resources in a sustainable manner. We are following a vegetarian and satvic diet.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Italien: Courant
    Portugais: Courant

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  • Hébergement


    Volunteers usually sleep in dormitories (maximum 6 people), in bunk beds or on mattresses on the floor. There are separate rooms and dorms for men and women. During summertime we also camp on the land. We provide you with three healthy vegetarian meals daily, with opportunities to detox through fasting. The use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes as well as the consumption of non-vegetarian food is not permitted on the property.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    In the free time helpers can travel around the area. There are regular public transport to bigger towns and cities during week days. You can also do hiking in the surrounding mountain Serra da Estrela or swim in the river. Also you can learn a lot about the yogic lifestyle from our monk or create your project out of inspiration. :)

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    It Depends, need to be confirmed.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Échange culturel: (5.0)

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N° de référence hôte : 836338591789