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Permaculture project Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal

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Aprendendo e ensinando a construir um espaço agradável a todos!

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Connect with the locals
6 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
Learn about sustainability
5 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per day
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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The Experience

Nos ajude a construir infra-estruturas em madeira e pedra, além de tratar da plantação, rega e manutenção. Também precisamos de ajuda no tratamento das árvores de fruto, colheitas e limpeza de terreno, entre outros serviços ligados à quinta. Venha aprender e ensinar!

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  • Intermediate Portuguese or Intermediate English
  • Between 18 and 80 years old
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
5 days
Stay up to
7 days

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34 Reviews


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Hours & Tasks


Permaculture project


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How this experience will transform you

6 Meeting locals

5 Learning about sustainability

5 Get in touch with nature

5 Developing environmental awareness

3 Meeting international travelers

3 Developing social awareness



i stayed in Bota.nicas for around 9 days and i really enjoyed it,the place is really nice and the nature around will leave you breathless,specially if you like going for a walk surrounded by nature 🤪 Maria and Paolo are very nice and they help you with everything. Also I was lucky to have another amazing volunteers with me from everywhere and they made the experience even more enjoyable. I would recommend this place to everyone. Besos

2 months ago

Maria replied

Gracias mi azafata querida. Volve siempre que quieras. Bota Nocas esta de puertas abiertas ;)



Me (Mario), and my friend (Helena) loved the experience. Maria its a wonderful host and will offer you solutions to every problem. The food is handmade, mostly ecologic and tastes amazing. North of Portugal looks stunning and BotaNicas is not an exception. The environment is clean, and rustic. Maria made it even easier to relax in this quinta (farm) full of nature and good vibes and so did my great volonteering partners. A host brought a guitar, that was cool too. We wish Maria the best, she is lovely. <3

2 months ago

Maria replied

Grata chico.....seras siempre bien venido. Tus charlas nos encanta, e tu carino tambien. bjks hasta ja



My time in Bota.Nicas has been priceless. I've been volunteering here for 2 weeks so far and I can't thank them enough for what they offered me. You have the choice to work on what you like the most and both Maria & Paulo are quite acknowledged on permaculture fundamentals (specifically on gardening), which was the main reason I wanted to come here as my first experience on this topic. Maria is also a fantastic cook and they both know lots of interesting stories about Northern Portugal and Mozambique. Hope I'll be back here soon and try the amazing Matapa dish again :)

3 months ago

Maria replied

We are grateful for your presence and collaboration ... goodbyes are always something very sad, but I know that we will see each other soon. Giuseppe has 2 houses at your disposal in Portugal (ours and Bota.Nicas), come back whenever you want. and of course, there will be Matapa;) You're in our heart.




3 months ago

Maria replied

Grata Felipe ;)



Bota.Nicas's my home in the north of Portugal!The place is beautiful, the work is hard but the time is flexible and also you learn a lot, Maria's food is just amazing and the both (Maria and Paulo) treat the volunteers as family. I just loved passing such beautiful days at Bota.Nicas with so nice peopl and I would back for sure. Also the project is growing and you can see clearly how your work is welcome and useful. I will miss the funny nights playing uno and the waterfall baths!

Maria e Paulo, thank you for everything. I wish the best luck for you with the project. You inspiring me <3

about 1 year ago

Maria replied

Grata pelo comentário e pelas palavras amigas de sucesso...desejamos muito sucesso para ti também e volta quando queiras.

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