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Permaculture project Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal

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Construa infraestruturas, trate das árvores e colha frutos em Portugal!

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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.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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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.
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.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
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

Ajudar na construção de infra-estruturas de madeira. Tratar das árvores: plantar; renovar; podar; etc. Apanha dos frutos (secos) castanha, noz e avelã, a partir de Setembro.

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  • Beginner Portuguese or Beginner English
  • Between 18 and 70 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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1 week

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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


Maria replied

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



I'll start by saying that it was a last minute and spontaneous request of mine and it turned out better then ever expected.
I satied at Bota Nicas for 9 nights
with another 3 volunteers. it will truly be remembered.
Maria and Paolo were realy caring hosts and
in a short time they made us feel so welcomed and at home.
Bota Nicas is located is a BEAUTIFUL area.
working with Maria and Paolo was pleasant, a few hours in the morning before the heat
and then some work in the evening before dinner
during the hot hours Maria and Paolo showed us the rivers around and the lovely town of Arcos.


Maria replied

Thank you for your passage through the Bota.Nicas. We'll never forget you were a darling and stay in our heart. Come soon.



It was my first time doing volunteer work so I can't compare it with other places but I don't need it for this comment... :) I had much fun and Paulo and Maria were very helpful for the work and my journey after this place. Thank you for all your help and the nice time...


Maria replied

Thanks you're always wellcome.

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Incredible!!! Absolutely loved working with Maria and Paulo. Their permaculture farm is beautiful and you will learn so much about fun, simple living. They let you choose what work you want to do and what mark you leave on their new home. I cannot wait to come back and visit and see the progress they make! Highly recommend to any world packer :)


Maria replied

Thank you Camille. We love to have you with us. They return quickly and after your mother in the next to know the north of Portugal;) we are already missing you and we have woods to paint rsrsrrssr



Bota.Nicas is the perfect place for those in love with nature who are willing to help and have a good dosis of creativity. The place is still very rustic, so there is a lot to do and you are free to pick any task you fit to. The sky is the limit there =)


Maria replied

Grata , Isa. saudades vossas ;) Pipoca é muito falada por cá. Bjks as duas. Ca vos esperamos ;)

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