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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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Learn about sustainability
14 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
Connect with nature
14 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
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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.
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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How this experience will transform you

14 Get in touch with nature

14 Learning about sustainability

12 Meeting locals

11 Developing environmental awareness

9 Meeting international travelers

7 Developing social awareness



My experience at Bota.Nicas was amazing. I felt the nature in a free and wild mode, and this was inspired. Maria and Paulo took care of me while I was sick, they did a fair distribution of tasks, and one of the best part, they showed to the volunteers their ability to tell stories and share their culture with us. Stay at Bota.Nicas also allowed me to know amazing people , others volunteers with an exquisite energy, and I really loved to spend some time with them. I hope I can come back soon! and they allowed me to take some amazing pictures and videos, and I hope they like ❤️

21 days ago

Maria replied

Nos também gostamos muito d ete ter cá...volta sempre. Bjks



We planned to visit Bota.nicas in the wintertime where it was too cold to stay outside in the tent so Maria offered us to stay closeby with Nuno, Lila &their sweet babygirl Luz.
We had an incredible time and learned so many things about permaculture, sustainable living and met amazing people. We got provided with everything we needed, had nice food &many fresh tangerines!
Bota.nicas is around the corner- it’s close to nature and beautiful.
Maria and Paolo picked us up on the last days to show us their hometown. Everybody was very welcoming and we are hoping to see you soon!
Obrigada!! <3

4 months ago

Maria replied

They will always be welcome. You already have a Bota.Nicas key;) see you soon

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I spent nearly 6 weeks at Bota.Nicas and had a wonderful experience. Maria and Paulo are extremely welcoming and generous and the land is beautiful. Maria and Paulo will often take the volunteers out and visit local cafes and bars, which makes you feel like you know the area well. The food is great and the tents are comfy. They are both very chatty people, so you will have no problems with being bored! I would love to come back in the future to see the progress made on the bio-construction house!

7 months ago

Maria replied

Thanks James for your words. You will always be welcome as well as your bride;) we hope to see you soon.



Bota Nicas is a wonderful place with a good energy. Maria and Paolo are very kind, and I found myself in a very familiar ambient. The project is relatively young, so there is still path to be done. They have big ilussion with the project, and you can see it. In the moment that I was there, we were doing a cob house. We were working more hours than the expected ones, but only because there was a need of continue for trying to advance as much as possible. We also had more time off to compensate that hours. I had a really good experience and I'm happy with the time I spent there.

8 months ago

Maria replied

Grata pelas tuas palavras e pela colaboração e empenho com que nos ajudas.te. Bota Nicas está de portas abertas volta sempre que queiras (preferencia com melhor tempo rsrsrsr). bjks



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

10 months ago

Maria replied

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

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