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Permaculture project Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal

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Connect with the locals
3 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
Connect with nature
3 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Needs help immediately
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.
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

Venha nos ajudar na criação de escadas em terra, charca, deques, construções em madeira e terra e telheiros. Também precisamos de ajuda na construção de bancos em COB e bioconstrução. Venha aprender e ensinar!

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  • Beginner English or Beginner Portuguese
  • 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
6 days
Stay up to
8 days

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Hours & Tasks


Permaculture project


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

3 Meeting locals

3 Get in touch with nature

2 Immersing in the local culture

2 Learning about sustainability

2 Developing environmental awareness

1 Meeting international travelers



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 :)


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.





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


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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