Help us out creating a sustainable style of life in Portugal!

The Exchange

We're implementing a Permaculture Project since 2008. We need volunteers to help us out in the garden or building infrastructure for the project. We're recovering the gardens: Permanent garden, 2 Mandala Gardens and one more intensive. Our commitment is with nature in creating a sustainable style of life. Hoping one day this will be an ecovillage where all nature can thrives. Join us in this project!


20 hours of help per week

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Farming: Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

What you get

2 days off per week

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.


Intermediate English

Over 22 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

What is expected from a volunteer?

A volunteer is someone that uses their time and strengths to help this project to thrive. Each person has their own reasons but I would say that it is someone that believes in the philosophy and ideas of the project. You can learn a lot with the experience but your goal should not be learning, it should be helping the project to thrive. We can provide you with a structured learning experience as a student but not as a volunteer. However as a volunteer, you will of course learn a lot by living the experience!

What can a volunteer expect from their host?

We commit ourselves to welcome you as an active member of our small community. We will all support each other and participate in an active way to find the best solutions for all.

Activities & Shift

We dedicate 4 to 5 hours to work on the areas of Garden and Building . We divide the support tasks as Cleaning ( 1 to 2h), Cooking (2 a 3h), Cutting Wood (30m to 1h) by all.It means that all activities together will take you more than 8 hours a day.


We´re dedicated to live a sustainable and healthy style of life. So it’s important for us that you respect the following principles.

Only bring biodegradable products
All should be from sustainable and fair trade commerce
It’s demanding that all food and cosmetic products are organic, we avoid any use of chemicals
We don’t forbidden drugs as alcohol, tabaco , sugar, coffee, and others but there use are not well seen or recommended.