Project: Quinta do Vale da Lama
Posted by Walt Ludwick almost 7 years ago
What is it?
The Volunteer Experience at Quinta do Vale da Lama is an opportunity to be involved in the project, discovering what we do and how we do it, bringing your contribution to it.
The amount of incredible people that walk by every year is, in great part, responsible for the fast pace development of this project. Dealing with such diversity has brought us flexibility.
This year, we thought of 3 different volunteering options:
- Volunteer Experience for locals: for those who live nearby and can easily get to the farm to help in daily tasks, helping and assisting in group work;
- Residential Volunteer Experience: for those who stay at Lama Village during their experience;
- Volunteer Experience with PDC included: for the ones who wish to become proficient in the use of permaculture design methods and tools.
What do we look for?
Volunteer work is at the core of our action since the foundation of Projecto Novas Descobertas in 1994. Every year we welcome volunteers who support us in manifesting our objectives. We welcome individuals who want to share their experience, gather knowledge and are willing to participate in our projects with a spirit of service to common needs.
We look for people with all kinds of experience and preferably having completed a Permaculture Design Course or any other course or workshop here at Quinta do Vale da Lama.
Where will you stay?
You will live in Lama Village – the home of a family of like-minded people that live and work on the farm willing to learn, share, experience and celebrate together. Community living is a major part of your experience.
Volunteers are accommodated in dormitories (male and female) or tents, according to availability. Dorms have showers and toilet. There’s a compost toilet just around the corner.
We ask for a monthly contribution of 100€ to share bills, buy food and do maintenance in our community structures.
We have free (and slow) WI-FI in common areas and a kitchen equipped with all you might need. You can also enjoy the collection of books or spend some relaxing time at the Sweet Spot Cafe.
How does it work?
The type of work at the farm depends on nature’s seasonal patterns and the ongoing projects, it can be repetitive at times. We have a variety of things happening daily on the farm and we need extra hands, heads and hearts to support the action.
We provide certain conditions for your learning experience but the whole project is an experience itself. Each one takes responsibility for his or her own learning and potential outcomes. Our community will guide you with an open heart. We believe that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner.
Everyone is involved in 6 hours of daily work in different project areas 5 days a week – this includes weekends. There are two free days every week.
You will also participate in collective house tasks (cooking meals, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) which is done before and after work. Meals are vegetarian and cooked by different teams in the community as part of the weekly chores.
You will participate and support us in some of the following activities:
- A welcome and orientation event in the beginning and a final celebration in the end of each volunteer experience.
- Maintenance of kitchen gardens, vegetable gardens, nurseries, orchards, and common areas.
- Animal care, soil regeneration and several types of composting: worm composting, hot and cold compost, and other soil amendments.
- Process and preserve farm vegetables and produce, hand crafts and bake bread.
Cook for big and small groups of people in open days, courses and retreats.
- Enrol management and maintenance activities at Casa Vale da Lama Eco Resort.
- Participate in organising events, courses and summer camps.
- Participate in the Monthly Governance Council.
- Full immersion in community life.
If you feel like getting involved apply to one of our Volunteer Experiences!
The Volunteer Experience program costs 300€ and has the duration of 3 months. It will happen 3 times this year:
- Spring Experience: from March 3rd to May 31st
- Summer Experience: from May 31st to August 30th
- Fall Experience: from August 30th to November 29th
We look for people with all kinds of experience, preferably having completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) or any other course or workshop at Quinta do Vale da Lama.
You can chose to combine your volunteer experience with a PDC, and integrate both theoretical and practical aspects of permaculture design and community living.
Know more about the Permaculture Design Course with Lesley Martin.
Check our 2014 Learning Programmes!
How to apply for volunteering?
Volunteer Experience for locals:
For those who live nearby, have plenty of free time and want to collaborate contact us to [email protected] or (+351) 282 792 673 or (+351) 913 485 568.
Residential Volunteer Experience:
For those who stay at Lama Village during their experience of three months. Fill in this form and we will answer to you personally as soon as possible.
Volunteer Experience with PDC included:
For the ones who wish to become proficient in the use of permaculture design methods and tools allying a PDC with the practical experience of volunteering at the farm. Fill in this form and we will answer to you personally as soon as possible.
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