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Volunteering: Welcome


We're extremely grateful for your interest, as the hands of volunteers have helped shape Terra Alta into what it is today.

As we only run courses over summer, we only host volunteers during this time (and not all year-round). We normally have 3-4 volunteers to support us per PDC.

You will be asked to work around 5 hours a day in tasks that include:

- being part of the rota, which includes making breakfasts and teas/coffees during break time for the students

- cleaning communal spaces

- being a helping hand wherever it is needed

If you are interested in experiencing community living while supporting the process of a permaculture design course and meeting many likeminded people, this might be an opportunity for you.

Volunteering: Get Involved


​We do not charge volunteers any costs. We believe in a system of reciprocity where we offer the following in return for your time and energy:

  • ​Food - you will have access to all our garden vegetables and the staples ingredients we buy. 2 Vegetarian meals per day + breakfast

  • Camping - you will be able to camp in our serene cork-oak forest (please bring your own tent and camping equipment if possible)

  • Access to an arts centre with musical instruments, building and handcraft tools

  • Internet access (limited as we run on solar energy and there are always some cloudy days)

  • It is what you make it - you will be surrounded by people with different backgrounds and knowledge to share 

Volunteering: About


Terra Alta is an off-the-grid holistic-education host site where students and visitors alike get to see all 12 Principles of Permaculture in action. It’s located in between Almoçageme and Ulgueira, two quaint sea-side villages with easy access to amazing beaches and is relatively simple to reach from Lisbon and Sintra. The following Permaculture elements and functions are on display, amongst others:

  • Small-scale earthworks to capitalise on impervious surface runoff

  • Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems for boosting soil life, picking up on waste streams, and cycling nutrients

  • Food Preservation and supporting the local economy of food production

  • Natural Building techniques utilised for dwellings and social spaces

  • Renewable Energy technology featuring solar panels

  • Internet available 

We treat Terra Alta's off-the-grid site as a teacher in its own right as participants get to experience Permaculture daily, learning from our existing projects and being part of our crew.

Volunteering: About Us
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