Volunteering

We are looking for people with skills in:

  • construction
  • gardening
  • arts
  • music
  • electrical
  • motor mechanic
  • cooking
  • computer and media
  • Members gain:

    • Free high speed internet
    • Cheap alcoholic drinks on the bar
    • Access to the Wednesday party and special meal
    • Access to the pizza party
    • Access to workshops throughout the week

    and much more…..

    Membership
    Volunteers are required to pay a one off life time Membership for Friday Happiness Assoçiação!

    Membership costs:
    15 Euros (once)


    We also require that you have health/travel insurance

    Dogs and other animals

    If you are traveling with a dog or other animals, please contact us before you come to find out if this is possible.

    Working in Tojeiro

    On this site you will find general information about Volunteering in Tojeiro, including working hours, accommodation and meals. If you are interested in helping on our farm,  please contact us via e-mail and fill in our application form. We will also ask to see relevant documents when you arrive, such as passport and health/travel insurance.
    Below you find our Tojeiro Guidelines Handbook as PDF which we recommend you read. Check out the slideshow gallery to see what life is like in Tojeiro and catch the free spirit!

    We are looking for hard-working volunteers with knowledge of and an interest in permaculture so we can grow our permaculture gardens and work towards our goal of being fully self sustained. Motivated and responsible people who have skills in any of the areas mentioned above are welcome. We also invite anyone who is motivated to learn and develop new skills to join our community.


    Staying in Tojeiro

    The minimum stay is three weeks. If you are interested in staying for a longer period of time (more than 3 weeks) you will no longer be classed as a helper but as a resident. We will have a discussion about the conditions of your stay.

    Arriving days are only Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
    We please ask you to arrive or leave on a Friday as this is a busy day for us!

    If you need special medical treatment or medication or allergies for example (or any other issue we should know about for your comfort), please inform us before you arrive!


    General information

    We are a cultural and arts community that is working towards being self sustained. The community is situated in Tojeiro, in the mountains of Monchique, Portugal surrounded by nature. 

    Our community provides an alternative way of living with permaculture gardens, farm animals, sustainability projects, and arts and cultural workshops. It is a great place to come to meet other like-minded people if you are passionate about sustainability and alternative living. We hold community meetings throughout the week along side activities and workshops, such as quiz nights, dance nights and yoga classes. If you have something you are passionate about and want to share with others, we would love for you to run a workshop. One of the best things about Tojeiro is the variety of jobs you can do as a volunteer, which gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and discover what you enjoy doing.

    We have a combination of short and long term volunteers and on average have between 40 and 50 volunteers and residents at a time. There are a wide range of age groups among our community including families, including children and teenagers and we would love if other families with children would join us. 

    We have been running a pizza night every Friday night since 2012, which has become a huge party which brings together locals and travellers from all over the world. People attend the party for the delicious pizza, live music and incredible vibe.  Preparing for and holding this party is part of your role as a volunteer and gives you an opportunity to develop skills in bar tending, pizza making, cocktail making and greeting guests at the door, among many other roles.

    Working hours

    Work is approximately 25 hours a week. For most jobs, we start in the morning and you can have the rest of the day to yourself. In summer, we have earlier starts so that we are not working out in the heat in the afternoon. We start each day with a morning meeting, where we decide on weekly and daily jobs and responsibilites as well as sharing other relevant information about what is going on in the community. We work together in different teams which we chose on the morning meeting, so you can decide for example if you want to help in the gardening team, construction team, animal team, cleaning team or the kitchen team, for example. Some jobs are a weekly commitment, such as caring for animals and the kitchen team, while others are daily commitments, which allow you to do a variety of different jobs throughout the week if you wish to. Every Friday is focussed on preparing for the pizza party.


    Accommodation

    We have a variety of options, including caravans, vans, tents and tepees. Bring your own tent or you are also welcome to camp in your own van. If you intend to stay long term, you may have the option to move into a caravan or van if this comes available. We are currently working on building some sustainable huts.


    Meals

    We offer breakfast and two warm meals – lunch and dinner – a day. There will sometimes be vegan options available, but we cannot guarantee this. While we are a vegetarian farm, we do offer meals with meat on occasion (usually once a week) as well for those who want this. Most of the vegetables we use in our meals are from our own garden or local farmers we know. Drinking water is for free of course and you can also collect mint and other herbs or fruits in our garden for making tea or lemonade. We have a bar and shop open everyday where you can purchase soft drinks, ice-tea, juice, beer and wine and snacks for low prices.


    What do I need?

    As the winters in south of Portugal are cold, windy and rainy, the summertime is hot, windy and dusty. Please take care that you bring the right clothes like dungarees/pair of cargo-trousers, comfortable protective shoes/boots for outdoor terrain, rainwear, a torch, medication if needed, a hat and additional sun-protection, a sleeping bag and any sanitary items you require.

    Surrounding areas

    The community is on 14 hectares of land, surrounded by mountains. There is so much nature around, including ponds, lakes and streams to swim in, mountains with hiking tracks and beautiful peaceful areas to sit down with a book. There is a nearby town, Marmelete within a 2 hour walk or short drive. On the weekends, you may wish to day trip to Lagos or Aljezur, which are only 25-30 minutes away by car.

    Tojeiro Guidelines Handbook (PDF, 178 KB)


    Contact

    For further information do not hesitate and write us an email or call us:

    Email: rudolf-strelow[at]hotmail.com
    Phone: +351-968311747