Reconstruction of a Traditional Pigeon House | ESC Volunteering in Portugal (Fully Funded)

An interesting opportunity for young people from allover Europe who are interested in doing volunteering activities with the construction work in the Northeast of Portugal to join the ESC short term volunteering project "Reconstruction of a Traditional Pigeon House" in Vimioso, Portugal. This opportunity is organised by "Palombar" association and funded by the European Union through the European Solidarity Corps program.

Reconstruction of a Traditional Pigeon House | ESC Volunteering in Portugal (Fully Funded)

About the Project

"Reconstruction of a Traditional Pigeon House" is a short term volunteering project in the small village Vimioso, Northeast of Portugal, near the Douro River. Even though it is a very small village with only a few inhabitants, it is home to more than 30 traditional dovecotes and other priceless heritage elements – both built and natural. The 46th International Volunteering Work Camp - Reconstruction of a Traditional Pigeon House, will have the main objective of the restoration of dry stone walls from a pigeon house, benefiting the community of Uva in a direct way, and at the same time preserving tangible  and intangible elements of cultural heritage. 

The main tasks for volunteers will be as following

- Cleaning old debris; 

- Removing the existing plaster; 

- Rebuilding the dovecotes’ walls wherever necessary; 

- Preparing the limestone mortar; 

- Whitewashing the walls. 

The host organisation will organise activities in the leisure time aimed at the volunteers’ integration in the local community and their discovery of the region.

Prior to the volunteers' arrival, the host organization will conduct an online preparatory meeting for the activity. When the work camp begins, a brief introductory presentation will be given upon the volunteers' arrival. Before starting, there will be a training session on the materials and techniques to be used, as well as safety issues. The reconstruction work will be overseen by a traditional/sustainable construction technician who will provide both theoretical and practical explanations of the techniques to be used.

Eligibility | Who can apply 

- Young people aged between 18-30 years old from all over Europe who don't need Visa for Portugal;

- Motivated to learn more about traditional construction techniques,

- Open minded person, willing to share about his/her culture;

- Enjoy working with children;

Being an active, passionate and creative;

- Ready to stay the entire period of the project;

Expenses and benefits

- Participants will be accommodated in the community center of Uva, consisting of a spacious dormitory with bunk beds, two bathrooms with hot shower and toilet;

- A fully equipped industrial kitchen and an outdoor sheltered eating area will be provided. 

- The host organisation will arrange transport at the moment of arrival and departure from/to one of the nearest bus destinations, as there is no public transport to Uva from any of them. 

- Meals will be made looking for the use of local foods, with both omnivorous and vegetarian meals being balanced.

You will get 5 Euro per day as a pocket money which can be used for your own expenses.

Your international travel expenses will be reimbursed according to the distance between your home and Portugal according to the following limits:

  • for travel distance between 100 and 499 km: 180 EUR / person, +30 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 500 and 1999 km: 275 EUR / person, +45 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 2000 and 2999 km: 360 EUR / person, +50 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • Calculate your budget from HERE

  • IMPORTANT: keep all your travel documents! Online boarding passes and tickets for reimbursements. No documents = No reimbursement!
  • IMPORTANT: Please send your travel proposition per e-mail to the organisers and wait for their confirmation before purchasing your tickets!
- Participants are entitled to receive a YouthPass certificate after the project where you are expected to self-assess your own learning and you can add it to your CV.


Application deadline: 1st of July 2024

Arrival day: 15th of July 2024

Program starts: 16th of July 2024

Program ends: 28th of July 2024

Departure day: 29th of July 2024

Note: You have 4 extra days in total that you can use before or after the project to travel around Portugal. If you wish to do so, bare in mind that you need to cover the costs for your accommodation & food. Late arrivals or early departures are not allowed.

How to apply?

Step 1: sign-in to your account on the European Youth Portal, if you don't have an account create an account  as a YOUNG PERSON from HERE

Step 2: visit the opportunity page on the portal and click "Apply" from this page, you must write your motivation letter in English.

More Details

for more details, visit the opportunity webpage on the European Youth Portal from HERE

By applying to this volunteering program, you take responsibility and risks. Inform yourself about the regulation and potential risks. "Opportunity 4U" cannot be held liable for any of the potential risks, and this post is only for informative and popularising purposes.

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