European Solidarity Corps volunteer program with Descalças Cultural Cooperative
The selection process for 2023 is open!
Descalças Cooperative was founded in 2006 by five artists and social entrepreneur women focusing on arts, as a tool for social transformation, namely theatre, music and humour. Descalças settled in Quinta das Avelãs in 2020. Since then, this farm has been home to a variety of different projects and activities, involving the members of the cooperative and local community who needed a space to develop their projects.
Today we aim to support both the younger population, providing learning opportunities in a forest school, and elders combating social isolation. Projects currently taking place in Quinta das Avelãs can be divided in three areas: Education in nature, Permaculture and Creative arts & Culture. Volunteers participate in pedagogical activities as well as in partner projects (Maria d’Alegria, Férias na Quinta, Cantina Social, among others), developing their interests and learning in the areas of forest school, nature regeneration, sustainability, food and culture.
If you are between 18 and 30 years old, you’ve never participated in an ESC/EVS and are motivated to participate in our project, willing to learn,
reflect and engage in intercultural and intergenerational exchange, maybe this project is for you! Click here to meet our first volunteers.