Recovery of traditional Pigeons Houses
Description: The main goals of this workcamp traditional dovecotes, thus preserving architectural heritage and passing down traditional construction techniques; to enable the discovery of the Miranda Plateau, a unique rural region, rich in natural beauty, biodiversity, culture and traditions; and bringing together the young participants and the local community, therefore promoting intercultural (urban/rural, international/national) and intergenerational (youngsters/the elderly) encounters and exchanges.
Type of Work: The tasks planned for the dovecotes’ restoration will be cleaning it on the inside, as well as its surroundings; removing the walls’ original coating; restoring the rooftop; preparing the new limestone coating and whitewashing the outer walls. As for leisure time, there are several activities planned for the participants to get to know the beautiful local landscapes, the rich cultural traditions and the local community: helping villagers in their everyday tasks (watering the vegetable gardens, taking cattle to pasture, knitting, baking bread, etc.), trekking and hiking, bird watching, visiting the Miranda Donkey Centre, visiting the Algoso castle, visiting Vimioso, cinema nights, various games.
Accommodation: Basic housing with electricity, hot water, shower, WC, kitchen, dining room, bedroom (equipped with bunk beds) and barbecue area. Meals will be prepared by all the volunteers, taking turns, yet always accompanied by a cook. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner, and night snacks will be provided
Approximate Location: Antiga Escola Primária de Uva, in the municipality of Vimioso. GPS: 41º29’28.26”N 6º30’41.02”O
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