Herbal Medicine and Ecology Intern

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founded in 2012
Alquimia Environmental Centre
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Coordinator | Elisa
Coordinator | Elisa


Experience the unique environment of the Tejo river with the ancient trees and amazing wildlife
Get a Diploma at the completion of the internship
Dedicate your days to learn about medicinal plants and mushrooms, ecosystem conservation and sustainable living
Create a strong ecological impact in our vibrant community
Participate in our re-fprestation program or help us to create more medicinal gardens
Learn about environmental practices & how to preserve ecosystems. Join our classes & work with medicinal plants & mushrooms, participating in our re-forerestation project This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 23+


The whole project aims to reconnect people to nature through education and experience with the purpose of protecting the environment and design a sustainable approach in all segments of human life . We have established a school in the middle of central Portugal where ancient olive trees, hills, woods and rivers landscape the area, and communities strongly need help for preserving the existing natural beauties.

We created specific programs which act as repeatable models for re-forestation, bioremediation and social cohesion.

At this time, a strong intervention is needed for restoring the ancient  Portuguese forests with their huge biodiversity and giving locals the opportunity to create an income from natural products without spoiling nature. This our challenge. To promote education and awareness whilst practically impact positevely the land and the people. Theory meeting practice. 


Their role is multiple; the first part of the experience is related to learn about ecosystems and sustainability, applied ecology, mycology and botany. through workshops, classes and guided trips. The second part will be of very practical nature and volunteers will get involved in re-forestation, bioremediation and sustainable landscaping. During the whole period a series of meetings with the community and various environmental organizations are scheduled so to introduce the volunteer to the project planning and management.

We specifically look for young individuals with motivation, reliability and desire to learn and enjoy outdoor life. 


A comfortable riverfront cabin is shared in between maximum 6 volunteers. The whole property is immersed in nature. There are many gardens, a private access to the river with a beach, a nursery and several structures for processing collecting and storing plant material. We also have a meditation room and a communal kitchen with a laboratory for investigation and research. 

Volunteers have a ensuite bathroom and all comforts. They can use the swimming pool, the library and all the other facilities.


At the Centre there are several permanent members in between teachers, volunteers and local helpers. We also host regional boards for environmental research. 
A mentor is also available for group tutoring during the experience. 


The daily committment is about six hours with a day off per week.

There is no need of previous knowledge of biology or other sciences. 
Volunteers have the opportunity to access our library with abundant books about ancestral medicine, herbalism and ecology.
We only require a strong ability to follow our routine and to be present during our theoretical classes.
The subjects we treated are very fascinated and we always encourage independent research on local plants and mushrooms.

Typical day

Morning meditation and physical activity at seven am.

Nice breakfast all together before starting our routine classes at nine am.
We have about three hours of theory each morning.
Lunch time is at midday. We have time to recharge our brains and get prepared for a more practical and manual work.
Generally laboratory work for identification and research, forest trips and hikes are left in the afternoon.
We have a different schedule each day, as we carry on different projects at the Centre. The main project would be herbal remedies preparations, garden maintanance, mushroom growing.
It is an intensive day, but when we finish we have time for arts and creativity. We generally have cacao ceremonies, trance dance workshops, clay sculpturing or jam sessions.
Periodically we have meetings with the community and other organizations, so you are welcome to join and learn how environmental plans are managed.

Free-time activities

During your free time you can easily visit the beautiful castles and the old, fashionable villages to get immersed into the Portuguese culture.

You can kayak in the river or simply chill in a hammock, or even help our neighbours with the olive harvest.
There are plenty of activities like hikes and community meetings.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 23 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
previous work with environmental projects is appreciated but not mandatory
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Alquimia Environmental Centre

Fees include:

food, drinks, accommodation, pick up and drop off from the train station, educational material, the use of the facilities at the Centre, personal tutoring.


Beautiful  riverfront wooden cabins with shared bathroom on top of the hill.

Communal kitchen, outdoor pool, lush gardens are the forest are all around the property.
There is a meditation space, an amphtheatre and a fire place.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

3 meals per day are provided.

Generally vegetarian, homemade and delicious food.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) in Lisbon. We assist you to find cheap flights to Portugal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Portugal provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Portugal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Portugal.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

We have internships all year-round, but we have set specific dates for different periods. Availability depends on periods.

It is suggested to arrive one day before the internship starts, so you will have a proper orientation.
From Lisbon airport you independently get a train to us, it is a nice 2 hrs ride in the countryside.
We will pick you up at the closest station. A briefing is scheduled the first day of the internship where you will have a tour around the property and the area.
Departure time is the last day in the morning after breakfast, when we will escort you at the train station.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 5 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
15 days (min. stay)
$ 1,800
4 weeks
$ 2,407
30 days (max. stay)
$ 2,500
Average fees
$ 712 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Alquimia Environmental Centre will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Alquimia Environmental Centre during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Herbal Medicine and Ecology Intern

Learn about environmental practices & how to preserve ecosystems. Join our classes & work with medicinal plants & mushrooms, participating in our re-forerestation project


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