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São Romão: a contribution to the needs of the world

Portugal: Casa de Santa Isabel is a therapeutic community for youngsters and adults with special needs, situated in São Romão near Seia in the Serra de Estrela. This community provides people with special needs with the possibility for self-development and achievement of their full potential.

The initiative was founded in 1981 as the first anthroposophical institution for Curative Education in Portugal. Most people with special needs and their caregivers work and live together in six residential settings and share all day-life as a community. There are also co-workers and pupils living in their families outside, who come to work and live with the community only during the day.

With a common daily routine the initiative is trying to create a place where everyone feels appreciated and stimulated to develop, thus avoiding an “institutional character”.

The workshops enable each member to give a contribution to the needs of the world, working together in the kitchen, bakery, laundry, carpentry, weavery, tapestry, paper recycling, agriculture, forestry and maintenance.

The community has an international character with co-workers and volunteers not only from Portugal, but also from Spain, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

During the night from October 2 to October 3, 2010, tragedy struck when a fire destroyed one of the houses and two community members lost their lives. After this terrible event the initiative ventured into a new beginning, to continue its valuable work for people with disabilities.

Although today some years have passed since the event, the Casa de Santa Isabel continues to rely on donations.

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Sicher fragen sich gerade viele von euch, wie ein Freiwilligendienst ab Herbst 2020 möglich sein wird. Wir bleiben zuversichtlich und arbeiten intensiv an Lösungen. Deshalb gilt: Bewerbt euch weiter und denkt positiv! Alle, die sich weltweit sozial engagieren wollen und optimistisch nach vorne schauen, werden gerade jetzt besonders gebraucht. Unsere Einsatzstellen freuen sich auf euch. Gemeinsam werden wir es schaffen, den Weg in euren Freiwilligendienst zu ermöglichen.

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Currently we can accept applications from the European Union only.

Due to current international travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to accept applications from volunteers outside the EU at this time. As soon as the travel restrictions are lifted, applications will be possible again.


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En raison des restrictions de voyages internationaux, nous ne pouvons malheureusement pas accepter pour l'instant les candidatures de volontaires en dehors de l'UE. Dès que les restrictions de voyage seront levées, il sera à nouveau possible de présenter une demande.


Estimado solicitante,

actualmente sólo podemos aceptar solicitudes de la Unión Europea.

Debido a las actuales restricciones a los viajes internacionales, lamentablemente no podemos aceptar en este momento solicitudes de voluntarios de fuera de la UE. Tan pronto como se levantan las restricciones de viaje, las solicitudes serán posibles de nuevo.