* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
Earthwatch teams will stay in the Palace of Muge Estate, the historical home on the property where the research site is located. In the palace, volunteers will have shared rooms with 2-4 people per room and share multiple bathrooms in one wing of the home. Rooms will be split by gender. Rooms for couples are possible with advanced notice, but are not guaranteed. Unfortunately, single rooms are not available. Sheets, towels, pillows and blankets will all be provided. The family estate is home to Teresa Schonborn, Countess of Schonborn and Wiesentheid, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the House. Countess Teresa Schonborn is a friend and colleague of the research team, a project collaborator, and passionate about archeology. The home is a private residence and a historical landmark. This housing is a truly special and unique experience.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
The bathrooms are shared and have conventional flush toilets and hot showers.
All participants can be reached through mobile phones at any time. And because mobile network is available at the sites, e-mails and Skype can also be used.
All members of the project are equipped with mobile phones with mobile network.
Please note that personal communication with outsiders is not always possible while participating in an expedition. Earthwatch encourages volunteers to minimize outgoing calls and immerse themselves in the experience; likewise, family and friends should restrict calls to urgent messages only.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
The distance between the house that Earthwatch participants are staying and the site is very short and takes less than 10 minutes to get from one to another.
FOOD AND WATER
The teams will eat local Portuguese cuisine, which is fresh from the many farms in the area. Soups and stews are typical in the area due to the presence of ancient convents and monasteries where they originate. Staff and volunteers will prepare breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Drinking water will be provided. Breakfast and lunch will take place at the accommodations. Fresh fruits and energy bars are available for snacks. Dinner will be arranged at local restaurants.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Bread, cheese, fresh fruit, coffee, tea
- Lunch: Sandwiches, deli meat, cheese, canned fish, vegetable salads, soft drinks
- Dinner: Meat, grilled fish, fresh vegetables, a variety of stews and soups
- Desserts: Local Portuguese desserts
- Beverages: Water, coffee, juice, soft drinks
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your volunteer forms.
Vegetarians and lactose intolerant diets can be accommodated on this project if volunteers are prepared to be flexible. Vegan diets and kosher diets are rather difficult to accommodate. If you have a special diet, it is recommended that you bring some supplemental snacks.