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Volunteer in Portugal

Volunteer in Portugal

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s popular Portugal volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Portugal volunteer projects, including Youth Support, Homeless Support, Wolf Conservation and Food Rescue. Volunteer work in Portugal is located throughout the wider city area of Lisbon with​​ ​Wolf Conservation volunteers based in Mafra. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 116,000 travellers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organisation in Portugal.

Highlights:
  • 7 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from AU$637 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in dormitory style hostels​ in Lisbon or ​homes on-site

  • Affordable Portuguese language lessons available in-country

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from AU$637
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in & around Lisbon
Portuguese language lessons available
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization

Volunteer opportunities in Portugal

Conserves the environment

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1267

  • Duration: 1 - 4 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at a local diving school
  • Volunteers aged 16+ or 10+ accompanied

Gain dive certifications as you contribute to preserving and conserving the local marine environment by cleaning up the sea floor and helping with research projects.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$637

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Local community initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help to redistribute unused food from restaurants and supermarkets to up to 300 locals in need throughout Lisbon.

Conserves the environment

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$973

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in a natural park in Lisbon
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help restore Portugal's native forests by aiding the ecological recovery of degraded areas and protecting precious ecosystems.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$637

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in homeless centres
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help a local homeless centre to provide the basics for homeless people, with a focus on combating addiction and the challenges it poses for those in vulnerable states.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$637

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based on organic, non-profit farms
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help the production of organic fruit and vegetable on a not-for-profit farm that employs disabled local workers to work alongside you. Assist on seasonal tasks to maximise the production, enabling the operation to expand and employ more people who otherwise can struggle to find jobs.

Protects animals

5-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1190

  • Duration: 2 - 4 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at a wolf conservation centre
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help wolf conservation centers to care for wolves that have been rescued from zoos, illegal trapping or human captivity and are unable to return to the wild. Based in the beautiful forests of Mafra, volunteers help monitor, feed and look after these magnificent creatures whilst supporting vital wolf and wildlife protection efforts.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$637

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in after-school programs
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help teenagers from underprivileged communities on after school programs, providing help with homework, games and activities to keep them entertained and inspired.

”My week in Portugal was amazing. It was challenging and rewarding at the same time. Having worked with IVHQ before, I knew I would not be disappointed and I was right. The local host team and accommodation staff went an extra mile to make sure we felt at home and were comfortable.”

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