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Become a volunteer in Portugal with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Portugal

Volunteer in Portugal with International Volunteer HQ on a range of volunteer projects, including Youth Support, Homeless Support, Wolf Conservation and Food Rescue. IVHQ’s volunteer opportunities in Portugal are located throughout the wider city area of Lisbon with​​ ​Wolf Conservation volunteers based in Mafra. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization in Portugal.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 7 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in Lisbon and Mafra
  • Accommodation in dormitory style hostels​ or ​homes on-site
  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Portugal each month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals (depending on your project) and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$455 (approximately CA$601) for 1 week
  • Affordable Portuguese language lessons available

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.

IVHQ Volunteer - Meher Mehtab
Meher Mehtab
Nationality: Pakistani
Age: 21
Destination: Portugal

Volunteer opportunities in Portugal

Conserves the environment

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$1196

  • 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 CA$601

  • 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 CA$601

  • Duration: 1 - 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 CA$601

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

Help a local homeless center 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 CA$601

  • 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 maximize 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 CA$1123

  • Duration: 2 - 4 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at a wolf conservation center
  • 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 CA$601

  • 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.

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Portugal to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Portugal will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Portugal with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
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Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!