Youth Support Volunteer Program in Portugal - Lisbon
Inspired to effect change for tomorrow’s young people as a Youth Support volunteer in Portugal? International Volunteer HQ’s Youth Support project enables volunteers to assist with after-school programs for students from disadvantaged communities. Volunteers will gain youth work experience while providing young people with a safe, positive and supportive environment where they can gather, connect and take part in constructive activities.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from CA$880 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Inspire and encourage young people in socially positive ways
Explore Lisbon’s vibrant and busy urban streets
Stay in a sustainable hostel only a short walk from the beach
This program is ideal for:
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
There are many underfunded community initiatives in Lisbon that aim to provide young people with a safe place to go after school where they can meet, interact and take part in various activities. Many young people who use these facilities come from disadvantaged backgrounds and would otherwise be left to their own devices.
As a Youth Support volunteer, you’ll spend time with students aged between 11 and 18 after the school day is finished, or you could be taking care of babies and younger children, helping their mothers that have to study or work. Your goal is to be a positive role model, helping students to think about their futures, inspiring and encouraging them to set and achieve goals for themselves. Volunteer duties vary but often include:
- Arranging games and activities
- Interacting with and supervising young people
- Helping with homework
- Teaching English in an informal way
- Arts and crafts
- Any other work as required
You may also work with young mothers, teaching them English in an informal way, or taking care of their babies while they are studying or working. During the school holidays, volunteers can also help with outside activities including trips to the beach, games and other activities.
Why do Youth Support volunteering in Lisbon with IVHQ?
When you volunteer with young people in Portugal you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Providing support to young people in a positive environment
- Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining youth work experience
- Immersing yourself in Portugese culture
- Exploring Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city
- Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
- Volunteers aged 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
- All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
- All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
- All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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Read reviews from Youth Support volunteers in Lisbon
”This experience has definitely widened my horizons and taken me out of my comfort zone in the best way possible. I have met such amazing people, from the Youth Support program, as well as the other volunteers staying at the hostel. I love travelling and learning about new cultures so I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the Portuguese culture and learnin...g the language as well as I could. It was a fantastic experience for everyone I met. For someone who is hesitant about joining this program, I’d ask them to just try it. It’s something new and exciting, and it may not be for everyone, but you’ll never know if you don’t try, and the chances are that you’ll love it. I’m so glad I booked this trip honestly and I’m so grateful to all the wonderful friends I made through IVHQ.” read more
Read reviews from Youth Support volunteers in Lisbon
The IVHQ Portugal Program is located in and around Lisbon - the capital and largest city in Portugal. It’s a veritable treasure trove of history, culture, breathtaking scenery, exciting nightlife, gorgeous beaches and great places to eat and drink.
Portugal and Lisbon have risen from poverty only this century, so while it is a fantastic and affordable destination to visit, local communities are still facing the lingering effects of previously being one of the poorest countries in Western Europe. Volunteers can have an impact on these communities by supporting local initiatives which aim to improve the lives of Lisbon’s residents and make sure they have access to all of life’s basic necessities.
Arrival and orientation
The program orientation begins every Monday, and volunteers need to arrive in Lisbon the day before their orientation.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Lisbon Airport (LIS). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. Volunteers under the age of 18 are required to travel with written consent from both parents or guardians in order to enter Portugal. Volunteers under the age of 18 who require a pre-arranged visa will also need their visa application to be signed by a parent or guardian.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in either Lisbon. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.
If you are traveling in Portugal prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up from a prearranged location in Lisbon on the day before your program orientation.
Orientation is hosted by our Portugal team at the accommodation. It begins the morning of your chosen start date and lasts for a full day. The orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Portugal – an introduction to Portugal, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, an introduction to project and placement as well as a tour of the local area. The orientation will also give you a chance to sign up for Portuguese language lessons if you’re on a Lisbon based project, and to meet other volunteers with whom you can swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
Volunteer schedule example
You will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 6 hours per day. Please note that start times and daily workloads depend on the project that you are participating on.
|8:00 - 10:00 AM||Breakfast is available at the volunteer accommodation|
|8:30 AM||Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project.|
|1:00 - 3:00 PM||Lunch is served at the accommodation or at your placement. After lunch, you will continue your volunteer work.|
|2:30 PM||Volunteers with afternoon or evening shifts travel to placement and begin work on their project.|
|7:00 - 9:00 PM||Dinner at the volunteer accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.|
Volunteers have the weekends free and Portugal and Lisbon are full of interesting things to do, see, visit, eat and learn.
Explore the old city of Lisbon and get yourself lost in the small alleys that are seeped with music and delicious food. Be sure to try the local pastry - pastel de nata and listen to traditional folklore music - fado. Lisbon is a vibrant city with many cultural and music events, you can’t possibly be bored here. If it’s nature you’re looking for - it has that too! Sintra Natural Park is only a short drive away and boasts wonderful castles and palaces. Come for a day trip to Arrabida beach and try the well-known local wines.
Volunteers can make travel arrangements further afield once in Lisbon, with the advice and guidance of our local staff.
Accommodation and WiFi
Volunteers on Lisbon based projects will be accommodated in a dormitory-style hostel with other volunteers in Estoril which is a 5 minute walk from the beach. You can expect to share a room with between 3 - 13 other volunteers of the same gender.
Bedding and towels are provided, and there are shared western bathrooms. Staff will clean the accommodation throughout the week, however volunteers are required to keep their rooms tidy. Please note that there is a 10:00 PM curfew in place at the hostel for volunteers under the age of 18.
WiFi is available at the volunteer accommodation, as well as many cafes and restaurants in the area. To keep connected, the local team will provide you with a free local SIM card that you can activate to purchase mobile data for an unlocked mobile phone.
Private double rooms in the hostel, with the use of the communal bathrooms, are available at an additional cost of US$264 (approximately CA$378). These can be purchased as an add-on via your MyIVHQ account once you have registered for the Portugal program. All accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.
Volunteers travel to their placements from the volunteer accommodation via public transport or by foot.
Portuguese food is delicious and during your time in Portugal, you will be sure to receive some incredible treats.
Most volunteers are provided with three meals a day. Breakfast is self-serve at the accommodation and generally includes tea, coffee, bread, cheese, ham, spreads, cereal, yoghurt and fruit. Lunch and dinner usually include local staples such as fish and chicken, as well as rice, pasta, vegetables, and salad. If your placement requires you to be away from the accommodation during lunch or dinner, these will be provided at your placement or you will take a packed meal.
Tap water is fine to drink in Portugal, however bottled water is readily available if you prefer and you should budget US$10 (approximately CA$14) a week for this.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||CA$880 Equivalent to CA$126/day|
|2 weeks||CA$1342 Equivalent to CA$96/day|
|3 weeks||CA$1803 Equivalent to CA$86/day|
|4 weeks||CA$2264 Equivalent to CA$81/day|
|5 weeks||CA$2725 Equivalent to CA$78/day|
|6 weeks||CA$3187 Equivalent to CA$76/day|
|8 weeks||CA$4109 Equivalent to CA$73/day|
|10 weeks||CA$5110 Equivalent to CA$73/day|
|12 weeks||CA$6033 Equivalent to CA$72/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Discounts on language lessons
- Certificate of International Volunteer Service
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$471) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers on Lisbon based projects and on the Wildlife Conservation project generally find US$65 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses. For those on the Wolf Conservation project, we recommend a weekly budget of US$150.
- Any changes or cancellations within 14 days of your start date are subject to a US$200 late change/cancellation fee.
Portuguese language lessons
Portuguese language lessons are available to all Lisbon-based volunteers, regardless of your Portuguese language ability. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these lessons to allow you to work and communicate more effectively during your program.
If you would like to sign up for the language lessons, simply let your Program Manager know and they will be happy to help you arrange them. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Portuguese and are taught by a professional Portuguese language teacher. Classes run Monday through Friday, the cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers. They are paid for prior to your arrival and the local team will help you arrange a suitable time to complete your lessons during your program orientation.
|10 Hours:||US$315 (approximately CA$451)|
|20 Hours:||US$630 (approximately CA$902)|
|30 Hours:||US$943 (approximately CA$1350)|
|40 Hours:||US$1258 (approximately CA$1801)|
|50 Hours:||US$1571 (approximately CA$2250)|
Please note, Portuguese lessons are held at the Lisbon accommodation and are not available to volunteers on the Wolf Conservation project.
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Essential country information
Weather and climate: Lisbon has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters. During winter, from December to February, temperatures are mild and vary from 8°C to 14°C (46°F to 57°F). Summer, from June to September, is dry and hot with temperatures ranging between 18°C and 29°C (64°F and 84°F). Rainfall is heaviest in December/January and driest in July/August.