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Youth Support Volunteer Project in Portugal - Porto

Youth Support Volunteer Project in Portugal - Porto

Provide a safe space for marginalized youth
Start dates
Programs start on the first and third Monday of every month
Choose from 1-12 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 4 hours a day
Volunteers aged 18+ and families
Dormitory-style hostel
Program fees
From CA$999 for 1 week
What's included
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This program is ideal for:

Individuals seeking to provide support for the youth. Volunteers with strong advocacy for affecting change in younger minds will enjoy and gain plenty in this project.

Project details

Are you seeking to affect change in the lives of young individuals as a Youth Support volunteer in Portugal? Gain meaningful youth work experience working with local communities and NGOs in Porto, Portugal. Be involved in providing young people with a safe, positive, and supportive environment where they can gather, connect, and participate in constructive activities.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

The Youth Support program in Porto is more than just helping with after-school activities; it aims to enrich young minds, fuel aspirations, and integrate basic English into their everyday lives!

Provide support in initiatives that help with personal development, inclusivity, and teaching essential life skills, while giving extra support to children and teens with difficult backgrounds.

At the heart of our initiative is a unique approach to teaching English - not through traditional methods, but through engaging conversations, interactive games, and culturally rich content that naturally enhances language proficiency. This informal approach helps foster a fun learning experience.

As you get into the daily volunteering activities, you can expect to conduct the following:

  • Interact and get to know the youngsters in the program
  • Help with English language skills and pronunciation
  • Setting up educational games and activities
  • Get involved in developing new extracurricular activities or support existing ones
  • Organize and facilitate workshops that teach sports, arts & crafts, musical instruments, or other skills.

Join us and become a catalyst for change, bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that have a lasting impact. You’ll contribute to creating a supportive and dynamic environment where learning, respect, and personal growth thrive!

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty

More than 10% of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation, to name a few. Growth must be inclusive to achieve sustainable development and an economy that benefits all.

Why do Youth Support volunteering in Porto with IVHQ?

When you volunteer in the Youth Support Project in Porto, you will be adding value to the local community while, at the same time, developing personal and professional skills by:

  • Acquire youth work experience with NGOs and local communities
  • Get involved in basic education, from sports development, arts & crafts, music, and more.
  • Develop your communication skills in Portuguese
  • Gaining community outreach and development experience
  • Immersing yourself in Portuguese culture

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or older to participate in this program. If you are under 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English
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Volunteer Abroad in Porto, Portugal with IVHQ


Experience the vibrant allure of Porto, Portugal’s eclectic gem!

This city is a tapestry of ancient charm and contemporary buzz. Wander through its serpentine, mural-adorned streets in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, where every corner tells a story.

There is so much to do!

You can hop on a vintage tram to where the Douro River kisses the Atlantic, discover sun-soaked beaches and chic outdoor cafés, try the typical “Francesinha,” immerse yourself in Serralves, and go to the famous library in the city center!

As night falls, the city transforms into a lively playground with an array of trendy rooftop bars, cozy cafés, and electric clubs.

Beyond its lively streets, Porto is the gateway to Northern Portugal’s rich tapestry of culture and scenery. It’s not just a city, it’s an experience!

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive in Porto on the Sunday before program orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto Airport) (OPO) in Porto on the Sunday before your program orientation. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Porto. 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 at a prearranged destination in Porto on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our Portugal team in Porto. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Porto – an introduction to Portugal and Porto, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, and an introduction to the project and placement, along with a tour of the local area. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

A separate orientation dedicated to your placement will be held the following day. You will be shown how to travel to and from your placement, receive an introduction, and complete your volunteering hours.

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First Day

You will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working alongside.


During the week, you will have an afternoon shift, which will last approximately 4 hours. Note that start times and daily workload will depend on your specific placement.

A typical day on the Youth Support project is as follows:

7.00 AM - 10.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.
9.00 AM Free time to explore or rest. You are free to relax at the accommodation, go sightseeing, or head out for some shopping.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lunch is served at a local restaurant near the volunteer accommodation.
2.00 PM Travel to your placement via public transportation, which can take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.
3.00 PM Volunteering on your placement usually begins alongside placement staff and other volunteers until approximately 7:00 PM.
7:00 PM Volunteering work on your placement usually ends. You are free to travel back to your accommodation.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Dinner is served at a local restaurant near the volunteer accommodation.

During the summer months (June - August), volunteers may help with summer camps and have a morning and/or afternoon shift.


Volunteers can travel and explore the eclectic city of Porto, Portugal. From visiting one of the oldest libraries in the world, catching a futebol match, or trying out a local francesinha, you can create an itinerary by yourself or with your fellow volunteers!

Volunteers staying in Portugal longer or who wish to travel before or after their program can visit areas further afield in Portugal, including Lisbon, the Azores, the Algarve, and many other places. With the advice and guidance of our expert local team, you can make travel arrangements once you arrive in Porto.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in a dormitory-style hostel along the scenic Douro River in the heart of the city – the perfect retreat for volunteers in Porto. The accommodation is just a stone’s throw from the metro and a short walk from Porto Cathedral and Torre dos Clérigos.

Volunteers can immerse themselves in the lively neighborhood, teeming with supermarkets, quaint cafes, bustling bars, and all modes of public transportation. Expect cozy accommodations shared with up to eleven other people per room. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, en suite showers and toilets, and bedding. Along with personal touches, like reading lights and power outlets at every bed and individual lockers to store your belongings securely.

The accommodation communal areas feature a fully equipped shared kitchen and lounge area, allowing you to relax and mingle with fellow volunteers.

WiFi is available at the volunteer accommodation and is free of charge. Please note that the the signal may be weaker in some areas of the accommodation. WiFi is also available at many cafes and restaurants in the area.


Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

Breakfast is served buffet style at the volunteer accommodation. The buffet includes cereals, yogurt, seasonal fruits, bread, butter, jam, coffee, milk, and tea.

Lunch and dinner are served in a nearby restaurant which prepares tasty Portuguese dishes with fresh local ingredients. The menu consists of local food, a mixture of meat, fish, and vegetable dishes.

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-intolerant options are available upon request.


  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately CA$476) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week $690 Equivalent to $99/day
2 weeks $1,200 Equivalent to $86/day
3 weeks $1,710 Equivalent to $81/day
4 weeks $2,220 Equivalent to $79/day
5 weeks $2,730 Equivalent to $78/day
6 weeks $3,240 Equivalent to $77/day
8 weeks $4,260 Equivalent to $76/day
10 weeks $5,280 Equivalent to $75/day
12 weeks $6,300 Equivalent to $75/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$476) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Porto generally find US$150 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including transport and miscellaneous spending.
  • Any changes or cancellations within 14 days of your start date are subject to a US$200 late change/cancellation fee.
  • Meals
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

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Safety and support

Safety and support with IVHQ

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.
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Essential country information

Essential country information

Capital Porto
Population 214,349
Languages Portuguese
Currency Euro (EUR)
Time zone UTC+00:00

Weather and climate: Porto has generally moderate temperatures. The average annual high is around 20 °C (68 °F) and average low around 11 °C (52 °F). The climate is also only mildly seasonal, from a maxima of 14 °C (57 °F) in January to 25–26 °C (77–79 °F) in August, while minima is around 5–6 °C (41–43 °F) in January and 15–16 °C (59–61 °F) in July and August.

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