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Biological Park Conservation Volunteer Project in Portugal - Miranda do Corvo

Biological Park Conservation Volunteer Project in Portugal - Miranda do Corvo

Want to help in the conservation of a Biological Park that houses birds of prey, brown bears, lynxes, iberian wolves, foxes, wild boars, deers and many other native species as a Biological Park Conservation volunteer in rural Portugal? International Volunteer HQ’s Biological Park Conservation project is a unique and exciting opportunity for volunteers to directly contribute to wild animal conservation in the countryside of Portugal. This center has a positive environmental impact and strong social inclusion mission.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from £1050 for 2 weeks
  • Includes accommodation, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help conserve and care for wild animals

  • Experience Portugal’s diverse natural environment

  • Stay in volunteer houses at a biological park conservation centre

Key information

Support wildlife protection efforts
Based at a biological conservation park
On-site volunteer house
Volunteers aged 18+
Fully hosted experience from £1050 for 2 weeks
Durations from 2 - 12 weeks
Explore Portugal's gorgeous countryside
Up to 8 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Volunteers who have a reasonable level of physical fitness, who love animals and are looking to join conservation efforts while spending time in quiet, natural surroundings. Most of all, you’ll be contributing to a greater environmental and animal protection mission.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

By joining the Biological Park Conservation project in Portugal, you’ll have the chance to volunteer at a center surrounded by nature with a large range of enclosed wild animals in Portugal. The association aims to preserve the existing biodiversity in the country so you will learn about the factors that threaten their survival and help in promoting biophilia and raising awareness to its visitors.

Alongside the local staff, you will assist with daily tasks, such as:

  • Maintenance of the center (checking and repairing enclosure’s walls and fences, painting, cleaning and improving pathways, organizing the space);
  • Assisting in feeding the animals and checking their water supplies;
  • Helping in the pedagogical farm and in the riding school;
  • General nature preservation (cutting trees, building fences etc.).

There is so much to learn here, and many initiatives to get involved in, you just need to ask!

When joining the program in winter, you should be prepared to experience lower temperatures of between 40-60°F (5-15°C), and come equipped with warm clothing. If you are planning to volunteer during summer, when temperatures range between 77-100ºF (25-38ºC), comfortable and light clothing is recommended.

Want to volunteer solely with wolves? Check out our Wolf Conservation volunteer project in Mafra, Portugal.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land

Human activity has altered almost 75% of the earth’s surface and around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. Nature is critical to our survival. We must promote kindness to animals and use regenerative techniques to combat deforestation, conserve biodiversity and protect wildlife.

Why do Biological Park Conservation volunteering in Miranda do Corvo with IVHQ?

When you volunteer at the Biological Conservation project in Portugal you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving the lives of enclosed wild animals
  • Supporting local conservation initiatives
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining park and wildlife conservation experience
  • Immersing yourself in Portuguese culture
  • Exploring Portugal’s countryside and wilderness

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers need to have a good level of physical health and fitness to join the Biological Park Conservation project. Many tasks require medium to heavy physical effort, for example, carrying weights around 17lb/8kg on steep and uneven ground.

  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this program. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers other projects in Portugal which are open to younger volunteers, and also alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

  • All volunteers must speak fluent English, are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ before departure.

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Sophie Williams
15 Jan 2024

I learned something about the culture in Lisbon/Portugal but I also learned about the cultures of the other volunteers I met while staying in Portugal. To anyone who is hesitant about joining the program, I would tell them to not be afraid to work hard, the work would be easy if they didn’t NEED volunteers but the projects desperately do need help, its not just a holiday, its work.

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Valentina Velazquez
05 Apr 2023

IVHQ was very helpful to guide me throughout the application and preparation process for my trip. They also helped me find projects that were connected under my interests. The local team were both helpful and friendly. I knew I could trust them with any questions or concerns I had. Being able to see all the different creatures that live under the water, and being able to help clean up their environment meant allowing them to continue living a safe life was my favourite moment. I learned that even one small action can lead to a large change in helping the world and the people on it. If you are considering volunteering, go for it! Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary, but you will find that it will leave a good impact on your life and teach you many new things!

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Hope Williams
24 Mar 2023

IVHQ did an incredible in preparing me for this experience and the local team were great and always available to answer my questions. I loved the project and really felt like in my own small way I was making a contribution. One of my favourite moments was when I had a beautiful cat jump on my lap and fall asleep. This program has inspired me to do another trip! I want to continue to give back and do another volunteer trip soon. It is a great way to contribute while at the same time push yourself out of your comfort zone. Dong the trip by myself was hard but once I did it, I knew I wanted to do it again. It feels wonderful to travel independently and meet new people while giving back to a cause I care about.

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Hanna MacDonald
08 Feb 2023

I think that IVHQ does a wonderful job at getting things organized and settled, and the support from the local team was phenomenal! The accommodation was great! Better than i thought it would be. I think my favourite moment was orientation where we got to meet each other and have a tour of the city in a Tuk Tuk. Very good ice breaker! The way people live and the way their culture is had the greatest impact on me. It is so relaxing and refreshing and also very eye opening. I would tell people who are hesitant about volunteering abroad that they would be missing out if they decided not to go.

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Riley Thompson
09 Dec 2022

The ability to ask questions with someone from IVHQ when preparing for the trip was great and super beneficial for making the planning of the trip as easy as possible. The support of the local team was amazing and always there if you needed any questions asked. Being able to get up close and interact with the animals in the wildlife park was my favourite moment on the program. Meeting and forming connections with so many great people from all over the world had a massive impact on me. There's definitely something there for everyone so if you are thinking about volunteering, I'd recommend giving it a good consideration!

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Location

IVHQ’s Biological Park Conservation project is based at an ecological park in the town of Miranda do Corvo. Miranda do Corvo is a beautiful historic town and municipality in the old district of Coimbra, in the central part of Portugal. It is around 3 hours from Lisbon by public transport, or a 2-hour drive by car. Coimbra, the first capital of Portugal and the third biggest city in the country, is 45 minutes away. The area surrounding Miranda do Corvo is dotted with traditional Portuguese slate villages, hiking trails, medieval castles, and riverside beaches to relax on. It’s the perfect place to reconnect with nature in a remote location.

Arrival and orientation

The Biological Park Conservation program begins every Monday, and volunteers need to arrive in Lisbon the day before (Sunday). You will be picked up by a member of the local team from Lisbon Airport (LIS) on the Sunday before your program starts. You will then be taken to the volunteer accommodation in Lisbon for Sunday and Monday night. This is included in your Program Fee.

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 volunteer accommodation in Lisbon. It begins on the Monday 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, and an introduction to your project and placement.

On the day after your orientation (Tuesday), you will be dropped off at the train station, as you need to take a train to Coimbra and then a bus to Miranda do Corvo, where the Biological Park Conservation project is located. Once you have arrived at Miranda do Corvo, you will need to head to the volunteer accommodation on your own; however, the local team will provide you with instructions on how to get there. You will then meet the local coordinator and start volunteering on Wednesday.

Volunteer schedule example

Weekdays

Volunteers on the Biological Park Conservation Project will start volunteering on the Wednesday following their orientation. Start times and daily workload will vary but you will generally volunteer for up to 8 hours per day.

A typical schedule:

8:00 AM Walk to the park for an initial briefing of your tasks and start working
10:00 AM Morning break
1:00 PM Have lunch at the project with the local staff and other volunteers
2:00 PM Continue volunteer activities in the afternoon
8:00 PM Dinner at the accommodation.

Please note that the actual schedule can change according to the current needs of the project, seasonality and weather. Usually, shifts are in the morning but can also change to the afternoon or last longer.

Weekends Volunteers will have the weekends off and will be able to explore and enjoy the surrounding area or relax at the accommodation. It is also possible to take buses to Coimbra, Porto or Lisbon.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in a small apartment in Miranda do Corvo, which is around a 10 minute walk from the park. You can expect to share a room with one other volunteer of the same gender. Bathrooms are shared and the apartment has a shared living room. There is no WiFi.

Meals

Meals consist of traditional Portuguese food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant or at the park cafeteria. Breakfast is at the hotel, and they serve a great variety of food: fruits, breads, juices, coffee, milk, tea etc. For lunch and dinner, volunteers will have typical portuguese food (fish, pork, pasta, sides like rice, vegetables or potatoes etc.).

Tap water is fine to drink in Portugal.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
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
2 weeks £1050 Equivalent to £75/day
3 weeks £1474 Equivalent to £70/day
4 weeks £1897 Equivalent to £68/day
5 weeks £2329 Equivalent to £67/day
6 weeks £2761 Equivalent to £66/day
8 weeks £3624 Equivalent to £65/day
10 weeks £4488 Equivalent to £64/day
12 weeks £5352 Equivalent to £64/day
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

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

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately £273) 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 GBP.
  • 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.

Free-time experiences & tours in Portugal

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Portugal! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Portugal program.

Language Lessons
Language Lessons

Enhance your Portuguese language proficiency at the most affordable rate while volunteering in Portugal.

From £261
Language Lessons
Language Lessons

Enhance your Portuguese language proficiency at the most affordable rate while volunteering in Portugal.

From £261

Portuguese language lessons are available for those who join this project but they will only be available online.

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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

Capital Lisbon
Population 10.46 million
Languages Portuguese
Currency Euro (EUR)
Time zone UTC+00:00

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.

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