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Overview

Being a volunteer for the Wildlife Conservation Program in Portugal, you'll be living and working at a wildlife park in Miranda do Corvo, a quaint town in the district of Coimbra. Along with the local staff members, you'll be working towards the well-being of rescued animals and taking care of them. The ecological park of Serra da Lousã has been protecting and conserving various animals, including deer, wild boars, different species of eagles, lamas, Euro-Asian lynx, Iberian wolves, European otters, and even brown bears. 

Apart from this, you'd also assist in the local farm, taking care of horses and oxen but also ducks, pigs, chickens among others. Major tasks of the volunteers would include observing their behavior of the animals, planting trees and looking after forest conservation, habitat maintenance, feeding the animals, and other tasks depending on the season.

Volunteering Solutions, in association with a local organization, will be supporting the local community and contribute towards making a difference. Around 43% of the staff working in this organization are suffering from some kind of disability or chronic disease - hence the support of volunteers will be highly appreciated.

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Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project, and must be ready to commit at least 2 weeks for this program. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program and should be prepared to work outdoors and get their hands dirty. Participants in the program should have a keen interest and love for animal conservation work. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report. 

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

As a volunteer for the wildlife conservation program, your major tasks would be:

  • Observing their behavior of the animals
  • Planting trees and looking after forest conservation & habitat maintenance
  • Feeding the animals, and other tasks depending on the season

Volunteer Work Schedule

Here's a brief idea of how the volunteer's schedule would look like (although it might change depending on circumstances).

Day 1: You'll be arriving in Portugal (either Porto or Lisbon). Airport pickup will be provided to all volunteers.

Day 2: This will be an introduction day, when we'll tell you more about the country & the program you've joined, as well as take you out for a guided tour in Porto/Lisbon.

Day 3: You'll be traveling to Mirando do Corvo, the placement site (approx. 3 hours from both Porto & Lisbon) by train.Upon arrival you shall be picked up from train station and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 4: Placement welcome and first day of volunteering. Continue with the program for the subsequent days.

A day at the program site would mostly be like:

9 am | Walk to the Park for an initial briefing of your tasks

1 pm | Have lunch at the project with the local staff and other volunteers

3 pm | Enjoy your free time to explore the surroundings 

8 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.

Living

Airport Transfer

You will be picked up on arrival at Porto or Lisbon airport and transferred to the volunteer accommodation. For those participants who will already in Porto or Lisbon beforehand just let us know and we will arrange your pick up accordingly.

Orientation

On the first day of the program, all participants are given an introductory presentation with the group giving further details of the program along with a walking tour of Porto/Lisbon.

Accommodation

For the first 2 days, volunteers will either be at Porto or Lisbon, before they travel to Miranda do Corvo where they'll be staying at an apartment. This apartment has rooms with a private bathroom & TV. There is a kitchenette with a microwave and fridge. It is very central in the town and is within walking distance from the project.The meals are at the project canteen where they use fresh local ingredients and can prepare meals according to different diet restrictions.

If you choose to arrive in Porto you will be accommodated at a centrally located hostel for the first two days.Located right at the city center, the hostel, provides a wide range of rooms, from dormitories to private rooms, a spacious and friendly lounge area where you can hang out, chill, listen to music, enjoy the atmosphere, play some games, and get to know  other fellow travellers while enjoying a nice cold beer, a tasty cocktail or a glass of the famous Porto wine! The welcoming staff will always be there to make the guests experience to the fullest! All the guests can count on the best tips about the city, an endless energy and a welcoming smile!! 

If you choose to arrive in Lisbon, you will be accommodated at a sustainable hostel accommodation for the first two days. Located in one of the oldest Lisbon neighborhood, Restelo, the hostel is just 20 minutes away from the best custard tart in the country ! You can find local shops, traditional restaurants, the stunning Belém area, supermarkets, ATMs and most utilities you will need just around the corner.

Meals

Three meals are provided everyday to the volunteers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request)

During your Free Time

The weekends are free for you to get to know Portugal in a better way. We can help you to book the trips that you want to go to any point in the country. Besides that, we have one or two day programs, where you will have unique experiences on your own or in a group.

Some of the tours and experiences that you can enjoy during the freetime include :-

Douro, Port and Moscatel Tour –  You will visit these wines Estates, taste them and have a typical lunch with amazing views.

Minho and Vinho Verde Alvarinho Tour – You will visit the beautiful Viana do Castelo, Melgaço, and Monção, taste the Vinho Verde and some of the best Portuguese cuisine

Aveiro and Bairrada Sparkling Wine Tour –  Visit the beautiful city of Aveiro and get to know its wonders and traditions. The Lunch is going to be Roasted Suckling Pig accompanied by wine from the region of Mealhada.  

Dão and Coimbra Tour - Visit Coimbra, a magic place with the most ancient University of Portugal and full of history. Taste the Dão region wines and the typical food and bakery.

Program Cost

Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying for?

  • Airport Pickup in Lisbon or Porto
  • Introduction session and Placement Orientation
  • Guided Porto City Center Walking Tour
  • Accommodation at a dormitory at a dormitory hostel in Lisbon/Porto for 2 nights
  • Accommodation in a shared apartment in Serra da Lousa during the program
  • Transportation to the project site
  • Three meals a day
  • Guided city tour
  • Volunteer placement coordination 
  • Suggestion of weekly activities with the other volunteers
  • In-country staff support 24/7 (and the best local tips to discover the city)
  • Pre Departure Info Booklet
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

What's NOT included?

  • Round-Trip Flights to Portugal
  • Return Airport Drop
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses

Program Dates

Months 2021 2022
January 10172431 0216
February 07142128 0620
March 07142128 0620
April 04111825 0317
May 0209162330 0115
June 06132027 0519
July 0418 031731
August 0115 14
September 0519 0418
October 031731 0216
November 14 0620
December 0519 0418

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FAQ's

FAQ's Application and Program Details
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot in the program well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee. 
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active. You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program. The minimum age requirement for Food Waste Management program is 17 years. Participants under 18 need to provide signed parental consent prior to joining the program.Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. The participant must be in good health.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in the Programs in Portugal as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.

The volunteering programs in Portugal are located in Lisbon, Porto and in Miranda do Corvo, a quaint town in the district of Coimbra. You can choose to be a part of the Marine Conservation Program in Lisbon, Food Waste Management Program in Porto, Youth Support Program in Porto or Wildlife and Animal Care Project in Miranda do Corvo

Your program coordinator or a member of the local coordinating team will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program, its surroundings and other facilities around the location.
Health and Safety
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to Portugal.To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to Portugal, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.

If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
According to a study made by the Institute for Economics and Peace, The Global Peace Index 2018 says that Portugal is the 4th safest country in the world. That, we believe, solves all your doubts. For more information about safety, do take a look at the Pre-departure Guidebook.
Flights and Visa
Lufthansa, Jet Airways, Emirates, British Airways, and Aeroflot are the top airlines flying to Portugal. You would need a Schengen Visa to travel to Portugal, which should be applied at the respective embassy. No visa is necessary if you are a US Citizen and will be traveling to Portugal for up to 90 days. However, you will need a valid u.s. Passport for at least 3 months from the date of planned return or other travel document recognized by member states of the Schengen agreement. For more details regarding the Visa requirements, it'll be good if you can get in touch with our Program Advisor while applying.

Once you arrive at the airport, our in-country coordinator will be there to be in touch with you. You'll be taken to your accommodation where you can rest before kickstarting your amazing journey.
Connect with Past Volunteers

We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.

To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website

Accommodation and Living

Accommodation in Porto:
Volunteers in Porto are accommodated at a centrally located hostel.Located right at the city center, the hostel, provides a wide range of rooms, from dormitories to private rooms, a spacious and friendly lounge area where you can hang out, chill, listen to music, enjoy the atmosphere, play some games, and get to know  other fellow travellers while enjoying a nice cold beer, a tasty cocktail or a glass of the famous Porto wine! The welcoming staff will always be there to make the guests experience to the fullest! All the guests can count on the best tips about the city, an endless energy and a welcoming smile!! 

Accommodation in Lisbon: Volunteers in Lisbon are accommodated at a sustainable hostel accommodation. Located in one of the oldest Lisbon neighborhood, Restelo, the hostel is just 20 minutes away from the best custard tart in the country ! You can find local shops, traditional restaurants, the stunning Belém area, supermarkets, ATMs and most utilities you will need just around the corner.

In Lisbon, breakfast is generally self-made at the hostel with different supplies provided at the accommodation. Lunch and Dinner are also provided either at the placement or in the form of a packed meal.

Accommodation in Miranda do Corvo : The volunteer apartment has rooms with a private bathroom & TV. There is a kitchenette with a microwave and fridge. It is very central in the town and is within walking distance from the project.

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