Affordable Volunteer Programs in Portugal from US$375
98% Rating
(12 Reviews)

Affordable Volunteer Programs in Portugal from US$375

IVHQ Portugal is located in​ ​​Lisbon​, the capital and largest city in Portugal​. There​ ​​are​ ​a variety of unique and affordable volunteer programs available through IVHQ Portugal including Construction and Renovation, Environmental Scuba Diving, Food Rescue, Wolf Conservation and Youth Support. Wolf Conservation volunteers are based in Mafra, 45 minutes north of Lisbon​. ​Programs commence on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to join the program for anywhere from ​1 to 12 weeks with program fees starting at US$375 for 1 week.

Current IVHQ Volunteer Programs in Portugal:

  • Construction and Renovation
  • Environmental Scuba Diving
  • Food Rescue
  • Wolf Conservation
  • Youth Support

Highlights

  • Programs are available year-round in Portugal at extremely affordable prices starting at US$375 for 1 week
  • The IVHQ Portugal program starts on the first and third Monday of every month and volunteers can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks.
  • Most projects are based in and around Portugal’s capital, Lisbon with the exception of Wolf Conservation volunteers who are based in Mafra in the North and Environmental Scuba Diving volunteers who are based in Albufeira in the South.
  • Portugal program fees includes airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation, meals (depending on project) and in-country 24/7 volunteer support.
  • Portugal volunteers are spoilt for choice for their weekend travel with history, art, culture, cuisine and natural beauty on their doorstep.
  • Read the great reviews IVHQ alumni have left about their experiences in the Portugal, and visit the IVHQ website to start planning your trip!
Locations
Europe » Portugal » Lisbon
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
Language
English
Housing
Apartment
Guesthouse
Hostel
Starting Price
$375.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Portugal program fees includes airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation, meals (depending on project) and in-country 24/7 volunteer support.

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Impact
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  • Support
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  • Fun
    93%
  • Value
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  • Safety
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Program Reviews (12)

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Rodrigo
Male
21 years old
Canada
University of British Columbia

ENRICHING EXPERIENCE IN A MAGICAL COUNTRY

9/10

Olá! Portugal, Portugal, Portugal! No words for this magical country...
One of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially it's vivid capital Lisbon. A small corner full of vibrant colors, energy and life that will make you want to stay there forever! (no joke) My experience with IVHQ was really enriching, not only the place was to dream for, but the people I met every step of the way! From the volunteers to the kids, to the lovely cook (Inés), from every Portuguese making me feel like I was one of them. I believe it has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever been a part of in my life. After traveling to 15 countries, Lisbon was my last destination and definitely my absolute favorite. I felt like at home somehow, from walking down to Praça do Comercio to visiting the mesmerizing roads of Sintra, eating pasteis de nata and speaking the beautiful language. I think I left a part of me there and for sure I will go back to retake that glimpse of fulfillment and happiness that Portugal treasured in my heart. My advice is to do it, don't hesitate or even think about it, IVHQ is a great company that will guide you along the way, introducing you to an experience that might guide your heart and inspire your soul to do more for others out there. Become Portuguese for 2,3,4 weeks, whatever is needed, you will be surprised at who you become once you get back home! I will forever be grateful for my time in Portugal, I have memories of pure pure joy! Quantas saudades de ti Lisboa, muito obrigado!

How can this program be improved?

Maybe the communication between the placements and the team has to be reinforced a bit, besides that everything is great.

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Paul
Male
Portugal
Other

Youth support in Portugal - fantastic experience and team

10/10

Just returned from the Youth Support Porgramme in Portugal. The whole experience was fantastic. The local team were excellent and really welcoming. The placement was great - the local children being really keen, interesting and engaging. and the other volunteers where great company and sociable.
Its also worth allowing time to explore Lison and Portugal as both are beautiful (and cheap by European standards), and if you are travelling from further afield, the airport is close by and a great lauchpad into other parts of Europe.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Paul, We are so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic experience on the Youth Support project in Portugal. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Kaila - IVHQ Portugal Program Manager

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Margarida
Female
19 years old
Portugal
Institute of Education

Portuguese experience

9/10

My experience in Portugal as a volunteer in the Youth Support program was amazing. Although I applied only for one week, every second of this adventure was beneficial and unforgettable. Since I was the only portuguese volunteer in the program, I had the opportunity to meet volunteers from all over the world, communicating with them in a foreign language, exchange experiences, backgrounds and points of view in many topics, which helped me to have a better vision from the outside world. Regarding the program itself, me alongside the others volunteers, we made a key role in playing with children, teach them a few English words and, most importantly, give our joy and happiness. Finally, I want to thank not only all those volunteers who helped me in this journey, but also the entire team who received us and made everything possible, as well as IVHQ.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Margarida, We are so glad that you had an amazing time on the Portugal program! Being Portuguese, you would have been such an asset and we thank you for seeing the value in providing joy and happiness – we agree that this can be the most important aspect of the project. Thanks for being a great IVHQ volunteer and we would love to welcome you onto another program in the future.
Kaila – IVHQ Portugal Program Manager

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Anastasiya
Female
26 years old
Canada
University of Ottawa

Portugal Is A Hidden Gem

10/10

I absolutely loved my time in Portugal with IVHQ! My placement was at the Food Rescue Program in Lisbon where I played a key role in the distribution of food for the less fortunate by packaging the collected meals for individual families. The location of the placement was close to my accommodation and was an easy train ride and walk away. I think the part that touched my heart the most was meeting two young girls who come with their parents to pick up their daily meals. They were so sweet and full of life and even though we couldn't understand each other we formed a bond and would be very happy to see each other when they came. The local team in Portugal were extremely welcoming and helpful every step of the way. Not only did they ensure that I was comfortable in my placement, they went out of their way to organize trips and activities that showcased the local Portuguese culture. In addition, the other volunteers I met on my trip were absolutely wonderful and it added to an incredible experience overall.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Anastasiya, Thanks for your great review! We are stoked to hear that you loved you time in Portugal and experienced meaningful volunteer work with local families, friendly local staff support, and met other wonderful volunteers. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Kaila – IVHQ Portugal Program Manager

Kate
Female
22 years old
China
Bates College

Learning, Caring, and Loving

10/10

I came for the wolves conservation program. When I first left home, my family was worried. It was the first time for be to be in Europe, and I am all alone by myself.
I came for an experience. It made me both worried and excited. I worried about not knowing anyone, not be loved, and not doing a great job.
When I first came to Portugal, I was welcomed by the impactrip team. I felt so much safer and better when I saw them in the airport. Next day, they bring us for a tour. Portugal is such a beautiful country, and it is now my second favorite country (my favorite country is my home, China lol). I got to know many people around the world, and that was the best thing about the trip.
For wolves conservation program, we have to go to a different site, with really beautiful and cool wood houses. We have to cook by ourselves. Volunteers from different association lived together. To be honest I was worried, for not getting along with other people.
However, since everyone lived together, we started to talk a lot, about life goals and ourselves. I got to taste so many different kind of home cooked food --- French food, Dutch food, and Spanish food. They became my friends. Since we lack of internet, we got a lot of time to connect with each other.
During the weekend we went to Lisbon and Sintra. That was one of my best memories. We are still friend when the program was done. I went to Spain to find my Spanish friend I got to know from this program, and she and her friend gave me an awesome tour.
I wouldn't gain this friendship without this program,.
One more thing. I never cook at home, but I learned how to cook by this program. I never climb mountain and go hiking, but I became a nature lover because of this program.
For those of you who want to know what we do for this program:
1. We feed wolves twice a week. That was the best, you can see how wolves eat, and they were really cute (like a huge dog)
2. We give them water using pipes. Some of the wolves love water.
3. We have other projects depending on the season. What we did was painting the house (one more skill I gained)
It was really fun! I learned a lot of skills, and I gained friendship.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kate, Thanks for sharing such a lovely, informative and supportive review of our Wolf Conservation program in Portugal. It is awesome that you made such great friends and learned a variety of new skills while on the program. We are thrilled to hear that Portugal is now your second favorite country! Thanks for being a great volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Kaila - IVHQ Portugal Program Manager

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Sophie
Female
23 years old
England
Cardiff University

Obrigada Portugal

10/10

If Portugal taught me anything it was to not trust google translate. When I was writing my thank you note to the placement because I had such an incredible time, I found myself saying "parking lots of love" and calling my supervisors "lions" by accident! But why did I feel the need to write them a note, you ask...

Although there were hills everywhere and the walk to placement was like a trek up Kilimanjaro everyday, making a difference to the community made it all worthwhile. I had never worked with babies before but by the end of my two weeks all of them knew me! The biggest achievement was getting a baby who cried all day everyday to stop crying and actually start to smile at me; this placement taught me that sometimes it's the smaller things in life that make it all worthwhile.

The trip was organised by the local team fantastically - there was always something going on, including the scheduled trips every week which aims to bring volunteers together. The local team were great at providing help and support to whenever it was needed - they made a real effort with every single person.

Lisbon also has a great social scene and there is always somewhere to go/something to do. It is very cheap to eat and drink out, as well as buying food. It is easily commutable to Porto and the Algarve by train, Cabo de Roca (the most western point of Europe) by bus and has a good metro in the city centre. You have to be prepared to walk when you're not in the city centre area.

Lisbon and Portugal have a very special place in my heart and I will be back.

How can this program be improved?

The cost should be reduced by IVHQ. They need to take into account the additional fees like flights, transport whilst in the city and the DBS check.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sophie, Thanks for the laugh and for the heads-up regarding Google translate! We are thrilled to hear that you felt as through you were making a real difference in the community during your time volunteering in Portugal. It also sounds like you make the most of your spare time! Thanks for the recommendation and for being an IVHQer.

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Dina
Female
23 years old
Beirut, Lebanon
Other

my IVHQ!

10/10

To be honest, when i first signed up for volunteering in Portugal i did not know what to expect. but let me brief you on why this trip was truly memorable for me. When i first arrived(with my best friend who came with me) to portugal from lebanon i saw diogo and rita waiting for us at the aiport. In the car ride we got to know them, they were pretty cool and we felt like we've known them for a while! Our home was beautiful and well secured(the finger print system was very practical). What I liked the most is the flexibility of Diogo and RIta; if one did not like placement they'd willingly let him change, they'd take us on interesting outings, the trip to setubal was mesmerizing! overall, being with these really cool volunteers from all over the globe, being able to help a country with such renowned organisations definitely transcends an ordinary experience. cheers to new volunteering at experiences!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Dina, Thanks for your great review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time volunteering with us in Portugal. It would be great to have you join us again in the future

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Rebecca
Female
20 years old
Paramus, New Jersey

Life in Lisbon

10/10

Throughout my time in Lisbon, one thing that will stick with me forever is that each night after everyone was back at the hostel, we would all sit outside on the balcony and talk, enjoy the beautiful view, and have fun. It is not necessarily a story, but definitely my favorite memory when looking back. It is an incredible feeling to be in a foreign country where I knew nobody, yet here I was sitting outside with my new family.

How can this program be improved?

More information when I arrived would have been helpful. The only reason that I knew anything about what to except when I got there was from other volunteers that had been there already.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rebecca, We are so happy to hear that you gained a family while volunteering in Portugal. It is often the connections we make with other people that make our travel experience special. Thanks for your review and we hope to have you join IVHQ again in the future.

Jason
Male
21 years old
Las Vegas, Nevada

My Amazing Experience In Lisbon!!!

10/10

The staff Rita and Diogo were very helpful in greeting me initially when I arrived at the airport and getting me to my accommodation. I spoke absolutely no Portuguese so I was worried if I would have trouble getting around in the country. They made me feel extremely comfortable and answered any questions that I might have had during my stay putting my mind at ease. The project I was working on was food distribution. The staff who were at the ReFood center were very nice and caring individuals passionate about what they did! It was a pleasure to be have been able to work among such friendly locals! We were also able to have enough time to take many wonderful day trips around the city. The program coordinators went above and beyond to show us the loveliest, most interesting parts around town and explain the history behind them. Was the perfect balance of volunteering at the project site, and still getting to be a tourist in the wonderful city of Lisbon. It is a very vibrant city with something to do for everyone. Getting to work with the other volunteers, meet with locals, and immerse in Portuguese culture was truly invaluable. An experience I will not soon forget and would recommend to anyone thinking of trying it.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jason, What a great review! We often hear volunteers talk of the vibrancy of Lisbon and we are stoked that you were able to enjoy this awesome city. Thanks for your recommendation and for being an IVHQer!

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Katherine
Female
21 years old
Providence, Rhode Island
University of New Hampshire

Youth Support Program

10/10

For starters, this was my first time in Europe and Portugal was a perfect first experience! I had always wanted to do a volunteer program so my friend from school and I decided to start searching online for one, when we came along IVHQ we were thrilled by all the choices and the most affordable costs. We ended up picking Portugal because it was what our families agreed on. In our program the kids didn't necessarily NEED us like in third world countries, but they definitely enjoyed our presence instead of just being with the people in charge all the time. They loved having people to look up to. You could show up to your placement as you pleased, it was good to go most of the time but if you had a day trip planned or something during your time at placement you could always let them know and they had no problem with you missing a day. I would not trade my experience, I had a blast with the kids at SKILLZ, and in Portugal in general. I would definitely suggest Portugal as a stepping stone for those first time travelers or volunteers. I suggest going in open minded when volunteering!

How can this program be improved?

Meals for lunch and dinner could improve from boxed to fresh everyday

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Katherine, it's great to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience in Portugal. It sounds like you had a really memorable time and I am sure the local team would have been thrilled to have you there; you look like a great group of volunteers. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Jara
Female
21 years old
Indiana

Great experience!

10/10

I spent four weeks in Portugal with IVHQ, and I had a great experience! I worked with middle and high school students and helped them to develop some English skills and I played games with them. The team on the ground in Portugal was great and they were very supportive! I would definitely recommend IVHQ for anyone thinking about volunteering, and I will most definitely be volunteering again with them in the future!

How can this program be improved?

The orientation to the program was a little confusing, but overall, it ended up being great!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jara, Thanks for sharing! We are so glad that our local team supported you to have such a positive experience in Portugal. It will be great to have you volunteer on another IVHQ program in the future!

Allen
Male
23 years old
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Lisbon, Portugal-Youth Support

9/10

My experience with volunteering in Portugal was definitely one to remember! I was able to volunteer in the youth support program in the main town and help the kids with their arts and crafts! Lisbon was definitely a truly beautiful capital! With the amazing scenery of the castles and the color buildings throughout the city, you definitely won't be disappointed by what you'll see! The program facilitators for IVHQ and ImpacTrip were all very helpful too! Many extra excursions are offered during your stay as well! I was able to witness my very first professional soccer match with Team Portugal vs. Estonia and was even able to see Cristiano Ronaldo! This was definitely one of the highlights during my stay in Lisbon! This experience is a great way to meet some new friends as well! Immersing myself into the Portuguese culture is definitely an amazing opportunity that I will forever be grateful to have! This program has my highest recommendation!

How can this program be improved?

I would suggest more communication between the local support team and the volunteer program in order for everyone to be on the same page and to avoid any confusion.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Allen, We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience in Portugal! It is great that you were able to explore the beautiful city of Lisbon in your free time. Thanks for choosing IVHQ and we hope to have you back on another program again soon.

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