Affordable Volunteer Programs in Portugal from US$375

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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


  • 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!

Questions & Answers


based on 17 reviews
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  • Fun 9.5
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Great experience!

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!

Yes, I recommend

Lisbon, Portugal-Youth Support

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.

Yes, I recommend

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