Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Portugal from $375

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Trusted by 90,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Portugal and 40+ other destinations around the world.

You can choose from 5 volunteer project options in Portugal and give back for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a hostel, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Portugal, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the local community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

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!
  • IVHQ’s Portugal program is available year-round, starting on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $375 - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 5 and 20 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Portugal each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 90,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs


Questions & Answers


based on 18 reviews
  • Impact 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.6
  • Safety 9.8
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Youth Support Program

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!

Yes, I recommend
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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.

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