Volunteer in Portugal | Affordable Programs From 1 to 12 Weeks

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One of the most gorgeous places on Earth, Portugal is a place on every traveler's bucket list. And what can be more exciting than a volunteering trip to Portugal? Lying along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, there's a wide scope of volunteer opportunities, in order to gain first-hand experience.

The Marine Conservation Program in Lisbon would give you the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in the Coastline of Portugal.

In Porto, we have two amazing Projects - Construction & Renovation Project, and Food Waste Management Project. There's a 2 Week Special Program as well, being a part of which you can volunteer in Lisbon for a week and then in Porto for another.

Volunteering Solutions offers some extremely affordable and meaningful volunteer work opportunities in two different cities of Portugal - Lisbon & Porto.

Highlights
  • Get an opportunity to volunteer in Portugal for a meaningful cause and gain first-hand work experience.
  • Learn more about how the local organizations in Portugal function with the aim to bring a sustainable change.
  • Savor the taste of delicious Portuguese cuisines.
  • A chance to explore Portugal’s popular places as well as hidden gems.
  • Meet like-minded travelers from other parts of the world.

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Reviews

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Vivienne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2 weeks as a volunteer in Portugal

In the Hostel of Impact House was such a lovely and good atmosphere that I felt home and safe. Everyone was so nice and I made a lot of friends. One of the Things I liked most was that there were no real groups of people who were always together (of course there were some preferences but everyone talked to everyone). Scuba diving was really exciting and the Team is really fun and lovely. I could even get my open water certification which I'm really proud of.
Apparently I lost my ID and my Phone there but the people from Impact House helped me with every step and were very supportive. I even got my ID back after a couple of days but my phone remains missing somewhere in Portugal.

It's a very unique experience and I loved it so much there. I wish I could turn back time to experience it again.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay longer. I was there for 2 weeks but that's really short because you just get to know everyone so well from the diving Team and from Impact House and then you already have to go home. Most of the Volunteers stayed at least 3 weeks when I was there.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hey Vivienne,
Thanks for leaving a review for the 2 Weeks Marine Conservation Experience in Portugal. We are glad to know that you loved your time there and the local team provided great support and assistance to you during your time in Lisbon and Cascais.

We look forward to having you in our other program destinations as well soon !
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Lori
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Problems in Portugal

Our 18 year-old daughter went to Portugal for the 2-week experience in September 2019. It was one week in Lisbon, then one week in Porto. The week in Lisbon was outstanding, but her experience in Porto was an utter disappointment and potentially dangerous. After two days in Porto, we counseled her to leave the program.

In Lisbon, she stayed at an Impactrip hostel that was sex segregated and safe. In Porto, she stayed at a run-down hostel and was assigned to a room with a middle-aged male tourist—not a program participant. In Lisbon, she was with a cohort of other program participants her age. In Porto, she was alone. In Lisbon, she worked until 6 PM. In Porto, she was expected to work alone until midnight and travel alone back to the hostel. Perhaps you can see why she and her parents were so surprised and disappointed by the Porto experience.

We talked with a VolSol rep in Lisbon and told her that the situation was unacceptable. The rep offered to find another volunteer option, but by this point, all trust had been lost. At our own expense, we put our daughter up in a hotel and she finished out her remaining days in the city as a tourist. The clear reality is that VolSol has a strong program in Lisbon and a terrible, ineffective, and dangerous program in Porto.

What would you improve about this program?
The program in Porto needs a lot of work to bring it up to the level the Lisbon is at.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Lori,
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review for your daughter's experience in Portugal. We take volunteer reviews and feedback very seriously and have therefore taken the time to get some more information regarding your case.

We are happy to know that your daughter had a wonderful time during the first week in Lisbon as part of her two week experience. In regards to the experience in Porto, the accommodation is in a shared dorm, the meals are not included, the groups of volunteers are smaller and the volunteering schedules can happen until later. However, none of these details were written differently in the Program Booklet provided beforehand. After we received your complaint and dissatisfaction during the second week of the program, the local team immediately took action and offered different alternatives to all the points you found unsatisfying and we feel that we went beyond our possibilities: from assuming the extra cost for her to stay in another hostel (and doing that research for her); to adjusting the volunteering scheduling or even offering your daughter a program change to Lisbon at no extra cost.

Once again, we are very sorry that you were disappointed with the second week of the program. We are however pleased that your daughter had a great time in Lisbon and found it to be outstanding.
Team Volunteering Solutions