Volunteer in Portugal

WHY we need you in Portugal


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Volunteer in Portugal

From the captivating cobblestone streets of Lisbon to the picturesque vineyards of the Douro Valley, Portugal offers plenty of experiences for volunteers seeking to make a difference. Volunteering in Portugal provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the country’s vibrant culture while contributing to meaningful projects that address pressing social and educational challenges.

Whether you’re drawn to supporting community development initiatives, homelessness efforts, or education programs, volunteering in Portugal promises to be a rewarding and enriching experience that allows you to positively impact the lives of others while exploring all that this beautiful country has to offer. 

Volunteer Projects in Portugal

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Food Support for the Homeless

In big cities like Lisbon, there's been an increase in homelessness and families struggling to make ends meet. But together, we can make a difference! This project aims to tackle food waste and help feed those in need.

Location: Lisbon 
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 2 Weeks
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: Schengen Visa Required

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Kindergarten Education

Your role is pivotal in fostering the healthy and balanced growth of these children. Working alongside dedicated teachers, you'll provide education and childcare services throughout the day. From assisting with basic routines like nap time and lunch to collaborating on lesson plans and administrative tasks.

Location: Lisbon 
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 2 Weeks
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: Schengen Visa Required

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2 Week Community Volunteering and Culture

Explore the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal's capital, and discover its hidden treasures with our 14-day Lisbon Culture and Community Adventure. Combine volunteering with culture and adventure travel in this all in one trip.

Location: Lisbon
Start Dates for 2024: 3rd Jun, 1st Jul, 5th Aug, 2nd Sep 
Min Duration: 2 Weeks
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: Schengen Visa Required


What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation (not for Leyte projects)
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $1095
  • 2 Weeks - $1990
  • 3 Weeks - $2985
  • 1 Month - $3980
  • 2 Months - $7960
  • 3 Months - $11,940
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- 2 Week Community & Culture

All prices in USD
  • 2 Weeks - $2195
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35+ Years Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.  We accept volunteers from all over the world and place them in meaningful overseas missions.  

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

Portugal, situated on the western edge of Europe, boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. From its ancient cities steeped in maritime heritage to its golden beaches along the Atlantic coastline, Portugal offers a diverse range of attractions for visitors to explore. The country’s warm Mediterranean climate, renowned cuisine, and friendly locals create an inviting atmosphere for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the Portuguese way of life. With its centuries-old monuments, charming villages, and vibrant festivals, Portugal captivates the imagination and leaves a lasting impression on all who have the pleasure of experiencing its wonders.

Furthermore, Portugal has emerged as a modern and progressive nation, known for its commitment to sustainability, innovation, and social progress. In recent years, Portugal has made significant strides in areas such as renewable energy, environmental conservation, and social welfare, earning accolades and recognition on the global stage. As a member of the European Union, Portugal actively participates in international cooperation efforts, fostering partnerships and initiatives to address shared challenges and promote peace and prosperity. With its blend of tradition and modernity, Portugal stands as a beacon of resilience and optimism, inviting visitors to discover the boundless possibilities that await in this captivating country. 

Portugal enjoys a diverse climate that varies across its regions due to its geographical location and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the coastline, particularly in the southern and western regions, Portugal experiences a Mediterranean climate characterised by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The summer months typically span from June to September, with temperatures often reaching highs in the mid to upper 20s Celsius (70s to 80s Fahrenheit). Winters, on the other hand, generally occur from December to February, with temperatures cooling down and occasional rainfall.

Inland areas, such as the interior regions and mountainous areas, have a more continental climate with hotter summers and colder winters. The northern regions tend to be cooler and wetter throughout the year, experiencing more rainfall than the southern areas. Overall, Portugal’s climate is generally temperate, offering pleasant weather for much of the year and making it a popular destination for tourists seeking sunshine, outdoor activities, and relaxation along its beautiful beaches. 

Portugal’s culture is a vibrant mosaic of traditions, history, and creativity. From the haunting melodies of fado to the mouthwatering flavours of traditional cuisine, every aspect reflects the nation’s rich heritage. Festivals and celebrations dot the calendar, filling the streets with music, dance, and joyous revelry. Visitors are welcomed with open arms, invited to immerse themselves in a culture that is both timeless and ever-evolving.

At the heart of Portuguese culture lies a deep sense of community and hospitality. Whether exploring historic landmarks, dining at local taverns, or simply strolling through charming villages, visitors are greeted with warmth and genuine hospitality at every turn. The Portuguese people take pride in sharing their traditions and customs, inviting travellers to experience the unique charm and beauty of their homeland. 

Cascais, located along Portugal’s coastline, enjoys sandy beaches, clear waters, and the rugged cliffs offer a haven for beach enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The town’s vibrant atmosphere is characterised by its charming streets adorned with colourful buildings, bustling cafes, and unique shops, creating a delightful ambiance for visitors to immerse themselves in. For those intrigued by history, Cascais boasts notable landmarks such as the impressive Cascais Citadel and the esteemed Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum, providing a glimpse into its storied past. 

You will be accommodated in our volunteer house which is located in Cascais, close to Lisbon. Rooms are shared dorms on a single gender basis, with 4-10 people per room. Accommodation includes wifi, air-con, laundry at an extra fee, bed linin, and hot showers. You can find anything you require such as ATMs, supermarkets, pharmacies, etc. close to the accommodation at a walking distance. 

Portuguese food is a delightful mix of flavours that reflects the country’s rich history and diverse influences. One of the must-try dishes is bacalhau, which is salted cod prepared in various ways, from hearty stews to crispy fritters. And then there’s pastéis de nata, those creamy custard tarts with a flaky crust that are simply irresistible!

But Portuguese cuisine is more than just these classics. There’s caldo verde, a comforting soup made with kale, potatoes, and sausage, perfect for warming up on a chilly day. And let’s not forget about the array of fresh seafood dishes, from grilled sardines to succulent shrimp prepared in garlic sauce. 

On the Monday at the start of your program, you will recive an orientation to the local area.

  • Welcome to Portugal! Arrival orientation and introduction to Portuguese traditions and culture, house rules, and code of conduct
  • Basic Portuguese Lesson
  • Walking tour around local interest spots
  •  Dinner

An airport pickup is included in your program on Sundays, please see individual programs for further details. 

Places to see in Portugal:

Explore the historic neighbourhoods of Lisbon, such as Alfama and Bairro Alto, and visit iconic landmarks like São Jorge Castle and Belém Tower.

Discover the enchanting beauty of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its fairytale palaces and lush gardens.

Wander through the picturesque vineyards of the Douro Valley and enjoy wine tastings at local wineries.

Relax on the golden beaches of the Algarve, known for their stunning cliffs and crystal-clear waters.

Embark on a culinary journey through Portugal, sampling traditional dishes like bacalhau, pastéis de nata, and grilled sardines.

In or Near Cascais:

Visit the Cascais Citadel, a historic fortress overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and explore its maritime museum.

Take a leisurely stroll along the Cascais Promenade, lined with palm trees and offering breathtaking views of the coastline.

Spend a day at Guincho Beach, known for its strong winds and excellent conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Explore the charming village of Sintra, just a short drive from Cascais, and marvel at its palaces, gardens, and winding streets.

Play a round of golf at one of Cascais’ world-class golf courses, such as Oitavos Dunes or Quinta da Marinha.

Discover the Boca do Inferno, a dramatic cliff formation where the waves crash against the rocks, creating a spectacular natural phenomenon.

Take a day trip to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, and enjoy stunning views of the rugged coastline. 

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Weekends & Extra Tours

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