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Lisbon - Forest Conservation

What happens on your first day?

In the morning, the local staff lead an interactive session (at the volunteer accommodation) that includes some ice-breaker activities and a presentation that covers a lot of useful information including: an introduction to Portugal and it's culture, the volunteer experience (setting expectations), an overview of our programs, practical information for getting around the city and beyond, and safety guidelines. In the afternoon, the volunteers are escorted into the city center for a special tour. They are also able to buy bus tickets, local sim cards and exchange money if necessary, all with a local staff member for support.


Below is what a typical day as a volunteer is like:

07:00 - 10:00 Breakfast at the volunteer’s accommodation

10:00 - 13:30 You can either travel to the project to join local placement staff and begin work on your volunteer project or (2), explore the city, relax, attend Portuguese language lessons or enroll in other activities if you have an afternoon project

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch is served at the accommodation. In the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement.

14:30 - 19:30 You can either travel to the project to join local placement staff and begin work on your volunteer project or (2), explore the city, relax, attend Portuguese language lessons or enroll in other activities if you have a morning project.

20:00 - 22:00 Dinner at the accommodation. After dinner, you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.


- Accommodation
- Three meals a day, everyday: breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request)
- Pick-up at the airport (On the Sunday prior to an Introduction Day)
- Responsible guided city tour (2 hours)
- Allocation to a non-profit and placement coordination on the first day of volunteering
- Materials for the volunteer activities
- Free maps, city guides and the best tips to discover the city!
- Support 24/7 (365 days a year at anytime.)

Mandatory requirements

Criminal Background Check required - this document needs to be sent to the local team at least one week before arrival day

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.


What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination


Free yoga class every Friday at your hostel.
Your shifts will generally last between 5 and 8 hours per day and will take place either in the morning or in the afternoon, which will leave you with plenty of free time to go explore Lisbon, take a stroll around your surroundings, catch the most important sites, interact with the locals or simply relax! And of course, you will have your weekends off as well!


Impact Beach House is a hostel dedicated to Climate Action, with a special focus on Ocean Conservation and Circularity. The house is beautiful and was specially designed to be the house of volunteers. It is located in Estoril and it's just 5 minutes walking distance from the beach. It is super close to Estoril and S. João do Estoril train stations, and it is approx. 45 mins train ride from the city center of Lisbon. The house is also closer to most projects and some are even within walking distance. It has 10 rooms with bunk beds with curtains and private storage for more privacy, and the shared rooms are divided into female and male rooms. There is an amazing outdoor terrace and a fully equipped kitchen. Wi-Fi is available everywhere.

Local transport

Pick-up at the airport is included.

Please note:
Transport between accommodation and volunteer project location is not included.


ThreeAll meals are provided in the common area and prepared with fresh local ingredients. Breakfast is served as a buffet and for lunch and dinner, there are always 2 options available, one vegetarian and another option (gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request.) If you prefer, in the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement, as long as you request it the day before.

Additional info

When joining the program in the Winter, the volunteer should be prepared to have lower temperatures of between 40-60°F (5-15°C), and come equipped with warm clothing. If the volunteer is planning on coming during the summer, when temperatures range between 77-100ºF (25-38ºC), comfortable and light clothes are recommended.

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