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Meaningful Volunteering Opportunities To Enrich Your Gap Year in Portugal

Gap Year Volunteering Programs in Portugal
From £984
Duration 7 - 84 Days
From £984
Duration 7 - 84 Days
Explore Portugal like never before and make a difference through your active contributions as a volunteer.

Located on the south-western tip of Europe, bordered by Spain, Portugal offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. Whether you wish to go for a hike through the lush green hills, soak in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras, walk down the cobbled streets in Lisbon or maybe relax on the beaches of Algarve – Portugal has it all for you!

Being a volunteer in Portugal during your gap year, you’ll get the opportunity to dig deeper into the social and environmental problems of the country and make a meaningful impact through your active participation.


  • Programs in Portugal are available throughout the year, in Lisbon & Porto
  • Minimum age to join a program is 18 years and above
  • Programs are available for a minimum of 1 week to maximum 12 weeks
  • Perfectly customisable options for students joining in groups
  • Immense international work exposure and first-hand learning experience
  • Volunteering opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the underprivileged ones
  • A chance to explore Portugal’s popular places as well as hidden gems
  • Get to know more about Portuguese culture, heritage, and history
  • Certificate of completion after the program ends


Portugal is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous places on Earth, lying along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. In spite of being a small country, Portugal has played an important role in European history, being a maritime capital of all times.

If you’ve always had the urge to set sail and explore this beautiful nation, then now is the time to let your dreams find a way. No matter whether you are a high school/ college student or a gap year traveler looking for a meaningful work experience abroad, the projects would surely help you to learn new things and you can actively contribute to making a difference.

2 Weeks Special Voluntour – If you have just 2 weeks in hand and looking forward to traveling to Portugal, then this would definitely be the best choice for you. As a volunteer, you will participate in a project that simultaneously rescues healthy food from going to waste and feeds thousands of people every day. Not just that, but you’ll also get to spend your weekend exploring the Berlengas island in Peniche.

Food Waste Management Program – Being a volunteer for the Food Waste Management Project, you will get to work in the city of Porto and actively contribute towards fighting food waste and hunger in a structured system that feeds over 3000 people every day. You will help the local teams collecting, organizing and distributing the food excess from restaurants and cafés to fight food waste in the city. It’ll be an extremely satisfying work, and you’ll get to realize & understand the value of food management.

Construction & Renovation Project – This program allows you to give better living conditions to the local communities in Porto by contributing to the renovation of houses of poor families while enjoying your international experience. It aims directly towards helping these families, by giving them a decent home. As a volunteer, you will rebuild and repair their houses so they have a healthier and happier place to live, in different neighbourhoods across the city of Porto. The volunteers can use their skills and qualifications to help in different tasks, according to their interests and the social or environmental needs.

Marine Conservation Program – As a part of this, you will have the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in the Coastline of Portugal. Discover the underwater world and contribute towards the cleaning up of the Atlantic Ocean by bringing trash out during your dive. It’ll definitely encourage you to become more environmentally friendly and turn you into a responsible traveler.

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
Experience Volunteering
Region Europe
Country Portugal

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