Volunteering abroad is a great opportunity to acquire new skills, meet new people from different cultures, and grow as an individual. This program allows you to give better living conditions to the local communities by contributing to the renovation of houses of poor families while enjoying your international experience.
The volunteering program aims at causing a positive impact on local communities in different areas such as poverty, children education, among many other areas in different neighborhoods 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 institutions’ needs.
Construction & Renovation Project would be a perfect choice for gap year travelers as well as college student groups, who wish to travel together and combine their efforts in making a difference.
In Portugal, over two million people are in danger of living in poverty, including 500 thousand children and their families. This program directly helps 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.
You will have the opportunity to be integrated into a team of volunteers from all over the world that have a common mission. Painting doors, repairing the rooms’ floor or fixing the bathroom wall will be part of your daily tasks. You don’t have to have construction experience because there will always be a supervisor explaining how to perform the tasks and making sure everything you do is correct.
The results of your work are tangible and truly meaningful from day one and the smiles on the family faces when moving in again will be absolutely priceless.
Being a volunteer for this project, you main roles would be:
Weekdays: After the initial orientation of the first project day, you will volunteer around 3 to 5 hours per weekday.
There are 2 options as far as the work schedule is concerned, and volunteers will be given either of the following options:
9 AM -12 PM - Volunteer at placement
Afternoon - Free time to explore the city
Morning - Free time to explore the city
2 PM to 6 PM - Volunteer at placement
As the volunteers are in charge of the preparation of their meals, the schedule in Porto is quite free.
Weekends are mostly free to set out for short trips & exploring the gorgeous country!
You will be picked up on arrival at Porto airport and transferred to the volunteer accommodation. For those participants who will already in Porto beforehand just let us know and we will arrange your pickup from any location in Porto.
On the first day of the program, all participants are given an introduction presentation with the group giving further details of the program along with a walking tour of Porto city center for approximately two hours.
Volunteers in Porto will be accommodated in a guest house that offers a comfortable stay. Located in Vila Nova de Gaia, just one kilometer from Porto city center, you will have a dorm with 7 beds with basic furniture and natural light. All rooms have shared bathrooms, and there is a fully equipped kitchen for use of all the guests where you can store and prepare food as you wish. There is free wifi in all the rooms. If you want, you may upgrade to a private room upon request and subject to availability (for an extra cost).There is free Wi-fi in all the rooms and a big balcony with river view. There are small shops and restaurants in the area. In the restaurants, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the river banks and enjoy some Portuguese tapas and traditional local delicacies such as the well-known Francesinha.
Meals are not included in the program however you are welcome to use the fully equipped kitchen at the accommodation to cook your own meals.
During your Free Time
The weekends are free for you to get to know Portugal in a better way. We can help you to book the trips that you want to go to any point in the country. Besides that, we have one or two day programs, where you will have unique experiences on your own or in a group.
Some of the tours and experiences that you can enjoy during the freetime include :-
Douro, Port and Moscatel Tour – You will visit these wines Estates, taste them and have a typical lunch with amazing views.
Minho and Vinho Verde Alvarinho Tour – You will visit the beautiful Viana do Castelo, Melgaço, and Monção, taste the Vinho Verde and some of the best Portuguese cuisine
Aveiro and Bairrada Sparkling Wine Tour – Visit the beautiful city of Aveiro and get to know its wonders and traditions. The Lunch is going to be Roasted Suckling Pig accompanied by wine from the region of Mealhada.
Dão and Coimbra Tour - Visit Coimbra, a magic place with the most ancient University of Portugal and full of history. Taste the Dão region wines and the typical food and bakery.
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Note: Under 18 can be accommodated provided they are accompanied by a guardian.
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