If you are keen to volunteer for a social cause and help several hungry people to have a stomach-full meal, then join us and contribute towards the cause of reducing food waste in Porto.
Volunteering abroad is a great opportunity to acquire new skills, meet new people from different cultures, and grow as an individual. Volunteering Solutions aims to provide you with a wide variety of volunteer programs that focus on immersing into the culture of another country and helping the local communities directly.
Being a volunteer for the Food Waste Management 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.
As a part of this program, you will actively contribute to 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. Volunteers will support a center which recovers food, in good conditions, from local restaurants, supermarkets, and cafés and re-distribute it among families, elderly and homeless people in need. These are people who need food support to feed them and their families.
Volunteers can be working across the centers in Porto and their tasks will include collecting the food from local providers, assisting with packaging it, cleaning used containers, assisting with sorting and storage of any food left for the next day, distributing it to the families and clean up at the end of the shift.
To say the least, it’ll be immensely satisfying to volunteer for such a noble cause.
As a volunteer for this program, your main roles would include:
Weekdays: After the initial orientation of the first project day, you will volunteer around 3 to 5 hours per weekday.
Morning - Free time to explore the city
6 pm to 10 pm or 8 pm to 12 am - Volunteer at the 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 pick up from any location in Porto.
On the first day of the program, all participants are given an introductory 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 mixed-gender 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 a 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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Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project and should be active, responsible and ready to act. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program. All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program.
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