Volunteering Solutions, in association with a local organization in Portugal, is aiming to protect the marine life with the help of the volunteers. As a part of the Marine Conservation Program, 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 this new underwater world and contribute to clean up the Atlantic Ocean by bringing trash out during your dive.
Cascais is a fisherman village a few km from Lisbon. The meeting point of many tourists for its beaches, culture, and entertainment is also the ideal place for eco-diving, given its vast coastline rich in fauna and flora. The Marina de Cascais is a port, situated near the Bay of Cascais, which has a series of restaurants, commercial spaces and sailing, and diving schools. This where you'll be spending your time while volunteering for the Marine Conservation Program.
Being associated with this highly recommended program, you can:
This program would be perfect for high school and college students, as well as gap year travelers who are keen to learn something new and contribute effectively towards social change. Observe fish of all colors, touch weird seaweeds, explore underwater caves and discover boat wrecks and much more. You will discover wonders hidden underwater, a Portuguese treasure unknown to many but loved by those who are brave enough to take this challenge.
Note: You will always be supervised by an experienced diver instructor and will receive comprehensive training on the marine conservation subject. Any person can participate, from beginners (that will start with the Open Water Dive Certification) or more experienced divers as the program is adapted to your diving experience.
The day to day itinerary depends on the diving experience of the participants and weather conditions. A general overview would be:
Day 1: Transfer from the airport to the accommodation.
Day 2: Introduction presentation about the Portuguese culture and program specifics + Guided tour in Lisbon.
Remaining days: According to the table attached below:
Weekdays: After the initial orientation in Lisbon, you will spend the rest of your program in Cascais with other volunteers.
8:00 AM - Breakfast at the volunteer house
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - First dive of the day. You will start by learning the fundamentals and after a couple days you will start diving in the Atlantic Ocean
1:30 PM - Take the train back to the volunteer house
2:00 - 2:30 PM - Lunchtime
2:30 - 5:00 PM - Relaxing & Travel time Usually, the afternoons are free to travel around the city, learning Portuguese or to relax. Sometimes you can also dive during the afternoons depending on the specialties or certification you are doing but the instructor will tell you on the first day.
7:30-9:00 PM - Dinner at the volunteer accommodation together with the other volunteers.
Volunteers in Lisbon are accommodated at a sustainable hostel accommodation. Located in one of the oldest Lisbon neighborhood, Restelo, the hostel is just 20 minutes away from the best custard tart in the country ! You can find local shops, traditional restaurants, the stunning Belém area, supermarkets, ATMs and most utilities you will need just around the corner.
The Hostel is surrounded by several connecting options to the city center, such as a big option of buses (20 minutes away from the center), and the Algés train station that leads you to Lisbon or Cascais (25 walking distance from the hostel). The airport is just 8.2 km away from the hostel.
The hostel runs on the unique sustainability concept through which they have developed innovative projects based on circular economy and in partnership with local non-profit partners. These projects are integrated into the very basis of the way the hostel works. Some examples are the compensation of 100% of its CO2 emissions; the upcycling and wooden waste usage as furniture of the room; the social and sustainable shop; the ecologic and biodegradable cleaning projects and the vegetable garden.
Breakfast is generally self-made at the hostel with different supplies provided at the accommodation. Lunch and Dinner are also provided either at the placement or in the form of a packed meal.
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Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the project. Participants must be physically fit and prepared to work outdoors and know swimming. You must be fit to dive and be enthusiastic about marine conservation. Participants need not have prior diving experience as on-site training is available. You must be flexible and open-minded.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
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