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Building and renovation volunteering in Portugal

Pays d’action: Portugal, Europe
Type d’activité: Construction & Infrastructures
Over 50,000 people in Portugal do not have access to basic amenities in their homes such as running water or heating. People living below the poverty line are financially unable to maintain their homes, so volunteers are needed to help them do so. Volunteers work to help renovate houses, allowing people to live in comfort and have pride in their homes.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

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    A group of volunteers prepare to help improve a home
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    Volunteers work hard to help renovate homes in Portugal
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    Volunteers busy painting a house in Portugal
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    Volunteers help with interior decorating in Portugal
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    Volunteers help to renovate a house in Portugal

Project description

Sadly, many people who are living below the poverty line in Portugal are financially unable to maintain their homes. Issues such as unemployment, disability and old age mean that for many, they are simply not able to create the basic living conditions that they need for a healthy and safe lifestyle. Join a charity that helps people to have a clean, safe and warm home, achieved through basic DIY and renovations.

Volunteer tasks
Volunteers join the charity team, lead by an experienced builder, going into people's houses to give them the helping hand that they need. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people, and see their joy as their house becomes a home.

Volunteer tasks can include, but are not limited to:

  • Help with stripping the walls and preparing them for painting
  • Paint both interior and exterior walls
  • Tile the floors and walls
  • Fit showers or kitchen units
  • Help with general DIY around the home
  • Mix concrete and lay bricks

Full instruction is given throughout, so you do not need any prior experience. You will learn on the job. You will volunteer for about 4 hours per day, 5 days per week.

Project highlights

  • Learn useful DIY skills, and use them to do something good
  • Improve the lives of people who are living below the poverty line in Portugal
  • Live in the buzzing city of Lisbon - enjoy stunning beaches, great food, amazing wine, ancient monasteries and city life

Free time
You will be working on the project Monday - Friday, either on a morning or afternoon shift. This working pattern means that you have plenty of time to improve your Portuguese, explore the local area and get to know your fellow volunteers. You will have weekends free to explore the local area including the beaches, Lisbon, Porto, Sintra and more.

Accommodation and food

You will be living in possibly the most eco-friendly guest house in Lisbon. The accommodation is just 30 minutes from the city centre, in a quiet residential area. You will be sharing accommodation with other volunteers. There is a large patio, wifi, games, lounge area and yoga classes at the accommodation.

Important things to know about the accommodation are:

  • Every effort is taken to avoid single use plastic - ranging from food packaging to toiletries packaging
  • Any plastic that cannot be avoided is shredded and then reused
  • Three yummy meals are served each day. Any food that is wasted will either be composted or be donated to the homeless

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

This organisation specialises in arranging hand-picked ethical volunteering projects in 18 countries around the world. Projects mainly focus on animal welfare, conservation, and sustainability, with strong focus also on humanitarian and social care programmes. Their passionate and experienced team of travellers have been sending volunteers around the world since 2006.

We are able to accept bookings for all projects currently, however the situation is still evolving regarding whether participants can travel. As soon as travel restrictions are lifted and the safety of travel has been scrutinised, volunteers will be able to travel once more. This will vary on a country to country basis.

We are offering free trip changes, free date changes and also free unspecified date changes. This gives travellers maximum flexibility, whilst also giving them something to look forward to once this is over.

If participants cannot travel, their money is financially protected by ATOL or IPP. The money paid can be used towards any of our other trips within 18 months.

Fully refundable deposit and no further payment due until 21 days before departure. Free trip date and destination changes until 28 days before departure.
En savoir plus sur nos critères de sélection pour choisir nos organisations partenaires.

Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Portugal, Europe
Type d'activité :
Construction & Infrastructures
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 1394 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 1797 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 2603 €
3 mois : 3409 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
This project runs year round, with arrivals every 2 weeks.
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Maîtrise de langues :
English must be spoken and understood
Qualifications particulières :
No previous experience is required as you will be taught and guided by an experienced builder and decorator.
Hébergement & repas :
You will be living in an eco volunteer house, sharing a room with up to 9 other volunteers. The house has a lovely patio, living room, wifi, dining area, balconies and kitchen facilities. Three delicious meals are provided each day.

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