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Fight food waste volunteering in Portugal

Pays d’action: Portugal, Europe
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat, Missions humanitaires
Each day, 2000kg of food is wasted in Portugal. Meanwhile, thousands of people are living below the poverty line, unable to afford substantial and healthy meals each day. Volunteers on this project travel around the city of Lisbon collecting unwanted food from retailers, and distribute it to those in need.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Project description

795 million people around the world are suffering from malnutrition - meanwhile, roughly one third of all food produced globally is going to waste each year. This project aims to reduce food waste and hunger, through collecting unwanted food and distributing it to those who need it.

Each day, volunteers visit supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants to collect unwanted food, or food that is about to go past its sell by date. This food is then taken to a distribution centre for preparing into meals. Once the food preparation is done, it is distributed amongst homeless people or those living below the poverty line.

About 500 homeless people in Lisbon are being fed each day thanks to these efforts.

Volunteer tasks

  • Food collection from various food outlets around the city
  • Unpackaging, preparing, storing and repackaging food for distribution
  • Distributing food to the homeless at the centre, or delivering food to those who are unable to collect it

Project highlights

  • Promote sustainability through this volunteer project
  • Help to reduce the amount of food waste in the world, both on the project but also when you get home
  • Help homeless people and those living below the poverty line to sustain themselves
  • Live in the buzzing city of Lisbon - enjoy the stunning beaches, great food, amazing wine, ancient monasteries and city life

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.

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

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.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Portugal, Europe
Type d'activité :
Ecovolontariat,Missions humanitaires
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 : 1360 €
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 throughout the year, 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 :
Pas nécessaire
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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