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Marine conservation and diving in Portugal

Pays d’action: Portugal, Europe
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat
Every year, over 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is lost in our oceans. As a consequence, more than 130,000 seals, whales and dolphins are being killed annually by this debris. This volunteer project involves diving in the ocean near Lisbon, removing fishing gear and other rubbish from the ocean bed and reefs.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Project description

It is forecasted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. To help try to combat this, volunteers join a passionate team of divers who dive every day to remove marine debris from the ocean.

Each day you will complete one dive lasting about 20 - 50 minutes. Dives vary from 10 - 15m in depth. On each dive, you will be surveying an area of the ocean bed looking for plastic, fishing gear and other rubbish. This will then be collected, separated and disposed of safely. To date, almost 3000kg of waste has been removed from the sea.

Project highlights

  • If you have never dived before, you will gain your open water certification in your first week
  • For divers who are already certified, you will take extra certifications whilst you are in Portugal.
  • Help to rejuvenate the Portuguese coastline, removing trash every day to encourage marine biodiversity
  • Learn more about how to dive sustainably, whilst also improving your diving skills
  • Live in the buzzing city of Lisbon, and 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.

Extra useful information about the organisation of this project

  • You will be with other international volunteers from around the world
  • There is 24/7 emergency support
  • Speak to someone who has done this project - our experienced team have volunteered on all of our projects and know them intimately
  • You will need travel insurance to be able to join this project - we can offer advice of what to look for in a travel insurance policy

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 when and where participants can travel. 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.

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.

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 :
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 4 semaines / 1 Mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 2114 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 3299 €
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 between February and November, 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 diving experience is required as you can learn whilst you are in Portugal
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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  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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