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Portugal Food Waste Project

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Portugal Food Waste Project

This project wants to merge tourism and volunteering in a unique experience.

Prices from US$695

One of Europe’s oldest nations, Portugal is a spectacular country featuring hill top forts, dramatic walled towns and pristine beaches. The diversity and friendliness of the people, alongside the rustic flavours of traditional dishes and the delicious and affordable wine, make Portugal a must see destination.
Whilst visiting this incredible country why not contribute to a genuinely important cause, whilst educating yourself and others.
It is estimated that between one third and one half of all the food produced globally is wasted.  Amongst all the actions that have been adopted, the most popular and efficient one seems to be raising awareness within the community, encouraging behavioural change to reduce food waste.
By joining this rewarding project, you will contribute in delivering food and helping over 3000 people every day. It is a great opportunity to address an issue that is not only restricted to Portugal but is increasingly being discussed and tackled globally. Through this meaningful work you will have the opportunity to be integrated into a team of volunteers from all over the world tackling food waste.
 
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

    Exploring Portugal and the beautiful city of Lisbon
    Educating and impacting the local community
    Make long lasting friendships whilst gaining leadership skills

FAST FACTS

Location    Lisbon, Portugal
       
Activities     Assist in developing local communities
                     Help feed disadvantaged inhabitants whilst fighting food waste
                     Help to create better lives for the communities
                     Improve the management of food waste and its collection

Transport      Airport pickup and transfer to project location
Accommodation  Sustainable Hostel in the centre of Lisbon
      

WHAT'S INCLUDED

                           Pre-departure support & documentation
                           Travel & medical advice and documentation
Before you go    Advice on kit and equipment
                           Discounted medical kit
                           Free T-shirt (UK Only)
                          Project orientation and training
                          Guided tour on first day
                          Accommodation
In-country          Three meals a day prepared by local cook
                          Airport pick-up
                          Project T-shirt
                          In-country 24/7 support
                          24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This project wants to merge tourism and volunteering in a unique experience. The idea is to raise awareness on food wastage together with responsible tourism. You will have the opportunity to visit Lisbon whilst also contributing to bringing a positive change in the community. You will meet other volunteers who share your passion for changing lives. Whilst working in the local community you will also gain experience in leading a team and learning on how to re-use food that would otherwise to waste.


WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
In this program, you will actively contribute to fight food waste and hunger in a program that feeds over 3000 people a day.  Volunteers will support a network of centres which recover food from local restaurants, supermarkets and cafés and re-distribute it among families, elderly and homeless people in need.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be picked up at Lisbon International Airport by a member of our in-country staff. You will then be transported to your accommodation where you will be given an introduction to the program and the city.


WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Whilst volunteering on this project you will be staying in a shared volunteer apartment in the city centre with all the amenities you need including TV, Wi-Fi, towels, a fully equipped kitchen, different comfortable common areas and a terrace to relax on. You will be lodged in a dormitory at a sustainable Hostel with the option to upgrade for an extra cost. The dormitories are single-gendered and have safe boxes for you to store your belongings safely.


WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided three typical Portuguese dishes daily, but there will be also alternatives for vegans, vegetarians, lactose intolerant and gluten free meals. Free tea and water is also available at the hostel at any time. You will have the chance also to try the classic Mediterranean influenced Portuguese dishes ad carne de porco à Alentajana (pork marinated in wine with clams), gaspacho (cold soup made of tomatoes, onions, garlic and chillies), and a lot of fresh fish: as the famous bacalhau or salted cod of which every region has its own specialty.
 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Lisbon’s rich culture and history. You can explore the many architectural marvels of the city including the Mosteiro dos Jerimos and nearby Tower of Belém, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Portugal’s natural beauty isn’t far from your doorstep either! Just short trip away from Lisbon you’ll find the coastal national park of Parque Natural da Arrábida and the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais which provides scenic walks through the mountains and views of coastal cliffs reaching up to 100 meters!
 

COSTS

1 week US$895

2 weeks US$1,195

3 weeks US$1,645

4 weeks US$2,045

5 weeks US$2,395

6 weeks US$2,745

7 weeks US$3,095

8 weeks US$3,595

9 weeks US$4,095

10 weeks US$4,445

11 weeks US$4,945

12 weeks US$5,445

This programme runs throughout the entire year.
The placements start on the first and third Mondays of the month.


DURATION
Minimum 1 week
Maximum 12 weeks

WHAT’S INCLUDED
                            Pre-departure support & documentation
                           Travel & medical advice and documentation
Before you go    Advice on kit and equipment
                           Discounted medical kit
                           Free T-shirt (UK Only)
                           Project orientation and training
                           Guided tour on first day
                           Accommodation
In-country          Three meals a day prepared by local cook
                          Airport pick-up
                          Project T-shirt
                          In-country 24/7 support
                          24-hour international HQ backup
 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Lisbon (LIS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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