One of Europe’s most vibrant countries, Portugal offers outstanding landscape diversity, boasting forested mountainous areas in the north, rocky sloping mountains in the central regions and glamorous beach destinations of the Algarve.
This important project is based in the city of Mafra, an area that epitomises Portugal’s beauty. Culturally important, Mafra is home to the magnificent Palácio de Mafra, an extravagant palace-monastery hybrid built in 1717. Shortly after its construction a park called the Tapada Nacional de Mafra was created nearby as an area for the Portuguese monarchy to hunt in. Nowadays it provides a habitat for a diverse range of species and is used for environmental awareness and education programmes.
Volunteers on this project will have the incredible opportunity to contribute towards the conservation and protection of the Iberian Wolf. Only a century ago, they inhabited areas of Spain and Portugal in high numbers, but unfortunately, due to hunting and other man made factors, they became endangered during the late twentieth century. Since then the hunting of wolves has been banned and thanks to projects such as this one, their numbers have increased. However, it is vital that progress is maintained; therefore the meaningful work of volunteers on this project is extremely important.
Volunteers will be accommodated in very comfortable wooden housing, based in a beautiful nature reserve. Working with local staff, they will have the opportunity to partake in a wide range of activities such as; monitoring the behaviour of the wolves, observing their health, helping with feeding and supplying water, forest cleaning, maintenance of the centres infrastructure and forest fire prevention.
• Gain hands on wildlife conservation experience
• Make a positive impact towards the conservation and protection of the Iberian Wolf
• Explore the rich Portuguese culture
• Live and work in beautiful surroundings
• Make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories!
Location Mafra, Portugal
Activities Learning all aspects of a Wolf conservation programme!
Monitoring and observing the health of the Iberian wolves
Feeding and water supply
Maintenance of centres infrastructure
Transport Airport pick-up & transfer to project location
Accommodation A comfortable wooden house in a beautiful nature reserve!
Before you go
• Pre-departure support & documentation
• Travel and medical advice & documentation
• Advice on visas & equipment
• Discounted medical kit
• Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
• 3 meals a day
• Project orientation and training
• 24-hour international HQ backup
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.