Lisbon is nearby and, before or after your volunteering, there is plenty to see and do. Lisbon is close to the beach and is also a great transiting point for exploring the rest of the country.
Accommodation during the first days in Lisbon will be at a social and sustainable hostel in or near Lisbon, depending on the season.
Accommodation between May to end of September
Impact Beach House is the new volunteer accommodation by the beach. The place is beautiful and was specially designed to be the house of volunteers.
This house is located in Estoril and it's just 5 minutes from the beach, walking distance. It is super close to Estoril and S. João do Estoril train stations, and it is approx. 1 hour train ride from the city center of Lisbon. The house is also closer to most projects and some are even within walking distance. It has 10 rooms and there will be female and male rooms. There is an amazing outdoor terrace and a fully equipped kitchen. Wi-Fi is available everywhere, private storage is available, and the beds offer more privacy.
Accommodation between October to end of April
Impact House is a hostel committed to sustainability, which offers dormitories and private double rooms, with free WiFi and access to shared bathroom facilities. The communal facilities include a spacious living area, a beautiful garden and a vegetables garden, big outdoor area, swimming pool, dining room as well as activities room - where there is a free yoga class every Friday. A continental breakfast is served daily and is free to all guests. Homemade lunch and dinner (with vegetarian options) are available every day. Impact House welcomes the local community to participate in events and use the hostel facilities, this gives the locals and volunteers a unique chance to mix and share ideas. Impact House is located 2,5km from the touristic area of Belém which is a great choice for travellers interested in local food, culture, city walks and sightseeing.
Accommodation in Mafra is in in very comfortable wooden houses at the center. As the houses on the Wolf Conservation project have limited rooms, volunteers are not able to be separated by gender. Volunteers should expect to be accommodated in mixed gender room. The houses accomodate up to 6 volunteers in 2 bedrooms. These houses have fully-equipped kitchens and comfortable living spaces for volunteer use. There is limited internet access at the Wolf Centre.
An arrival transfer from the airport to the hostel in Lisbon is included.
Transfer to the wolf conservation centre is also included.
While in Lisbon, the volunteer program fees includes three delicious home-made meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner(Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request.)
In Mafra, the volunteer program fees do not include meals, but you will have access to a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare your own meals! You will be in charge of your own grocery shopping , the local staff are able to take volunteers shopping on Tuesdays and Fridays after lunch. However, they can only take two volunteers at a time so you should be aware that you might go shopping only once a week. Tap water is fine to drink.
- Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the accommodation (On the Sunday prior to an Introduction Day)
- Transfer to project site in Mafra on Wednesday
- Materials for the volunteer activities.
- Free maps, city guides and the best tips to discover the city!
- Support 24/7 (365 days a year at anytime.)
Plus during the introduction days in Lisbon
- Three meals a day, everyday: breakast, lunch and dinner (Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request.)
- Responsible guided city tour (2 hours.)
Please bring clothes to work in the forest, such as boots and work gloves.