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Coordinator | Mariana
Coordinator | Mariana


Renovate and repair local poor families houses
Meet other like-minded volunteers from all over the world
Learn Portuguese and improve your language skills
Have fun in beautiful Oporto
Discover the wonders of the Porto city and its surroundings
Volunteers on this ImpacTrip's program will have the opportunity to help families in Porto transforming their lives by given them a safe, healthier and happier home. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
This program allows international volunteers to participate in the renovation and repair of local families in need. The volunteer work is done by Portuguese and international volunteers and so you will have the opportunity to connect with all kinds of people. And the best part is that you all be working for a common mission, get a better home to those who need it the most. 

There's no need for any experience because there will always be a supervisor who will help and teach in all the tasks. This supervisor will also ensure the quality of all volunteers work and the safety at all times.
The common daily tasks are painting doors, repairing the floor or ceiling, fixing the bathroom, among many other. 

And in the end, the result of your work will be reflected in the smiles of the families, and that is the best that you can receive.

Program Highlights 
Renovate and Repair local poor families houses;
Meet other like-minded volunteers from all over the world;
Learn Portuguese and improve your language skills;
Have fun in beautiful Lisbon;
Discover the wonders of the Portuguese Capital.

Typical day

After the initial orientation, you will have an afternoon or evening shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the center that you are in. 

A typical daily schedule is as follows:

Morning | Explore the city and learn Portuguese during your free time

13:00 | Have lunch at the accommodation or go somewhere else.

18:30 | Go to your project by public transportation and join the local staff to volunteer.

21:00 | Dinner with other international volunteers and other travelers.

Please note that the actual schedule can change according to the shifts volunteers participate in. There are a morning and an afternoon shift that you can choose from.

Free-time activities

In your free time, you can explore the city, have Portuguese language classes, surf, or anything you wish!

Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal and one of the most authentic cities to visit in the country. Stroll through its sinuous and picturesque streets and feel the pulse of the city, or take the tram to the mouth of the river Douro and get to know the excellent beaches and the outdoor cafés. The historic center of Porto was declared UNESCO World Heritage but is the hospitality and forceful character of the locals that will delight you.  Porto is a vibrant and young city with countless cafés, bars, and clubs to have a really good time at night, or relaxed rooftops to have a drink and enjoy the warm Portuguese climate.

Porto, the gate to the North of the country, is definitely worth the visit!
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In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No construction experience is needed! :)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 - 19:00

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip
What’s included? 
Accommodation at a dormitory at a social hostel in Gaia (Private rooms are also available for upgrade) 
Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the accommodation (At any time) 
Guided city tour (2 hours) 
Placement coordination with each non-profit 
Free SIM card, maps and the best tips to discover the city! 
Materials for the volunteer activities (Including the construction materials for the Building the future in Portugal program) 
Support 24/7 365 days a year at anytime 
Airport Pickup at Lisbon Portela Airport
Our team will personally pick you up at the airport! :)
The accommodation is a Guest House of a social institution that offers a comfortable stay. The default accommodation is in a dormitory with 7 beds with basic furniture and natural light. It is located in Vila Nova de Gaia, just one kilometer from Porto city center and has a lot of small shops and restaurants around. All rooms have shared bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen for use of all the guests where you can store and prepare food as they wish. There is free wi-fi in all the rooms. You may upgrade to a private room for 20€ / day upon request and subject to availability.
Dorm Room Guesthouse Hotel Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) in Lisbon. We assist you to find cheap flights to Portugal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Portugal provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Portugal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Portugal.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This program starts every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 699
2 weeks
$ 949
3 weeks
$ 1,199
4 weeks
$ 1,449
6 weeks
$ 1,949
8 weeks
$ 2,449
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,449
Average fees
$ 493 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. ImpacTrip will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with ImpacTrip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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Local Construction and Renovation

Volunteers on this ImpacTrip's program will have the opportunity to help families in Porto transforming their lives by given them a safe, healthier and happier home.


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