Food Rescue

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Ana
Coordinator | Ana
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High­lights

Volunteer to have a meaningful social impact that really matters
Discover charming Porto city, its beautiful river and heritage
Improve the lives of thousands in need by providing them with rescued food
Get the chance to partake in Portuguese language lessons and share daily life with locals
Contribute actively to fight the food waste in Portugal
Volunteer in Porto to fight food waste and feed homeless and families in need. Discover Portugal, travel like a local and create a REAL positive social impact. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
This program has the main purpose to actively contribute to Fight Food Waste and Hunger in a structured system that feeds over 3000 people every day. The volunteers will help the local teams collecting, organizing and distributing the food excess from restaurants and cafés to the families who really need it.

Volunteers in this program support a network of centers which recover food, in good conditions, from local supermarkets, cafés, and restaurants, to re-distribute it among families, elderly and homeless people in need. 

As a volunteer your daily tasks will include: 
- Collecting the food from local providers; 
- Assisting with packaging it; 
- Assisting with the sorting and storage of any food left for the next day; 
- Distributing it to the families; 
- Clean up at the end of the shift.

This is a 100% volunteer based non-profit with two extremely important missions: Fighting Food Waste and Feed people. 

We would love to welcome volunteers from all over the world to join this fantastic project.

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 at one of the food rescue centers.

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

Please note that the actual schedule can change according to the shifts. Usually, shifts last from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm but can last until midnight.

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!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 18:30 - 21:00

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip

Included
- Pick-up at the airport;
- Introduction session + lunch at a local restaurant + guided city tour
- Accommodation at a central youth hostel
- 3 meals per day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Volunteer placement coordination
- Materials donation for the NGO
- Free Portuguese SIM card
- Suggestions of weekly activities with the other volunteers
- In-country staff support (and the best local tips to discover the city)
- Support 24/7
- Insurance

Not included
- Round-Trip Flights to Portugal
- Return transfer to the Airport
- Visa Fees
- Meals

Airport Pickup at Porto Airport

Our team will personally pick you up at the airport! :)

Accommodation

The accommodation is an hostel located right at the city center of Porto city, with a wide range of rooms, from dormitories to private rooms, a spacious and friendly lounge area where volunteers can hang out, chill, listen to music, enjoy the atmosphere, play some games, and get to know  other fellow travelers. All rooms have shared bathroom. Besides all the meals are provided there is a fully equipped kitchen for use of all the guests where volunteers can store and prepare food as they wish. There is free wi-fi in all the hostel area.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at the accommodation everyday. We will cook with fresh local ingredients everyday for all volunteers and they are prepared to accommodate most diet restrictions such as vegan and vegetarians, gluten-free and lactose intolerant. Also take some time out to explore the city and its incredible cuisine!
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Porto Airport (OPO) in Porto. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 days (min. stay)
$1,018
2 weeks
$1,342
3 weeks
$1,666
4 weeks
$1,990
5 weeks
$2,314
6 weeks
$2,638
7 weeks
$2,962
8 weeks
$3,286
9 weeks
$3,610
10 weeks
$3,994
11 weeks
$4,318
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,642
Average fees
$787 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. 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 a cash payment at the project site.

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