Forest Conservation

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Ana
Coordinator | Ana
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High­lights

Contribute to a project very hands-on outdoor experience focused on regenerating the native forest of Portugal;
Meet other like-minded volunteers from all over the world;
Learn Portuguese and improve your communication skills;
Have fun in beautiful Lisbon volunteers accommodation;
Discover the wonders of the Portuguese Capital.
The Forest Conservation program aims to implement initiatives that promote the ecological recovery of degraded areas through the restoration of native forests and species This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Amongst others, forests and natural parks guarantee us a great diversity of ecosystem functions, such as the acclimatization, the conservation of natural resources, the control of soil erosion, the water regulation and water filtration, the recycling of nutrients, the formation of soil, the sequestration of carbon, the filtration of air pollutants, climate softening, the production of raw materials and the reducing the risk of fires and floods.

The Forest Conservation program aims to develop and implement projects and initiatives that promote the ecological recovery of degraded areas through the restoration of native forests and native species, involving the community as much as possible. These initiatives seek to enhance the natural heritage, reduce environmental damage, regenerate and recover natural spaces, and therefore promote biodiversity and restore ecological functions, mostly through the restoration of the native forest.
The role of the volunteer, as part of the field team, is to study and learn about each area and forest, and take different actions depending on the time of the year. These fieldwork tasks can include: apply control techniques for invasive alien species, as these were wrongly introduced in the last decades for fast reforestation and are now strongly threatening the natural areas; plant different species with diverse methodologies – these happen mostly in autumn and winter; maintenance of planted areas; protection of biodiversity niches; and management of pedestrian trails.

Most of the activities are based in a natural park that surrounds a part of Lisbon. The travel distance of the house to the volunteering site is about one hour with public transports.
Once a month, with no specific calendar, there is an activity out of the city that might last from 2 to 5 days. These national fieldtrips take place in different parts of the country, so the volunteer might have the chance to explore other villages and areas in Portugal and to play an important role in reforesting on a larger scale some areas that have been degraded due to intensive agriculture, fires or the presence of exotic invaders. The volunteer will be working side by side with local volunteers and coordinators, as well as other community members that join these initiatives, in coordinated actions to create a visible impact but also to raise awareness and promote the importance of networking. Be ready for this adventure!

When joining the program in the Winter, the volunteer should be prepared to have lower temperatures of between 40-60°F (5-15°C), and come equipped with warm clothing. If the volunteer is planning on coming during the summer, when temperatures range between 77-100ºF (25-38ºC), comfortable and light clothes are recommended.

Typical day

After the initial orientation, you will have a morning or afternoon 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 project that you are participating in. A typical morning schedule is as follows:

08:00 | Breakfast begins at Impact house, available until 10 am

10:15 | Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project (if morning shift)                                                                     

13:00 |  Lunch is served at the accommodation or take-away if you want to go somewhere else                                

14:30 | Enjoy your free afternoon as you wish or to attend Portuguese languages lessons 

19:00 | Dinner at the volunteers' accommodation with the other volunteers. After dinner, you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish

Please note that the actual schedule can change according to the shifts volunteers participate in.

Free-time activities

Lisbon is near the beach, near the mountain and is a great starting point to get to travel for the rest of the country.

Enjoy climbing in Arrábida, festivals all around the summer, diving in Peniche, hiking in Monsanto, visit some of the best museums in Europe in Lisbon and Porto, join for a horse ride at the beach (like in the movies!), visit the fantastic zoo in the Capital, join a great variety of sports at your choice, enjoy swimming and water sports at the pool or at the beach (warning: the water is cold) and participate in yoga classes in relaxing places as our accommodation.

We can help you with anything you might want to do in your free time.

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

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip

What’s included? 

Accommodation at a dormitory at a sustainable hostel in the city center (Private rooms with shared bathroom are also available for upgrade) 
Three meals a day, everyday: breakast, lunch, dinner cooked by a Portuguese cook (Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request. Except for the Wolf program) 
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 
Insurance 

Airport Pickup at Lisbon Portela Airport

The ImpacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sign and a smile on our face! :)

Accommodation

Impact House has the capacity to accommodate up to 44 conscious travelers who want to visit Lisbon in a different way. With both dormitories and private rooms, any traveler can choose to have a more responsible stay in Portugal.

There are various common areas such as dining room, living room, fully-equipped kitchen, a big terrace and garden to relax and participate in our interesting events calendar, as well as a swimming pool and coffee/bar. We have free Yoga classes three times a week!

Located in the Restelo neighborhood, Impact House is just 20 minutes away from the Tejo river, and 30min by bus from the city center. You can easily visit some historical and emblematic places of Lisbon, the stunning Torre de Belém and its garden, Cultural Center (CCB) with amazing art, expositions and concerts, Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos, as well as local shops, traditional restaurants, supermarkets, ATMs and most utilities you will need very close. The Hostel is surrounded by several connecting options to the city center, such as buses (30 minutes away from the center), and the Belém train station that leads you to Lisbon or Cascais (25 walking distance from the hostel). The airport is just 13 km away.

But what is really unique about us is our sustainability concept.

We developed innovative projects based on circular economy and in partnership with local non-profit partners. These projects are integrated into the very basis of the way the hostel works. Some examples are the compensation of 100% of its CO2 emissions; the upcycling and wooden waste usage as furniture of the room; the social and sustainable shop; the ecologic and biodegradable cleaning projects; the art gallery for disabled and changemaker artists; the vegetables garden; the buying in bulk policy or the almost closed food and waste cycles.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included on the program fees. The meals are prepared daily by a Portuguese cook lady (Impact mum) who uses fresh local ingredients to offer volunteers the best of typical Portuguese dishes.

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 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.
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 weekend of each month. Ideally, the arrival day is on Sunday / Saturday.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,025
2 weeks
$1,325
3 weeks
$1,625
4 weeks
$1,925
6 weeks
$2,525
8 weeks
$3,125
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,325
Average fees
$693 /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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Forest Conservation

The Forest Conservation program aims to implement initiatives that promote the ecological recovery of degraded areas through the restoration of native forests and species

$693/week

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