Hedgehogs Conservation

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Sara
Coordinator | Sara
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High­lights

Contribute to animal welfare
Meet people from all over the world who are also involved in animal protection
Spend time with adorable hedgehogs
Learn Portuguese and develop your language skills
Discover Porto and its surroundings
In this program, you will join a non-profit rescue centre that focuses on treating injured and sick hedgehogs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Hedgehogs are easily recognizable and can be the sweetest wild animal we can find. However, pollution, habitat loss, road casualties and lack of food are threatening these animals. There has been a considerable decline of the European Hedgehog population in recent years. Considering all these problems, the goal of many wildlife conservation institutions is to contribute to the increase of the hedgehog population and to ensure that these fascinating creatures are around for many years to come.

In this program, you will join a non-profit rescue centre that focuses on treating injured and sick hedgehogs, always with the goal of releasing them back into nature whenever it’s possible. This rehabilitation centre is 100% volunteer-based and it’s the only one in the country exclusively dedicated to the rescue and conservation of this species.

Typical day

After the initial orientation day, you will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift at the Animal Care placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. 

Your tasks are to support the centre staff by helping to clean the hedgehog’s cages and enclosures, feeding the hedgehogs, contributing to awareness initiatives, participating in the animals’ release events in the wild and supporting clinical procedures such as wound cleaning, medications, coprologies, among others.

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.
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?

- Pick up at the international airport in Porto & transfer to the accommodation

- Accommodation at a dormitory at a centre-located hostel, female dormitory or mixed dormitory

- Three meals a day everyday: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request)

- Shared use of common spaces and free WIFI

- Orientation event on arrival (including introduction to Portugal and culture, volunteer experience, overview of programmes, practical information, safety guidelines)

- Guided city tour and the best tips to discover the city!

- Allocation and coordination of a work placement in a sustainable project and contact person in the project

- Introduction on the first day of volunteering

- Ongoing support throughout the stay

- 24h/7 emergency support by phone or personally

- Limited coverage civil liability insurance.

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. The bathrooms are shared. There is free wi-fi in all the hostel area.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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

We accept volunteers every time of the year. Our program generally start on Mondays or Tuesdays of each week.

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)
$975
2 weeks
$1,299
3 weeks
$1,619
4 weeks
$1,939
5 weeks
$2,259
6 weeks
$2,579
7 weeks
$2,899
8 weeks
$3,219
9 weeks
$3,539
10 weeks
$3,859
11 weeks
$4,179
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,499
Average fees
$675 /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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