Environmental Scuba Diving

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Coordinator | Ana
Coordinator | Ana
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High­lights

Discover the beautiful Portuguese marine biodiversity while cleaning the Ocean
Dive in some of the best spots in Europe
Get a Diving International Certificate during your stay in Portugal
Learn Portuguese and improve your language skills
Meet other like-minded volunteers from all over the world
An experience for those who just love the Ocean. Discover a new underwater world and contribute to clean trash from the Atlantic Ocean. From beginners to advanced divers! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

This volunteer program gives you the opportunity to discover the wonders of the Portuguese coastline and work on the protection of the marine ecosystem of the Atlantic Ocean. 

In collaboration with a diving school which has a special emphasis on the local environmental protection, you can:

• Take internationally recognized Diving certifications; 

• Explore the underwater world of the Portuguese coastline; 

• Learn about the marine ecosystem and how to protect it;

• Collect trash from the bottom of the Ocean to recycle it;

• Work with the local community - educate them about environmental issues, conservation, and protection of biodiversity and marine resources.

You will always be supervised by an experienced diver instructor and will receive comprehensive training on the marine conservation subject. 

Any person can participate, from beginners (starting with the Open Water Dive Certification) or more experienced divers, as the program is adapted to your diving experience. Observe fish of all colors, touch weird seaweeds, explore caves, discover boat wrecks and much more. 

You will discover a Portuguese treasure unknown to many and loved by those who are brave enough to take this challenge.

Typical day

The schedule will depend on the diving experience of the volunteer. We can send you the table with the different diving tracks!

Free-time activities

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

Enjoy climbing in Arrábida, festivals all summer, diving in Peniche, hiking in Monsanto Park, visit some of the best museums in Europe, join for a horse ride at the beach (like in the movies!), visit the fantastic zoo, 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) or participate in yoga classes in relaxing places.

We can help you to discover anything you might want to do in your free time. We take volunteers on local trips every week! :)

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)
Required Documents
Medical certification for diving
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

Includes

  • Accommodation at a dormitory at a sustainable hostel in the city center (Private rooms with shared bathroom are also available for an extra cost upon request)
  • Three meals a day, every day: breakfast, lunch, dinner cooked by a Portuguese cook (Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request.)
  • Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the accommodation (At any time)
  • Guided city tour (2 hours)
  • Placement coordination with the school
  • Diving certifications appropriate to your diving experience
  • All diving equipment necessary
  • Impact measurement
  • SIM card
  • Support 24/7 365 days a year at anytime
  • Insurance Limited coverage

Not included

  • Flights
  • Transport between accommodation and the diving school
  • Personal expenses
Airport Pickup at Lisbon Portela Airport

Our coordinators will personally pick you up at any time! :)

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.

And you can also be part of it! Donate something, volunteer your time, learn new skills on our zero waste workshops, compensate your flight emissions, bike to transform plastic into new products among many other opportunities!

Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse 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


Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,299
2 weeks
$1,969
3 weeks
$2,655
4 weeks (max. stay)
$3,259
Average fees
$1,057 /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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Environmental Scuba Diving

An experience for those who just love the Ocean. Discover a new underwater world and contribute to clean trash from the Atlantic Ocean. From beginners to advanced divers!

$1057/week

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