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Summer Rural Bootcamp

Óbidos, Portugal show on map

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Join this volunteer home rehabilitation program in rural areas of Portugal. Explore Óbidos, meet new people and contribute to transform the local community! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Become part of a wonderful journey at the Summer Rural Bootcamp, a volunteer home rehabilitation program in Óbidos, a rural area of Portugal.

For 12 days, you will join a group of volunteers, from all over the world, in this Portuguese village to help create a welcoming and cozy home for those who need it the most. 

More than 1000 volunteers are divided into teams, with each team placed in a home they will rehabilitate until the program ends. During these days you will paint and tow walls and ceilings, build bathrooms, arrange doors and windows, repair roofs, and much more. All the tasks are going to be supervised by a specialized technician, from our partner Just a Change, that will help you with everything you need. At night, the group will join in fun activities, sharing your experiences and culture.

Days are very busy and start early, but you will have time to rest and to get along with the other volunteers, sharing experiences and enjoying the sunset. 

This is an incredible program and a unique opportunity to meet new people and cultures, and, above all, to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Typical day

A typical day is as follows:

07:15 am - 08:15 am - Good morning volunteers! 

08:15am - 09:00am - Breakfast

09:00 am - 12:30 am - Volunteer activities - Here you and your team will do all the activities needed to rebuild your house

12:30 am - 02:00 - Lunch with the team at the renovation site

02:00pm - 06:30pm - Volunteer activities - Continue the morning activities

6:30 pm - End of the volunteer activities

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm Showers and free time to relax and have fun with the group. Share your experiences, hear the others and talk about your day and what comes next. This is the perfect time to know better the other volunteers. 

09:00pm -  10:00pm  Dinner together with all volunteers

10:00pm - Relaxing time and fun activities

Details on Arrival

This program is only available from the 13th to the 26th of August 2019. You can arrive earlier or stay later at our volunteer accommodation in Lisbon for an extra cost, subject to availability.

Free-time activities

You will have some free time to explore Óbidos and its surroundings!

About Óbidos

The medieval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal.

Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century, and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens’ Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. This is one of the main reasons for the high concentration of churches in this small place.

You will find a well-preserved castle within the walls and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colorful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town’s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.

If you want, you can also take some extra time to stay in Lisbon and explore the city before or after the program.

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

Program 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.
Other Skills
No need to have any construction experience!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 18:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
ImpacTrip (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by ImpacTrip
Includes:
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to the accommodation in Lisbon (At any time)
  • Accommodation at a dormitory at a sustainable hostel in the city center (Private rooms with shared bathroom are also available) for 1 night
  • Accommodation in Óbidos in sleeping bags on a mattress in a very simple accommodation
  • Three meals a day, every day: breakfast, lunch, dinner cooked in a very familiar environment (Vegetarian and vegan meals are available upon request)
  • Placement coordination with each non-profit
  • Transport from Lisbon to Óbidos and back to Lisbon
  • Donation for the non-profit that organizes the summer camp
  • Materials for the construction and renovation activities
  • Project t-shirt
  • Support 24/7 365 days a year at anytime
  • Insurance Limited coverage
Airport Pickup at Lisbon Portela Airport

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

Accommodation

The place where you will stay does not always have beds, but the mattress is guaranteed. All you have to do is bring your sleeping bag so you are always cozy. The boys stay in one place, the girls in the other and the bathrooms are separated. There are also separate rooms for bathing with hot water, about 2 minutes drive from the accommodation.

Dorm Room Camping
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. The atmosphere is family friendly and the kitchen is at the "base", so anyone can go to the kitchen and grab a snack at any time. There are options for vegetarians and vegans.

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
12 days (min. stay)
$ 900
13 days (max. stay)
$ 975
Average fees
$ 525 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Óbidos/Portugal between 12 days and 13 days. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Portugal.
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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