Wildlife Conservation in the countryside

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Coordinator | Sara
Coordinator | Sara
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Create an impact while traveling
Help animals and create an impact on the community
Directly contribute to wild animal conservation in the countryside of Portugal
Meet other like-minded volunteers from all over the world
Learn Portuguese and improve your language skills.
This unique and exciting project gives you the chance to directly contribute to wild animal conservation in the countryside of Portugal. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

This unique and exciting project gives you the chance to directly help wild animals in the countryside of Portugal and support a social organization that integrates disabled people locally. In a scenario where Nature is all around the Park, wild animals rescued from zoos, private owners, and other situations in which animals were mistreated, are preserved and taken care of.

Together with the local staff, you will assist in most tasks related to the conservation of wild animals such as deers, wild boars, different species of eagles, lamas, Euro-Asian lynx, Iberian wolves, European otters, and even brown bears! You will also assist in the farm to take care of horses and oxen but also ducks, pigs, chickens among others. Tasks include observing their behavior, forest conservation, habitat maintenance, feeding, among many other tasks depending on the season.

The organization responsible for the Wildlife Park is a social organization whose mission is to contribute to the local development and to fight poverty by supporting and integrating disabled people. This organization plays an essential role in the local community and 43% of their staff are people with some kind of disability or chronic disease.

This program is accessible to everyone but requires some level of physical fitness. When joining the program in the Winter, the volunteer should be prepared to experience 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

You will join the morning or afternoon shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day.

A typical daily schedule will look as follows:

09:00 am | Travel to your project with the organization transport and join the local staff to volunteer at the park

01:00 pm | Have lunch at the park with the organization staff

02:00 pm | Explore the mountains trails and the surroundings of the forest or enjoy your free time with other volunteers in the center of the village

08:00 pm | Dinner with other international volunteers on your accommodation

Please note that the actual schedule can change according to the season the volunteer is applying for. 

Free-time activities

We want you to really get to know your natural and cultural surroundings and will provide you with useful tips and tricks that will help you discover the location of your stay like a local!

Your shifts will generally last between 3 and 5 hours per day and will take place either in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening, which will leave you with plenty of free time to go explore, take a stroll around your surroundings, catch the most important sites, interact with the locals or simply go and relax! And of course, you will have your weekends off as well!



In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
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


  • Pick up at the international airport in Lisbon or Porto (1st and 3rd weekend of each month)
  • Accommodation at a dormitory at a hostel in Lisbon / Porto for 2 nights
  • Accommodation at a shared apartment in Serra da Lousã during the program
  • Transportation to the project site
  • Three meals a day everyday: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style; vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request)
  • Free WIFI
  • Orientation event on arrival (including an introduction to Portugal and culture, volunteer experience, an overview of programs, 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
  • Ongoing support throughout the stay
  • 24h/7 emergency support
  • SIM card
  • Limited coverage civil liability insurance.
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Pick-up at the airport on other dates
  • Drop-off at the airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance (health or accidents)

Airport Pickup at Lisbon Portela Airport
Our team will personally pick you up at the Lisbon or Porto airport! :)

You will be accommodate at the placement in a room with private bathroom.

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


Details on arrival

This program starts every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$438 /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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Wildlife Conservation in the countryside

This unique and exciting project gives you the chance to directly contribute to wild animal conservation in the countryside of Portugal.


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