Discover Protugal while traveling like a local and volunteer at the same time.
About the Program
In this project you will be volunteering in one of Re-Food centers. You will be actively contribute to food waist and hunger in a structured system that feeds over 3000 people every day.You will help the local teams collecting, organizing and distributing the food excess from restaurants and cafés to fight food waste in the city. Volunteers will support a network of centers, which recover food, in good conditions, from local restaurants, supermarkets and café and re-distribute it among families, elderly and homeless in need.Volunteers can be working across the centers in Lisbon and their tasks will include collecting the food from local providers, assisting with packaging it, assisting with sorting and storage of any food left for the next day, distributing it to families and clean up at the end of the shift.
Discover Lisbon beyond its touristic sites
This is an experience aiming to show travelers the true spirit of the Portuguese capital. Walk around the narrow streets of the old centre, visit authentic handicraft shops and taste the typical dishes which our grandmothers used to prepare. You also get the opportunity to see the hidden side of the city by volunteering in local social associations. Understand how people live by participating in volunteering activities and you will go back home with a totally unforgettable experience.
1 million tons of food are wasted every year in Portugal. This means over 2000 kgs of perfectly good food per day go to waste, basically 30% of all the food we consume. This is a shocking figure as it would be enough to feed the 500 homeless of Lisbon everyday, the 9000 institutionalised children around the country or the 28 thousand isolated elders of the countryside.
We have partnered with several institutions which aim at breaking this cycle and recover food from restaurants, supermarkets and our houses, and distribute it among families who need it.
A Typical day would be:
After the initial orientation, you will have afternoon or evening 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 on. A typical morning schedule is as follows:
08:00 | Breakfast begins at the volunteer apartment, available until 9 AM
09:30 | Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project
13:00 | Lunch is served at the accommodation or at your 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
Lisbon is near the beach, near the mountain and is a great starting point to get to travel 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.
We can help you to discover anything you might want to do in your free time.
The impacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sing and a smile on our face! :)
You can choose the type of accommodation you prefer!
Discover the most typical food at local restaurants and taste the home-made Portuguese dishes.