ImpacTrip

Fighting Food Waste and Hunger

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Agency | ImpacTrip

Volunteer in Lisbon to fight food waste and feed 3000 families who need support. Discover Portugal while traveling like a local and create a REAL positive social impact.

About the Program

In this program, you will actively contribute to fight food waste 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 cafés and re-distribute it among families, elderly and homeless people 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 the 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.

Impact

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.

Typical day

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 Impact house, available until 10 AM

10:15 | Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project (if morning shift)                                                                      

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

Please note that the actual schedule can change according to the shifts volunteers participate in. There is a 10.30am, a 6pm and a 8pm shift.

Details on Arrival

This program starts every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

Free-time activities

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.

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

Program Requirements

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)
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 from 09:30 - 14:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Included Services

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by ImpacTrip.

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:
  • Accommodation at a dormitory at a sustainable hostel in the city center (Private rooms with shared bathroom are also available)
  • Three meals a day, everyday: 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 each non-profit
  • Materials for the volunteer activities
  • Impact measurement
  • SIM card
  • Support 24/7 365 days a year at anytime
  • Insurance Limited coverage

Airport Pickup at Lisbon Portela Airport

The impacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sign and a smile on our face! :)

Accommodation

Impact House has the capacity to accommodate up to 41 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, two balconies with sofas and hammocks and a big terrace to relax or participate in our super interesting events calendar. We have free Yoga classes three times a week!

Located in a typical Lisbon neighborhood, Estrela, Impact House is just 20 minutes away from the downtown. You can find local shops, traditional restaurants, the stunning Estrela garden, supermarkets, ATMs and most utilities you will need just around the corner. The Hostel is surrounded by several connecting options to the city center, such as the historical 28-Tram (20 minutes away from the center), buses (20 minutes away from the center), and the Alcântara train station that leads you to Lisbon or Cascais (25 walking distance from the hostel). The airport is just 8,2 kms 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 in 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 vertical 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 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$795.00
2 weeks
$1,045.00
3 weeks
$1,295.00
4 weeks
$1,545.00
5 weeks
$1,795.00
6 weeks
$2,045.00
7 weeks
$2,295.00
8 weeks
$2,545.00
9 weeks
$2,795.00
10 weeks
$3,045.00
11 weeks
$3,295.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,545.00
Average fees
$545.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Lisboa/Portugal between 1 week and 12 weeks. 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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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