from 1,520€

Good 4.2rating (65)

Environmental Scuba Diving

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1 - 12 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Good 4.2  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

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

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

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 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 ...

About the program

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 dive 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!

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 ...

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! :)


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip

What’s included?

- Pick up at the international airport in Lisbon & transfer to the accommodation - Sunday 

On Sunday, the ImpacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sign and a smile on their face! :)

If you arrive prior to Sunday, you will still be able to receive an airport pickup and our team can transport you to the accommodation, but you will need to pay an extra fee for this service.
We will reach out to you by WhatsApp a few days before your start date to connect

- Accommodation at a dormitory at an impactful hostel, female dormitory, or mixed dormitory

- Three meals everyday: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request)

- Shared use of a common room, outdoor area, garden, and free WIFI

- Orientation event on arrival (including an introduction to Portugal and culture, volunteer experience, an overview of programs, practical information, safety guidelines)

- All diving equipment necessary, SSI diving classes and instructors, SSI diving certifications appropriate to diving experience

- SIM card

- Guided city tour

- The best tips to discover the city!

- Allocation and coordination of a work placement in an impactful non-profit project

- Introduction on the first day of volunteering

- Ongoing support throughout the stay

- 24h/7 emergency support

- Limited coverage civil liability insurance.

Airport Pickup at Lisbon Portela Airport

On Sunday, the ImpacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sign and a smile on their face! :)

If you arrive prior to Sunday, you will still be able to receive an airport pickup and our team can transport you to the accommodation, but you will need to pay an extra fee for this service.

We will reach out to you by WhatsApp a few days before your start date to connect

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay accommodated in a in a dormitory-style sustainable hostel in Estoril.

Estoril is a beach town, a 30 min train ride from Lisbon city centre!

And the hostel is a 5 min walk from the train station

This sustainable hotel has dormitory-style rooms accommodating from 6-14 participants (single gender) and private rooms (available for upgrades upon request. Bathrooms are shared).

Wi-fi is freely available in the hostel, and of course in many cafe's and restaurants.

Around the house there are big common areas to relax and meet other people from all over the world.

We are extremely dedicated to its sustainable concept, making it an integrated part of how this hostel works and the experience that you will have.

Feel free to ask us about our environmental measures and to give us new ideas!

Food & Beverages

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included on the program fees. 

Portuguese food is delicious and during your time, you will be sure to receive some incredible treats.

The meals are prepared daily by local cooks who use fresh local ingredients to offer volunteers the best of typical Portuguese dishes.

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Volunteers will have access to a shared kitchen that they can use to cook!

Lunch and Dinner will include local staples such as fish and chicken, as well as rice, pasta, vegetables and salad.

Breakfast is self-served at the accommodation and generally includes tea, coffee, bread, cheese, ham, spreads, cereal, yogurt and fruit


Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) in Lisbon. We assist you to find cheap flights to Portugal. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

This program starts every Sunday!

You should arrive on Sunday (or before) to attend the orientation session on Monday morning.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 1,520€
2 weeks 2,345€
3 weeks 3,170€
4 weeks 3,995€
5 weeks 4,820€
6 weeks 5,645€
7 weeks 6,470€
8 weeks 7,295€
9 weeks 8,120€
10 weeks 8,945€
11 weeks 9,770€
12 weeks (max. stay) 10,595€
Average fees 1,201€/week

Program fees

1,201€ per week 1 - 12 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 12 weeks

Deposit

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

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.


Meet your organization

ImpacTrip

Good 4.2 rating (65 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2015

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Cristiana

Spoken languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English

About the project

ImpacTrip is a social enterprise that promotes Responsible Travel Experiences in Portugal, Spain and Croatia.

Meet your organization

ImpacTrip is a social business internationally certified as B-Corp that promotes Responsible Travel Experiences in Portugal, Spain and Croatia.

Founded in 2015 by two dedicated social entrepreneurs that want to change the way people travel, ImpacTrip aims at combining the best of travel with a positive social and environmental impact.

We really want travelers to have the most unique and meaningful travel experiences.

We offer short-term Travel Experiences across our country that allow you and other Responsible Travelers to connect with the locals, experience the culture and contribute in a positive way to the local communities.

We also offer long-term volunteer programs in which you can dedicate 1 to 12 weeks volunteering for local non-profits for a specific cause while meeting people from all over the world.

Since 2015 we've received people from over 50+ different nationalities that contributed with over 30.000 hours of volunteer work to support over 300 non-profits.

65 reviews · rating4.2

Nina Shih rating3

2019 at Environmental Scuba Diving

PROS: · Cascais dive shop owner, Nuno, is very kind and helpful. · ImpacTrip's airport pickup was also helpful & welcoming. · ImpacTrip sets everyone up in a Whatsapp group on Monday afternoon · The hostels tries to be environmental and orders food in bulk, sets up lunch in re-usable, but ...
Michael Grant rating5

2017 at Environmental Scuba Diving

I spent one week out with impactrip in Portugal doing their marine scuba diver programme. My only regret is not staying longer! one week is not enough, as there is so much to do, from scuba diving to wine tasting to exploring some of the best beaches in Europe, to partying in Lisbon through the ...
Sara rating4.6

2017 at Environmental Scuba Diving

I spent two weeks with Impactrip and Cascais Dive volunteering in Portugal. To say that I had a wonderful time would be an understatement! Impactrip was extremely organized and thorough. They were not only a wonderful and approachable team of amazing people, but went out of their way to make the ...
Thomas Payne rating3.2

2024 at Animal Care and Protection

Honestly, I was surprised, when on the website it shows photos of so many dogs, animals, it turned out I was working at a cat sanctuary. It's not that I was disappointed by the cats, it was just a shock, and also, at points of the sanctuary I feel like I wasn't apart of it massively, there wasn't ...
Yuqian Ma rating4.2

2023 at Biological Park Conservation

There are some inconvenience because of the language barrier. The personnel there are all quite friendly. The accommodation was really good. But personally I don’t like the food there at the park. Although the work is really meaningful, there’s not much to do. For example I only had to help with ...
Korbinian Schenkel rating2

2023 at Biological Park Conservation

Let me start with the positive point of this project: the hotel is really nice. Breakfast and Lunch are good and you have a good WiFi connection and access to pool and sauna. Sadly these are the only positive points, I have to say about this project. The rest is complete crap, to say it in a ...

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