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Wolf Conservation Experience

Lisboa, Portugal show on map

Agency | ImpacTrip

Volunteer in a Wolf Conservation Center in a Natural Park near Lisbon. Relax, meet new people and contribute to the preservation of an endangered species.

This program is intended for people who want to help conserve and protect one of nature’s most beautiful and mysterious creatures: the Iberian Wolf.

The work of the volunteers is of extreme importance for the development and continuance of the Centre. The main goal is to protect this species from extinction.

Volunteers will participate in a wide range of day-to-day activities at the center, including assisting with animal feeding, checking water, maintenance of the Centre infrastructure, fire prevention, forest cleaning and observing wolves to check their health, among other tasks. The volunteers will be accommodated in very comfortable wooden houses at the center itself and the local staff will guide them permanently. The project is open all year around except in December and January but it should be booked early in advance to guaranty availability.

Daily tasks

  • Helping with the feeding of the wolves, monitoring and observation;
  • Checking the wolves’ water supplies;
  • Maintenance of infrastructures and forested area (activities dependent on time of year);
  • Fire prevention (dependent on time of year);
  • Among other tasks to help the center.


Typical day

A Typical day would be:

After the initial orientation in Lisbon, you will be taken by van to the Natural Park in Mafra where you will stay during the rest of your program. You will volunteer for approximately 5 hours per day in the protection the Wolves and its habitat. A typical morning schedule is as follows:

08:00 | Breakfast begins at the volunteer house

9:00 | Volunteer activities 

13:00 | Cook lunch at your wooden house together with the other local and international volunteers.

15:00 | Volunteer activities

19:00 | Cook dinner at your house with the other volunteers. After dinner you can free to relax and use as you wish

Details on Arrival

This programs start every 1st and 3rd monday of the month. From May to September there are special start dates, please confirm out availability.

There is very limited availability for this program during the summer.

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.
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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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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) for the first 2 days
  • Accommodation in a wooden house in the Park where your volunteer project is, Mafra
  • 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
  • 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

Accommodation for volunteers is in wooden house at the Park located in Mafra. These are small and cozy houses with all the equipment necessary to cook and live comfortably.  The house is equipped with washing machine, oven, fridge/freezer, cooking utensils and cutlery but there is no TV in the house.

Please note that there are no women / men separation bedroom and both kitchen and bathroom are shared with all occupants. A house can house up to 6 people.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

You will be in charge of your own grocery shopping and preparing your meals. The staff is able to take volunteers shopping on Tuesday and Friday after lunch. However, we can only take two volunteers at a time so you should be aware that you might go shopping only once a week.

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)
$499.00
2 weeks
$799.00
3 weeks
$1,099.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,399.00
Average fees
$424.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Lisboa/Portugal between 1 week and 4 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.
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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.
  Europe Southern Europe Portugal  Lisboa, Rua do Possolo 16

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