Wolf Conservation Experience

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Coordinator | Sara
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Volunteer in a Wolf Conservation Center in a green region near Lisbon. Relax, meet new people and contribute to the preservation of an endangered species. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

In this ImpacTrip's volunteer program, volunteers will participate in a wide range of day-to-day activities at the Iberian Wolf Conservation Center.   Volunteers will contribute for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 – Life on Land – which is focused on the Iberian Wolf, in the conservation of its natural habitats and in the prevention of its extinction.

During the program, volunteers will be accommodated in very comfortable wooden houses at the center and will be guided permanently by the local staff. The project is open all year round except in December and January, and it should be booked early in advance to guarantee availability.

During the program volunteers will be able to: 

•Helping with the feeding of the wolves, monitoring, and observation; 

•Checking and refilling the wolves’ water supplies; 

•Maintenance of infrastructures and forested area; 

•Fire prevention (depending on the time of year).

Any person can participate in this program, just have to love this so unique species. 

This is the ideal program to find your inner peace, as you will be surrounded by Nature. There, you will hear the silence of the forest, the howling of wolves and contribute to greater environmental and animal protection.

Be aware that most of the tasks in the Wolf Conservation program require medium to heavy physical effort (for example, to carry weights around 8kg/17lb). Additionally, as the Centre is in a forested valley, the ground is irregular and with steep slopes, the volunteers must be able to do this physical effort while walking on those conditions. If there is any specific detail about your overall health that you think could interfere with your participation in this program and in performing such tasks, let us know, so we can arrange the best way for you to come to Portugal and help us with tasks suitable for you.

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 for the rest of your program. You will volunteer for approximately 7 hours a day in the protection of 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 it as you wish.

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 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) or 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


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

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip

What’s included?

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

- Accommodation at a dormitory at an impactful hostel, female dormitory, or mixed dormitory in Lisbon for the first 2 nights

- Transfer to the project site in Mafra

- Accommodation in a wooden house in the park in Mafra, max. 4 bed dormitory, share use of living room, kitchen and free Wifi

- Three meals a day 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)

- 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

Our team will pick you up at the airport at any time! :)


Accommodation for volunteers is in wooden houses 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 Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Meals are provided on the first 2 days of the program, while you are in Lisbon.

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

Internet Access
Limited 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 Sunday of the month. There are special start dates for this program, please confirm our availability.

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

This program only accepts bookings for 2 or 4 weeks. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$618 /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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Wolf Conservation Experience

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


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