This agricultural humanitarian mission offers you a unique opportunity to directly contribute to the protection of wildlife in the Portuguese countryside. Witness, nurture, and safeguard various species such as deer, wild boars, eagles, llamas, Eurasian lynxes, Iberian wolves, European otters, and even brown bears!
Volunteers in this project have the privilege of supporting a nature park that not only has an environmental impact but also integrates individuals with disabilities within the local community. The goal is to rescue animals from mistreatment, illegal trade, and zoos. In this project, we welcome animals, provide care and medical treatment, and place them in an environment where nature thrives.
Working alongside local staff, you will engage in various tasks related to the conservation of wildlife in the reserve. You will also contribute to the farm by taking care of horses, cattle, ducks, pigs, chickens, and more. These tasks include observing animal behavior, forest conservation, habitat maintenance, feeding, and many other seasonal activities.
The organization managing the animal refuge is a social enterprise with a mission to contribute to local development and combat poverty by supporting and integrating individuals with disabilities. This organization plays a vital role in the local community, with 43% of its staff consisting of individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
This agricultural humanitarian mission is open to all, but it does require a certain level of physical fitness. If participating in the winter program, volunteers should be prepared for temperatures ranging from 5 to 15 °C and bring warm clothing. For those joining in the summer, when temperatures range from 25 to 38 °C, comfortable and lightweight clothing is recommended.
The first two nights are planned in an international youth hostel in Lisbon, depending on the arrival airport. For the rest of the program, accommodation is provided in a shared apartment in Serra da Lousã (near the animal park).
Meals are prepared daily, offering local cuisine. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated upon request, such as vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, etc.
Volunteers work up to 5 hours per day, depending on the association’s needs. Two days off per week are scheduled (usually on the weekend).
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Documents required to reserve a spot in the program:
– Registration form with your contact details and travel dates (which will be sent via email).
– Dietary preferences/allergies.
– Passport scan.