ImpacTrip - Volunteer Experiences in Portugal
ImpacTrip - Volunteer Experiences in Portugal Programs
ImpacTrip is a socially driven travel promoter that fights social inequality through tourism in Portugal. ImpacTrip offers an adventure travel program in Portugal where participants...
Discover Porto and Lisbon in Portugal through this incredible volunteer program offered by ImpacTrip. Volunteers will be placed in a project based on their profile, preferences,...
ImpacTrip - Volunteer Experiences in Portugal Reviews
Re-Food in Lisbon, July 2017
Submitted by Rand Al-Urfali - San Diego State University | August 20, 2017
3 weeks of meaningful work, new friendships, new culture, and lasting memories. I knew I wanted my first solo traveling experience to be different and ImapcTrip whom I was introduced to through IVHQ was the perfect fit for this. To me, being able to travel while creating an impact is like having the best of both worlds. My volunteer program, “Re-Food,” in Lisbon was created to help eliminate food waste and hunger. Instead of throwing a perfectly edible food from restaurants and cafes to waste, Re-Food staff who are passionate local volunteers would collect the food, package it, and redistribute it to the needy in the community. Having the chance to be part of this initiative was absolutely rewarding. Getting lost in the beautiful city of Lisbon was yet another satisfying experience. From the creativity and art in every corner to the simplicity of the locals, everything about this small country was special. This life experience would not have been the same, however, without the amazing coordinators and the other volunteers I met along the way who made my journey worthwhile.
My Beloved Lisbon, eta ja!
Submitted by Zeynep Alica - Turkey | August 14, 2017
I have met Lisbon, beautiful city like sümeyra, curved leaf, which stays there by the ocean on its very own way, humble and elegant, between 2-16 July. She fell into my dreams because of my favourite writer Saramago and also because of a festival film that had a story about things happening to the dead body of a Salazar supporter in a village. The film had a nice black humour and magnificient but simple views of the country. So following the words of dear Saramago and the scenes of a beautiful movie, I was there. I wished for not being a tourist that's why I chose to be there as a volunteer and Impactrip was the address to realise my dream.
It was my luck to come across Impactrip on the net. Because Rita takes you from the airport to the Tower of Babel, but ta ta ta taam :) here although nearly everyone is from a different land, they are all eager to share beauties. You stay in a place where Natalia is nearly always around cleaning and talking Portugese as if she is sure that one day or the other we shall understand :) Martim was there to help and reply my endless questions about the political events and history of the country, obrigada Martim. Diogo was the key for the urgent help whenever you are in need, obrigada Diogo. And our dearest cook Ines was there to prepare those tasty dishes. Rita is the joyfull leader of this great organisation, you should hear her while she is talking proudly about her country and 1974, that stance gave me ideas and hope for my country too, obrigada linda Rita.
I worked as a volunteer within Refood programme, so had a chance to smell most of the food in the city, talk to the local ladies and two youngsters and dear Mikas, our mentor in the place. Community building is now beyond being only a fashionable word being used in project writing for me after this experience. People of a neighbourhood spend organised time to share the food collected from volunteering restaurants and supermarkets with the people in need. This can be the shortest description of the work done in Refood. I am really fascinated by all the stuff done there.
While getting to know the soul of the city with the help of the local people, I started to realise how vast was the common things with my country considering political events and how people reacted. It is a loong story but when I found myself in front of the Aljube Museum, Resistance and Freedom Museum, Lisbon conqured my heart deeply once more. I discovered the city, streets full of buildings covered by colourful, different tiles, small vivid squares with musicians, lovely breaks with Pastel de nata and coffee, museums, River Tejo by the city that waves hand from below to the upper hill-like street parts as a surprise. You get lost while following the charming sounds of the city, really, but within the first day you meet Tram 28 the savior, that touches and knits all the city and find your way following the rails.
I can write about Lisbon and Sintra, Cascais... pages and pages but as I am trying to write from my phone, I have to keep it short. So that was one of the best journeys I had, and a very good start for volunteering. Hope you get the chance to try.
Obrigada obrigada Lisbon, beijinhos :)
Submitted by Bri Zubick | August 08, 2017
Nothing but great things to say about this experience! The coordinators, the placement, my fellow volunteers were all such amazing people. As this was my first international travel experience I was a littler nervous but by the time I had landed in Lisbon and met the coordinators all of my nerves subsided. They were so helpful with finding things to do and were always just a message away if we needed assistance! They were all such fantastic and kind people and made the hostel so bright just with their personalities! The program itself was great, it was so incredible to be able to spend time with the kids and really get to know the culture and customs. I couldn't be happier with my experience and have been recommending this program to anyone who is looking into their first solo travel experience!
Although you may have arrived alone you will never actually be alone in Portugal.
Food rescue project
Submitted by Uma | August 08, 2017
I volunteered for a brief, but great week in Lisbon on the Food Rescue Project! The local staff did a wonderful job of addressing all of my needs from housing and food to transportation and safety. My week was a good balance between volunteering at one of the local Food Rescue sites and visiting the local tourist sites, eating great food, and experiencing the city.
The best experience in Portugal!
Submitted by Rachael - Bournemouth university | August 02, 2017
I was in Lisbon for 3 months and the whole ImpacTrip team made the experience so amazing! The organisation was so good and the placement allowed us to interact with locals and improve my Portuguese! The team were so so friendly and welcoming, Diogo, Rita, Martim and Sara; they made us feel like family as soon as our plane landed :) I definitely recommend this program to anyone wanting to not only experience a colourful and beautiful city but also work directly with those in the community. Lisbon is so underrated and I hope anyone who goes has as good an experience as I did! Muito obrigada, beijinhos!