ImpacTrip - Volunteer Experiences in Portugal
ImpacTrip - Volunteer Experiences in Portugal Programs
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 is a socially driven travel promoter that fights social inequality through tourism in Portugal. ImpacTrip offers an adventure travel program in Portugal where participants...
ImpacTrip - Volunteer Experiences in Portugal Reviews
Submitted by ns - University of Ottawa | September 17, 2017
This program was one of the most enriching experiences Ive ever had. This was my first time volunteering and definitely not the last one! Being part of such a great project helped me fulfill everything I was expecting. Exciting on a personal level too, I met people Im still in touch with. Meeting people from all over the world serving the same cause was one of the greatest opportunities Ive ever had!
Submitted by Reshara Alviarez - Toronto Canada | September 03, 2017
My experience with the Youth Support program offered by ImpacTrip in Lisbon was fantastic. The students were so wonderful to work with, and the ImpacTrip leaders ensured that I was comfortable and happy with my placement. There is no shortage of places to visit and things to do in Lisbon, and ImpacTrip goes out of their way to offer day trips and other activities for volunteers during their free time. I would absolutely do this again!
Volunteering with ImpacTrip - simply amazing experience!
Submitted by Radek Oros - University of Sussex | September 01, 2017
My volunteer experience in Portugal, delivered and facilitated by local social startup ImpacTrip, was incredbily positive - and indeed left a real impact on me too.
The projects were meaningful and real, meaning they were truly geared towards addressing social problems present in the areas, and thus made us feel we were making a real contribution towards something. In particular, my involvement with Re-food initiative addressing Food waste in the city, left me very inspired and uplifted!
The program had a good balance between meaningful volunteer experience, and a natural good fun along the way. After the programs, you can go and explore the city that has so much to offer, or conisder additional activites (like surfing or scuba-diving) that bring further benefit to local SMEs business and people!
I would wholeheartedly recommend this program, and know you wont be disappointed if you decide to come!
Boa sorte :)
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 :)