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START DATES

1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH

PRICED FROM

645 USD + 249 USD REGISTRATION FEE

DURATION

CHOOSE FROM 1-12 WEEKS

MINIMUM AGE

18 YEARS OLD ON START DATE

PORTUGAL CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Become a childcare volunteer in Portugal and immerse yourself in the growth and development of disadvantaged children. Working within a local NGO, you will become truly engaged with the daily lives of these children. That is to say, you will plan and lead a range of after-school activities for local children to benefit from. Become a positive role model and inspire the next generation when you volunteer with children in Portugal.

 

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE UN’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL NO.4 – EDUCATION
  • BRING NEW SKILLS AND IDEAS TO UNDERFUNDED NGO PROJECTS IN LISBON
  • BECOME A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN
  • USE YOUR WEEKENDS TO ENJOY THE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES PORTUGAL HAS TO OFFER
  • VOLUNTEER IN A TOP EUROPEAN LOCATION

BACKGROUND TO THE CHILDCARE PROGRAM

On the face of it, Portugal is recognised as a fairly developed country in the world. However, what might surprise you is that Portugal is grouped within 8 countries that have the highest poverty levels among children in Europe. To emphasize, one in five children in Portugal leave below the poverty line. Worryingly, this trend is on the rise over the last few years.

 

The reasons for these alarming statistics can be complex and wide-reaching. Many parents in Lisbon are either unemployed or without stable employment. Consequently, they struggle to provide the basics for their children. Furthermore, recent economic crises have left many families struggling to get by on a daily basis. The knock-on effects of this are the changes for the worse that children experience.

 

Almost 1 in 3 children in Lisbon live in a state of hardship. In other words, they will go each day without 3 full meals a day. Moreover, the families they live with cannot afford structured accommodation. Subsequently, they and their children have no option but to live on the streets of Lisbon. This is a trend that correlates to many of Portugal’s main cities.

 

A further consequence is that child labour remains a present phenomenon in Portugal. Deprivation for families reaches such a point that children see no option but to leave school for work to support their families. For example, many children head to the streets of Lisbon and beg for money. Alternatively, they enter the manufacturing industry and earn close to one euro per hour. Sadly, the inevitable outcomes remain that children and their families remain rooted in the poverty cycle. For the reason that they lack professional qualifications and enhanced future prospects when they drop out of school.

 

Volunteer opportunities in Portugal provided by PMGY will provide you with a platform to make a positive impact. When working at our childcare volunteer abroad projects in Portugal, it is important to maintain energy, enthusiasm and creativity. For the reason that many of these children will be seeking the care and attention that you as a childcare volunteer in Portugal can bring. To volunteer with children in Portugal, you will need to donate your time and skills effectively. This is to ensure you can maximise your impact on the local people.

 

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT EXAMPLE

After-school NGO Project – In short, there is a clear need for making a commitment to volunteer in Portugal. The establishment of an after-school NGO project provides a range of extra-curricular activities for Lisbon’s underprivileged children to enjoy. To put it differently, the local community have an additional facility to help them improve their future prospects.

 

Those who attend the program are typically late primary and secondary school-aged children. That is to say, children range from 10-17 years of age. For reasons explained, not all children who attend the project will attend normal school during the day. In addition, many will come from slum communities in the local area and not benefit from 3 meals each day. Therefore, the structure and routine of our extra-curricular NGO project provide a vital safe space and resource for many disadvantaged children.

 

The project receives limited funding and no governmental support. The commitment and endeavours of passionate local staff and volunteers are essential to the running of the project. Regardless of the situation, no child should be left behind. The NGO project provides deprived children with a facility that gives them hope in achieving their further aspirations. Volunteer in Portugal and help the children further their education and learn new skills. In addition, the project provides a platform for international volunteers to get creative. For instance, teach a new sport, language, instrument or game.

 

When you complete volunteer work in Portugal, your role will be varied. It is important to realize that the children at the project will look up to you. Therefore, you must set a good example in everything you do and come to the project with lots of enthusiasm. Moreover, you can bring new perspectives and ideas to the after-school program for the children and local staff to enjoy. By the same token, you are encouraged to integrate your culture and learnings with the children.

 

YOUR VOLUNTEER ROLE & TYPICAL CHILDCARE DAY

As a childcare volunteer in Portugal, you will assist the NGO project with all of its extra-curricular initiatives. For example, your tasks could include teaching English and helping students with any homework they may have. Alternatively, you could be showing off your creative side and leading arts and crafts activities. If you have a specialist skill to share, then the after-school NGO centre is the place to do this!

 

It is also fine to adopt more of a support role at the project. With this purpose in mind, you can simply spend time with the children and get to know them informally. In turn, the children will become more confident and interactive around you. Whether it’s in a big or small way, you will be sure to play an influential role in the children’s daily lives.

 

The typical working hours are 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday. As a childcare volunteer in Portugal, you are encouraged to spend your mornings planning and preparing activities for the project. As previously mentioned, Portugal volunteer programs do not run at weekends. Therefore, this is your own free time and you are encouraged to make the most of it by exploring Portugal.

 

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN PORTUGAL

Resources – On the childcare project in Portugal, resources can be very limited. Volunteers are recommended to bring materials to the project each day to maximise their productivity and day to day involvement. It is therefore important for volunteers to prepare well in advance to get the most out of their childcare volunteering experience in Portugal.

 

Weekends – Your project work in Portugal runs from Monday-Friday and weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation but most participants will use this time to travel and explore the country. As a result, you can check out our Portugal Weekend Travel Guide for top tips on how to spend your weekend.

CHOOSING A VOLUNTEER TRIP

Can people from outside of the UK or USA volunteer with PMGY?

Of course! Although PMGY was founded in the UK, with offices now extending between the UK and US, we welcome participants of all nationalities onto our programs. Within the last decade, we have hosted tens of thousands of volunteers from across the globe. From France to Italy, Mexico to India, Namibia to Russia and Ireland to China – these are only a handful of the countries volunteers have joined us from! We want everyone from across the world to have an equal opportunity at experiencing a different perspective on life, and make friends across the world.

Why are PMGY’s fees so much more affordable than other travel organisations?

The PMGY International Team works hard to ensure that our fees are kept as low as possible. Consequently, this makes our experiences affordable and accessible without sacrificing the safety and quality of the overall experience.

 

Registration Fees to join our programs are assigned to the high levels of comprehensive support that we are renowned for. This includes telephone and online support staff available 24 hours each day, as well as detailed hand-guides and interactive webinars. Therefore, the remaining Program Fees to join the program go directly to our in-country teams, covering everything for your time volunteering. In general, these fees are reflected in your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up & drop-off, in-country support and project upkeep during your time abroad. Furthermore, we make sure our fees are transparent, which is something our volunteers really appreciate.

 

Similar organisations offer fancy brochures, run large high-street offices and are usually owned by larger travel organisations with many shareholders. As a result, participants are charged an extremely high price to cover all of these overheads. Therefore, at PMGY, we have embraced the online age by focusing everything around an online presence. We have done away with out-dated brochures, an unnecessary high street presence and we are an independent organisation without any outside financial interests.

What are the requirements to volunteer in Portugal?

PMGY welcomes childcare volunteers in Portugal of all nationalities, religions and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 and there is no upper age limit. Furthermore, all volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. Of course, you do not need to speak Greek. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Portugal will go a long way.

 

Each childcare volunteer in Portugal must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of volunteering with us abroad. Thus, we are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation! However, medical and healthcare projects usually require additional documentation before participation begins in-country.

 

Volunteering overseas can be both physically and mentally challenging. Therefore, all participants must be fit in both areas. Consequently, if you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas, then these must be declared to us during your online application. If you have any queries regarding your suitability to participate, we recommend that you contact us before committing to the program.

What date should I arrive and leave the Portugal volunteer program?

For your volunteer trip to Portugal, you should book your flights to Lisbon Portela International Airport on your chosen Sunday start date. The airport code is LIS. You will be met at the airport by a member of the local team or an appointed driver, who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will receive an orientation to the English teaching volunteer program.

 

The program ends on the Saturday of your final week depending on your placement location. Therefore, you must depart the accommodation on this day.

Are there any age restrictions to be a volunteer in Portugal?

In order to join as a childcare volunteer in Portugal, you need to be at least 18 on the program start date. Generally, the average age range of volunteers is 18-25.

 

There is no upper age limit to our programs, and in the past, we have hosted participants up to the age of 70-years old. Whilst we have found that our more mature participants get a lot from the experience, at times individuals have found it more challenging to integrate with a younger crowd. Furthermore, some participants have perhaps expected a higher level of accommodation, the structure within the local community, and general overall communication at the project setup. Consequently, whilst we welcome volunteers of all ages, we stress that all participants should remain open-minded and flexible. Additionally, participants must appreciate that the majority of our participants are across the 18-25 age range.

When should I apply to be a childcare volunteer in Portugal?

For the majority of our programs, you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the program. This is since some of our programs only have limited capacity, meaning that spaces get filled very quickly. Therefore, it is particularly important that you apply in good time if you’re looking to travel between our peak period of June and August. This is because spaces can fill up very quickly during this period. Furthermore, please only apply if you are 100% committed to joining the program. You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual project page. This will guide you through our online Application Process.

 

Indeed, once you have applied and confirmed your place on the program, it may be possible to change your start dates and this will not incur a fee. However, please note that this will be subject to availability and any changes should be made at least 60 days prior to your start date.

What duration would you recommend to volunteering for?

Based on feedback from previous childcare volunteers in Portugal, we believe that 3-4 weeks is the ideal amount of time to volunteer in Portugal. Consequently, this means you have enough time to integrate into the local community and really get involved in a project. For one thing, you will be able to make a positive impact on community development. Additionally, you will have a greater opportunity to explore during your weekends.

 

For those looking to potentially join us for a longer period, we recommend checking out our Encounter Programs that offer a 2-4 week stay across 3-10 destinations.

Can I volunteer abroad with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?

You’re more than welcome to travel and volunteer with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and volunteer for the same project. However, please note the majority of our volunteer accommodation is on a single-sex basis. Consequently, we cannot guarantee that you would be able to be placed in the same room.

 

Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we work hard to ensure that our host locations are safe. Firstly, volunteer safety in each of our destinations is monitored regularly. Each of our volunteer programs has been inspected by a member of the PMGY International Team. Additionally, PMGY closely follows advice published by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Alongside the frequent contact we have with our local teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable or unsafe regions.

 

The PMGY International Team have visited and participated in every program we offer. Thus, we have carefully inspected every little detail of our set-up, from the living conditions to local neighbourhoods and even the food you’ll be eating. Through these checks, we are able to ensure that all of our projects are up to scratch. Furthermore, all of our local teams are experienced development professionals, with years of experience hosting international volunteers. They are PMGY’s representatives on the ground and assist volunteers 24/7 throughout their stay. Our teams are therefore always on-hand to assist in any emergencies that may occur. Additionally, our 24 hour international emergency telephone line is always accessible. PMGY’s in-country staff also have access to local medical professionals should these be required during a participant’s time with us.

 

When you join as a childcare volunteer in Portugal, we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visas and dress codes. For any unanswered or specific questions, PMGY offers a comprehensive support network, with online and telephone support staff available 24 hours each day. Our advisers welcome participants to ask as many questions as needed for them to effectively prepare for their trip overseas. On a monthly basis, our International Team also hosts both an Introductory Webinar and Safety Webinar. These are interactive opportunities for international volunteers to learn more about our projects and managing their safety overseas.

 

When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive introduction to the general volunteer program and your specific project. During this session, our team will also cover important safety advice specific to your country. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM-card. This is something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. In like manner, we will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.

 

Although we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble-free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each program is as safe as possible.

When do I pay for my volunteer program? Can I pay in instalments?

In order to confirm your place as a childcare volunteer in Portugal, you need to pay a 1 USD deposit within 7 days of your application being successful. Consequently, you are only required to pay the deposit once we can guarantee you a place on the program. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. The only exception to this is for applications made 60 days or less in advance of the program start date. In these instances, the full balance must be paid within 7 days of being accepted in order to secure your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application. This usually takes 24-48 hours from the application being submitted.

 

Payments made in advance of the 60 day window can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance, or book a flight with PMGY, then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking. Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur. Bank transfers can be accepted by UK participants only.

Can I be a childcare volunteer as part of a university or college placement?

It is certainly possible to be a childcare volunteer in Portugal as part of your university or college placement. However, PMGY is unable to guarantee that the childcare volunteer in Portugal program will fulfil the requirements of your establishment. Therefore, participants are encouraged to speak to a member of the International Team to establish whether the required parameters can be met. This should be done in advance of applying to the program. When appropriate, school/college/university representatives are welcome to contact PMGY to discuss further the suitability of the program in meeting the participant’s requirements.

 

First of all, the PMGY International Team are able to complete paperwork after each childcare volunteer in Portugal has confirmed their place on the program. Additionally, project staff in Portugal can also sign-off any paperwork that is required by your course tutors. However, while our team will do their best to complete any paperwork, we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement or your university/college. In the event that your university/college do not accept the paperwork submitted by PMGY, then you will be unable to be refunded for your trip. PMGY regularly receives medical, nursing, childcare and psychology placement students on our projects globally, with ties with some leading universities.

 

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programs could meet the placement requirements for your course, please contact us directly to schedule a meeting.

BEFORE YOU DEPART

Can I fundraise for my trip as a childcare volunteer in Portugal

With PMGY, the money our volunteers pay goes towards the structure you receive on the Portugal volunteer program. The fundamentals of this cover aspects such as accommodation, airport pick-ups & drop-offs, around the clock support from our international and in-country teams, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.

 

We do our best to keep our program costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing quality and safety. However, with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Consequently, a large number of PMGY volunteers decide to fundraise for their trip. In these instances, we recommend that each childcare volunteer in Portugal sets up an online fundraising page to notify friends and family of your trip.

 

PMGY have partnered with the online crowdfunding website GoGetFunding for volunteers to create a personalised fundraising page for their trip. This professional online fundraising service allows you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Can I raise money for the projects?

The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415). This charity has been created to help provide financial aid and assistance to projects we work with on an ongoing basis. Importantly, the objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty for people living in the communities we support. This is achieved by providing or assisting the provision of education, training, healthcare and general living support. Therefore together, we hope that the support offered by the PMGY Foundation helps to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. Consequently, donations made to the PMGY Foundation will be directed to the projects most in need. This is determined by the trustees of the charity during our International Team overseas visits.

 

If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation, you can do so via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. 100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. However, please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas. For a childcare volunteer in Portugal looking for further information on how to raise money for their trip abroad, please visit our fundraising page.

How do I register for your online webinars?

Every Tuesday at 4pm (London time), the PMGY International Team hosts one of four pre-departure webinars. These last approximately 45 minutes each and importantly provide volunteers in Portugal with invaluable advice on their upcoming trip. The webinars are hosted by a member of our International Team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the globe. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world, simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection and a pair of headphones. In addition to this, if any family or friends would like to attend the session as well, they are more than welcome to do so.

 

For individuals who have not yet signed up to one of our programs, but would like to learn more about us, we encourage you to join our Introductory Webinar. Across 45 minutes, a member of the International team will introduce you to the concept of volunteering abroad, our destinations and both social and safety aspects of our programs.

 

For a childcare volunteer in Portugal who has already confirmed their volunteering role on the program, there are three for you to choose from. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.

 

Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.

 

Program Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching community work programs.

 

Safety & Wellbeing Overseas Webinar – covers the risks associated with overseas travel and how you can keep as safe as possible.

Will I require vaccinations and malaria tablets for my volunteer work?

It is possible that as a childcare volunteer in Portugal you may require a course of vaccinations in preparation for your volunteer work in Portugal. However, unfortunately, PMGY is unable to legally advise on these matters, since we are not medical experts. Therefore, it is vital that you contact your local doctor or travel clinic a few months in advance of your intended travel. Your local doctor/nurse will be able to advise you on vaccinations and malaria prevention you may need for entry into your volunteer destination. Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

How do I arrange my flights to volunteer in Portugal?

When you apply to be a childcare volunteer in Portugal, we cannot guarantee your place on the program immediately. Indeed, on receiving an application, we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the program and to assess your suitability for the specific project. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your program has been confirmed by us in writing. Of course, once your place as a childcare volunteer in Portugal has been confirmed, you are then free to book your flights either with PMGY or through a third-party travel agent.

 

After confirming your place on a PMGY volunteer program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This is since it will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. Therefore, we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority. Therefore, if you would like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.

Do you offer travel insurance?

Importantly, having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. Therefore, it is mandatory for all of our International Volunteers to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. This includes your travel to and from the host country, as well as any onward travel. Although PMGY does everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong. Therefore, having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

We have partnered up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international volunteers in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.

 

Please note that PMGY Travel Insurance is purchased in week-long blocks. Therefore, you should carefully identify how many days you’ll be away, including the date you depart and return to your home country. Indeed, this will ensure that you select the correct duration of travel insurance. For example, if you’re travelling for 29 days in total, you’ll need a 5 week policy, not a 4 week policy.

How do I obtain a background check?

To become a childcare volunteer in Portugal, you’ll need to provide us with a clean DBS or Police Check before you travel. This is a check that must be issued by an official Governmental or Police Body. PMGY have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the volunteers we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. Consequently, we are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.

 

If you hold a current DBS or Police Check, then we can accept this, providing it is clear and issued no more than 18 months prior to your program start date. You will need to upload a copy of this to your online portal after confirming your place on the program. Furthermore, the DBS or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your program start date.

 

If you don’t have a valid DBS check (also known as CRB or Police Check), then you will need to apply for one. UK volunteers need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through Gov.uk (which serves all people in the UK). This costs 23 GBP and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a CRB check through Gov.uk is outlined in the Volunteer Handbook, received once you have confirmed your place as a childcare volunteer in Portugal.

 

For every childcare volunteer in Portugal from the US, you can apply for a background check through US Criminal Checks. It costs 17.95 USD and is usually processed immediately. Alternatively, you are welcome to arrange your own background check through your local Sheriff’s Office or governmental body.

 

For all other international participants, we recommend you obtain a Police/Criminal Background Check through your local police station or official governmental body.

When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?

All volunteers in Portugal will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the program. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we do not send a hard copy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.

 

This Handbook contains everything you need to know to prepare as a childcare volunteer in Portugal. Ranging from what to pack to how to obtain a visa, we do our best to ensure you are ready to hit the ground running. Therefore, it is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you find any of your questions unanswered after reading through this, then our team are always on hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Skype, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!

ON YOUR TRIP

Can I arrange a private room?

All of our accommodation options on the Portugal volunteer program involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange private room options for each childcare volunteer in Portugal.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

During your volunteer trip to Portugal, meals are not included. However, the Volunteer Houses will be equipped with a kitchen including all the appliances and items needed. As a result, you will be able to prepare your own meals. It is your responsibility to manage your own dietary requirements when doing so.

 

In general, any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Importantly, any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

Are there any public holidays that affect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that impact project availability. This information can be found via our Holiday Dates page and in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change. In turn, these can unexpectedly affect project availability. Therefore in such instances, we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. These periods often provide volunteers in Portugal with a unique experience to enjoy the festivities and holidays themselves. However, our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable/possible.

What is the dress code at the projects?

Dress code varies from country-to-country and sometimes from project-to-project. Importantly, we ask that our volunteers adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. Of course, we will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack. In addition to this, our local team will also brief you during your in-country orientation on arrival in Portugal.

 

The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover shoulders, chest, stomach and thighs. In a like matter, for men, shorts should not lie above the knee and shirts should cover shoulders. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our volunteers, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Moreover, dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with. Therefore, our Volunteer Handbooks, outline preferred dress-codes in detail.

 

Additionally, it’s also a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions. However, please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible whilst you’re at your placement, particularly if you’re working with children.

How much spending money will I need?

The amount of extra spending money you should take with you as a childcare volunteer in Portugal can depend on a multitude of factors. Considerations include what you undertake during your free time and how many souvenirs you purchase! Therefore, if you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania or perhaps go trekking in South Africa, you will need to budget accordingly.

Will I be able to travel whilst on the program?

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time! Most of our programs have been designed so that you have weekends off. Therefore, this gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the weekend opportunities and travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures. During your time as a childcare volunteer in Portugal, you are sure to make some travel buddies along the way!

 

Before booking your flights, we recommend that you look into travel opportunities across dates on either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. However, if you plan to travel extensively, please factor this into your flight itinerary. This is since we only encourage travel during your one day off while you’re volunteering, as you have made a commitment to be a childcare volunteer in Portugal.

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time on the Portugal volunteer program, you will live in our Volunteer House in Lisbon. This is located outside of the city centre, but you will still find it very easy to get around. Similarly, you will find many local restaurants, supermarkets and ATMs at your convenience in the local area. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is a dormitory-style hostel and is basic but comfortable. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in same-sex rooms. You will have cupboard space to store clothes and accessories as well as a personal locker to store your valuables. However, volunteers are still encouraged to only bring essential items during their volunteer work in Portugal.

 

WiFi is usually available in the accommodation, but it can be intermittent. Bedding is provided for volunteers when they arrive. Bathrooms are shared, with a shower and western style toilet. International volunteers have several communal spaces to relax, hang out with new friends or prepare for the project. Communal areas are regularly cleaned, but volunteers are expected to keep their personal spaces as tidy as possible.

 

Most of the projects are not within walking distance of our Volunteer House. Therefore, you will need to budget for transportation costs to get to and from your volunteer placement each day. It is important to note that project transport costs are not included in your Program Fee.

MEALS

During your volunteer trip to Portugal, you will be provided with breakfast and dinner at the accommodation. Lunch is not usually included and should be budgeted accordingly. There are plenty of places in the city to choose from. For example, tickle those tastebuds with pork Bifanas – the national Portuguese sandwich. Alternatively, volunteers are welcome to prepare a packed lunch for the day at the accommodation.

 

Breakfast operates in a self-service format. Volunteers just help themselves and all cutlery and crockery are provided. Most dinners are traditional Portuguese dishes that can include lots of seafood, traditional sausage and chicken. Examples can include sardines, chorizo and Piri Piri chicken. Portuguese cuisine is a combination of strong flavours and vibrant colours. It varies greatly from region to region and Lisbon is influenced heavily by Mediterranean cuisine. If you are looking to mix things up, head to the restaurants and cafés in central Lisbon to sample some of this.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

COSTS INVOLVED

DURATION

PROGRAM FEE

REGISTRATION FEE

TOTAL

1 week
645 USD
249 USD
894 USD
2 weeks
945 USD
249 USD
1,194 USD
3 weeks
1,275 USD
249 USD
1,524 USD
4 weeks
1,590 USD
249 USD
1,839 USD
6 weeks
2,220 USD
249 USD
2,469 USD
8 weeks
2,850 USD
249 USD
3,099 USD
10 weeks
3,555 USD
249 USD
3,804 USD
12 weeks
4,185 USD
249 USD
4,434 USD

* These fees apply to each individual application.

 

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY program, you need to pay a deposit of 1 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge.

 

You’re only required to pay the 1 USD deposit once we can guarantee you a place on the program unless you’re applying within 60 days of your program start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.

 

Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.

 

Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

 
 

OPTIONAL TRIPLE CARBON OFFSET SCHEME – 25 USD

PMGY provide participants with the opportunity to contribute towards our Triple Carbon Offset Scheme. This not only helps eliminate your carbon footprint but helps the planet with a positive contribution every time you fly. The Triple Offset Idea for volunteers in Portugal works as follows –

 

Kenya – 14 mango trees are planted in Kenya. These are capable of absorbing the total carbon emissions for a volunteer trip to Portugal and also help provide a sustainable income for local farmers.

 

India – 80 days of access to a solar cooker are provided to a family in India. This means the family don’t have to spend on firewood and thus reduce their dependence on trees.

 

USA – 1.25kg of rescued meals are provided to the homeless in the USA. This recycles wasted food reduces methane emission from food waste which is equivalent to 1lb of CO2 emissions.

 

This optional add-on can be added during the online application process or can even be added on at a later date. The offset platform is provided by our charity, the PMGY Foundation and ensures that 100% of contributions are put towards high impact projects around the world.

PMGY VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

   
  

COSTS INVOLVED

WHAT'S INCLUDED

PROGRAM FEE

  • ACCOMMODATION (VOLUNTEER HOUSE)YES
  • AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFFYES
  • IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATIONYES
  • TRANSPORT TO PROJECTYES
  • 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORTYES

REGISTRATION FEE

  • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT YES
  • DEDICATED PMGY TRAVEL MENTOR YES
  • EMAIL & TELEPHONE SUPPORT YES
  • VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK YES
  • LIVE PRE-DEPARTURE WEBINARS YES
  • 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTIONYES
  • REGULAR PROGRAM INSPECTION YES
  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONYES

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • MEALS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER) NO
  • FLIGHTS TO LISBONNO
  • TRAVEL INSURANCENO
  • VISANO
  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKNO

TRIPLE CARBON OFFSET SCHEME

OPTIONAL 25 USD PAYMENT

  • TREES PLANTED IN KENYA14
  • DAYS OF SOLAR ACCESS IN INDIA80
  • HOMELESS MEALS PROVIDED IN USA1.25KG