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1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH
645 USD + 249 USD REGISTRATION FEE
CHOOSE FROM 1-12 WEEKS
18 YEARS OLD ON START DATE
PORTUGAL HOMLESS CENTRE VOLUNTEERS
Become a Portugal homeless centre volunteer and help reduce the inequalities homeless people in Portugal face. Adopt an active role in the centre and provide vital support to those without any social or family assistance. As a volunteer in Portugal, you will get involved in all aspects of the centre’s work. For instance, providing meals, leading recreational activities and engaging in cultural exchange. Help provide valuable structure and routine for homeless people in Lisbon.
HOMELESS CENTRE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE UN’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL NO.10 – INEQUALITY
SUPPORT A LOCAL CHARITY PROVIDING FOOD, SHELTER AND CLOTHES TO THOSE IN NEED
DEVELOP A SENSE OF WORTH AND MEANING FOR THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH
USE YOUR WEEKENDS TO ENJOY THE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES PORTUGAL HAS TO OFFER
VOLUNTEER IN A TOP EUROPEAN LOCATION
BACKGROUND TO THE HOMELESS CENTRE PROGRAM
One of Portugal’s most pressing issues is homelessness. Out of the countries population of 10 million, it is estimated over 4,000 people are living in the streets of Portugal. Over three-quarters of the homeless population is male. Whilst a 0.04% homeless percentage of the population may seem small, Portugal’s homeless population is rising. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of homeless people has increased substantially.
With this in mind, it must be recognised that the pandemic has placed unique pressures on Lisbon regarding homelessness. For the reason that much of the Portuguese capital’s economy has been shut down. As a result, many of the city’s residents have lost their job. This includes a loss of income opportunity for those who worked odd jobs or on non-contract terms. Consequently, there has been a sharp rise in the numbers of people finding themselves on the streets of Lisbon. That is to say, they are unable to provide for themselves.
Naturally, there a range of other social factors that develop when reviewing the issue of homelessness in Lisbon. For instance, many homeless centres in the city provide support for people with drug addiction. However, as the numbers of homeless people rise, so does the strains placed on the homeless centres. To put it differently, many centres struggle to provide the essential support services that their beneficiaries require from them.
The Portugues government is said to be working with NGOs to eliminate housing problems. Similarly, the Lisbon city council has announced intentions to invest substantial amounts into tackling homelessness. Nevertheless, the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the back of the economic implications of the 2008 recession means homelessness remains a national challenge in Portugal. More specifically, national and local governments need to act quickly as homelessness rises exponentially.
Volunteer opportunities in Portugal provided by PMGY will provide you with a platform to make a positive impact. When working at our community volunteer abroad projects in Portugal, it is important to maintain energy, enthusiasm and positivity. For the reason that much of the local community will be relying on your endeavours as a Portugal homeless centre volunteer.
HOMELESS CENTRE VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT EXAMPLE
Homeless Centre Project – Established in the heart of Lisbon, the centre provides invaluable support to homeless people. In the city, those living on the streets face poverty and inequality on a daily basis. Many of whom, have a history of addiction or some form of substance abuse. With the support of local and international volunteers, the centre aims to provide support for these people. In turn, reducing the inequalities that they face.
At its core, the centre’s mission is to provide food, clothes, health checks and refuge for those in need. Without the centre, these people lack social and family support in their battles against addiction and homelessness. Therefore, the centre helps to alleviate both the individual and social risks that addiction comes with.
The users of the centre are provided with an opportunity to get their lives back on track. They receive all the basic support they require within a structured environment. International participants assist with the centre’s support provisions helping people from a range of backgrounds. By simply listening to people’s stories and giving them your time, you will be contributing so much.
The homeless centre has grown to provide accommodation, medication and food for hundreds of people in Lisbon. When you complete volunteer work in Portugal, you can join a passionate local team of volunteers fighting against homelessness in Lisbon. In other words, work at the forefront of the project in fighting inequality and helping vulnerable people turn their lives around.
YOUR VOLUNTEER ROLE & TYPICAL WORK DAY
As a Portugal homeless centre volunteer, every day will be different. Working with a range of people, your tasks will include preparing and distributing meals for homeless people in Lisbon. Furthermore, you will coordinate clothing donations and organise recreational activities to provide remuneration for the centre’s users. Participants are also expected to work with the local volunteers and help keep the centre clean.
For participants looking to contribute further, you are encouraged to arrange educational activities. Alternatively, adopt a more relaxed approach and simply listen and converse to each person’s story at the centre. Share your skills and leave a positive impact on the lives of the people you meet at the project.
The typical working hours are 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday. However, it is important to note that your volunteer schedule in Portugal can vary. Consequently, the working hours may fluctuate. 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 VOLUNTEERING 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteers 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 homeless centre 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer, 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer?
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 Portugal homeless centre volunteers, 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer, 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer, you need to pay a deposit of 249 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. If you’re applying within 60 days of your program start date then you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. Likewise, in the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your payment will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying.
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 homeless centre volunteer as part of a university or college placement?
It is certainly possible to be a Portugal homeless centre volunteer as part of your university or college placement. However, PMGY is unable to guarantee that the Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer
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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer, 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer, 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer.
For every Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer. 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer.
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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer, 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 Portugal homeless centre volunteer.
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.
PEOPLE PER ROOM
SINGLE SEX ROOMS
WESTERN BATHROOM FACILITIES
NEAREST ATM & SHOPS
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.
* These fees apply to each individual application.
In order to apply to join PMGY you are required to make your Registration Fee payment of 249 USD. In the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your Registration Fee will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying. 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.
If you’re applying within 60 days of your program start date then you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. Likewise, in the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your payment will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying.
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.
1 WEEK PROGRAM FEE
2 WEEKS PROGRAM FEE
3 WEEKS PROGRAM FEE
4 WEEKS PROGRAM FEE
6 WEEKS PROGRAM FEE
8 WEEKS PROGRAM FEE
10 WEEKS PROGRAM FEE
12 WEEKS PROGRAM FEE
ACCOMMODATION (VOLUNTEER HOUSE)
AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFF
TRANSPORT TO PROJECT
24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORT
24 HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT
DEDICATED PMGY TRAVEL MENTOR
EMAIL & TELEPHONE SUPPORT
LIVE PRE-DEPARTURE WEBINARS
100% FINANCIAL PROTECTION
REGULAR PROGRAM INSPECTION
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
MEALS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
FLIGHTS TO LISBON
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
TRIPLE CARBON OFFSET SCHEME
OPTIONAL 25 USD PAYMENT
TREES PLANTED IN KENYA
DAYS OF SOLAR ACCESS IN INDIA
HOMELESS MEALS PROVIDED IN USA