Volunteering in Portugal

Many expats in Portugal get involved in volunteer efforts, and there are plenty of projects to get involved in, either on a regular or an ad-hoc basis.

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As well as doing something good for the community, getting involved in volunteering can help you get to know people in your area.

Here are five ideas for volunteering in Portugal:
 

  1. Animal charities

    Animal charities are a big deal in Portugal amongst expats, particularly due to the fact that cultural differences mean that attitudes to stray animals can differ between expats and natives.

    If you’re an animal lover, you will find no end of volunteer opportunities at rescue centres and other animal charities.


     
  2. Supermarket food appeals

    Food banks are big news in the UK right now, but are significantly more embedded in Portuguese culture. It’s a frequent occurrence to be handed a bag when you enter a supermarket to fill with staple items to support food banks and other charities.

    You can get involved by volunteering to help with the collection and sorting efforts, or by simply grabbing a bag and donating some grocery items after you shop.


     
  3. Charity shops

    Charity shops aren’t as widespread in Portugal as in the UK, and they’re usually set up to support a specific cause (often an animal charity!)

    These shops are always looking for volunteers to work in them. You’ll find plenty of adverts for them in English language newspaper, The Portugal News.


     
  4. One-off appeals

    It’s also worth keeping an eye on the local paper for one-off charity appeals, especially over the festive season.

    One particularly inspiring recent appeal was for a local children’s home, where volunteers could buy a shoebox full of Christmas presents for a specific child.


     
  5. Donating your time

    Another rewarding way to volunteer in Portugal is donating your time to a specific event such as a beach clean up. These have a real community feel, and are generally announced on town noticeboards.

 

 


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