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Lisbon - Marine Conservation

Lisbon - Marine Conservation

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What's included?
From 1099 EUR
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Duration
7 days
Starts in
Lisbon
Ends in
Lisbon
Group size
Max. 10
The Marine Conservation program is perfect for those who love the sea and the environment!
Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project have the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in the South Coast of Portugal.
Volunteers work in collaboration with a diving school that has a special emphasis on the local environmental protection.

Besides the dives, your course will also teach you about the marine ecosystem and what we can do to protect it, and will as well put you in touch with the local community, educating it about marine preservation environmental issues, and protection of biodiversity and marine resources such as food.

The volunteers will be always supervised by an experienced diver and will receive comprehensive training on the marine conservation subject. You don’t need to be a diver to start this program, since there are different certifications and courses concerning the different levels. Any person can participate, from beginners (start with the Open Water Dive Certification) or more experienced divers (start with the Advanced Open Water Dive Certification). The goal, however, is always the same: to clean our ocean and do the best we can for a better future!

All volunteers complete internationally recognized SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certifications. The diving certification you complete will depend on your current diving experience and the length of your stay. The courses range from Suba Diver through to Open Water Diver, and specialties such as Marine Ecology and Fish Identification. The project works with a local diving school, therefore you are always supervised by an experienced dive instructor.
Itinerary

Lisbon - Marine Conservation

What happens on your first day?

In the morning, the local staff lead an interactive session (at the volunteer accommodation) that includes some ice-breaker activities and a presentation that covers a lot of useful information including: an introduction to Portugal and it's culture, the volunteer experience (setting expectations), an overview of our programs, practical information for getting around the city and beyond, and safety guidelines. In the afternoon, the volunteers are escorted into the city center for a special tour. They are also able to buy bus tickets, local sim cards and exchange money if necessary, all with a local staff member for support.

Itinerary

After the initial orientation in Lisbon, you will spend the rest of your program in Cascais with other volunteers.

A typical weekday will look like this:

08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at the volunteer house
09:00 - 12:30 First dive of the day. You will start by learning the fundamentals and after a couple days you will start diving in the Ocean.
13:30 - 14:00 Take the train back to the volunteer house
14:00 - 14:30 Lunch time
14:30 - 19:00 Relaxing & Travel time. Usually, the afternoons are free to travel around the city, learn Portuguese or relax. Sometimes, you can also dive during the afternoons depending on the specialties or certification you are doing. Your instructor will inform you about this on the first day.
19:30 - 21:00 Dinner at the volunteer accommodation along with the other volunteers.

Please note this schedule can vary depending on your level, the weather conditions and your progress.

Do I need to speak the local language?

No, you don't need to have any previous skills in the local language! All of our programs are run entirely in English and our guides and staff are all comfortable speaking English as well! But we always encourage our participants to get acquainted with some of the most basic terms and expressions, as even just a simple "Bom dia!" (good morning in Portuguese) can be a great icebreaker to start interacting with the locals.

There are also language lessons available for volunteers. The language lessons can be booked before or on the arrival. Lessons are taught by a professional teacher and tailored to each volunteer’s current language level.

Is prior experience in diving required to take part in the Marine Conservation program?

No, you do not need to have any prior experience in diving, the professional diving instructor will teach you all the necessary basics and safety essentials right on the spot! In your program is included a certificated diving course adjusted to your diving skills.

But it's great if you already do have some previous diving experience, as you'll more easily be able to contribute to cleaning up the ocean by collecting trash from the seabed.

Which diving tracks are available to me during the volunteer period?

If you are a diving beginner, you will start with the fundamentals and safety procedures. Once you get more autonomous - usually during the second week - you can start helping to collect trash. If you already have some experience, you will get to dive right away and contribute to our mission even quicker. You can start the program at any experience level and obtain the next level of certification accordingly!

Will I have time for some sight-seeing as well?

Of course! We want you to really get to know your natural and cultural surroundings and will provide you with useful tips and tricks that will help you discover the location of your stay like a local.

Mandatory requirements

You need to complete the Dive Medical Questionnaire before departure.
Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
None

Activities

Free yoga class every Friday at your hostel.
You will have plenty of free time to go explore Lisbon, take a stroll around your surroundings, catch the most important sites, interact with the locals or simply relax! And of course, you will have your weekends off as well!

Accommodation

Impact House is a hostel committed to sustainability, which offers dormitories and private double rooms, with free WiFi and access to shared bathroom facilities. The communal facilities include a spacious living area, a beautiful garden and a vegetables garden, big outdoor area, swimming pool, dining room as well as activities room - where there is a free yoga class every Friday. A continental breakfast is served daily and is free to all guests. Homemade lunch and dinner (with vegetarian options) are available every day. Impact House is located 2,5km from the touristic area of Belém which is a great choice for travellers interested in local food, culture, city walks and sightseeing.

Local transport

Pick-up at the airport is included.

Please note:
Transport between accommodation and volunteer project location is not included. Volunteers take the train to Cascais in the morning and return around lunch time. The train costs around EUR 5/ day, but if you stay longer than 2 weeks, it is worth getting a monthly pass.

Meals

Three meals a day, everyday served at your accommodation: breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request.) If you prefer, in the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement, as long as you request it the day before.

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Inclusions:
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- Accommodation
- Three meals a day, everyday: breakast, lunch and dinner (Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request.)
- Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the accommodation (On the Sunday prior to an Introduction Day)
- Allocation to a non-profit and placement coordination on the first day of volunteering
- Responsible guided city tour (2 hours) SIM card, maps and the best tips to discover the city
- All the professional diving equipment you need for the project
- Diving classes and instructors
- Support 24/7
- All volunteers complete internationally recognized SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certifications. The diving certification you complete will depend on your current diving experience and certifications and the length of your stay. The courses range from Open Water Diver to Scuba Diver.

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