Volunteering in Portugal, fight food waste
Each extra week costs £179.
Includes airport collection, accommodation in a volunteer eco-house, three meals per day, project orientation, 2 hour Lisbon tour, project equipment and access to organised trips (extra cost).
Description of Volunteering in Portugal, fight food waste
Lisbon is a brilliant city to visit, and full of restaurants. But what about living here? What the average tourist doesn’t see is what goes to waste at the end of every day from the city’s bars, restaurants and cafes. This project supports 500 homeless people in Portugal’s capital by supplying them with meals, and fights food waste. Overall, the project feeds 2,000 people.
As a volunteer, you’re expected to work various weekday shifts for around four hours a day. You'll travel around the city picking up food donations from supermarkets, schools and restaurants; food that is unsellable but still perfectly edible. Next you and your team will sort and prepare the food, making packages for redistribution. It’s a great way to get to know the city.
In your free time: the city is yours! You can explore Portugal's beautiful capital, or head to the beach – the surfing in the area is brilliant. You can even arrange caving, diving and wine tasting trips with your new-found volunteering friends. To help you make the most of the project, you could spend some of your free time taking Portuguese lessons. Learning a few words will help you get the most out of meeting the people involved in the project.
Your home for the week is shared accommodation in Lisbon’s suburbs, within easy reach of the city, but even easier reach of a pool and free Yoga classes, which are both set at your eco-friendly villa. This being a food project, all your meals are provided. Stay more than a week to really get the most out of the trip.
This project is all about avoiding waste. All food within the volunteer house is either composted (scraps) or donated to the food waste project to be distributed amongst Lisbon's homeless population. Volunteers learn about the importance of avoiding food waste.
The accommodation that you will stay in is very sustainable. All furnishings are made out of recycled produce such as pallets. Fresh produce is purchased from a company that sells plastic free items that have been rejected by supermarkets because they don't look quite perfect. Domestic essentials such as washing up liquid and toilet rolls are purchased from Portuguese suppliers who do not use plastic. Any products that unavoidably contain plastic will be shredded so that they can be used in making further produce. The accommodation sells plastic-free deodorant, plastic-free toothbrushes and other plastic-free items. There are solar panels on the accommodation.
Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleHelping local people
This project has been established to help people in the local community. Food is distributed to homeless people and those who are living below the poverty line.
Supporting the local economy
The project also helps the local economy. Our participants spend money on food and leisure; rent is paid to the local landlord. Contractors who help with maintenance of the property have often come from life on the streets. They have been helped by charities to train them up in DIY and subsequently gain employment. Where possible, all maintenance is done by people who have lived on the streets or suffered hardships.
Our pre-departure briefing includes a special session entitled ‘Responsible Tourism’ where we discuss cultural differences and sensitivities as well as advising volunteers on appropriate conduct. People a briefed on what is considered polite in terms of eating, greeting and dressing. It is encouraged that all volunteers learn some Portuguese prior to departure, and they get a helping hand whilst out there as well.
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