Projects Abroad | Marine Conservation

Portugal: Marine Ecosystem Protection

Lisbon, Portugal


Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Duration: Minimum 1 week

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €1319 Euros for the first week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation 24/7 support and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean while making a meaningful contribution to its conservation. Our Marine Conservation program offers a unique opportunity for ocean lovers to participate in various initiatives aimed at protecting the marine ecosystem along the South Coast of Portugal.

Working in collaboration with a diving school that prioritizes environmental preservation, volunteers engage in underwater clean-up efforts to remove trash from the sea floor. Beyond diving, participants receive comprehensive education on marine ecology and conservation practices. They also play an essential role in community outreach, raising awareness about marine preservation and biodiversity among local residents.

No prior diving experience is necessary to join the program. We offer certifications and courses tailored to different skill levels, from beginners to advanced divers. Under the supervision of experienced divers, volunteers undergo thorough training in marine conservation techniques.

Our shared goal is clear: to safeguard our oceans and pave the way for a brighter future. Join us in our mission to clean and protect the ocean, one dive at a time.

Daily Life

Upon completing the initial orientation in Lisbon, you’ll join other volunteers in Cascais for the remainder of your program. Here’s what a typical weekday looks like:

8:00-09:00 am: Enjoy breakfast at the volunteer house.
9:00-12:30 am: Begin your day with the first dive, focusing on learning the fundamentals. As you gain confidence, you’ll transition to diving in the ocean.
1:30-2:00 pm: Take the train back to the volunteer house.
2:00-2:30 pm: Lunchtime.
2:30-7:00 pm: Spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring the city, practicing Portuguese, or engaging in additional dives, depending on your certifications and interests. Your instructor will provide guidance on activities for the day.

9:00 PM: Gather for dinner at the volunteer accommodation, enjoying meals with fellow volunteers.

Please note that this schedule may vary based on your track, weather conditions, and progress in the program. Adjustments will be made accordingly to ensure a fulfilling and safe experience.

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Travel and Accom.

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted and transported to our project.

Your accommodation will be in a charming house conveniently located near the center of Estoril. The house offers dorm-style lodging with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and access to common areas. Situated just a 5-minute walk from the beach, it is also close to Estoril and S. João do Estoril train stations, providing easy access to Lisbon city center within a 20-minute train ride.

The house features 10 rooms, including 7 dormitories (gender-separated) and 3 private rooms. Each bunk bed is equipped with curtains for added privacy, as well as individual lighting, chargers, and lockable storage space. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor terrace, garden, and fully equipped kitchen.

All meals are provided in the common area, prepared using fresh local ingredients. Breakfast is served buffet-style, while lunch and dinner offer two options—one vegetarian and another. Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the house.

With a focus on Climate Action, Circular Economy, and Ocean Protection, the house encourages volunteers to engage with these topics and expand their knowledge during their stay.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for marine conservation
  • Not afraid to get wet!
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.

Project fee includes all the professional diving equipment you’ll need for your dive. We do recommend bringing comfortable swimwear, beach slippers, and a towel.

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€1319 Euros for the first 2 weeks, €725 for each additional week.

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 1 week booking

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes;

  • All food,
  • Accommodation,
  • Airport pickup,
  • Orientation,
  • Sim card
  • Guided tour of city
  • 24/7 in-country support and
  • All project related activities.
What’s not included:
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport drop-off
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

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