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Lisbon Marine Conservation Project

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Portugal is known by countless travellers as one of the must see destinations of Europe. Not only does it have numerous medieval castles, golden beaches and picturesque cities, but its extensive coastline hosts hundreds of different marine species for you to explore and help protect! You can enjoy the chance to immerse yourself in this beautiful region and learn more about its culture whilst contributing to a great project!

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a vital project focussed both on conservation and the protection of the Portuguese marine ecosystem.

This is an exciting chance to learn transferable skills that focus on marine conservation, live in a remarkable country, and meet wonderful people. 


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
•    Visit a stunning country and interact with likeminded volunteers!
•    Explore the Portuguese coastline and take internationally recognized diving certifications (optional)
•    Learn about the marine ecosystem and how we can best protect it
•    Make lifelong friends and return with incredible stories, photos and memories
 

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FAST FACTS

Location     Lisbon, Portugal
Activities     Observe and monitor behaviour patterns of marine life
                    Explore underwater hidden wonders
                    Work with the local community and raise awareness
                    Protect the local ecosystem by arranging beach cleans

Transport     Airport pickup and transfer to project location


WHAT'S INCLUDED

                             Pre-departure support & documentation
                             Travel & medical advice and documentation
Before you go       Advice on kit and equipment
                              Discounted medical kit
                              Free T-shirt (UK Only)
                              Project orientation and training
                              Guided tour on first day
                        Accommodation
In-country       Three meals a day prepared by local cook
                       Airport pick-up
                       Project T-shirt
                       Insurance (limited coverage)
                       In-country 24/7 support
                       24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This project aims to combine tourism and sustainable volunteering in a unique experience. The idea is to promote ecotourism and responsible tourism, whilst also offering the opportunity to visit Lisbon and having a positive contribution to the environment and local community.
By volunteering on this project, you will meet other volunteers who share your passion for volunteering and are working actively towards a better future. The Lisbon Marine Conservation project will allow you to gain experience of working in a team whilst learning how to protect marine life.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
By joining this project you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem. During the program volunteers will observe fish and marine life of all colours and have the chance to dive in the Atlantic Ocean.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be picked up at Lisbon International Airport by a member of our in-country staff. You will then be transported to your accommodation where you will be given an introduction to the program and the city.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
During your stay you will be living alongside other volunteers in a sustainable hostel in Lisbon. The dormitories are single-gendered and have safe boxes for you to store your belongings safely. You will have the privacy and freedom to have a great time in the city in addition to your volunteer placement.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided three traditional Portuguese meals per day. If you wish, you can also go and explore Lisbon's markets and artisanal shops to discover your favourite cafes and restaurants.  You will have the chance to try classic Portuguese dishes such as; ad carne de porco à Alentajana (pork marinated in wine with clams), gaspacho (cold soup made of tomatoes, onions, garlic and chillies), and loads of fresh fish:  such as the famous bacalhau or salted cod.
 

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In your spare time you can explore the many architectural marvels of the city including the Mosteiro dos Jerimos and nearby Tower of Belém, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Take a walk and explore Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s famous bohemian neighbourhood bustling with artists and writers. You can take in a view of the city while visiting the Satuario Nacional de Cristo Rei, or soak up the sun at one of the many local beaches. 
Just short trip away from Lisbon you’ll find the coastal national park of Parque Natural da Arrábida and the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais which provide scenic walks through the mountains and views of coastal cliffs reaching up to 100 metres!
 

COSTS

1 week € 1.245

2 weeks € 2.045

3 weeks € 2.995

4 weeks € 3.795

This programme runs throughout the entire year except December and January
The placements start on the first and third Mondays of the month.


DURATION
Minimum 1 week
Maximum 4 weeks

WHAT’S INCLUDED
                           Pre-departure support & documentation
                           Travel & medical advice and documentation
Before you go    Advice on kit and equipment
                           Discounted medical kit
                           Free T-shirt (UK Only)
                          Project orientation and training
                          Guided tour on first day
                     Accommodation
In-country    Three meals a day prepared by local cook
                     Airport pick-up
                     Project T-shirt
                     In-country 24/7 support
                    24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Lisbon (LIS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.