The Iberian wolf, inhabiting the Iberian Peninsula, is one of the many subspecies of wolves found in the world. The wolf is one of those species whose habitat has substantially declined in all parts of the globe. In Portugal, the Iberian wolf is threatened with extinction and is fully protected by a national law since 1988.

Project

Volunteer work with wolves in Portugal; The Wolf project was created in 1987 by an independent, non-profit association, devoted to the conservation of the Iberian wolf and its habitat in Portugal. This project was founded with the aim of providing an adequate captivity environment for wolves no longer able to live in the wild and to promote the wolf.

Participating at this project is intended for volunteers who want to help conserve and protect one of nature’s most beautiful and mysterious creatures; the Iberian wolf. The work of the volunteers is of extreme importance for the development and continuance of the Centre. By raising more understanding and true compassion for the Iberian wolf, the project is convinced to keep this wonderful animal from extinction.

The project staff consists of three persons, (who are not exclusively devoted to the volunteers). The staff is enthusiastic and enjoys training and working with volunteers from different countries. The language spoken at this project is English.

The project location is situated about 20 km from Portugal’s capital Lisbon. The centre is located in a forested valley. In the surroundings there is a rich natural and cultural heritage, more nature reserves and also the sea/beach is close by.

There are a lot of things to do in your leisure time. For example: explore the beautiful surrounding region of the forests and coast line. Visit different towns like the historical city Mafra, beautiful palaces in Sintra and of course Lisbon.

You will be responsible for travelling and arranging your own transport to the project in Portugal. Detailed travel information will be provided after you’ve booked.

Your tasks may include:

  • Preparation of food and feeding the wolves
  • Checking the wolves water supplies (during summer at least 3 times a day)
  • Monitoring and observatuion of the wolves
  • Infrastructure maintenance (like checking enclosures walls and fences, painting, pathways improvements, etc.)
  • Forest maintenance (like tree felling and pruning, removal of branches and other materials and subsequent burning, etcetera)
  • Checking for fires in the area (mainly May – October)

You will work 5 days a week, approximately 7 hours a day. You can have 2 free days of each week (weekends usually).

Volunteers will be accommodated in one of the wooden volunteer houses. The houses are fully equipped with all modern conveniences. The ‘big’ house (up to 6 people) has 2 bedrooms (1 room for 4 and 1 for 2 persons). The ‘small’ house (up to 2 people) has 1 bedroom. Other facilities like kitchen, where you can prepare your own meals, and bathroom are shared by all occupants.

As a volunteer you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age for participation is 18 years old
  • Able to communicate in English (and/or in Portuguese)
  • Able to work as part of a team and be independant in carring out the tasks
  • Being interested in animals and nature
  • Having a good physical condition
  • There are no vaccinations required at this project, but we recommend you to be vaccinated against DTP and Hepatitis A. (For the most actual information we  advise you to visit your local medical clinic).

Volunteers are welcome all year round (except December and January). For 2020 there are scheduled arrival- and departure dates.:

Arrival
Departure
11 March 23 March
25 March 06 April
08 April 20 April
22 April 04 May
06 May
18 May
20 May 01 June
03 June 15 June
17 June 29 June
01 July 13 July
15 July 27 July
29 July 10 August
12 August 24 August
26 August 07 September
09 September 21 September
23 September 05 October
07 October 19 October
21 October 02 November
04 November 16 November
18 November 30 November
Period
10 nights
price p.p.
12 nights
price p.p.
13 nights
price p.p.
(Bunk)bed in a 4-person room
€ 339,-
€ 380,-
€ 400,-
Bed in a double room
€ 386,-
€ 435,-
€ 460,-
Single use in a double room
€ 563,-
€ 660,-
€ 715,-
Period
10 nights
price p.p.
12 nights
price p.p.
13 nights
price p.p.
Bed in a double room
€ 447,-
€ 509,-
€ 540,-
Single use in a double room
€ 700,-
€ 840,-
€ 910,-
Costs include:

  • Information and assistence before deparure
  • If desired, estimate of flight options / travel possibilities (the most convenient flights options at a glance)
  • Accommodation including use of kithen facilities
  • Bed and bath linen
  • Weekly cleaning
  • Weekly transport for grocery shopping
  • A donation to the project
  • Training and supervision
  • Program and administration costs
  • And, of course a very memorable experience!

Prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2020.

Everything you need to know before you book this project:
Extensive information Project Wolves in Portugal (PDF)

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