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.

The work is varied and 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 (70% of the time): 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. (conserning vaccines and information we advise you to visit your local clinic).

Volunteers are welcome all year round (except December and January). For 2019 there are scheduled arrival dates and several scheduled departure dates. For 2020 there are scheduled arrival- and departure dates.:

Arrival
Departure
25 September
09 October ’19
14 October
25 or 28 October ’19
29 October
08 or 11 November ’19
12 November
22 or 25 November ’19
12 February
24 February ’20
26 February
09 March ’20
11 March
23 March ’20
25 March
06 April ’20
08 April
20 April ’20
22 April
04 May ’20
06 May
18 May ’20
20 May
01 June ’20
03 June
15 June ’20
17 June
29 June ’20
01 July
13 July ’20
15 July
27 July
29 July
10 August ’20
12 August
24 August
26 August
07 September ’20
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
  • Free estimate of flight options / travel possibilities (the most convenient flights options at a glance), if desired
  • 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
  • Administration costs
  • And, of course a very memorable experience!

Prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2019 and 2020.

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

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