Medical program

In this program the volunteers will contribute to the promotion of health, prevention of diseases, and assistance to people in vulnerable situations.

Portugal decriminalized drug possession for personal use in 2001, opting for a health-focused approach over punitive measures. This policy shift has resulted in lower drug-related deaths and improved public health outcomes, making Portugal a notable example of a harm reduction strategy.

Supervised consumption sites were created to provide a safe space where people can consume psychoactive substances, brought by themselves, under the supervision of professionals trained to educate on safer consumption and act in case of overdose or other emergency situations.

This is a response that aims to contribute to the promotion of health, prevention of diseases, and assistance to people in vulnerable situations, seeking to create a dignified, safe and hygienic consumption environment, improve accessibility and adherence to health services, reinforce integration between health and social services and raise awareness/refer for treatment.

Volunteers, who must be enrolled in medical or nursing school or have degrees in either of those fields, will assist physicians and nurse practitioners who work at the drug consumption site, as well as monitoring the user’s medical information.


1st week 1040€
Following weeks 510€


– Pick up at the international airport in Porto & transfer to the accommodation – Sunday 

On Sunday, the ImpacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sign and a smile on their face! 🙂

If you arrive prior to Sunday, you will still be able to receive an airport pickup and our team can transport you to the accommodation, but you will need to pay an extra fee for this service.
We will reach out to you by WhatsApp a few days before your start date to connect 🙂

– Accommodation at a dormitory at a center-located hostel;

– Three meals a day everyday: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request);

– Shared use of common spaces and free WIFI;
– Orientation event on arrival (including an introduction to Portugal and its culture, volunteer experience, an overview of programs, practical information, safety guidelines);
– Guided city tour and the best tips to discover the city;
– Allocation and coordination of a work placement in a local non-profit project;
– Introduction on the first day of volunteering;
– Ongoing support throughout the stay;
– 24h/7 emergency support by phone or personally;
– Limited coverage civil liability insurance.

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Pick-up at the airport in other dates
  • Drop-off at the airport
  • Transport between accommodation and volunteer project location
  • Personal expenses

After the initial orientation, you will join the afternoon or evening shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. Please note that the starting times and daily workload will depend on the Social partner that you are participating in.

A typical daily schedule for an evening shift will look as follows:

8:00 – 10:00 AM |Breakfast is available at the volunteer accommodation
10:00 AM | Volunteer placement! Give your very best at your project! Usually, placements are within walking distance, but you might also have to take the bus, tram or train to get to your project
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Lunch is served at a restaurant close to the accommodation

2:00 / 3:00 PM |Volunteer placement! Give your very best at your project! Usually, placements are within walking distance, but you might also have to take the bus, tram or train to get to your project
08:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Dinner at a restaurant close to the accommodation. After dinner, you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Please note this schedule can vary depending on the schedule of each specific project. It might be a morning or afternoon shift.

Do I have to pay money for volunteering?

You are not paying for your volunteer work itself but for your stay with us overall! The costs for your program further include various elements that are part of your stay here! Respective to your program, those elements can, for example, include your accommodation, food, transportation from and to the airport, insurance, guided tours, professional guides, supervisors or instructors, placement coordination and 24/7 support!

Please have a look at the pricing details of your program to find an accurate overview of all aspects included in each program and location. 

Do I need to speak the local language?

No, you don't need to have any previous skills in the local language! All of our programs are run entirely in English and our guides and staff are all comfortable speaking English as well! But we always encourage our participants to get acquainted with some of the most basic terms and expressions, as even just a simple "Good morning!" in the local language can be a great icebreaker to start interacting with the locals! 

There are also language lessons available for volunteers. The language lessons can be booked before or on the arrival. Lessons are taught by a professional teacher and tailored to each volunteer’s current language level.


Do I need to book my stay well in advance?

No, not necessarily! Depending on the current availability of the program of your choice, we may even be able to accommodate your stay and participation for the upcoming week! However, both in our responsible travel experiences and our volunteer programs as well as regarding our available beds in the hostel, we do sometimes reach our full capacity and therefore recommend booking your stay with us as early as possible to secure your spot!  

How and when do I need to pay for my responsible experience with ImpacTrip??

You can pay us through Paypal or bank transfer. We will kindly ask you to pay 50% of your bill at the time of your booking to secure your spot! The other 50% will be due at least one day before your experience! 

What do I need to pack for my trip?

Are you already excited about your stay with us? We prepared a little list of essentials which can assist you with your packing:

  • Basics (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner…)
  • Medication contact lenses, glasses
  • Clothes according to the local weather and the project you applied for
  • Plug adapters and power converters
  • Unlocked mobile phone – we will give you a Portuguese SIM card that you can charge according to your needs
  • Laptop, tablet or smartphone so you have access to Wi-Fi almost everywhere
  • Camera (if you want to capture all the unforgettable moments.)

What is ImpacTrip's Cancellation and Refund Policy?

Impactrip deposit fees are designed to be as affordable as possible to allow everyone to join our programs. Therefore, considering its limited capacity and the expectations of everyone involved, ImpacTrip is unable to provide a total refund policy.

Deposit Fee

The payment of the deposit fees confirms a volunteer’s acceptance onto one of ImpacTrip's volunteer programs. Deposit fees are not transferable to other people but may be transferable to another program.

The deposit fee is refundable until sixty days before the start date of the volunteer’s chosen program. Requests for deposit fee refunds must be made via an email to your ImpacTrip Booking Manager, clearly detailing the reasons for cancellation.

Cancellations are subject to the following policies:

  • The notice period is based on the earliest start date the volunteer has ever been registered for.
  • If a volunteer cancels sixty days or more before their earliest program start date, they can request a refund of the deposit fee, which will be provided minus the transaction costs of the refund. Alternatively, they may ask for a deposit fee credit to be held in their name for future use on any ImpacTrip program, subject to availability, for a period of twelve months from their earliest registered start date. This credit may be issued minus the value of any change fees the volunteer has incurred.
  • If a volunteer cancels between fifty-nine and thirty days before their program’s start date, no refund of the deposit fee is available. A deposit fee credit may be held in their name for a period of twelve months from their earliest registered start date, for future use on another ImpacTrip program, subject to program availability and at the discretion of the Impactrip Booking Manager.
  • If a volunteer cancels less than thirty days before their programs start date, no refund of any fees is available. A deposit fee credit may be held in their name for twelve months from their earliest registered start date, subject to availability, provided deposit fees have been paid in full by their due date.

Where a group of ten or more people is volunteering with ImpacTrip, the group leader must register ahead of other group members in order to secure the group’s dates and plans. Group members must then register no less than sixty days before the program starts. Group members who register less than sixty days before the program start date may be excluded from the program unless approved by ImpacTrip.

ImpacTrip reserves the right to revise its program fees at any time. All program fees revisions will be made via the ImpacTrip website. Program fee revisions are not applicable to volunteers who have already submitted their payment before the revisions are due to take effect. A volunteer’s placement on a program is not confirmed until the deposit fee has been paid in full and the availability has been confirmed by their ImpacTrip Booking Manager.

When are the Introduction Days of Impactrip's volunteer programs? 

We welcome new volunteers twice a month every month of the year. Your arrival date should be the Sunday before an Introduction Day!

  • We have Introduction Days on the first and third Monday of the month in Portugal, Croatia and Italy.
  • We have Introduction Days on the second and fourth Monday of the month in Spain.


Please be aware that:

  • the Marine Conservation program in Portugal is only available between March and October and in Split between May and November every year.
  • the Wolf Conservation program in Mafra, Portugal is only available between February and November every year and has specific arrival dates.


Take a look at the experience description of the program of your choice to find some more detailed information. Also, please keep in mind that all of our programs are always subject to availability as the number of spots is limited! 

Can I volunteer along with a friend of family member of mine?

Yes, of course you can! We regularly receive little groups of friends or family that come to participate in our programs together.