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Portugal Community Development and Restoration Project

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Portugal has long been recognized for its astounding architecture, rich history and vibrant culture.  With an intriguing mix of both classic and contemporary buildings along with hosting one of Europe’s largest architectural festivals, a journey to Portugal is sure to inspire creativity and wonder in all who take the time to explore this South Western European country. Bordered by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has all the elements of the perfect European experience. With plenty of sunshine, long hot summers, beaches and mountains, delicious local foods and a landscape dotted with castles, monasteries and famous monuments a trip to Portugal is sure to leave you with stories to share for years to come.  

Join this rewarding opportunity to gain some hands-on experience remodelling homes and social organizations in Lisbon, Portugal’s bustling capital city.  Get your hands dirty while leaving your mark on one of the world’s most architecturally stunning locations by participating in construction and remodelling projects alongside your new friends.  Through this meaningful work you will have the opportunity to be integrated into a team of volunteers from all over the world that have a common mission: contribute to allow everyone to have a home. 



  • Explore the incredible Portuguese culture
  • Travel like a local, not like a tourist.  Our local partner will suggest the best places in Lisbon
  • Have an independent experience, gaining leadership skills and confidence
  • Make a real and meaningful positive impact on the communities you work in
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Lisbon, Portugal


Assist in Lisbon community development
Help create better lives for disadvantaged Portuguese families
Daily manual work
Improving home and social institutions, infrastructure and facilities


Airport pick-up & transfer to project location


Sustainable Hostel in the centre of Lisbon

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt


Project orientation and training
Guided tour on first day
Building materials and construction supervisors
Three meals a day prepared by a local cook
Airport pick-up
Project t-shirt
Insurance (limited coverage)
In-country 24/7 support
24-hour international HQ backup



The Frontier-Portugal Construction project aims to support the work of the local staff and is committed to improving Lisbon’s infrastructure whilst providing construction upgrades and renovations to homes and social organizations in the poorest areas of Lisbon. This project directly helps families living in poverty to have a decent home by mobilizing national and international volunteers to build and repair their houses.

The project aspires to a long term goal of remodelling 130 homes and 60 social organizations in the next 5 years. Portugal is a great place to live. Nice weather, inspiring history, healthy and delicious food and friendly people. Unfortunately, not everyone in Portugal has access to the great quality of life the country can offer. Over 2 million people are in danger of poverty, including 500 thousand children and their families.


You will work alongside a dedicated and enthusiastic team of like-minded volunteers to help disadvantaged Portuguese families realise their dreams. You will help paint homes, participate in reconstruction and remodelling projects and complete landscaping and other basic construction tasks. Your manual labour assistance will be much needed and appreciated as this project works towards its ambitious goals. Maintaining and improving one’s shelter is a basic need that many in this region are unable to attain.  Through your support, you will not only be assisting with diverse manual labour projects but you will also be acting as a catalyst for prosperity as you work to help disadvantaged people live fuller and happier lives. You do not need any special skills to participate in this program, just two hands and the willingness and enthusiasm to join in on some meaningful and physical work.

This project will also give you the opportunity to travel around Lisbon with your fellow volunteers and take in the sights, sounds and smells of this lively country.  By working alongside local people you will be giving insider knowledge on the best spots to eat, shop and enjoy a casual day on the town doing whatever it is you please. This means you may have access to some of the most beautiful places in Portugal that are off the beaten track, providing you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Portuguese culture – all while making new friends from around the world and making a truly meaningful difference in the lives of many!


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.


Whilst volunteering on this project you will be staying in a shared volunteer apartment in the city centre with all the amenities you need including TV, wifi, towels, a fully equipped kitchen, different comfortable common areas and a very nive sunny terrace to relax. Here, you will have the privacy and freedom to have a great time in the city in addition to your volunteer placement. You will be lodged in a dormitory at a sustainable Hostel with the option to upgrade for an extra cost of 100euro/week/room (subject to availability). The dormitories are single-gendered and have safe boxes for you to store your belongings safely.


Everyday local Portuguese cook will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh ingredients. She will prepare a lot of Portuguese typical dishes for volunteers to try, and there are alternatives for vegans, vegetarians, lactose intolerants and gluten free meals. Free tea and water is also available at the house at any time. Although there is always food available atthe house, you can still go and explore Lisbon's  quaint markets and artisanal shops in addition to discovering your favourite cafes and restaurants. Immerse yourself in community life by indulging in classic Mediterranean influenced Portuguese fare including 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...the most famous of which bacalhau or salted cod for which every region has its own specialty. 

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In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Lisbon’s rich culture and history. 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. Feeling more casual? Take a walk and explore Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s famous bohemian neighbourhood bustling with artists and writers, 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.  Portugal’s natural beauty isn’t far from your doorstep either! 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 provides scenic walks through the mountains and views of coastal cliffs reaching up to 100 meters!


1 week € 645

2 weeks € 1.145

4 weeks € 2.195

Weekly. Please arrive on a Monday.

This project does not run in August.


Minimum 1 week+


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food (lunches at construction site)
  • Building materials & construction supervisors
  • Local orientation & project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • Project t-shirt
  • Free Lisbon travel card
  • 24 hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Lisbon (LIS)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. 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 our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email


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.


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.

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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.