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Wolf Conservation Volunteer Project, Portugal

2 Weeks+ from

minimum age

  • Help to support wolf conservation and learn about the endangered Iberian wolf
  • Work alongside a team of dedicated conservationists and meet new people
  • Experience the beautiful natural surroundings and get close to nature
  • Explore Portugal's amazing tourist and cultural sights during your time off

Food, Lodging and Travel

Volunteers have the choice of staying in one of our two volunteer houses, situated in the beautiful hillsides near the wolf sanctuary. The standard accommodation option is sharing a room with up to 4 people in a large wooden house (*during Covid 19 restrictions, houses will not be shared unless you are coming as a group – from October this will be lifted), but we have other options available at an extra cost if you require more privacy. Depending on if you are an individual or a group/couple and whether you require a private room or are happy to share a room, we can suggest an option to fit your needs. In both houses, the kitchen and bathroom are shared by all occupants.

The houses are equipped with a washing machine, stove, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and cooking utensils. We provide towels and blankets.

Meals are not included in the project cost. The houses have a kitchen and cooking appliances and also a fridge/freezer. Volunteers are taken grocery shopping once a week to a large supermarket where virtually all kinds of foods can be found. Vegetarians/vegans can also find items here like tofu and seitan. Volunteers can prepare the meals in a group or as individuals.


This project is located in Gradil, close to the city of Mafra. You will need to fly to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, and from there take a train, taxi or bus to Mafra (about a 1-hour journey). We will arrange to pick you up at the closest bus stop to the sanctuary, which is at Vale da Guarda, Mafra. Volunteers must arrive at this pick-up point between 2 and 4 pm on their chosen start date. You will be dropped off at the same location and time on the last day of your project. We will provide detailed instructions on getting to the project prior to your arrival.

During your free weekends, you will have time to explore nearby tourist sights in Mafra, Lisbon, Sintra, etc. by bus, taxi or train. This is not included in the project costs, but the project staff are happy to give you tips on transportation and places to visit.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must be aged 18+, be in good physical condition, able to work as part of a team and be self-motivated when carrying out a range of tasks. You should expect to be doing lots of manual work, in a hot climate. You will be carrying heavy items and the tasks can be repetitive. Volunteers will also work with spades, hoes, and similar tools. Volunteers should be fluent in English or Portuguese.

Wolf Conservation Volunteer Project, Portugal

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