The Live it Lisbon! Summer Volunteer Programme is about volunteering, culture, Portuguese language, food and tourism. Just take a look at the draft schedules below:
During the mornings participants will work with the association staff and local people for the maintenance of the neighbourhood by cleaning and painting the walls, cleaning the streets and promoting attitudes towards recycling. Furthermore activities with local kids may be organized; for example you may organize and participate in sport tournaments, inclusive workshops on various topics, according to your interests, and language tandem in which you can practise your Portuguese and they can practise their English skills.
In the afternoon participants will have the opportunity to take part in Portuguese language workshops and cooking workshops. Everyone will get the chance to participate in two language workshops (2*3h, for a total of 6 hours). Our Portuguese teacher has experience in teaching foreigners. She uses a participative method that includes formal teaching and conversation so that you will acquire basic Portuguese skills after just a few hours. Moreover you will have the chance to practise what you learn during your classes with Spin staff, volunteers and of course with local people.
Depending on the overall number of participants, everyone will get a chance to participate in one or two cooking workshops. The cooking workshops will be held by Spin’s long-term international volunteers from all over Europe and you will have the chance to make some traditional dishes from their countries. Participants’ tastes and requests will be taken into consideration and it would create a positive exchange if participants shared their national recipes, too. If you would like to lead one of the workshops yourself, contact us in advance and we will do our best to make it happen! :) At the end of the stay, all participants will receive an e-book containing the recipes used during the program. This activity is meant to be participative, so don’t be afraid to make your hands dirty!
Most nights will be free and the city centre can be reached by bus, metro, night bus or by Uber/taxi (which costs about 10€). Nevertheless some night activities can be organized according to participants’ request, for example there is the opportunity to organize a movie night, a party, an intercultural night in which everyone will share some food, drink and music from his or her country. If so desired by the participants, a farewell party may take place at the hostel during the last night.
Participants are entitled to four fully free days. Nevertheless Spin provides optional tourist trips which may require some extra expenses (only for transfers and entrance to monuments when required).
The first option is Lisbon sightseeing and entrance to the São Jorge Castle, which is offered by Spin. On this day Spin also provides you with a day transportation pass in order for you to explore the city centre easily.
The second option consists of a day at the seaside, where participants may have the opportunity to rent surfing materials and play beach volleyball. The transfer for this trip is offered by Spin and the municipality of Carnide, the area in which you will be staying.
The last option is to visit the town of Sintra with its numerous magnificent palaces and its beautiful nature that together have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Sintra it is easy to reach Cabo da Roca, where the ocean meets the westernmost extent of continental Europe. If you want to visit these spots, you will have to pay for your own tickets: a two-ways train ticket Lisbon-Sintra costs about 4,30€; the entrance to the castle and the park costs 13€; a two-way ticket Sintra-Cabo da Roca costs around 8€. Anyway, if you have one, we suggest you to bring your European Youth Card which will allow you to get discounts.
All these trips are one day long and on those days we will have packed lunch.
This summer we will run two Live it Lisbon! sessions starting on different dates, with you stating your preferred period on your application form:
The activities will be the same for the two periods, that is to say the ones explained above. There could be minor changes due to the neighbourhood needs regarding the volunteering action and the participants’ tastes and requests regarding the cooking workshops’ menu.