Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to the most common doubts participants have about our Summer Volunteer Programme. If you cannot find your question on our list, please write to email@example.com or use the contact form in the footer of our website.
If you are interested in joining one of our projects, please apply as soon as possible. The sooner you apply the more likely you will be accepted and the cheaper your travel might be.
Please also note that the process of confirming the participants takes time as each person has 5 days to secure their spot. Only after the 5 day period is up can we offer the spot to a person from the waiting list.
We recommend that you bring: some food and drinks from your country (to share with other participants during the intercultural night), games, musical instruments, or any other thing you would like to share with the other participants of the programme.
The €350/€390 that participants will pay will cover the following:
- Accommodation (no need to bring bedding or sleeping bags as they will be provided)
- Food & drink supplied by Live it Lisbon!
- Activities coordinated by Live it Lisbon!
- Days out coordinated by Live it Lisbon!
- Language classes supplied by Live it Lisbon!
- Cooking workshops supplied by Live it Lisbon!
- Travel costs within the programme (activities, to work sites, supplied days out)
- Administrative costs
- Completion certificate
The fee does not include the following:
- Travel to and from Lisbon (plane tickets, bus fares, etc.)
- Covid PCR test (in case necessary to enter Portugal)
- Towels (these can be hired from the hostel at an additional cost)
- Food & drink not supplied by Live it Lisbon!, such as restaurants and alcohol
- Insurance (you will need to supply your own)
- Visa fees and arrangements
- Sightseeing visits/trips not supplied by Live it Lisbon!
- Additional travel fees within Lisbon
- Damage to property of the Spin Association
- Costs for extra days
For more information on the fee, please visit: fees.
Given the extremely tight budget of the programme, all international bank transfer fees are the participants’ responsibility. This means that when you make your payment, you must assume all of the bank fees. As international bank transfers may be quite expensive, you can try Wise or Revolut as an alternative.
For more information, see fees.
Portugal is part of the European Union, so volunteers residing in the EU or in any EEA country or Switzerland benefit here from the use of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). With the card you will have access to the Portuguese Health System and you will receive the same care and conditions as Portuguese citizens. In addition to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), we strongly advise you to buy private travel insurance.
You should buy complete travel insurance yourself if you are from countries outside of the EEA (covering medical, repatriation, lost/damaged luggage expenses as well as civil responsibility).
If you do not want to participate in planned leisure-time activities, you are free to do so, but we would also like prior notification.
If you reserve your place on the programme, by paying the whole fee (350-390€) or the 1st instalment (180-200€), and later decide not to participate, we will not be able to reimburse the 1st instalment to you (180-200€). If you decide to pay the whole fee at once, we will reimburse 180€ to you, reduced by the bank fee for the transfer, if applicable. Some exceptions may be made in case of proven visa denial: if the participant is denied a visa through no fault of their own, they may receive the reimbursement of up to 390€. Each case of visa denial is analysed individually and the final decision belongs to Associação Spin.
If you resign within 1 week of the start date, do not show up for the programme or resign during its course, whatever the reason may be (give it is not covid-related), we will not be able to reimburse any part of the fee to you.
Given the current uncertain situation due to covid, we would like to inform you that, by the decision of Spin’s Board of Directors, the Live it Lisbon! participants/candidates will get a full* refund of the fee they paid under the following circumstances:
– it is impossible to travel to Portugal due to a lock-down of the country,
– it is impossible to leave the person´s country due to a lock-down in their country,
– it is impossible to travel between the person’s country and Portugal without undergoing a quarantine period in Portugal,
– the person has been infected with the coronavirus and therefore is in quarantine/hospital,
– the person is suspected to have been infected with the coronavirus and therefore is in quarantine,
– the person’s flight has been canceled due to covid and it is impossible to reschedule the travel in time for the program.
In other cases, the Board of Directors will evaluate each case individually and will decide whether to grant a full or just a partial reimbursement. Current covid-related measures influencing travelling to Portugal can be found at visitportugal.com and reopen.europa.eu.
* The cost of the transfer, if any, will need to be covered by the receiving side, so there may be a situation where the final received amount is slightly lower than the initially paid amount.
HOWEVER, if you want to buy some luxury items, enjoy the Lisbon night-life or participate in extra trips: you will need to supply that money yourself.
Portugal is a country belonging to the euro-zone. That means that the currency in Portugal is the Euro. Portugal is considered more expensive than the countries of Eastern Europe in which the euro is not the currency (for example Hungary, Poland), but at the same time Portugal is cheaper than Great Britain and other countries from the euro-zone like Italy, France and Germany. To give you an idea of the prices in Portugal:
- beer in bars: 1,5€ – 3€
- cocktails in bars: 5€ – 15€
- wine bottle from supermarket: starting from 1,50€
- large beer bottle from supermarket: 2-3€
- pack of cigarettes: 5€ – 10€
- meal in a restaurant: 10€ – 20€
- single transportation ticket: 1,80€ – 2,00€
- daily transportation ticket: 6,50€
- postcard: 0,50€ – 2,00€
- stamp to EU: 1,25€.