Portugal volunteer trip

Amarante, Portugal

Critical home improvement

Improve existing shelters to make them safe, decent places to live.

10 days

Trip cost: US$1,770

Many Portuguese families live in homes that are overcrowded and often lack electricity, proper sanitation or running water. Your team will experience how Habitat Portugal provides safe and decent housing through their microfinance program.

You’ll stay in a modest, comfortable hotel with double-occupancy rooms. You’ll get an authentic taste of Portuguese cuisine by dining at local restaurants for lunch and dinner each day. Your trip will immerse you in the community’s culture with a visit to nearby Guimaraes, the cradle of Portuguese culture and home to their first king.

Join this trip if you’d like to see firsthand how Habitat impacts homeowners through rehabilitation efforts. You’ll spend six entire days on the build site getting your hands dirty with demolition efforts, bending rebar, laying bricks or painting.


  • Saturday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and depart for Portugal!
  • Sunday: Arrive. Join us in Porto, Portugal, where you’ll meet up with your team and travel together to Amarante. You’ll meet Habitat’s staff and learn more about our work in the area. Later you’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Monday-Saturday: Build. The team will jump in with renovation construction activities stopping for breaks and lunch each day. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.
  • Sunday: Explore. Travel back to Porto, explore the area and share a final meal with your team.
  • Monday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Portugal independently or head home.

Leading this team

Chris Goodrich has led Global Village teams to Guyana, Bolivia, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Kenya, Ghana, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. He is a published author and resides in California. 

When asked about his favorite Global Village memory, Chris reflected, "I inevitably 'flash' on a scene from Paraiso, Dominican Republic, from one of my earlier Global Village trips, perhaps in 2003. We were walking up the street, having just checked into our hotel, when suddenly I felt something in my right hand. A 4-year-old boy had put his hand in mine and started walking with us as if I were a long-lost uncle. A rush of by-then-familiar Global Village emotions went through me – a sense of welcome, of trust, of immediacy, of being needed, of belonging."

Join this trip

Once you fill out the trip application, a team leader will be in touch to tell you more about this trip and answer any questions you may have.
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