We initially started some ten years ago now, creating this amazing holiday centre for disabled and special need guests and their family, carers and teachers. During this time we have hosted 1250+ volunteers from ALL over the world, who between them have helped create this wonderful place. Some stayed for a few weeks, some months and others even longer. Many have returned for second and third visits and so many have become amazing friends.
We are requiring a few select volunteers (5 per month) who are willing to assist with the daily running of our wonderful holiday complex.
We have two volunteers rooms that can each accommodate three to four volunteers of the same gender. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning; we also supply FREE WIFI, bedding towels etc. You can prepare your own breakfast between 6am - 7am (food supplied by us) brunch at 10.00 for half an hour and it is a buffet set-up for you all to eat in our Café and Lunch is prepared for you for when you finish at 12.30. So that means that you get two meals a day from us two of which we make . There is a small volunteers kitchen for you to store your own food and prepare your own evening snacks with the foods that you buy. The appliances in your volunteers kitchen are a kettle, toaster, microwave and a sandwich toasty machine.
Each volunteer is expected to assist for 5 hours a day and 5 out of every 7 days, leaving 2 days each week free to explore the area and the sunny Algarve. We can only accept serious volunteers who are willing to commit to 42 Days (6 weeks) OR LONGER as it really helps us not to have to train new volunteers all the time.
We have started to build up a good selection of animals in our zoo area and always need volunteers to help with their up keep and feeding. The many garden areas constantly require maintaining, which will involve weeding, planting and tidying and other areas like the pool and patios always need attention and sweeping. If you love cleaning, then the guests bedrooms are always being used and we need help with turning them around for new guests and servicing them everyday. These are the typical tasks that we need help with. If you can also take care of light maintenance tasks or maybe painting this could also be of interest to us!
PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO VOLUNTEER TASKS WHICH INVOLVE BEING RESPONSIBLE OR CARING, TEACHING OR LOOKING AFTER OUR GUESTS "DUE TO LEGAL REASONS" YOU MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST PARENTS, TEACHERS OR CARERS, IF THEY ASK FOR HELP AND THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED TO YOU OR THE CHILDREN OR ADULT.
Your stay here is funded by the “24x7 special needs Holiday Trust” and is a UK registered charity, so we cannot afford any time wasters, so please only apply if you feel that you can assist us with our on going adventure and enjoy yourself along the way.
Please be advised that we have a "NO VOLUNTEERS PETS" & "NO VOLUNTEERS CAMPERS VANS" policy here.
PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO "I" IN TEAM AND A GREAT TEAM IS ALWAYS WHO WE WORK WITH HERE.
Belinda & Sam.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
There are always at least 6 volunteers per month here and they are always from varied countries from around the world. So we can all learn something new from each others cultures everyday. We have knowledge of living in Portugal for the past 8 years and we exchange the cultures of Portugal everyday. You can learn about Portugal's history, current events and cuisine.
Volunteers will volunteer on a daily shift rota over 7 days, but you will have two days off per week to venture out and about.
We are very close to Moncarapacho village (about a 5 minute walk) where there are most shops and many bars, coffee shops, chemist, supermarket and banks, etc.
The local beach (Fuseta) and the fantastic Ria Formosa nature reserve, is about 7km. away & so is OLHAO, which is our nearest biggest town, where you can find train and bus/coach connections to the whole of Portugal and then on.
We have FREE WI-FI for anyone needing to use the internet.
Food and refreshments supplied 2 times a day ONLY!
14 Bedroom Hotel + lounge, kitchen, dining area, discovery centre, Mini Zoo & loads of open space.
You can visit the Moncarapacho Museum, small but well worth a visit. Loads of information and some very interesting exhibits. The building alone is well worth seeing. Cerro De Sao Miguel mountain. Not quite top of the world but the highest point in the locality. Quite a narrow road access with some sheer drops but a great view from the top. Ilha da Fuzeta is an island just off of our local beach and you can access it by a small ferry. Moncarapacho market is on every 1st Sunday of the month and Olhao market is on every Saturday. Get in touch with the real nature at the Ria Formosa Natural Park. We 2 volunteers serviced bicycles here, but you have to sign them in and out and if there is any damaged done to the bicyicles by YOU, then you have to pay the local man that fixes them.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours per day 5 days a week
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