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Last updated at 20/05/2024, 18:30

Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

Portugal is a beautiful country. It’s colorful, vibrant, lively, inspiring. It’s got amazing nature and stunning cities. It’s very easy to forget that this country is struggling with many issues and there are a lot of charities in Portugal needing our help. 

I have a rule that whenever I am moving to a different country, I always try to help local organisations. In Thailand I also had my list of charities, which I shared with you before. Now, in Portugal, I’m doing the same. I want to give back to this beautiful country that is hosting me and encourage others to do the same. 

I’ve had quite a problem to find charities in Portugal as most of the websites are in Portuguese and putting my inquiry in Google didn’t bring any results. Only when I met Ann from Venture with Impact, I got some good information on a few local organizations. Below you will find those that you can support. 

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Ways of helping charities in Portugal 

If you’re in Portugal and would like to get involved in some social projects, you can do it in a number of ways. Here are the most popular ones. 

Donate 

Helping others has never been so easy! You can do it by bank transfer, or by PayPal, which is even easier. You can choose one of the organisations below and donate online. It’s simple and fast! Another advantage is that you can write it off on your tax return. 

Volunteer 

Volunteering can develop your social skills, help you make new friends, meet the locals and improve your CV, and of course you make an impact and improve our planet. Sounds good? Then you will find a lot of volunteering opportunities in Portugal. Nearly all of the below charities accept volunteers. Some have specific requirements, so read the information on their site first before applying. 

Volunteering for digital nomads

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Charities helping people 

Here are some charities that try to make a change in our society. 

AMI

Who they help: people in poverty, homeless people around the world. 

How they help: they send volunteers to underdeveloped countries and organise workshops and trainings for local people. Their recent project is to raise awareness of sustainable menstrual hygiene in Uganda. 

How you can help: you can volunteer, donate, or buy something from their shop. 

Website: AMI

APAV

Who they help: victims of domestic violence. 

How they help: they provide psychological and legal support to victims of domestic violence. 

How you can help: you can volunteer, or dontate money. 

Website: APAV

Check-In

Who they help: young people, who have limited access to education. 

How they help: they organise workshops, trainings, seminars and team building activities as well as long-term volunteering opportunities. 

How can you help: you can volunteer. 

Website: Check-In 

Crescer 

Who they help: those addicted to drugs and alcohol, homeless people, refugees. 

How they help: they provide moral and psychological support to those in vanurable situations. They monitor refugees seeking asylum in Portugal and provide housing to the homeless. 

How you can help: you can volunteer and get involved in their projects. You can start from collecting unwanted food from supermarkets. 

Website: Crescer 

Charities helping animals 

If you’re an animal lover, you can help these organisations. 

União Zoófilia

What do they do: it’s an animal shelter for dogs and cats. We took Mitsy from there (our cat) and try to support them every year.

How you can help: you can volunteer, donate money, or adopt a pet.

Website: Uniao Zoofilia

BIANCA 

What they do: they are a shelter, but also an information centre. They educate the public about overpopulation of domestic pets. 

How you can help: you can donate money, or adopt a pet.

Website: BIANCA

Sociedade Protectora dos Animais 

What they do: they protect and rescue animals. They campaign for better treatment of all animals in Portugal. 

How you can help: you can donate money.

Website: Sociedade Protectora dos Animais

Remember that helping others doesn’t only need to happen in December. You can help all year round by donating and volunteering. Good always comes back, so don’t wait, do something amazing today!