Life Volunteer Escapes

The project LIFE Volunteer Escapes – Volunteer with European Solidarity Corps for Activities in Portugal with Ecological Sense (LIFE17 ESC/PT/00003), funded by the LIFE programme and led by a consortium of nine partners, involves national and international volunteers registered in the European Solidarity Corps platform (

The volunteering programmes are long term (from two to twelve months) and feature different types of tasks and activities related to environmental protection, nature and biodiversity conservation. Activities are mainly targeted at Natura 2000 locations and species protected by the Birds and Habitats Directive.

The project is carried out by a large consortium of nine national partners, with MONTIS as coordinator. This is a preparatory project under the LIFE programme, which means that it seeks to generate information and knowledge that can be employed on a larger scope, both domestically and in other EU Member States, even after the conclusion of the project.

The project started on 1st January 2018 and will end on 30th June 2021.

Volunteers, between the ages of 18 and 30, will directly tackle current nature conservation issues, and take part in volunteering activities with other actors (schools, IPPS, companies, general public, as well as associates of consortium partners). The involvement of over 100 organisations and 2,000 people is expected over the course of the three years of the project.






People involved


Organisations involved in activities

Volunteers for Nature

Episode 1 – São Pedro do Sul – MONTIS

Episode 2 – Tavira- APA ARHAlg

Episode 3 – Berlengas Island – SPEA

Episode 4 – Rota Vicentina

Episode 5 – Sintra – Plantar uma Árvore

Episode 6 – Montemor-o-Novo – MARCA ADL

Episode 7 – Torres Vedras – Municipio de Torres Vedras

Episode 8 – Vouzela, Serra do Caramulo – MONTIS

Episode 9 – Açores – SPEA

Episode 10 – Monchique – APA ARH-Algarve

Episode 11 – Torres Vedras (Ruivaco do Oeste)
– Municipio de Torres Vedras

Episode 12 – Serra do Alvão


We are what we do

Volunteering projects


Can I become a volunteer?

Are you between 18 and 30?

To be eligible for the volunteering projects that we manage across Portugal, you must be between 18 and 30 years old.

Are you available?

The volunteering programme comprises a period of two to twelve months, full time.

Do you reside in Portugal or do you come from one of the countries listed below?

Young nationals from Portugal, other EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, and the Republic of Macedonia can join the project.


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Nature conservation association which manages and preserves lands of significant natural value.

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Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente, I.P.

Public body

The mission of this public body is the integration of environmental policies in other policy areas. Along with a wide range of partners, it seeks to attain a high level of protection and promotion of the environment.

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Município de Torres Vedras

Local authority

The municipal council of Torres Vedras is the executive body of the municipality of Torres Vedras. Its objective is the promotion of sustainable development, territorial cohesion, and improvement in the quality of life of its population.

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SPEA - Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves


Its objective is to promote the study and conservation of birds as well as their habitats in Portugal.

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MARCA – Associação de Desenvolvimento Local


Its goal is the sustainable development of Montemor-o-Novo, particularly the advancement of social, cultural, and environmental protection actions, as well as the promotion of its nature and heritage value.

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BCSD Portugal - Conselho Empresarial para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável


Its aim is to connect and represent companies which actively engage in sustainability through intercompany projects which further sustainable development.

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Plantar Uma Árvore - Associação


This association conducts volunteering schemes aimed at the recovery of ecologically damaged areas through the restoration of native forests with the involvement of local communities.

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ROTA VICENTINA - Associação para a Promoção do Turismo de Natureza na Costa Alentejana e Vicentina


It aims to manage, preserve, integrate, streamline, and promote the tourism product which the Rota Vicentina represents.

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PLAYSOLUTIONS – Audiovisuais


Company that produces audiovisual content such as documentaries, institutional and corporate films, reports, television programmes, and viral videos. It is mainly directed towards the promotion of science and technology, education, tourism, nature, and biodiversity.

The map below shows the location of the partners.
(Click on the icon on the left to view the list.)