Environmental education internship in Portugal


Help spread awareness of animal mistreatment and environmental issues to inspire change.

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to help shape the attitudes and values of the younger generation in Portugal. For this program, you’ll take a leading role in planning and delivering engaging, meaningful sessions for young learners, teaching them about the threats posed on animals and their habitats in the country.

Using your creativity, good communication skills, and compassion, you’ll go into local schools and give lessons to inspire children to take an active role in helping to protect the natural world. The organization has a bank of powerful media content, including films and images, that are free to access for curriculum and program development. You’ll help to plan and deliver interesting workshops, both in schools and for groups that visit the sanctuary. In this unique internship, you’ll build positive relationships with young people, educators, and environmentalists across the region in Portugal.

Learning objectives:

  • Get hands-on experience in delivering engaging sessions on conservation and animal welfare for young people in Portugal
  • Network with individuals in the environmental education sector
  • Build excellent communication skills, e.g. in presenting
  • Gain understanding of how an environmental nonprofit runs
  • Deepen your knowledge of the animals and plants native to Portugal


SOS Animal is driven to improve animal welfare throughout Portugal and beyond. They have a main office, as well as a veterinary hospital in Lisbon which are open to the public and members of SOS Animal. They have recently set up an animal sanctuary in the Santarém region of Portugal, which will be home to a rich variety of native animals and plant species.

The organization offers free veterinary care to animals from low-income and vulnerable households and has set up a successful animal sterilization program whereby they have performed over 3000 sterilizations. They have also found new homes for over 600 rescued animals and have given almost 10,000 free veterinary consultations to families in need.

Alongside providing medical treatment and care to animals, the organization aims to share important information relating to animal welfare and environmental issues impacting flora and fauna more widely. They do this through the dissemination of studies, running clarification sessions and hosting lectures and other educational activities. This nonprofit also contributes scientific research and data to help manage communities of stray animals, and promote initiatives aimed at improving animal welfare across the public and private sectors.



Your main tasks will cover:

  • Plan and deliver workshop/lesson for young people in Portugal
  • Develop the curriculum framework, which includes creating interactive session materials and resources
  • Build strong rapport with different groups, including youth groups, teachers/practitioners, and those working in the environmental
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the educational program
  • All interns assist with general work and at the start of the internship there will be an orientation program with basic skills (taking care of animals, cleaning, etc.)


  • Passion for the environment and animal welfare. Any experience or background in pedagogy, teaching, or education is a plus.
  • Share the organization’s core values, demonstrating the desire to contribute to this unique project in Portugal
  • A flexible approach to work
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Minimum age of 20 years old


You will stay at the sanctuary in Santarém, where there is a house with the choice of single or shared bedrooms. The house includes all furnishings, bed linen, a shared kitchen where you can prepare your meals, communal areas, as well as an outdoor pool for you to enjoy. The accommodation has access to Wifi and a cleaning service is included. You can buy groceries in the local town or order from an online supermarket for delivery.

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Portugal is considered a very safe destination for travel. Crime rates are low, but pickpocketing and handbag snatches do occur in tourist destinations. Make sure to visit your doctor and dentist for a check-up before your internship and to get all the recommended vaccines and/or medications necessary to stay healthy.



Free Wifi is available at your accommodation to stay in touch with family and friends while abroad.



The accommodation is self-catering and meals are not included in the fee. The consumption of meat and fish is not allowed in the sanctuary. You can order food from an online supermarket which will be delivered to the sanctuary.

Location details

Location details

The nearest city is 5 km from the sanctuary and you are welcome to take one of the sanctuary’s bicycles to explore the surroundings. Santarém is on a plateau, situated on the bank of the River Tagus, a picturesque area surrounded by hills and wheat fields. Located in the middle of the river, is the fairy-tale Castelo de Almourol, arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful castles.


Fee Breakdown

Internships are available from January until November. They have fixed start and end dates (generally twice a month), which will be discussed with you during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2024 fees)

4 weeks EUR 1,318

8 weeks EUR 2,035

12 weeks EUR 2,751

16 weeks EUR 3,468

20 weeks EUR 4,185

26 weeks EUR 5,261


  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation based on a shared room (up to 4 pax). If you prefer a single room, please contact us for availability and prices.
  • Wifi access
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


  • Flights to Lisbon
  • Transfer from the airport to the sanctuary (less than one hour by car)
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities


LOCATION: Santarém, Portugal
PROJECT FOCUS: Animal Welfare and Conservation NGO
TASK FOCUS: Education, Facilitation, Curriculum Development, Monitoring
DURATION: 4-26 weeks
COST: From EUR 1,318


  • Gain hands-on international teaching experience to add to your resume
  • Meet and work with different groups of people, including young people, practitioners, and conservationists
  • Be part of a dedicated, passionate team of educators and movement-makers
  • Enjoy interesting, varied work in which you’ll get to travel across the region
  • Learn more about the nature that is unique to Portugal and the way it influences local life


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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