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Portugal - Lisbon Hospitality Internship

Experience the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal, whilst working as an intern in a fun and dynamic environment in the hospitality industry. Contribute to a progressive hostel and immerse yourself in this lively community while living within walking distance of many of the tourist sites Lisbon has on offer.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectLisbon, Portugal
Project LengthMin 4 weeks- Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportLisbon Portela Airport
Volunteer WorkHospitality, administration and housekeeping
Number of Participants3 International volunteers
Age18 - 35

What's Included

AccommodationShared dormitory-style room
FoodBreakfast is included
TrainingAll necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
SupportIn-country staff and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersNot included
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

What's Not Included

Flights, insurance coverage, transportation, visas (if needed)


Portugal is a stunning country in southwestern Europe bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Spain to the north and east. Its rocky history with dictatorship left it one of the poorest countries in Europe pre-1974 when democracy was then introduced and gave rise to the inspiring current-day prosperity found in the region. The county’s rich culture, picturesque countryside, and lively cities make Portugal both a fantastic tourist destination and unique home to its roughly 10 million warm and hospitable locals. 


About the Project

The hostel is located in the city center between Plaça restauradores and Bairro Alto. It is very close to all main attractions, Praça do comerço, Graça, Bairro alto to name just a few. On top of its central location the hostel offers a young, social and laid-back environment, where guests and volunteers can feel at home. All rooms are filled with sunlight and there are 3 terraces, perfect for chilling out. The hostel is also equipped with a spacious lobby, cozy lounge area and a shared kitchen. 
This is an excellent internship for those interested in hospitality and tourism, and the desire to explore a new city and culture from a unique perspective. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with guests from all over the world, while gaining professional experience in the hospitality industry.  

Internship Work and Contribution

Interns will become an important reference point for guests and will therefore play in important role in ensuring guests enjoy their stay at the hostel. During your first week, you will primarily assist with housekeeping tasks. As you gain more experience and familiarize yourself with the hostel, you will take on other roles, including bartending.  Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Welcoming and assisting guests at reception 
  • Answering questions about the local area
  • Serving breakfast in the morning
  • Bartending in the evenings 
  • Housekeeping  tasks around the hostel
The hostel also encourages interns to offer their own creative ideas or suggestions to improve the hostel experience. 
A typical day: Your day will start at 8:00 am as you prepare and set up breakfast for the guests.  At 10:30 am, you will help clean up breakfast and spend the afternoon assisting with housekeeping tasks as needed.  In the evening, you will have a chance to bartend or assist guests at the reception, followed by cleaning tasks around the hostel.  You will be given either a morning/afternoon or afternoon/evening shift, depending on the needs of the hostel.
You will work approximately 6-8 hours per day, 5 days a week. You will have 2 days off per week (not necessarily the weekend) to explore Lisbon or travel to other destinations. There are also a range of different  tours and excursions that interns are encouraged to join.
*Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: Interns will stay in a shared dormitory - style room with up to 13 other people. The interns’ area is lockable and located in a mezzanine which allows a little more privacy from guests. The dorm room is equipped with a shared bathroom and showers and includes lockers to store your belongings. 

Food: Breakfast is provided daily. You are more than welcome to buy groceries and cook for yourself in the hostel’s kitchen or eat out at any of the local cafes and restaurants. 

Internet: WIFI is available at the hostel.

Laundry: There are laundry facilities available at an additional cost.


Travel Highlights

Volunteers will have ample free time to explore all that  Portugal have to offer. Visitors to Lisbon cannot resist the fantastic wine tasting tours given through the vineyards where port wine originated, river cruises along the infamous Douro River, and sightseeing to some of Europe’s most elaborate and iconic architectural constructs such as the Clerigos Tower, the Dom Luis Bridge, and the Sao Francisco Church. For those who want to experience life outside the capital, you can easily take a train and enjoy Costa Caparica or Sintra and  take an overnight trip and enjoy Algarve or Porto. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 
  • Good level of English
  • Flexible and open-minded

Important: It is highly recommended that you bring a padlock to lock your stored belongings.  It is also possible to purchase a padlock at the hostel.  


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