Portuguese FAQs

Portuguese FAQs

Portuguese FAQs

Your program fee includes liability insurance with limited coverage, which only covers accidents that may occur during your mission. For missions in Europe, you have to ask for and leave with the European Social Security card. It is mandatory to take out comprehensive health and repatriation insurance in your country of origin for missions outside Europe.


You do not pay to participate in a mission, but for the general organization of your project. Your program costs also include local logistics. For example: clean and secure accommodation, meals, airport transfers, supervision by professional guides, coordinators or experienced instructors and 24/7 assistance.
Please see your program pricing details to view all items included in each program and destination.

For animal and environmental projects, you are not required to speak the local language. All our programs are entirely in English, the local teaching staff speaks English. But we still encourage our attendees to familiarize themselves with some of the more basic terms and expressions, like even just a simple “Hello!” in the local language can be a great icebreaker for interacting with locals!

For social projects in Latin America, an intermediate level of Spanish will be required to ensure the smooth running of the projects.
Note: most organizations are affiliated with local language schools if an upgrade is needed before the start of the project. Language lessons can be booked before or on arrival. The lessons are given by a professional teacher and adapted to the current linguistic level of each one.

Banks are open Monday to Friday until 4 p.m.

For a cheap meal, prices are usually 10€ to 15€ per person.

In cities such as Porto or Lisbon, discount cards are often available, offering free access to public transport or museums.

Youth Discount Cards available online offer up to 60% off at international museums.

Please note that neither Realstep nor our local partners can be held responsible for missed connections or delays in arriving on assignment. To go to the project outside the hours and days indicated in the project description, you will have to organize the transfer at your own expense and make a complaint to your airline or the travel service provider.


This program is run by staff from our local NGO in Portugal. The professional and experienced team will be your main point of contact in the field and will do their best to help you acclimate to your new surroundings and answer any questions you may have.

The capital of Portugal is Lisbon although Portugal had 5 capitals over time including Rio de Janeiro for 13 years which is in Brazil.

Indeed, in 1807, Napoleon invaded Portugal, forcing the royal family to flee their country to find refuge in Rio de Janeiro.

Porto is a city rich in architecture and very colorful thanks to its many world-famous architects.


  • Cais da Ribeira,
  • The Church of the Clerigos,
  • The Praça da Liberdade district, the
  • The bookstore lello,
  • Porto Cathedral