Enhancing the biodiversity at a Donkey sanctuary in Portugal

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Miranda do Douro Municipality
Bragança District


The project will take place in the village of Teixeira/Atenor which lies in adjoining area to the Parque Natural do Douro Internacional (Douro International Natural Park), about 5 km from the village of Sendim (Miranda do Douro). The volunteers will help out in a Donkey sanctuary whose main objectives are to guarantee the welfare and veterinary care of donkeys and mules which are sick or old, that were abandoned or mistreated, or their owners have been unable to continue to care for financial or health reasons.The main goals of this project are to enhance the biodiversity at the sanctuary, and improve the landscape for generations of donkeys and visitors to come; to enable the discovery of the Miranda Plateau, a unique rural region, rich in natural beauty, biodiversity, culture and traditions; and bringing together the international participants and the local community, therefore promoting intercultural and intergenerational encounters and exchanges.

The tasks planned for the enhancement of the biodiversity will focus on attracting birds. For birds to visit or live in a certain place, they need food and shelter, so we will preserve trees and plant shrubs that provide these. We'll add a butterfly and a pollinator garden – we will increase the plants that attract and support them. We'll add water – like a birdbath or a pond or a stream, that are very attractive to birds and other wildlife. We'll also add a log, build a pile of logs or rocks that can provide a home for wildlife, add birdhouses, bat houses or native pollinator houses. This way we'll welcome birds and insects that keep pest insects under control and so we can reduce the use of pesticides and avoid preventative spraying.

Project dates: August 7 - August 18, 2018

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  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Apply online through Cadip's website: http://cadip.org