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Summer National Volunteering



General Description

The National Volunteering program allows students to volunteer during the summer months for a period of two weeks. Registered Medical students will be responsible for some tasks in institutions where they will have the opportunity to contact with different realities, different age ranges and social inequalities.
We contact institutions in every district of Portugal and present the project via email. If needed we go through calls to those organisations in order to get a response.
Afterwards, the vacancies are gathered in a platform online,, where students have the chance to enroll in three different phases, so that they can think it through and have 2 months to apply.

Area of Activity

Patients’ Rights and Patient-Centred Medicine


-Creating the opportunity for medical students to volunteer during the holiday period in several parts of the country.
-Raising awareness to the need for volunteers in institutions;
-Meet the needs related to human resources during Summer;
-Search for potential partner institutions that can receive volunteers;
-Stablish protocols and partnerships;
-Assist in providing services to populations / individuals in need;
-Creating opportunities for students to develop interpersonal and humanitarian skills.

Qualitative: feedback (participants & institutions). Coverage in the different districts.
Quantitative: number of vacancies; number of institutions; number of participants each year & evolution.

Time frame of the Activity

01/08/2016 – 01/09/2018


Several Institutions collaborate with the program, hence they are directly giving permission for students to join their community. Some examples are: Alzheimer Portugal, Friends of Autism Foundation, Psychiatric Hospitals, Abraço, APPACDM – association of friends and families of the mentally disabled; Life and Peace Community, among others.


No financial funding was requested.

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Dignifying and Non-Discriminatory Healthcare – [email protected]


Pilar Burillo Simões, [email protected], ANEM-Portugal, NORP

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