Volunteer in Portugal – Porto Hospitality Internship
Porto is an amazing city, let’s just start with that. I was hesitant to choose Porto as the location of my volunteer project because I had not heard that much about it or Portugal for that matter. The hostel for the Porto Hospitality Internship is the best hostel in the city; this became apparent the longer I was there. It is one of the highest rated hostels in the city and also has the reputation of being a sort of party hostel.
There was never a dull moment in my 10 weeks there-from giving travel advice to the guests, to bartending for a traditional Hungarian party, to hanging out with the other employees at the hostel. My coworkers at the hostel were the best and some of them became my really close friends.
One of them let me borrow his bike the whole time I was there which was awesome because there were endless routes throughout the city and along the coast line of the Douro River. It was quite incredible to be able to hop on my bike in the center of the city and within 30 minutes be completely surrounded by rolling hills and small villages.
Porto has a rich history that still seems to be alive in the architecture and in the attitudes of the people. I have many great memories of partying with my coworkers and surfing right at the river mouth but my best adventure of all was jumping off the Ponte Luis 1 Bridge! SERIOUSLY, do it!
Saying “bye” was hard but I will no doubt remember every day of the Porto Hospitality Internship for the rest of my life! I made friends with people from across the globe and finally got the opportunity to experience what everyday life is like in a country other than my own.
I am already making plans with some of my Portuguese friends to come visit me in California. – Clive