Internship Abroad in Portugal: The FAQs
Here we have compiled the most frequently asked questions with the appropriate answers. If you are still not sure, you can always contact us.
Will my internship in Portugal be remunerated?
The internships in Peniche are generally not paid, but airport transfers and accommodation are included. You also have the possibility to take courses at the surf and diving school.
Do I need a visa?
If you're a European citizen, you don't need a visa for Portugal. Applicants of other nationalities should contact the Portuguese embassy in their home country, as internships in Canada are usually not remunerated. As an intern, you will gain valuable international work experience, which will help you to get your career off to a good start.
Do I have to take out health insurance during my internship?
If you are not enrolled as a regular student at a German university and are therefore still compulsorily insured, you have to take care of your health insurance yourself. For a longer internship stay you should also inform yourself about special health insurance for foreign countries.
How high is the cost of living?
The cost of living in Portugal is around the EU average. As you will be provided with accommodation during the internship, this burden is not applicable. Of course, the expenses always depend on your own lifestyle (excursions, shopping, etc.).
Can I withdraw money in Portugal?
You can withdraw money at all cash machines without problems with the German EC card. The fees depend on your bank. Normally they are between 5 and 7,50 €. Withdrawing money with a VISA credit card is often free, depending on the card issuer.
How about the temperatures and climatic conditions?
Due to its elongated shape, Portugal extends over 3 climate zones. Roughly speaking, the north is cooler and wetter than the Mediterranean south. Lisbon and also Peniche are located in the temperate but warm zone. The average annual temperature is 15° C, with summer rarely exceeding 30° C and winter falling below 10° C. Precipitation increases in the cold half of the year and decreases towards summer.
Do I need special vaccinations?
Basically you do not need any special vaccinations. The normal vaccinations like tetanus, Diptheria and hepatitis should always be available.
Can I use my German mobile phone?
You can use your German mobile phone and your German SIM card in Portugal. However, keep in mind that roaming charges will still apply for each call. You can find out about these from your mobile phone provider. If you have a German mobile phone contract, you can often extend your contract options to other EU countries for a one-off payment. Otherwise, we recommend buying a Portuguese prepaid card. These are available from various mobile phone companies (MEO, NOS, and Vodafone).
Do I need special vaccinations?
No, there are no mandatory vaccinations for Australia. But you should have or refresh all vaccinations that are also necessary for Germany (e.g. polio, diphtheria, tetanus). In any case, you should have a check-up with your family doctor before you leave. If you have planned a stopover in Asia or Africa for your return flight, you must in any case inquire about the necessary vaccinations and entry requirements.
How do I get to my place of work?
You will live close to the place of assignment, so you will not need a bus or train ticket.
What leisure activities are there?
The proximity to the beach opens up a lot of recreational opportunities, be it surfing or diving. The proximity to Lisbon (approx. 100km) is also ideal for a short trip to get to know more of the Portuguese culture. There will be no shortage of leisure activities during your adventure abroad - you will certainly get some tips from your local colleagues!
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