Life on the Project
SWAD staff and students are provided with accommodation in two shared houses in Soltroia. Bedrooms are shared and can accommodate from two to four people each. The kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, balconies and gardens are also shared, so it’s the group’s responsibility to keep them clean and tidy. A rota with basic cleaning tasks will be designed to be carried out by all participants.

Three meals and a morning snack are provided on working days. Breakfast will happen at home and students will prepare it themselves. A sandwich lunch with several available snacks and fruit is provided just outside the lab at the beach. Dinner will be in the restaurant Tróia Azul in Soltróia.

We will do our best to accommodate students with special dietary requirements or food allergies, but those candidates must contact us before the beginning of the project.

SWAD provides the transportation to the site on all working days and during field trips. Students must purchase their flight tickets to and from Lisbon, Portugal. We will meet the students at Lisbon airport and take them to Tróia. At the end of your stay, we will bring you back to Lisbon airport.

Health & Safety
Students must provide their own health and travel insurance. Please make sure that your insurance covers medical care in Portugal.

Please let us know of any medical condition, allergies or any health related issues before the project begins. If using permanent medication, please bring enough for the whole duration of your stay. There is a pharmacy nearby, but Portuguese medicines might not have the exact same composition as the ones you usually take. The closest hospitals are in Setúbal and Lisbon. There are first aid kits in the lab and in the project houses. The project directors are certified first aiders.

Working in the south of Portugal in the summer is very hot and dry. Therefore, make sure you bring enough water to the lab and keep hydrated even if you do not feel thirsty. Sunscreen and a hat should be used at all times when outside. Lab work can get you a bit dirty, so please use working clothes in the lab and leave nicer clothes for after work sessions. Students often like to swim during their morning and lunch breaks, so please feel free to bring your swim gear to the lab.


General Schedule

Tue-Sat: 8am – 8:30am – breakfast
9am – 1pm – lab work / lectures (30min break at 11am)
1pm – 2pm – lunch
2pm – 5pm – lab work / lectures
8pm – dinner
Sunday: Field Trips
Monday: Free day (Only breakfast is provided).