Life on the Project
SWAD staff and students are provided accommodation in Vermoil. Bedrooms are shared, as well as the kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Therefore, it is the group’s responsibility to keep all common areas clean and tidy. A rota with 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 prepare it themselves. Every participant should prepare a morning snack before leaving the house in the morning, which commonly consists of a cheese sandwich and fruit. Lunch will be in the centre of Vermoil.

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 Safara. At the end of your stay, we will bring you back to Lisbon airport.

Health & Safety
Students at the excavation 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 the excavation season, since Portuguese medicines might not have the exact same composition as the ones you usually take. There are first aid kits on site and in the dig house. The directors are certified first aiders.

Students are expected to spend long hours outside. Therefore, make sure you bring at least 2 litres of water to the site and keep hydrated even if you do not feel thirsty. Sunscreen and a hat should be used at all times when working. You should wear light clothes but sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops allowed). Excavation work is highly physically demanding and very dirty, so you will get sweaty and dirty. Use working clothes on site and leave nicer clothes for after work sessions.


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).