Routine & Time Management

NOVA’s academic community’s well-being is one its biggest priorities and concerns

Good time management and a healthy routine are important factors that impact quality and bring meaning to our lives. Volunteering, spending time with loved ones, having a pet or developing initiatives within the local community are great examples of how to invest in self-growth as well as increasing one’s sense of belonging.

Looking for ways to keep busy?

Volunteering is a great way of keeping busy while investing on self-growth. 

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Volunteering allows you to develop valuable life skills:

  • Autonomy
  • Time Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Boost your CV

Volunteering also improves your overall well-being:

  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Reduces social isolation
How can I become a volunteer?

There are different opportunities in the volunteering world. You can find a local volunteering association or you can take advantage of NOVA’s Volunteering Programme.

NOVA’s Volunteering Programme

NOVA’s Volunteering Programme allows the involved students to be engaged and work on their social responsibility while boosting their CV. Each volunteer receives continuous training sessions to ensure goals are being fulfilled and motivation levels are high. Volunteering is an activity available year-long, although some initiatives will depend on the season and will have different durations. NOVA’s Programme offers volunteering opportunities across different areas of interest: education, health, culture, environment, etc….

What kind of activities occur?
  • Supporting recreational activities in retirement homes
  • Spending quality time and organising leisure activities for the elderly who live in their homes
  • Foster care children and teenager tutoring sessions
  • Organising clean-ups and DIY projects in retirement homes
  • Website design and admin support
  • Park Cleanups
  • Elderly online support
  • Homeless Food Rescue Volunteer Program
  • Join an Animal Protection Association
  • Environmental Volunteering

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, UNL can help! Send us an email to to find more information on our Volunteering Programme.

Edite Oliveira Voluntariado
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (at ISPA University)
  • Master in Clinical Psychology (at ISPA University)
  • Degree in Clinical Psychology (at Université Lumière Lyon II)
  • NOVA’s Volunteering Programme Accountable at SASNOVA
  • Clinical Psychologist since 1998
Edite Oliveira
Do you enjoy taking part in photography, music, digital or writing related events?

Our Culture department promotes community engagement, while improving student education, cohesion and building relationships with the local community. With this in mind, NOVA’s Culture Office offers initiatives to the academic community, from music festivals to photography, media or writing contests. Below are some of our initiatives:

  • NOVA Music events
  • Lisbon walking tours
  • Photography contest
  • Writing contest
  • Short films contest

In addition to the above events, NOVA also have a choir, acting clubs as well as the TUNA musical university group.

For more information, click on this link:
NOVA’s Music Facebook:
NOVA’S Culture Office email:

Exercising is a great way of getting rid of tension caused by academic pressure and stress

NOVA’s Sports Office is responsible for promoting regular exercise sessions and different sports initiatives. The Sports Office have created suitable workout areas as well as implemented leisure places so that students can exercise and be part of these initiatives.

Across the different common areas at NOVA’s colleges and accommodation facilities are available activities such as table tennis or pool tables, which promote relaxation and make quality leisure time possible amongst peers.

What kind of sports are played?

NOVA’s Sports office offers a diverse range of activities and classes that can be taken advantage of by the whole academic community such as:

  • Labor Class
  • Pilates
  • Functional Training
  • Yoga

On top of the above activities, NOVA also offer track & field, handball, basketball, rock climbing, futsal, volleyball and archery classes across three central locations: Lisbon’s Central Mosque, the University Stadium of Lisbon and at our Caparica Campus. Below are useful links if you are interested in practicing any sports:

SASNOVA’s Webpage:
NOVA’s Sports department Instagram:
NOVA’s Sports department Facebook page:
NOVA’s Sports department email:

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