Erasmus Plus (European Voluntary Service) in Portugal with Aventura Marão Clube (AMC)

Searching for applicants, particularly those interested in the starting service around June/July/August 2015.

Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust is searching for youths (ages 18 to 30) that are interested in carrying an Erasmus+ (EVS) project in Portgual with Aventura Marão Clube (AMC). Volunteers will be working with a youth organisation that is engaged in youth work (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy) and organizes activities in the fields of Fair Trade, Development Education and Organic Farming. The working methods will be based on non-formal education, active participation and learning by doing. The volunteers will use several methods of non-formal education during their tasks: brainstorming, round tables, work in small groups and plenary presentation, production of multimedia material (photo and video), exhibitions, energizers, role-plays, simulations, activities from COMPASS (Manual for Human Rights Education with young people), sports and outdoor activities, guided visits, etc..

Activities during this European Voluntary Service will include:

  • Supporting the communication area of the AMC (production of information materials, management and maintenance of the Website, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc.);
  • Support the tourism area (especially at the cultural and environmental heritage of the region Amarante level through cooperation with other local organizations / associations);
  • Support for organic and biodynamic producers in the region (in partnership logic that the AMC has for several years with various producers connected to AGRIDIN - Professional Association for the Development of Organic Farming and Biodynamic). Tasks can pass: collect produce from the land, greenhouses, trees, pulling weeds, producing aromatic and medicinal herbs, promote local organic products and help in organizing a weekly Friday BIO and FAIR (sale of organic products and Fair Trade );
  • To support the promotion of the arts space, contributing to the planning, organization and dissemination of activities in the fields of music, dance, visual arts, drama, photography, etc., through courses, workshops, exhibitions and workshops;

  • Collaborate in the development of activities related to environmental conservation and sustainability in particular reuse / recycle household waste (workshops, etc.) and organic garden space that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of organic farming for healthy eating and the environment;
  • Support the organization of briefings and awareness about volunteering in schools;
  • Assist in the preparation of applications for national and international levels as well as the organization and dissemination of various projects undertaken by the Youth House of Amarante. These programs are intended to promote mobility and the active participation of young people by supporting their initiatives, the Exchanges and International Work Camps (usually organized in conjunction with some of the local partners);
  • Assist in streamlining and activity bar is a privileged space for socializing and can actively participate in organizing gatherings, themed events, small concerts, games, etc. .. You will also have the opportunity to support the reception and tasks related the dynamic accommodation that Casa Youth Amarante intends to offer;
  • In addition to these activities, the EVS volunteer will collaborate sporadically planned in the remaining sections of the AMC (mountain biking, canoeing and Fair Trade) activities.

For further information please consult the project information pack and feel write to us on info@l-arka.org.

We favour applicants who are interested in starting in June/July/August 2015.

About Aventura Marão Clube (Host Organisation):
AMC (Aventura Marão Clube) was created in 1993 by a group of young people of Amarante (actually AMC has
more than 360 members). The main objective is to promote a healthy way of life among the population
(especially Youth). AMC is divided in three sections: Mountain Bikes, Canoeing and Fair Trade. Since 1998
participates in actions of promotion and training at national and international youth programs and also
organizes, since 2000, international workcamps about different themes such as environmental preservation,
archaeology or fair trade. Activities: International workcamps; Summer camps; Sport activities (canoeing,
mountain bike); Fair Trade awareness (shops, school activities, fairs, etc.). Since November 2008 we run Casa
de Cultura e Juventude de Amarante (Youth Centre) and we are quite involved in Youth in Action (Youth Exchanges, Training Courses, EVS, etc.) and LLL (Grundtvig, LDV, etc.) programmes.

AMC is member of Equação, Cooperativa de Comércio Justo, Crl, the cooperative that promotes Fair Trade in Portugal and also member of ENYC, the European Network of Youth Centers.