Another World Is Possible!
Description: Aims: Support to local/regional organic farmers to raise awareness among the participants and the population on organic farms, organic food and fair trade; to develop skills related to agriculture work in organic farms and environment preservation; to run activities in order to increase the level of commitment at local level (Amarante) for organic and Fair-Trade products.
Type of Work: Activities: working in organic farms from the region of Amarante; training on fair trade and sustainable development (ex.: workshop about Fair Trade and healthy food); presentation to the city and region; group dynamics; visit to the most important places of the city; visits to some of the main cities and spots in the North of Portugal (Guimarães, Porto, Alto Douro Vinhateiro and Parque Natural do Alvão).
Study Theme: Volunteers will acquire different competences and skills such as:
Development/practice of foreign language;
Group dynamics (NFE);
ICT tools for media and visibility;
Cultural awareness and expression;
Organic farming techniques (main task) and Fair-Trade principles;
Soft skills (working in groups, communication in public, problem solving, etc.).
Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated in shared rooms (4 participants each) of Casa da Juventude de Amarante (even so participants should bring sleeping bag). Casa da Juventude de Amarante is located in the city center of Amarante (just 10m walking distance from the bus station) and has its own kitchen, WC and showers. In terms of food, our youth centre has a bar\restaurant proposal for the volunteers (breakfast, lunch and dinner) always taking into consideration our aims (healthy food with organic and vegetarian ingredients). Laundry available (self-service). This youth centre has free wireless.
Approximate Location: Amarante is a small town in the North of Portugal, part of Porto district (60km far from Porto, to the interior) with 12 thousand inhabitants (in the city center). It is a quite famous city for tourism, culture and wine production. Indeed, is quite near (18km) the Oporto wine region. Is crossed by Tâmega River (one of the rivers ending at Douro River that crosses Porto till the Atlantic Ocean) and it is on the valley of one of the most important Portuguese mountains, Marão (1450m).