Environmental restoration on the banks of Sao Joao river
Lousã, Coimbra September 17 - September 28, 2018
Volunteer project: A project for the discovery of the São João river! The general aims of the project are to highlight the value the river of São João, its mills and waterfalls; to make known the cultural and natural heritage of Serra da Lousã and the region; to recover trails on the banks of the São João river; to promote the planting of native species.
• Cutting small trees using hand tools
• Storage and transportation of small logs
• Arrangement of a trail that was destroyed by fire
• Promotion of activities for the local community
• Cutting acacia shoots (an invasive plant) as a way to stop their growth
• Preparing a plot of land for subsequent planting of native species
Free time activities: In the free time, the group will have the opportunity to get to know Coimbra and the old University, the river beaches in Lousã and in the evenings participate in some cultural activities with the local community.
Accommodation: The participants will be lodged in a youth hostel in the center of Lousã. They will have free access to the municipal swimming pool.
Location: Lousã is located 30 km from the city of Coimbra, in the central part of Portugal.
Terminal: Lisbon or Porto
Age range: 18 - 30 years old
Promote Fair Trade and organic farming in Amarante
Amarante, Porto September 19 - September 30, 2018
Volunteer project: This volunteer project in Amarante is intended to raise awareness among the international participants and the local population on organic farms, organic food and fair trade. The volunteers will develop skills related to agriculture work in organic farms and environment preservation.
The volunteers will be helping on organic farms in the region of Amarante. They will be in direct contact with local organic producers and will work with them The volunteers will also get a training on fair trade and sustainable development (e.g. workshop on Fair Trade and healthy food). The group will run different activities and presentations in order to increase the level of commitment at local level (Amarante) for organic and fair trade products.
Free time activities: Visits to some of the main cities and spots in the North of Portugal (Guimarães, Porto, Parque Natural do Alvão).
Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated in shared rooms (4 participants each) in the Youth Center of Amarante. Sleeping bag is needed.
Location: Amarante is a small town in the North of Portugal, part of Porto district (60 km far from Porto, to the interior) with 12.000 inhabitants. It is quite a famous city for tourism, culture and wine production. Indeed it is very close (18 km) to the Oporto wine region. It is crossed by Tâmega River (one of the rivers ending at Douro River that crosses Porto till the Atlantic ocean) and is in the valley of one of the most important Portuguese mountains, Marão (1450 m). Amarante is well located (nearby passes highway A4 connecting to Oporto and highway A11 connecting to Guimarães) and has a good public transport system (bus station). The city is 40 min away from the nearest airport (Oporto) by car.
Age range: 18 - 30 years old