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EVS - Aventura Marao Clube - Amarante

Between Febraury 2014 and February 2016 Aventura Marao Club hosted volunteers from Koperattiva Kummerc Gust as volunteers through European Voluntary Service. During there time in Amarante Portugal the volunteers:

  • Participate in activities promoting cultural and environmental heritage of the region Amarante level through cooperation with other local organizations / associations;
  • 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);
  • Supported the communication area of the AMC (production of information materials, management and maintenance of the Website, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc.);
  • Supported the tourism area (especially at the cultural and environmental heritage of the region Amarante level through cooperation with other local organizations / associations)
  • Supported 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 included: 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);
  • 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;
  • Supported the organization of briefings and awareness about volunteering in schools;
  • Assisted 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);
  • Assisted in streamlining and activity bars space for socializing and can actively participated in organizing gatherings, themed events, small concerts, games, etc. ..

    Volunteers supported the reception and tasks related the dynamic accommodation that Casa Youth Amarante intends to offer;

    In addition to these activities, the EVS volunteers collaborated sporadically in planned activities in the remaining sections of the AMC (mountain biking, canoeing and Fair Trade) activities.

    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.

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