Open Doors

Portugália! Amarante! Study Visit! Nyár!

Title: Study Visit – Open Doors
Venue: Amarante, Portugal
Date: June 09 – 15, 2017
Participant’s profile youth leaders and professionals involved in education and/or training, volunteers working with young people and young leaders.
Should be aged over 20 years
We’re looking for: 2 participants

Please, donate 10 000 HUF (Hungarian organization) in case of selection.
Deadline to submit your completed application is March 15th, 2017
Only selected participants will be informed on March 16th, 2017.


With the “Open Doors” project we would like to study one of the unique youth work examples in Europe: Aventura Marão Clube (AMC) which is run by Casa de Juventude Amarante (CJ), a unique example of a sustainable youth centre and co-management system working at the local level. CJ was initially opened as a local youth centre, and it is the first and the only example when an NGO runs and develops a municipal property. At the moment CJ offers the following opportunities to the young people: participation in the local activities for the benefit of the community, educational programmes for personal and professional development, promotion of fair trade, and promotion of a sustainable life style, for instance: all the food is eco, grown in the garden of CJ with the help of local and international volunteers, all electricity comes from solar batteries, almost everything is recycled together with the young people of Amarante. In addition to the local youth work CJ is open to international cooperation; they host international events and work extensively under Erasmus + programme. Having such a youth centre is a dream for many youth NGOs, as this is not just a place for meetings of young people, but also a link between young people and other stakeholders, as well as a huge learning opportunity. In 2015 Case de Juventude received a quality label from the Council of Europe.

Apart from exploring CJ as a study case, their way of running and maintaining the youth centre, we will also explore some of their projects such as sustainable garden, innovative ways of being transparent with all stakeholders and the community, street activities, fair trade projects, etc. Participants of this Study Visit will also get a chance to build partnerships and plan new joint initiatives. Moreover, there will be an opportunity to learn from the local youth initiatives and street work, as well as share the best practices in terms of successful youth engagement in Europe. As a result of this project, the empowered youth workers will be able to implement the practices of CJ in their respective local communities, which will entail better quality of youth work and better relationships with authorities and will ultimately lead to the recognition of youth activities. In addition, among other expected outcomes are the development of follow up ideas and establishment of new partnerships.


¬ To learn about sustainable development at the example of youth center “Casa de juventude” Amarante, Portugal;
¬ To learn how to implement eco-friendliness into youth work (vegan bar for youth and farming);
¬ to experience nature-based methodologies which can be used for raising environmental awareness among young people;
¬ To explore the added value of the European dimension of youth initiatives related to entrepreneurship;
¬ To facilitate the acquisition by participants of communication, teamwork and project management skills of international activities and networking;
¬ To understand the impact and social change a youth center can have within the local community;
¬ To learn about different ways of work with local communities;
¬ To learn about street work as a tool of youth work on the local level;
¬ Increasing the strategic thinking of youth workers in order to create long-term
¬ interventions for personal and professional development of young people;
¬ To create an opportunity to find good and reliable partners;
¬ To create a solid network of contacts and partnerships;
¬ To match partners who are interested in developing youth initiatives linked to


The basic element of the activities will be the sessions of the programme that will be in the frame of non-formal education using methods of group discussions, presentations, interactive real-life learning experience; simulation exercises, follow-up projects development, and networking.


1. Medicines: For preventive reasons, we recommend for those who have health problems to bring their own medicines;
2. Any dictionaries you might need for a smoother communication in English;

3. An alarm clock, charger and loading cables of your e-devices;
4. If you have and consider important to carry with you – a mobile, camera, tablet, laptop ect.
5. Personal cosmetics such as shampoos, gel, toothpaste, swimming suit, etc. (but you don’t need to bring towels);

6. Light clothes, warm clothes, and waterproof for rain (Temperature in June varies between +14 till +25 degrees with expected rain);
7. Walking shoes!
8. Your artistic skills! Any hidden talent that you will share with us, which you will need during creativity workshops.
9. Passport – For non-EU citizens you must send us the passport details in order to prepare invitation letters. For the EU citizens inside the EU a valid ID will be sufficient for travelling.


One of the evenings will be dedicated to the Intercultural Evening. You will present your own cultures – national, regional, personal or any kind of culture you feel you belong. This presentations/activity should not be just a “lecture” so try to find most creative way to show your culture. It means that all options are possible. A culture may be presented by a song, a story, a poem, a dance, some local special drinks or food (you will not have opportunity to cook), etc.
You can bring pictures, music or anything which you consider to be most appropriate to present your culture. Bring CDs of traditional / typical and party music or other things typical from your country that you want to share with us during the Evening of Cultures and during other evenings.
Dear participants, we must mention that homemade alcohol is forbidden for the evenings of cultures and generally for the project. With the homemade alcohol, it is not possible to monitor the quality and we would not like to risk your health.
Health insurance is not provided by the organizers and will not be reimbursed. All participants are required to purchase health insurance individually.

Financial matters:
¬ Accommodation, food, local transportation during the activity days, materials for activities are totally covered by the grant of the Erasmus+ Program.

¬ Travelling from your country to the project venue will be reimbursed till a maximum of 360 euro as calculated with the distance tool. Taxi invoices are not accepted.
¬ Important: keep all the invoices and boarding passes.


BY PLANE TO OPO (PORTO): Take at the airport the Metro to Porto and exit at BOLHÃO or SÃO BENTO metro station. Find Street AteneuComercial do Porto, 19 (less than 500m far from any of these metro stations) and take the direct bus to Amarante (more details at: There are buses almost every hour (one way cost is less than 10€/person).
BY PLANE TO LIS (LISBOA): Take at the airport the Metro and exit at ESTAÇÃO DO ORIENTE metro station. There you can find either train (only till Porto) or direct bus to Amarante (more details for trains at and bus at:

Travel (flights, other means of transport) expenses are compensated (up to 100%), based on the actual expenses incurred and the distance from your location of residence to the location of the project (Aramante, Portugal). In the case of Hungary the available sum is €360/participant.
You will be reimbursed with 100% of your travel costs up to 360 euro. Reimbursement of travel costs will only be done upon full attendance in the training program and presentation of the original tickets with boarding passes and receipt/invoices. Remember that you can travel only with the cheapest means of transport (2nd class trains, economy class in the planes).

PARTICIPATION FEE: 50 EUR (will be deducted from your actual travel cost).

Please, donate 10 000 HUF (Hungarian organization) in case of selection.
Deadline to submit your completed application is March 15th, 2017
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Only selected participants will be informed on March 16th, 2017.