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ADOC - Associação de Ocupação Constante


EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
organisation_acctype: 
Sending
Receiving
Coordinating
EVS accreditation expiry date 13/11/2016
Location Braga, Portugal
Organisation topics
organisation_theme: 
European awareness
Other
Inclusion topics
organisation_inclusion: 
Social difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic difficulties
Disability
Geographical difficulties

EVS accreditation number

2013-PT-50

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Project Environment

SPECIAL NEEDS :

In the case we have volunteers with fewer opportunities, we have qualified and prepared professionals that are used to deal with this target (teachers, psychologists, youth leaders, etc).

As we already stated in this expression of intent, we are welcoming youngsters with any kind of profile since they have the fundamental characteristics we require. By this, we mean that we can welcome people coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, since we already know that we can support them on a psychological point of view or we would be able to guarantee them infrastructures which can suit their needs. We could host volunteers with different kind of limits: physical, economical, cultural and so on since our staff includes members with strong educational and pedagogical competences and/or with experiences in inclusion of people with fewer opportunities. The tutor/mentor will be a strong point in strengthening the volunteering experience of the participants with fewer opportunities.

Being sure of our competences in such issue, including people from different backgrounds, we can surely state that we will not have any problems in receiving volunteers with special needs and that we could adjust our programme for them according to their necessities.

We will prepare a different agenda, if necessary, which will include the discussion of topics through Skype and/ or phone in the orientation process to better prepare the volunteers for the assignment.











PROJECT ENVIRONMENT:

The Municipality of Braga is located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Northern Portugal, more precisely in the Sub-region Cávado and has an area of approximately 183.2 square kilometres.

Braga is more than 2000 years of history. Perhaps the main religious center of the country, is known for its baroque churches, splendid eighteenth-century houses, elaborate gardens and parks. Known in Roman times as Bracara Augusta and seat of the Portuguese episcopate in the twelfth century. The long history of Braga is visible in its monuments and churches, the most splendid church is the cathedral, which displays various styles, from Romanesque to the Baroque, priding themselves also of splendid houses, particularly of the eighteenth century. Progressively, we will add new places to visit, including the Religious Architecture, Architecture and Civil Archaeological Heritage, as well as new categories, Contemporary Architecture, Military Architecture and Urban Spaces.

The altitude varies between 20 m and County 572 m, lying town at an average height of 215 m (8). The climate is temperate Atlantic, which is due to the fact that the County is between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The relative humidity has values that are around 80%, which permits the maintenance of average annual temperature between 12.5 ° C and 17.5 ° C. The annual rainfall is around 1,659 mm, with greater intensity in during the fall, winter and spring (8).

The Municipality of Braga is served by the "Urban Transport Braga - Municipal Enterprise" (TUB), which is responsible for transporting passengers within the geographic boundaries of the county. In the city center there is a central trucking, where several trucking companies make connections to multiple destinations at the district, regional, national and international. This county has a train station railways. It is a terminal station, which is situated in the Parish of Maximinos and offers several train services (urban, intercity and commuter-alpha). With regard to air transport, the municipality of Braga has an airfield in the Parish of Palmeira. The nearest airports are Sá Carneiro Airport (50 Km) in Porto, Vigo Airport (100 km) in the Spanish autonomous region of Galicia and Lisbon Portela Airport (300 Km). The nearest seaports are located one in Viana do Castelo (50 km) and the other in Leixões (50 Km).

The Municipality of Braga consists of 37 parishes. Despite urban growth, the municipality of Braga still holds 37% of the agricultural area and 17.5% of forest area, occupying the urban area 26.9%.

In 2011 Braga had 181,494 inhabitants and the population density was 956 inhabitants per km2, emphasizing largely on other counties of the Braga District.

The Municipality of Braga is characterized by having a young population. Despite being a young municipality, Braga is aging, as the percentage of individuals aged 0-14 years decreased since 1991, and the percentage of individuals aged over 65 years increased gradually until 2007.

Braga is characterized by a strong economic dynamism. In recent years, the primary sector has been declining due to urban expansion but still remain in vineyards, floriculture and companies linked to the forest. The secondary sector is very diverse and there are companies related to technology, metallurgical industry, the construction and wood processing. This sector is in decline because of the crisis that has developed in the country since 2009. Currently, the service sector is the strongest, and are known as the city of Braga for "capital of commerce." In the area of services predominates education and health.











PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR EVS VOLUNTEERS:

Volunteers will be fully integrated into the partnership, projects, activities and people who work for it. We will give the volunteer options and we will adapt to their needs, interests and hours of work, engaging in, once we have several areas to offer. The volunteer will always work within a team, accompanied by more people and never alone to carry out any activity.
The volunteers will be able to develop skills on education of youngsters with less privileged social and family backgrounds, on social contact and exchange with the local community, project managing, event production, conflict resolution and decision making. The volunteers will be able to learn about educational environment, heritage, local culture, traditions, sport for people with disabilities and tourism adapted for people with reduced mobility. We have comprehensive knowledge and experience with the Youth in Action Programme and will encourage our EVS volunteers to take part and get involved in developing projects under this Programme during their stay.

Our project is mainly youth oriented so the EVS volunteers will play an important role of additional youth dimension to the project. They will be responsible for assisting with the managing of the public access resource centre and the regular activity program. They will be expected to add quality and diversity to that program also.

Some activities that the EVS volunteers will be directly involved in will be:
-supporting young people with reduced mobility;
-collection, treatment and material editing audivisual;
-Portuguese lenguage lessons (will be provided with 3 to 4 hours per week);
- Contribute for building international volunteering;
- Cultural exchange and create interest about other cultures;
- To provide to the volunteers a new way of living;
- To increase the self-esteem, the self- confidence of youth;
- Promote social inclusion;
- To increase the autonomy (mainly of disabled and other disadvantaged youth);
- To make possible the execution of simple tasks to the groups of young people with disabilities;
- To improve the image and the concept that the community has of the people with disabilities;
- Promote values of respect, tolerance and equality.

Volunteers will stay in an apartment and as a way to build links and to familiarize themselves with the Portuguese customs breakfast will be taken at home with regional products or other foods appropriate to the needs of the participants and provided by the promoter. Lunch and dinner will be at a canteen and the other meals will be provided by promoters.

The pocket money will be given by the promoters monthly depending on the value set by the European Commission

An example of a day of the volunteer could be:

Morning: Breakfast; assistance in drafting tours and collection, treatment and material editing audiovisual to learn Portuguese language and to know Portuguese heritage ; Lunch Afternoon/Evening: Portuguese lessons, Public Library and Multimedia Resource Centre Opening Hours; Dinner. Night: On Fridays and Weekends mainly : Film Projection / Cultural Night.

Note: The Volunteers will work not more than 35 hours/week.

The tutor will meet the volunteers minimum once a week, and will be responsible for following and supporting them both on logistical matters as for their integration in the activities. He has been an EVS volunteer himself and has extensive experience with volunteer work.












VOLUNTEER PROFILES AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS:


Our volunteers should have motivation to learn and excitement with the opportunity of experiencing a special and healthy living environment, close contact with urban/rural communities and multicultural setting. The volunteers should be self motivated and have basic independent living skills and practice, since they will be living in their own house and will take responsibility for it. They must enjoy working with young people with reduced mobility and seniors and have the capacity to understand and respect the local culture.

All work will be done cooperatively, both among prosecutors as with participants being valued teamwork, the spirit of initiative and entrepreneurship, as there will be a diversity of volunteers involved, some of them young people with reduced mobility and ways of being that has to be carefully managed in order to harmonize all parts, and for that, will be stimulated an environment of sharing, a spirit of mutual aid, and understanding among all participants.

Volunteers will be fully integrated into the partnership, projects, activities and people who work for it. We will give the volunteer options and we will adapt to their needs, interests and hours of work, engaging in, once we have several areas to offer. The volunteer will always work within a team, accompanied by more people and never alone to carry out any activity.

The volunteers will be able to develop skills on education of youngsters with social and economic problems, build up social contact and exchange with the local community, project managing, event production, conflict resolution and decision making. The volunteers will be able to learn about environmental education, heritage, local culture, traditions, sport for people with disabilities and tourism adapted for people with reduced mobility. We have comprehensive knowledge and experience with the Youth in Action Programme and will encourage our EVS volunteers to take part and get involved in developing projects under this Programme during their stay.

Our projects are mainly youth oriented so the EVS volunteers will play an important role of additional youth dimension to the project. They will be responsible for assisting with the managing of the public access resource centre and the regular activity program. They will be expected to add quality and diversity to that program also.

Volunteers are chosen regardless of their ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, political opinion, etc. No previous qualifications, educational level, specific experience or more than basic language knowledge should be required.

We are open to accept all the candidates and will ensure a transparent recruiting process. At the application moment the volunteers should send a motivation letter and C.V. We will get in touch with all the volunteers directly and interview them through Skype or phone, so that we can have a more direct contact and detailed approach. We will provide all the information requested about our project, activities, staff and infrastructure so that the volunteers have the clearest possible picture.

Preferably, we will select an older volunteer together with younger ones so that there can be a mutual support and natural balance of ages. We have no gender preference.

We want to cooperate with Sending Organizations that:
- promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular;
-develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular in order to foster social cohesion in the European Union;
-foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries;
-contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organizations in the youth field;
-promote European cooperation in the youth field;
-work with the patrimony and cultural heritage.










NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS HOSTED:

2 volunteers.













RISK PREVENTION, PROTECTION AND SAFETY:

Each volunteer will have a tutor who will help him from the beginning to integrate in the Portuguese society and to start moving the first steps in the new environment they will find themselves into. This tutorship will be essential to identify as well the possible risks our volunteers may face.

The support given to the volunteer will be granted before, during and after the EVS activities trying to explain, particularly in the crisis prevention, management and solving. Our assistance will be granted as well for all the practical aspects concerned the settlement in a new society such as: opening bank account if necessary, registration to the municipality, acquiring a Portuguese telephone number, public transport pass. The Volunteers will never be left alone or without the possibility of asking for guidance and help when needed.


We prefer cooperating with more adult volunteers who may be more likely to know the risks may occur in such problematic neighbourhoods thus ask them to be over 18 years old.

All the EVS partners will have the right to receive complete information about the activity, agreeing on all elements and aspects of the activity.

Each EVS volunteers will receive at the end the completed activities a Youth Pass.

Also, we will ask for the European Insurance Health Card, in this way, they could have a secured assistance in the case they need it. This card will prove the right to receive care that were necessary from a medical point of view, during a temporary stay for work, study, tourism in the territory of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, taking into account the nature of the benefits and the length of stay, according to the law of the country of stay. So, in this way, the volunteer will be insured.

This project encompasses different aspects of participation, because it is a project developed and deployed in indoor and outdoor activities requires a structure designed organized and fully synchronized.

The safety of participants goes beyond physical security includes a set of rules that protects the integrity moral psychological and emotional development of all the people involved in this project.

Thus, many activities of our NGO take place outdoor so we´ll includes a set of measures for the safety of participants. For this effect will be create an emergency kit which contains the phone numbers of ADOC - Association Constant Occupation name and contact details of guardian and responsible for the project; telephone contacts from official area where young people develop the job: PSP, fire-fighters, hospital and taxi, telephone contacts and names of responsible entities, insurance policy number and contact person in case of accident.

Each participant will have conduct code of ADOC - Association of Occupation constant, which will be provided individually at the beginning of the project

Motivation and EVS experience

Over the years, the ADOC has been working with various age groups from different countries and backgrounds. Our aim is to promote active citizenship, not only within Europe but also worldwide. The activities promoted by ADOC (international youth exchanges, activities of non formal education, workshops, youth projects, radical sports camps and pedestrianism), aimed at raising awareness of individuality, but also the relationship with the other and the environment around us. With this set of activities we aim to empower through knowledge being, knowledge and know-how to be.

We are developing several national and international projects now we intend to open our projects to international volunteers in order to increase social skills, cultural, linguistic and technological of our youth and volunteers.

Over the years we have been working with dozens of young volunteers Portuguese. By the fact that we work internationally arise to us collaborative proposals of young foreigners and our own volunteers, who wish to develop projects with us and abroad and for which we have no answer.

We hope that with EVS we can send and receive young people and share experiences, knowledge between our organization, other organizations, volunteers, local partners and everyone involved in our projects. We want to encourage the sharing of experiences between generations so this way cultivate respect, tolerance, solidarity not only with their peers but also with another band generational.

The sharing of experiences that EVS provides through intercultural dialogue and transnational, bring this theme and raises awareness not only the volunteers but also the civil society, and promoting dialogue, combat exclusion, prejudice, fostering respect for and the other, understand and promote tolerance. We intend to prepare young people to be involved and engaged in a dynamic, global Europe, where borders do not exist.

Promotion of the sense and ideals of European citizenship is one of the main aspects of this expression of interest. Getting familiar with the European values and youth policies, the volunteers will cultivate critical insight regarding the existing limitations and challenges in Europe and they will have the possibility to try to tackle them using their talents, skills and competences. This unique experience will inspire them to become more active and responsible citizens of Europe, while simultaneously it will open to them the cultural diversity and its significance for the European identity and inclusion.

The volunteers as well as the people reached from the activities will be encouraged to participate more in the cultural, social and public life of their local communities. They will become familiar with the cultural heritage and history of the new reality and they will have the chance to work equally as part of a multicultural team, consisted of young people with many differences.

The work programmes and activities carried out are focused on fostering mobility potentials for young people with fewer opportunities and including in the learning path young people who often are out of learning opportunities, by enrolling them in workshops, trainings and voluntary actions in the local community. In turn we intend to also involve civil society, including young people and seniors, because we consider very important the involvement of all the community for the success of the project.

Our activities have a strong European focus in terms of subject matter and objectives on raising awareness and sensitivity around the rights linked to the EU citizenship. Among the areas of interest are awareness the empowerment of young people in relation to decision-makers, the promotion of the role of NGOs at a local level, the promotion of intercultural dialogue that strengthens democratic values, the respect for economic and social development, in the protection of human rights, as well as the encouragement of the mobility of young people from different nationalities. All the activities and actions planned follow this philosophy, emerging significant benefits volunteers involved and the local society.

Description of the organisation

The ADOC - Association Of Constant Occupation is a Non-Governmental Organization for Development work since 2000.

Our mission is:
• Through the non formal educational empower young people for the entrepreneurship and creativity.
• Promote education for development.
• Disclose, protect, study and revitalize the historic, cultural and environmental.
• Disseminate new technologies.
• The pursuit of multifaceted actions in the cultural, sports and educational areas.

Development of activities at national and international level, related to heritage conservation and promotion of non-formal education namely:

• "The war I did not know." - intergenerational project that collect life stories of the Portuguese Colonial War protagonists - Supported by the Youth in Action Programme;
•"My Way." sightseeing tours for people with reduced mobility - Supported by the Youth in Action Programme;
• "Ser Bio”. Adaptation of Bio-Healthy park for the blind and partially sighted people - Supported by the Youth in Action Programme;
• Wiki Edu.org - Collect and dissemination the immaterial heritage;
• International exchange with Slovakia;
• Health project with Sao Tome and Principe and
• Cultural project in Timor;
• Project for primary prevention of drug with Young school of Braga, in partnership with the city of Braga, Braga Civil Government, Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the Portuguese Youth Institute;
• Awareness activity about drug addiction in partnership with the Parish of St. Lazarus.
• National Youth camp in collaboration with the Portuguese Youth Institute, Movijovem, Braga Municipal Council and Civil Government of Braga.
• Workshops in various areas.
• Outdoor Activities.

Target group:

We work since 2000 in pursuit of personal, social and professional empowerment in order to promote employability, creativity, innovation, development education and cooperation, disseminate, protect, study and revitalize the historic heritage, activities for risk groups (children and young people and provide senior active aging and healthy) to promote and cultivate entrepreneurship.

Staff organization

General Assembly:
President: Sandra Antunes Pereira,
First Secretary: Maria João Barroso dos Santos,
Second Secretary: Conceição Afonso Borges,

Directors:
President: Fernando António Afonso Borges de Macedo
Vice-President: Arminda Maria Gonçalves Costa
Treasurer: José Luís Matos dos Santos
Secretary: Maria João Pimentel Antunes
Vowel: Maria Luísa Lima Barroso dos Santos

Audit committee:
President: Ana Maria Afonso Borges de Macedo,
First Vowel: Francisco Alexandre dos Santos Vides,
Second Vowel: Maria Cândida Barroso dos Santos.

Contact details
Organisation name ADOC - Associação de Ocupação Constante
Street Rua do Fujacal, 59, 2º Esq.
Postal code 4705-097
Town/city Braga
Country Portugal
Email address info@adocpt.org
Website www.adocpt.org
Telephone number +351 253 001 561
Fax number

Last update: 13/11/2013