A Rocha - Associação Cristã de Estudo e Defesa do Ambiente
(A Rocha pt)
description of organisation
A Rocha has been established in Portugal for 28 years. It is an Environmental NGO and belongs to the A Rocha International family of projects which span 20 countries across the globe (as we are writing this in August 2014). A Rocha has two main areas of action: Nature Conservation, Community Hospitality. In order to do good nature conservation and sound proposals A Rocha invests lots of time in Scientific Research in several areas of the Natural World. It started with birds, but with the years expanded into plants, insects, fungi, mammals, water quality and more recently Geographic Information System. Some of these areas have been proposed by several volunteers that stay from time to time, some of whom came through the EVS scheme, in a clear case that volunteers are very welcomed to suggest new areas of work/study, which will be accepted if we have, within the permanent team, scientific capacity to support and help them and if the proposal is coherent with A ROCHA conservation or educational goals.
Another area of work under Nature Conservation is Environmental Education which has been run by the team for over 21 years, welcoming nearly 60.000 students and others.
The last area under Nature Conservation is Political Lobbying which is done solely by the Operations Director with the help of other team members and others from the Board of Directors. EVS volunteers can only expect to help with ideas, suggestions and background support, but they can not be involved in Political Lobbying.
Community Hospitality started many years ago and happened because many people wanted to visit the Centre and see how Nature Conservation is lived by us, or just wanted to come and rest in a quite location in the Algarve or wanted to visit a Christian community and find out more about Christianity. Whatever the purpose might be, we welcome everybody, provided that we have accommodation and enough team members to look after those visitors.
Participants with fewer opportunities
- This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.
This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:
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