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ASSOCIAÇÃO MEDESTU

(MEDesTU)

description of organisation

In this time where crisis, unemployment and despair are issues especially affecting young people, our mission is to encourage and support youth active citizenship and participation, by empowering them through non-formal education based on a self-directed learning process. In this sense, MEDesTU Association promotes and develops cultural, social, educational, recreational and sports initiatives.

Our goals are:
1) At local/national level: to contribute to a better informed Portuguese society in the matters of the Arab and Islamic world, but also towards the Moorish heritage in Portugal.
2) At regional level (civil society - citizens and NGOs): to promote cooperation, respect for human rights and the rule of law, encouraging integration and sense of belonging in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
3) At international level: advocate the peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, encouraging young people to involve themselves actively in the process, as part of the solution.

Principles and values to promote:
Active and participatory citizenship;
Participation of young people;
Democracy;
Human Rights and human rights education;
Rule of law;
Political and institutional context;
History and memory;
Justice;
Gender equality;
Interculturalism, intercultural learning and dialogue;
Diversity and minorities;
Religion and tolerance;
Peace;
Creativity to resolve conflicts;
Strengthening of youth policies;
Development of leadership skills and entrepreneurship;
Respect for the environment.

In terms of activities, we are currently doing an informative radio program called Aisha which goal is to broaden knowledge of the Arab and Islamic world, including an interview.
In the near future, we want to promote a book concerning an arab short story, organise a travel visit to Jerusalem on Easter, to organise a grassroots sport competition bringing together players from different communities, to develop and implement a youth exchange promoting values of volunteerism, diversity and active participation, workshop sessions of Portuguese language for foreigners and we would like to embrace a project on Active Citizenship in Miragaia community (Porto), which comprehend meetings between young people and decision-makers and capacity building in the field of youth.

MEDesTU is a nonprofit youth association founded on 30th October 2013 in Porto, Portugal. Our multicultural team meets regularly and each member works on a voluntary basis according to its own schedule and the association goals.

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.

inclusion topics

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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Social obstacles
Economic obstacles
Geographical obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
Volunteering Goes Europe 2: The Journey Continues
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jul 2017 to Jun 2018
01/07/2017 - 30/06/2018
15/06/2017 closed
The EVS Awakening at Plymouth Hope- EU candidates only
A total of 1 week(s) during the period
Sep 2018 to Sep 2019
01/09/2018 - 01/09/2019
09/07/2018 closed