Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Venue: Sanguedo, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
Dates: 16—22 May 2022
Participating countries: Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, Turkey, Italy, Austria
Czech team: Meeri Jurgenson, Jan Trojáček, Adéla Poláková
This training course took place between the 16th and 22nd of May in the historical city of Santa Maria da Feira which is Located half an hour from Porto. The project aim was to respond to the problem of social exclusion of young people which is a problem at a global level and is generating serious effects both for young people and for society in general. On the first day we took a pedestrian route to the Senior University of Sanguedo and had a conversation with some of the elderly English students. They welcomed us by singing a Portuguese anthem and prepared a presentation for us together with some snacks and refreshments. In the afternoon we visited the Red Cross facility of Sanguedo. We could explore the interior of an ambulance and learned interesting facts about the pre-emergency system in Portugal. On the next day we departed to the town of Vale de Cambra and had a lecture about Youth work with at risk Youth who are placed in a residential care. This presentation and a visit to one of the local foster homes was not only very educational and interesting but also touching and emotional.
In the afternoon we paid a visit to the Superior Health School and explored all its facilities. Moreover, we had training with Joao Pedro Gaspar who is a professor and a mentor for Youth placed in residential care. His training was educational and interactive.
During a lot of activities, we got to know each other better and better and thanks to many groups’ work, we were able to cooperate quite easily.
Besides many other things, we visited Lourosa ornithological zoo, we went to Loios Museum and finished the day by exploring the castle of Santa Maria da Faira together with the castle farm. We also visited the city of Porto, walked around, and explored the most important sites including the imposing Dom Luís I bridge and had a typical Portuguese lunch called Francesinha and tasted some Porto wine as well. In the afternoon we went to the nearby city called Espinho, where we spent a couple of hours at the beach and some brave ones went swimming in the ocean. On our last day we had a Team Building with an international coach, Pedro Neves, who shared with us his life story and how he managed to become a successful entertainer and comic. Overall, his speech was quite motivational, and I believe that everyone learned a lot from the tips and advice he gave us. After that we were talking about different types of personalities and tried to find out our own best fitting one. During dinner time we received our Youth passes and experienced quite a lot of Portuguese culture as a traditional Portuguese music band came to the facility and played some Portuguese folk songs for us.To sum up, this Training course was amazing and I thank every single person for allowing these projects to happen!