Check-IN is a Coordinating, Receiving and Sending Organization in Beja and Lisbon (Portugal) and will be responsible for the learning process of the volunteers during the E.S.C.. project.

The E.S.C Program, executed by the European Commission. This service offers you the possibility to fulfil work as a volunteer with a duration of 12 months in a country which is not your home country. EVS stimulates a real service of learning.

About Lisbon
Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal, with a population of 564.657 inhabitants within its administrative limits on a land area of 84.8 km2. The urban area of Lisbon extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 3 million on an area of 958 km2, it is the 9th most populous urban area in the European Union. About 2,831,000 people (which represents approximately 27% of the population of the country) live in the Lisbon Metropolitan. Lisbon is the westernmost largest city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Furthermore, in 1994, Lisbon was the European Capital of Culture and in 1998 organized an Expo '98 (1998 Lisbon World Exposition).
There are three major public universities in Lisbon: the University of Lisbon (Lisbon's oldest university in operation, founded in 1911, also called the Classic University of Lisbon), the Technical University of Lisbon (founded in 1930) and the New University of Lisbon (founded in 1973), providing degrees in all academic disciplines. There is also one state-run university institute – the ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute, and a polytechnic institute – the Polytechnical Institute of Lisbon.
Major private institutions of higher education include the Portuguese Catholic University, as well as, Lusíada University, Universidade Lusófona, and Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, among others.
The total number of enrolled students in higher education in Lisbon was, for the 2007–2008 school year, of 125.867 students, of whom 81.507 in the Lisbon's public institutions.
The Lisbon region is the wealthiest region in Portugal and it is well above the European Union's GDP per capita average – it produces 45% of the Portuguese GDP. Lisbon's economy is based primarily on the tertiary sector. Most of the headquarters of multinationals operating in Portugal are concentrated in the Grande Lisboa Sub-region, especially in the Oeiras municipality. The Lisbon Metropolitan Area is heavily industrialized, especially the south bank of the Tagus river (Rio Tejo).
The country's chief seaport, featuring one of the largest and most sophisticated regional markets on the Iberian Peninsula, Lisbon and its heavily populated surroundings are also developing as an important financial centre and a dynamic technological hub.
Lisbon has the largest and most developed mass media sector of Portugal and is home to several related companies ranging from leading television networks and radio stations to major newspapers. The main industries consist of oil refineries, textile mills, shipyards, steel and fishing.

Projects in Lisbon: We have seven partner-institutions in Lisbon which could be the probable place for YOUR E.S.C experience: ALBA - Brazilian Portuguese Association of Ayurveda and Associated Disciplines, APAV - Portuguese Association for Victim Support, BUÉ FIXE - Associação de Jóvens, LAR Jorbalán, LIGA Foundation, NHC (Social) - Cooperative of Solidarity, RAÍZES - Children and Young People Supporting Association.

For more information contact us:
Telephone: +351.932 136 844

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ALBA - Brazilian Portuguese Association of Ayurveda and Associated Disciplines is a non-profit association based in Lisbon, founded in 2001. The ALBA Association inherited the work of the Ayurvedic Association of Brazil which, since 1990, disclosed Ayurveda and its systems in Portugal, including Yoga and its diverse modalities. Ayurveda was implemented from north to south of Portugal. The ALBA Association takes part in various international events like conferences or as a guest to offer seminars and workshops. Through these activities, many partnerships with national and international institutions have been developed.
Since its beginning, the association organized 1.933 courses, 2.890 workshops and has 1.756 students.
In 2010, ALBA founded Veda – International Institute of Vedic and Oriental Studies with the goal of spread, even more, the oriental and occidental systems of bodywork, especially of Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga, as this is the main field of education, treatment and rendering of services.
The Association offers services in the area of body therapies, which includes basic and advanced training in various forms, from the area of Ayurvedic Massage (Traditional Ayurvedic Massage, Indian Head Massage) to the area of Western Massage (Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage) and also Holistic Studies (Reiki, Crystal and Meditation, Astrology) and Yoga (Yoga Instructors - Technical Level).
The aim is to promote Vedic philosophy and oriental culture. In addition to the training activities, there are regular classes of Hatha Yoga and Pilates.
More information on the homepage of ALBA

The volunteers will be integrated in different activities of the daily routine of the Association:
- ALBA Events: the volunteers will support the team organizing the seminars and workshops (logistic support, create a graphic design for the projects, promote projects through social networks and make documentary activities);
- Therapies: The volunteers will support the team in organizing therapies of exercise, yoga and meditation it is intended that the volunteers increase their autonomy as therapists;
- Information Spot: to support the staff in welcoming the clients, to give specific information and material about the space, the seminars and the daily program and answering the client's requests;
- International Relationship: to support the team to create a new international partnership, plans of Intervention with the partners, promote between the members these opportunities,..;
- Communication: to support the team to prepare of contents for website and facebook; Database compiling; Development of a plan for Communication and Marketing of the ALBA:
- Personal project: With the support of ALBA and Check-In Association, all volunteers will develop their own project.
The work of ALBA Association is very diversified to such an extent so as to enable a large variety of activities and opportunities for different individuals with various interests and abilities. In this way, there would not be required any specific knowledge or qualification to be a volunteer in ALBA Association.
EVS places: 2 Volunteers
Dates: October 2017 (6 months)
Application: You need to apply until 1st of May 2017
NOTE: We applyed with the accreditation and we'll have the result before the deadline. For the project it will be important that your sending organisation applys the project in your country.
Contacts: evs(arruba) or +351.21404136

The APAV - Portuguese Association for Victim Support is a private charitable organization, recognized by law with statutory objective to inform, protect and support citizens who have been victims of crime. It is a non-profit organization, which supports victims of crime, in a personal, sensitive and professional way, through the provision of free and confidential services.
Founded on 25 June 1990, it has offices nationwide, with headquarters in Lisbon.
To succeed in its mission, APAV aims:
- To promote the protection and support available to victims of crime, in particular, those victims with fewer economic resources;
- To achieve this by means of information spread, personalized counselling and guidance, and all kinds of assistance: moral, social, legal, psychological and economic;
- To liaise with all relevant entities and stakeholders the police, social security agencies, health centres, local authorities, autonomous regions, and any other private or public bodies dealing with crime and victims of crime;
- To foster and promote social solidarity, particularly through the creation of networks of volunteer collaborators and social sponsors, as well as through victim-offender meditation and other practices for restorative justice;
- To assist and sponsor research into the problems victims face, so that their interests can be satisfied in a more adequate manner;
- To promote and participate in programs and projects which raise public awareness of crime and the victims of crime;
- To contribute to the adoption of laws, regulations and administrative measures which increase the protection and support available to victim of crime, with a view to reducing the risk of victim-hood and its effects;
- To liaise with international organizations, and work closely with similar bodies in other countries.
More information on the homepage of APAV.

The volunteer will develop different activities:
- Cultural or victim themes related events: The volunteers will help the staff organizing different events (they will contact artists, organize the space, give technical support, promotion and making a visual recording of event;..);
- Workshops: support the staff, planning different workshops and seminars (logistic support, promote projects through social networks and make documentary activities;..);
- Information Center: To support and help the staff in receiving and welcoming people, to give specific material and, make a contact with them and the professional. The volunteer can help to organize the space, to organize the information material;
- International relationship: support the staff, planning different international projects (logistic support, promotion and support during all process of the project...), Identification and networking with possible partner organizations (engagement in future projects, mutual learning of practices; Translation of contents...);
- Fundraising Center: support in the events (seminars, conferences, fundraising activities) taking place during the internship, and sharing of knowledge and practical experience in fundraising strategies and activities and search for possible funding streamlines (for example, foundations worldwide).
- Communication: to support the team to prepare of contents for the English version / the version of the maternal language of the volunteer of the APAV website; Database compiling;
Activities developed within the International Relations Unit, Project Management and Development, which usually involve:
- Assist current researches and projects related to our mission: support victims of crime (when these researches are taking place);
- Administrative support: as search for contacts inside organizations; definition of the profile of organizations (e. g, the justice system, victim support, private companies) with key persons to get in touch in order to contact and establish future partnerships and share of knowledge, etc.
- Personal project: With the support of APAV and Check-In Association (Coordinator Receiving Organization) the volunteer will develop his own project (according to the interests of the volunteer, the objective of APAV and the project’s area, planning, fundraising, coordinating finance construction and evaluation.
EVS places: 2 Volunteers
Dates: July and August 2017 (2 months)
Application: You need to apply until 15th of April 2017

NOTE: We applied with the accreditation and we'll have the result before the deadline. For the project, it will be important that your sending organisation apply the project in your country.
Contacts: volunteering(arruba) or +351.932 136 844

The LIGA Foundation enacted on March 2nd of 2004 by a group of personalities from the various sectors of the Portuguese society, LIGA Foundation emerged as the result of the progress of its founding associations, LPDM Centro de Recursos Sociais (1994) and Liga Portuguesa dos Deficientes Motores (1954). Under the core moral and ethical values of the foundational culture of five decades, it inherits the concept of Person and considers the concept of Qualification a key one.
By recognizing the singularity of each person and her unique value, it opens up a new cycle renewing the speech patterns and practices according to the concept of the “Human Features” as a unique experience in constant evolution. This development occurs through the environmental and temporal relations with which it interacts and promotes opportunities of acknowledgement and maximizing of each person’s potential so that each can live her citizenship in plain dignity and responsibility.
Currently, the LIGA Foundation covers more than 600 daily clients in the services it provides, between 0 and 100 years old, with and without impaired functionality (disability). We respond to the needs and interests of each client through programs/ services in the areas of Early Childhood Intervention, Health and (Re-) Empowerment, Vocational Training and Employability, Accessibility, Independent Living, Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture. The main groups of interest in our work: People with disabilities and incapacities; Elderly people of the community.
LIGA Foundation recognizes the integrity of the person as a unique and unrepeatable human being, with the identity that distinguishes the physical, psychological and social dimension.
The Foundation Participates in the advancing of the knowledge frontiers in the area of Human Functioning Sciences, and Design and Society, in responsible and shared leadership, producing and transmitting ideas and results that could contribute to the development of participatory social culture, resulting to the improvement of ethical patterns and human fulfilment.
Mission / Objectives
- Mobilize specialized resources to help people, contributing to the recognition of human diversity. LIGA Foundation aspires to develop high-quality skills that target the specific needs of the Person that are essential for the accomplishment of its Fundamental Rights.
- Assure the civil guardianship of dependent People beyond the lifetime of those who they depend on and whenever their Families request it.
- Support the strengthening of communication between citizens and within the various areas of their active life under a new form of civil dialogue, necessary to better answer the new social and cultural issues that the present times have brought and, through this, contributing to the humanization and sustainability of the Portuguese society.
More information on the homepage of LIGA Foundation.

For this partnership of EVS, LIGA Foundation offers opportunities for involvement and integration of the volunteers in the following areas:
1. cultural activities, tourism and leisure with seniors (people +65):
In this area, the volunteers will have active participation in the organization and promotion of cultural and socio-recreational activities with the senior public in the appreciation of free time and the promotion of personal and social development of older people.
2. Occupational Activities with young people and adults with impaired functionality:
In this area volunteers will participate in the dynamics of Occupational Activity Center of the LIGA Foundation, aimed at people older than 16 years with impaired functionality, engaging in various areas of promotion of personal and social skills, promoting citizenship and quality of life of the customers. The Occupational Activity Center includes the following areas: therapeutic intervention, occupational activities, arts, sports, culture ...
3. Activities and events of the House of Arts, which promotes the cultural and artistic opportunities to stimulate and develop the creative potential of every person, at any age and physical functional status, psychological or social, in strengthening their self-esteem and their social recognition, particularly in the field of Dance, Plastic Arts, Painting and Ceramics.
In this area, volunteers will give their contribution in planning and realizing events and activities promoted by the House of Arts of the LIGA Foundation.
EVS places: 3 Volunteers
Dates: October 2017 (12 months)
Application: You need to apply until 1st of May 2017

NOTE: We applied with the accreditation and we'll have the result before the deadline. For the project, it will be important that your sending organisation apply the project in your country.
Contacts: volunteering(arruba) or +351.932 136 844

NHC Social - Cooperative of Solidarity is a cooperative of solidarity, with the statute of IPSS, was formed on July 13, 1999.
The cooperative is engaged, through cooperation and mutual support of its members, in obedience to the Cooperative Principles, satisfaction, nonprofit social needs of citizens through the provision of goods and provision of services, particularly in the following areas:
a) Support for vulnerable groups, especially children and young people, people with disabilities and the elderly people;
b) Support for families and socially disadvantaged communities with a view to improving their quality of life and socio-economic insertion;
c) Development of support programs directed to target groups, particularly in the disease state, age, disability and severe economic hardship;
d) Promoting access to education, training and professional integration of socially disadvantaged groups;
e) Solving housing problems, in particular by promoting and managing sheltered housing for the elderly and other vulnerable strata of the population;
f) Promotion of recreational, cultural and sports initiatives.
In addition to the social intervention with the generality of the weakest citizens, NHC (Social) pays special attention to children, young and old people. Some, by first concern with their education/ training and employment with a view to their autonomy and independence; others, by their fragility and risks that occur at the end of its existence.
For all residents of the social neighbourhoods we serve, we favour the close contact and the answers to their needs by creating appropriate services, such as crèches and kindergartens; the construction of cultural, sports and recreational equipment; home-based support; establishing partnerships with other institutions in search of aid to meet the desires and needs of the population we serve.
It operates mainly in two major operational areas:
- Social housing - holding 212 houses in the districts of Leiria, Nisa, Odivelas and Salvaterra de Magos for social rent;
- Childhood - having a crèche for children in Loures and Lisbon and a daycare centre in Lisbon. At the same time develops social actions to support families with few opportunities, distributing products for personal and household hygiene, social and financial area.
The SVE project will be happening in crèche "José Mateus" in Olivais Norte neighbourhood, in Lisbon. The crèche has 42 children distributed as follows: a nursery for 10 children from 3 months to 1 year old, room for children 1 to 2 years and room for children 2 to 3 years.
More information on the homepage of NHC (Social).

The work that the possible volunteers could do, when they come to NHC (Social) is exclusively connected to the functions and work of the educators and workers in the Crèche. Every volunteer will be integrated in these teams, helping the programmed activities of the daily routine in the crèche - always in supervision by the official worker/educator.
The volunteers are always integrated into a team and will be part of different tasks during hos time at the Crèche:
- Educational: To support the team to organize the educational activities, the relationship with parents, hygiene, care and feeding of children, to support the creation of conditions for the smooth running of the crèche, the materials and the equipment.
- Management: To help the team with planning and creation of the educational activities this also includes the management of the day-to-day
EVS places: 2 Volunteers
Dates: October 2017 (12 months)
Application: You need to apply until 1st of May 2017

NOTE: We applied with the accreditation and we'll have the result before the deadline. For the project, it will be important that your sending organisation apply the project in your country.
Contacts: volunteering(arruba) or +351.932 136 844

Raízes - Children and Young People Supporting Organization is a Portuguese non-profit organization that supports the social inclusion of children and young people at risk and living in poor neighbourhoods in Lisbon, Portugal. We exist since 2004 and have reached thousands of children and young people with our inclusion activities. In 2015, we run 4 local youth and community projects engaging around 800 children and young people living in deprived areas and with several risk factors (dropped school; poor parenting support; low social skills; aggressiveness; substance misuse,...). In our children and youth projects we organise a wide range of activities, such as, study support; individual sessions for careers guidance, arts workshops (music, drama, with recyclable materials, etc); sports events, small trainings in specific subjects; educational trips; parents’ support and guidance and community events.
Each project has its own work team who are daily in the community and working alongside the young people, their families and the local. We also do a lot of outreach work in surrounding areas. We work closely with schools, local authorities, training centres and other local organizations in order to intervene in a holistic way and make a wider impact on the lives of the children, young people and the local community. Raizes develops innovative approaches to non-formal education, such as education through multimedia, music and sports engaging young people who are hard to reach. We work with young people to develop their personal, social and academic skills as well as guiding and empowering them in choosing their professional path and raising their personal aspirations.
We are authorized to deliver accredited professional training for young people and adults. We do Training for Trainers, IT training, Personal Development Training for Adults, Short courses to Work with Children and to Work with Seniors.
We are mainly funded by different government bodies, but also by our associates, donors and private sponsorships.
More information on the homepage of Raízes.

There are four main projects/areas, in which the volunteers could be integrated:
1. Cloquet – The project's central idea is the creation of a youth producer of audiovisual content aimed at developing, together with children and youth, short films, documentaries, music videos, news articles and other multimedia products as a pedagogical tool in the direction of promoting social inclusion for art. This is to an innovative way to contribute to the school inclusion, promoting employability and training of young people.
For this project, it will be important that the volunteer would like to develop skills in image-editing.
2. Passaporte – The project is an innovative promise for enlargement of sociability prospects and opportunities for social inclusion of young people in Ameixoeira, blaming a youth group project for exchanges and exchanges of national and international nature experiences with audiences from different socio-economic contexts, cultural and different backgrounds, fostering youth mobility. High interest in diverse musical areas and in working with sound/radio would be helpful for working in this project.
3. Loja Mira Jovem – An identity has been created for the project and is developing to be the type of activity that traditionally has very good results in accompanying young people: the Sport. So the project through this promotion tool of personal and social skills seeks to foster academic success and employability, linking the commitment of these achievements to the sport and competition. For the volunteer would it be good to have a diverse interest in the sport.
4. Sede – In this field of work, the volunteer would work mainly in the general daily process of Raizes-AAJC: Founding of international partnerships is one of the main topics of the work. For this project, a high interest in organization/marketing and a will to do use and develop English skills are important.
EVS places: 1 Volunteer
Dates: October 2017 (12 months)
Application: You need to apply until 1st of May 2017

NOTE: We applied with the accreditation and we'll have the result before the deadline. For the project it will be important that your sending organisation applys the project in your country.
Contacts: volunteering(arruba) or +351.932 136 844


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