Location: Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal

Project name: Micro Plastics? BIG Problems!

Hosting organisation: A ROCHA – Associação Cristã de Estudo e Defesa do Ambiente

Sending organisation: “Common Sense” Youth Organisation

Purpose of the project: 

A Rocha Portugal wants to continue a preliminary assessment of the current situation of micro plastics in the Ria de Alvor by collecting data (sampling shoreline sediments and counting all plastic fragments up to 5 mm in diameter in a 2.500 cm2), public involvement by means of citizen science, public awareness questionnaires (e.g. testimonies collection from fishermen) and information dissemination (through informing those whom we ask the questionnaire).Through the ESC project we aim to collect more information, contributing to a better understanding of the problem while informing the public of this problem. We want to develop the project in a way that involves international (ESC) volunteers, local communities and partners from other sectors that are not directly related to the environment, so that we can better understand the environmental impact of our choices and actions. In making this a community based conservation project, we aim to create a greater sense of belonging.

Number of volunteers: 1 volunteer between 18-30 years old (Only Azerbaijani citizenship)

Project period – 01/12/2022 to 31/12/2023 (12 months)

Deadline: No application deadline (the ones applying first and being considered satisfactory will be chosen)

How to apply? – Please  get registration number, apply through the European Youth Portal
How to get a registration number?If you don’t have account on European Youth Portal, please watch our instruction videos from this Link

All costs are covered by European Solidarity Corps

No participation fee! 

Language: English

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements: 

The volunteer will stay at the Centre run by the organization, in single sex dormitories, which will share with others, either short or long term volunteers or students. Meals will be taken with all the team, and visitors, working and living at the Centre as well. Transportation to the Centre for the first time (return flight and return train) will be fully supported by the hosting organisation up to a maximum of 500 EUROS/volunteer (for the total of the return trip). Transportation, while in the project dates, if for personal usage, will be paid by the volunteer.

Application conditions and requirements for volunteering: 

Depending on the project type we might be developing, specific training might be needed. Above all, it has been a very normal situation for us either to have volunteers in their gap year, and therefore prepare them for university studies and living on their own, or to have them straight after university and therefore encourage them to share their knowledge while giving them the freedom to experiment their newly learned skills and encouraging the development of a professional mentality.

Sending organisation information 

Name of the sending organisation: “Common Sense” Youth Organisation 

OID number : E10200624

City and country of your sending organisation: Sumgait, Azerbaijan

Person in charge (name and surname): Ramiz Aliyev

E-mail of the person in charge: evs@csyo-az.org