Ana Teresa Santos


A human being caring for regenerative processes. // An educational activist and facilitator of collaborative, participatory, transformative and experiential approaches to learning through non formal education since 2006. // Giving life to community projects, locally and internationally. // Graduated as Sociocultural Educator – Lifelong Learning in 2007 and a certified trainer since 2010.

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Ana Teresa Santos

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Current occupation

Full time freelance trainer & facilitator / educational activist

Work experience

Facilitator of Online Collaborative Processes, Freelance
- Developing programmes, session plans, tech scripts & assessment plans.
- Researching on a variety of topics.
- Coordinating international teams.
- Facilitating online communication & cooperation with
multicultural groups.
- Managing different digital tools (e.g. ZOOM, Asana, etc.).

Trainer and facilitator within the International Young Naturefriends - IYNF network:
I am an active member of the organisation and am involved in training activities for the capacity building of the network and the organisation.

November 2019: Trainer at the International Conference and Training Course "Fruits of Activism", Brussels, Belgium (5 days). The Training Course prepared the participants to present their initiatives at Conference, by developing presentation skills and knowledge, such as tools and methods to prepare a presentation, elements of a good presentation, communication skills, time management, the importance of feedback and how to offer and receive it with quality. The International Conference was the space for participants to present their initiatives and it also gathered guests, consisting of representatives from different youth organisations, EU institutions, the private sector and unions, who delivered workshops, talks or were involved in discussion panels. An Almanac with the outcomes of the Conference was created (

August 2019: Trainer at the Training Course with Workcamp elements "Local Community: from Zero to Hero", Srebrenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina (15 days). Main topics: Community Development, Rural Development, Project Management, Volunteer Management. The activiry included training sessions, practical experience of a workcamp, lab of community development (hands-on approach through activities with the local community), planning follow-up activities to implement at the local communities of the participants and study visits. A E-manual was created as an output and mean of dissemination.

June 2019: Trainer at the Training Course "Structures of Activism", France (5 days), with youth workers, young leaders and volunteers from the International Young Naturefriends network. The training created the space to develop skills related to the creation, implementation and realization of activist projects. Main topics: project management, finances and fundraising, communication and leadership skills.

November 2017: Trainer at the Training Course with Conference elements "Raise Your Voice!", The Netherlands (6 days), with 31 young people from 16 different countries, to to discuss recent challenges and potentialities for becoming active within societies in which migration has become normal to different extents. Production of a Position Paper.

- August 2017: Trainer at the Training Course with Seminar elements "Be Borderfree", Germany (7 days) with a group of 34 participants engaged or highly interested in youth work with young refugees and migrants, several of them with own migration background. Draft of Guidelines for quality youth work for the promotion of intercultural dialogue, equity and social justice in relation to young migrants and refugees.

- October 2016: Trainer and facilitator of the annual planing meeting "D-e-zign it!", Macedonia (5 days), attended by 30 representatives of 15 member and partner organisations of the network. Planing the programme based on the needs of the network and participants, coordination of the team, delivering training sessions and facilitating the creation of projects together with a colleague trainer and the logistics team, evaluation and report to funders. As as result from this event there were concrete project proposals to be implemented in 2017.

Project coordinator with International Young Naturefriends:
Design of the plan of international activities for 2017 - "Borderfree Solidarity": assessment of the needs of the network, concept of the flow of 3 activities, grant application to the Czech National Agency Erasmus+ - Youth in Action KA1 and Workplan of the European Youth Foundation, managing teams of trainers, facilitating the processes of creation and dissemination of pedagogical materials related to the topic of the year.

Cascais Municipality & Rota Jovem Youth Association:
Leader of international workcamp, Portugal
- July 2018 (15 days), July 2017 (15 days), July 2016 (15 days): Training and managing a group of 20 volunteers coming from 10 countries from 3 different continents, to fulfil the aim of renovating public spaces and animate the community in a social neighbourhood.
- June 2012 (15 days): Training and managing and group of 20 international volunteers, to fulfil the aim of renovating a primary school and implement a vegetable garden.
- July & August 2011 (1 month): Training and managing of 20 international volunteers, to fulfil the aims of 1) renovating the outdoor spaces of a mental health centre and run sociocultural and sports activities with the residents 2) creating and presenting a street art performance with theatre and percussion to promote volunteering and active participation.

C.Part – Juventude no Cartaxo:
- November 2015: Trainer & facilitator at a Youth Exchange “Once Upon a Time There Was Something Called Europe”, Portugal (7 days): youth exchange gathing 20 young people coming from 5 different countries focused on youth participation and media.

ECOS, Cooperative of Education, Cooperation and Development, CRL:
- 2015: Coordinator of the Youth Mobility and Initiatives Centre, Portugal (8 months):
Coordinating an European Voluntary Service project hosting 9 international volunteers integrated in different local organisations of Faro working with youth. Applications to Erasmus+ programme, articulation with international and local partners, management of the integration programme, training, coaching, monitoring and evaluation of the volunteers.
Promoting informative actions about mobility and training opportunities for young people through peer education methods.

Project Aurora in partnership with Rota Jovem Youth Association:
- November 2014: Leader of International Youth Exchange, Spain (9 days): "Get Moving – an artistic journey against social exclusion" was a youth exchange gathering 36 young people from 6 different countries, using theatre, photography, video and community kitchen as means to combat social inequality.

Rota Jovem youth association:
- 2009/2011: Project management and coordination; elaboration of applications and reports at a European level; training of volunteers; mentoring and coordinating national and international volunteers; selection process management; cooperating with national and international partners (European and African); implementation of sociocultural programmes for foreigners; management of practical issues related to sending, hosting and integrating volunteers (travel arrangements, visa, accommodation, health, local transport, language course...); promotional and informative actions about volunteering and EVS
Support to other areas of the association: training, public relations, organising events, administration, producing promotional materials (flyers, posters; video), management of communication channels (website, facebook, blog, newsletter), coaching.

International Sailing Federation in partnership with Rota Jovem Youth Association:
- May/July 2007, Cascais, Portugal: Coordination of the international volunteering project “Volunteering is Calling”. Member of the team that coordinated the 160 national and international volunteers that participated in the ISAF World Sailing Championship Cascais 2007, training, facilitating and managing the group of volunteers that supported the event.

Educational pathway

Participation in several International Training Courses and Seminars within the Youth In Action/Erasmus+ Programme - European Commission and the European Youth Foundation - Council of Europe:

- Training Course "Start with yourself", focused on Democracy through Betzavta method. Cecina, Italy, May 2018.

- International Seminar "Including Migration Policies in Youth Platforms", Spanish National Agency, Mollina, Spain, Mar. 2017.

- Participated in all international activities of IYNF’s year of E-participation 2016. A manual was created with valuable content to support youth activism online.

- Training Course “Theatre for Inclusion – Theatre methods in Youth Work”, ASHA Centre, Gloucestershire, UK, Nov. 2011.

- “GreenGames” – a training course on environmental education with an experiential approach, International Young Naturefriends, Berlin, Germany, Mar. 2011.

- Training Course “EVS as tool for combating youth unemployment”, Nomads, Murcia, Spain, Sept. 2010.

- Training for EVS beneficiaries, Portuguese National Agengy for the management of the Youth in Action Programme, in representation of Rota Jovem Youth Association.

- Training Course “EVS – a response to young people’s needs! / Tools, methods & best practice for European Voluntary Service activities with South Eastern Europe”, Centar Fenix & Culture Goes Europe Erfurt e.V., Sanski Most, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nov. 2008.

- Training Course “Diversity as Resource – Theatre as a tool for Equal Opportunities”, INCA Italia, Vallenera, Italy, Jan. 2008.

- Seminar Seminar “DIY – Do It Yourself, Associative Youth Participation Promotion”, Internacional - Casals de Joves de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 2007.

- Training Course "Education for Global Citizenship", Globa-l-inks - network of organisations from South America, Europe and Africa, Turin, Italy, May 2007.

Formal education achievements:

2010 - Training for Trainers Certificate - Portuguese Institute of Employment and Professional Training - 2010

2007 - Licentiate degree in Social-Educative Work, Lifelong Learning branch
Main subjects:
Local Development and Community intervention;
Social and Cultural Animation and Management;
Management of Educative and Leisure Projects with Children and Youth;
Education, Training and Mediation with Adults;
Social Inclusion.

2005 - Bachelor degree in Sociocultural Work

Other relevant trainings:

- Forest School Leader (Level 3), with Patrick Harrison from Greenbow Training, Costa da Caparica, Portugal (1 year - 2017-2018)

-Training Course “Introducion to Permacultre”
Biovilla – Cooperativa para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Palmela, Portugal (2 days - Feb. 2012)

- Training Course “Environmental Educator”
Bioria – Environmental Interpretive Centre, Estarreja – Aveiro, Portugal (2 days - May 2011)

- Training course “The power of game(s) in social and educative work", with Jo Claeys, Lisbon, Portugal (duration 24 hours, 2006)

Fields of training expertise

  • (expert) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Crisis Management
  • (expert) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Education through Sports
  • (expert) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (intermediate) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (advanced) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Fundraising
  • (intermediate) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (intermediate) Leadership Development
  • (intermediate) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (expert) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (intermediate) Public Speaking
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (beginner) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (advanced) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Children
  • (advanced) Families
  • (beginner) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (beginner) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Minorities
  • (intermediate) Religious Youth Groups
  • (beginner) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (advanced) Africa
  • (intermediate) Asia
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (advanced) Global Cooperation
  • (advanced) Latin America
  • (expert) South East Europe

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) French
  • (fluent) Italian
  • (fluent) Portuguese
  • (good) Spanish

Trainer references

  • Induction EVS Activating Youth VI

    Validated (2021-11-16)
    The training activity took place
    in Faro, Portugal
    organised by ECOS, Cooperative of Education, Cooperation and Development, CRL
    5th - 8th Oct. 2015
    Reference person

    Sofia Martins

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  • Be Borderfree!

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-02-10)
    The training activity took place
    in Frankfurt am Main
    organised by IYNF - International Young Naturefriends
    8th - 14th August 2017
  • Raise Your Voice!

    Validated (2022-03-07)
    The training activity took place
    in Heerlen, The Netherlands
    organised by International Young Naturefriends – IYNF
    14th - 19th November 2017
    Reference person

    Ondřej Bradáč

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  • D-e-zign it!

    Awaiting validation (requested 2022-02-21)
    The training activity took place
    in Mihajlovo, Macedonia
    organised by International Young Naturefriends – IYNF
    18th - 23rd October 2016

This profile was last modified on 2020-10-30

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