José Branco


Though I studied, worked and trained as a computer engineer, soon enough I found the need to give myself to what mattered to me: pedagogy, education and non-formal methodologies.
Using also as a base my theater and storytelling experience, I now gather skills that allow me to approach, deconstruct and deliver different topics and subjects as long as they make me grow as a person and as a professional.

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José Branco

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Current occupation

Free-lance non-formal educator

Work experience

Co-Founded Ha Moment cooperative in 2016 with the intention of creating non-formal education methodologies in collaboration with other national and international institutions and partners. During 5 years I co-created many NFE activities for youth and youth workers that were facilitated at local and national level and in Europe, these last connected to the Erasmus+ programme. This personal and professional development exceeded my initial expectations.

Since 2016 trained in 15-20 international projects on different topics under the umbrella of Mental Health, Artistic Expression, Empathy and Conflict Management.

During 2017-2019 took part in the pilot project Orçamento Participativo Jovem (Public Youth Budget), implemented in 12 high schools with the purpose of introducing the topic of Participative Democracy by stimulating active participation and self-interest and having a budget committed to the improvement of community and school. Open for suggestion, with different stages of public debates, the most voted by the student community gets sponsored. Occasionally general assemblies would take place with over 200 youngsters and youth workers from all different schools.

Since 2014 have been regularly rehearsing and performing inspired by the theatrical methodology of Theatre of the Oppressed with the theatre group Lupa Grupo de Teatro, to different community based audiences and schools.

During the school year of 2022/2023 I’m teaching the extracurricular activity Theatre and Body Expression for nine groups of 6 to 7 years old. 120 children in total.

Since 2016 I’ve been doing acting and sociocultural facilitation and team building activities for corporation groups that can go from 20 up to 300 people.

In 2019 co-facilitated a full-day event for a big corporation that included bicycle trekking, building painting and cooperative cooking for a group of 280 people.

In 2018 collaborated with SPOT Games, a startup developing educational live and online games for students with special needs at an early age, through gamifying the classroom. During this process I had to support second-grade learners to enhance their capabilities through game-based learning activities.

From June 2014 until September 2016 co-created a english-speaking storytelling group performance that took place in Lisbon that took place around 50 occasions having 20-30 attendants per session.

In 2016 and for one semester, I taugh ‘Dramatic Expression’ at EPAR professional school.

Educational pathway

I can't separate the experience that studying and working as an engineer gave me as a base for my later studies.
Later started studying theater and storytelling, joined a theater of the oppressed group and created a storytelling performance, both since 2014.
Somehow I think that engineering gave me the structure to assemble the creative and emotional aspects of my work with such balance that allows me to face challenges with analytic and creative insights.

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Animation
  • (advanced) Bullying & Harassment
  • (beginner) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (beginner) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (beginner) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (beginner) Equal Opportunities
  • (beginner) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (beginner) Event Management
  • (beginner) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (beginner) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (beginner) Health & Prevention
  • (intermediate) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (intermediate) International Youth Work
  • (beginner) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (beginner) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (beginner) People Management & Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (intermediate) Project Management
  • (advanced) Public Speaking
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (expert) Storytelling & Humour
  • (beginner) Time Management
  • (intermediate) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Youth Exchanges
  • (beginner) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (intermediate) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) 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)
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)

Working with specific target groups

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

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (beginner) French
  • (fluent) Portuguese
  • (intermediate) Spanish

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This profile was last modified on 2022-11-28

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