Rodrigo Vilarinho


I'm an all around trainer with a mixed background and large experience working with children, youngster and adults.
My science academic studies allows me to be very structured, organized and always searching for the way to improve. At the same time my creative and more "clowny" side of me mix it up to achieve a nice and strange balance.
One of my strengths is on creating a rich and safe learning environment for a group.

Rodrigo Vilarinho has 9 references for past work as a trainer.

Rodrigo Vilarinho

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Current occupation

Freelance Trainer, project manager and performing artist

Work experience

Lately I have been designing and implementing Training Of Trainers, with a special focus on Learning Experience Design. Here is a short overview of the latest projects in that area:

- 2023 ERASMUS+ YOUTH(EU), Tallinn, Estonia
TC “LXD Lab - Learning Experience Design Lab” organized by the Estonian National Agency. TCA (2 days)
Areas: Training of Trainers, Learning Experience Design, creativity, design of learning experiences.

- ERASMUS+ YOUTH(EU), Viljandi, Estonia
TCA TC “Training for Beginner Trainers” organized by the Estonian National Agency. TCA (5 days)
2023 - 3rd edition, 2022 - 2nd edition, 2021 - 1st Edition
Areas: Training of Trainers, Team Building, Learning Experience Design.

- 2021 VIDA + VIVA, Cascais, Portugal
Workshop "Learning Experience Design - an informal experience", organized by Vida + Viva (2 days)
Areas: Learning Experience Design, Training of Trainers

I'm also part of the Pool of Trainers from the Portuguese National Agency since 2013. Here is a list of the projects:
- Ex-EVS annual meeting - 12/2017; 12/2016
- EVS "On Arrival" - 06/2021; 04/2021(2x); 02/2021; 12/2020; 09/2018; 11/2017; 02/2017; 05/2016; 01/2016; 09/2015; 06/2015; 10/2013
- EVS "Mid-term" - 06/2021: 06/2020; 06/2018; 01/2018; 09/2017; 09/2014; 03/2014
- 11/2014 and 02/2014 - Training of trainers for the Pool of Trainers from the Portuguese NA (3 days each)

I work with quite diverse topics. Here is a short overview of some of the projects:

- 2022 ERASMUS+ YOUTH(EU), Tallinn, Estonia
"Salto Youth Participation Forum", organized by SALTO Participation in partnership with the Estonian National Agency (5 days)
Areas: Getting to know each other, Participation, International cooperation.

- 2021 ERASMUS+ YOUTH (EU), Online
TCA TC “Youth Leadership for Sustainable Development” organized by the Portuguese National Agency TCA (4 days)
Areas: Sustainable Development Goals, Empowerment and Youth participation, Erasmus+ Youth.

- ERASMUS+YOUTH IN ACTION (EU), several countries
TCA TC “Game of Cultures: inclusion of young migrants and refugees” (7 days)
2020 - Rome, Italy; 2018 - Cascais, Portugal; 2017 - Cascais, Portugal
Areas: Intercultural Learning, Inclusion, Project Design, Team Building, Erasmus+ Youth in Action.

- 2018 ERASMUS+YOUTH IN ACTION (EU), Split, Croatia
13th TOOLFAIR: Workshop “Dance for empowerment – a personal and community approach” part of the “Tools to Explore” program (3 days)
Areas: Art as a social tool, Active participation, Team Building

- 2017 ERASMUS+YOUTH IN ACTION (EU), Cascais, Portugal
TC “Sense of Initiative and Entrepreneurship” (6 days)
Areas: Social Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Project Management, Youth Work, Erasmus+ Youth in Action.

- 2016 ERASMUS+ (EU), Bitonto, Italy
“TC Plan Be - Active senior volunteers” (7 days)
Areas: Intercultural Learning, Non Formal Education as a Social tool, Training of Facilitators, Working in a team, Communication, Facilitation methods.

TCA TC “Including Refugees through Erasmus+ Projects and Activities” (6 days)
Areas: Intercultural Learning, Non Formal Education as a Social tool, Inclusion, Communication, Facilitation methods, Erasmus+ Youth in Action.

- ERASMUS+YOUTH IN ACTION (EU), Oliveira de Azemeis, Portugal
TCA TC “The Future of Democracy: The role of youth workers and youth leaders” (8 days)
2016 - Oliveira de Azemeis, Portugal; 2014 - Praia Grande, Portugal
Areas: Intercultural Learning, Democracy, Participation, Team Building, Youth in Action.

- 2015 ERASMUS+YOUTH IN ACTION (EU), Estarreja, Portugal
TCA TC “The Erasmus Code: a program for everyone” (7 days)
Areas: Erasmus+ Youth in Action, Intercultural Learning, Inclusion, Learn to Learn, Partnership building, Project Design.

TC “Captain Culture – Creativity in Intercultural Learning”
10/2013 - Praia Grande, Portugal; 10/2012 - Stockholm, Sweden; 12/2010 - Nicosia, Cyprus; 11/2009 - Catania, Italy; 03/2008 – Bohinj, Slovenia
Areas: Intercultural Learning, Diversity, Creativity, Outdoor activities as a tool, Tools creation for social work, Team Building, Youth in Action.

- 2011 COUNCIL OF EUROPE, London, UK
TC "Youth And Theater”, organized by INCA UK (7 days)
Areas: Team Building, Theater and dance as social tools, Non formal education

TC “Tools of Animation”, organized by INCA - International Network for Culture and Arts (8 days)
04/2009 – Funchal, Portugal; 09/2008 - Barcelona, Spain; 10/2007 – Birmingham, UK
Areas: Animation, Team Building, Art as a Social Tool, Non Formal Education
- 2009 Part of the Pool of Trainers of the Portuguese National Youth Council - CNJ

Continuous training of all Puzzle animators
Areas: Animation, Structure and Organization of Activities, Group Dynamics, Games

- 2004, 2007, 2009 - PROJECTO NOVAS DESCOBERTAS, Lagos
Intensive Training Course for Animators PND (Project New Discoveries), supported by IPJ – Portuguese Youth Institute
Areas: Animation, Structure and Organization of Activities, Group Dynamics, Team Building, Summer Camps, Games, Working with Children and Youth

Several local, national and international projects in the field of animation and social work either with a more pedagogical approach or a more artistic one. Roles: project coordinator, pedagogical coordinator, organizer, animator and counselor. At a Glance:

2004 to 2011 PUZZLE – ASSOCIAÇÃO DE IDEIAS, Lisboa
President from 2007 to 2011. Youth NGO that works as a platform for youngster projects

2001 to 2004 and 2009 PROJECTO NOVAS DESCOBERTAS, Lagos
NGO for the inclusion and education of children and youth based on volunteering

Member of the pool of animators. NGO working with non-formal education in Schools

Organizer, coordinator, or leader of the portuguese group in several Youth Exchanges

Project Manager. Coordinator. “European Work Placement Program” (6 weeks, 12 British disadvantaged youngsters), organized by The Prince's Trust (UK) and by PND with the partnership of the Lisbon Zoo


Creator and performer of many pieces and shows mostly in Street Theater and Dance in several countries (Portugal, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, UK). Participation in Art Festivals, Dance videos, and international projects.

Educational pathway

My formal education background is very important for my structured approach to training and also very important to my problem solving eye:

08/2010 - 06/2013 UNIVERSITY OF DANCE AND CIRCUS, Stockholm, Sweden
Dansarautbildningen – Bachelor degree (BA) in Dance in Dans och Cirkushögskolans

10/1998 – 12/2002 LISBON CIENCE UNIVERSITY (FCUL), Lisboa
3rd Year of BIOLOGY – Access grade of 17,3/20

As a trainer I would say these are the training courses that allowed me to develop further:

01/2021 - 06/2021 ERASMUS+, Online
Training of trainers “Design2Learn – Learning Experience Design”, selected to be part of the Learning Experience Design (LXD) pool of trainers (6 months)

Selected by the Portuguese National Agency for the European Union (EU) “Youth in Action” program (1 year)

A completely different education was also very important to me as a person and as a professional. I was trained to be a Taekwondo instructor for several years and it helped me to fully understand the learning process and how to implement some methodologies:

12/2003 2nd Dan Black Belt (2BR)
11/2001 Exam for 1st Dan Black Belt and Instructor

Here is a short selection of the most relevant Non-formal educational experiences:

At a national level I started my work in this field in summer camps that focused mainly in inclusion issues:

Intensive Training Course for Animators PND (Project New Discoveries) in 03/2001, 03/2002 and 04/2003 (7 days each)

Some animation and youth work training courses were also very relevant to be aware of the wider possibilities of this work and its different approaches:

06/2007 YOUTH IN ACTION (EU), Berlin, Germany
International Training Course “Tools of Animation for an Active European Citizenship”, organized by Ble Demones and INCA Italia (10 days)

02/2007 YOUTH IN ACTION (EU), Hamar, Norway
International Training Course “TicTac TC”, selected by the Portuguese National Agency for the EU Youth In Action program (7 days)

05/2006 YOUTH PROGRAM (EU), Bonn, Germany
International Training Course “Working in International Teams”, organized by IKAB on behalf of the German National Agency (7 days)

09/2005 COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Strasbourg, France
Study Session “Capitalization, conceptualization, confrontation and contribution for Youth empowerment in Europe", organized by ENOA (European Network of Animation) (7 days)

09/2003 YOUTH PROGRAM (EU), Olsztynek, Poland
International Action Training “Encourage Youth Initiatives”, organized by ENOA (12 days)

05/2003 COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Pénestin, France
International Action Training “Intercultural Learning with Children and Youngsters in our Daily Work”, supported by the European Youth Foundation (9 days)

On a very personal growth topic this very intense training course was also very relevant for me:

01/2004 ESPAÇO EVOE, Lisboa
Clown Level I e Level II Training Course, with Pepe Nuñes (Spain) (10 days)

Fields of training expertise

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

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (beginner) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (beginner) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (beginner) European Institutions

Working with specific target groups

  • (expert) Children
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (expert) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Other skills

Art as a Social Tool

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) French
  • (fluent) Italian
  • (fluent) Portuguese
  • (good) Spanish
  • (beginner) Swedish

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2023-05-25

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