Sara Serrão


Trainer or learning facilitator? The challenge in a training is to create and maintain the space for an experience to happen that enhances reflection and the openning for new perceptions. The ultimate goal is that participants take over and accept the responsibility for their own learning! I contribute with my own will to learn, with participatory techniques and arts.

Sara Serrão has 4 references for past work as a trainer.

Sara Serrão

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Trainer connections

  • Henk Persyn
    Henk Persyn
  • Rodrigo Vilarinho
    Rodrigo Vilarinho
  • Dan Moxon
    Dan Moxon
  • Jo Claeys
    Jo Claeys
  • Andrei  Popescu
    Andrei Popescu
  • Matia Losego
    Matia Losego

Current occupation

EVS Coordinator and trainer (part time) plus illustrator (free artist)

Work experience

In GAIA Alentejo, a Portuguese environmental NGO, I've been coordinating EVS hosting and sending projects, with partners in Europe plus Ecuador, Peru, East Timor and Morocco. I'm responsible for implementing EVS training events outside of Europe. Since 2013 I'm part of the Portuguese NA pool of trainers.
In the field of community development, mainly in rural context, I've been creating and participating in different experiences of participation and people lead (bottom up) initiatives. I choose to work at grass-roots level, horizontal structures, with consensus decision making and in groups that seek creative and positive solutions to local challenges.

Educational pathway

After completing my graduation (5 years superior degree) in arts conservation and restoration, I've dived inside the Youth in Action programme and experienced hands-on EVS, youth exchanges, seminaires, future capital and youth initiatives. All these intercultural experiences of informal, non-formal and formal education are at the base of my present work and have allowed me to understand and create non-formal education methodology.

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (intermediate) Communication Skills
  • (intermediate) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Environment & Ecology
  • (intermediate) Event Management
  • (beginner) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (intermediate) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (intermediate) Project Management
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (intermediate) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (beginner) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (intermediate) Families
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (beginner) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (beginner) Women's Issues & Groups

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (beginner) Asia
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (beginner) Latin America

Language Skills

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

Trainer references

  • EVS On Arrival Training

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-04-09)
    The training activity took place
    in Baucau, East Timor
    organised by GAIA Alentejo/ NaTerra
    05-12 June 2012
  • Sense of Initiative and Entrepreneurship

    Validated (2022-04-07)
    The training activity took place
    in Cascais, Portugal
    organised by Local authority - União das Freguesias de Cascais e Estoril
    21-27 January 2017
    Reference person

    Rodrigo Vilarinho

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  • Project Lab E+ I

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-25)
    The training activity took place
    in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
    organised by Portuguese National Agency
    14-18 March 2017
  • Project Lab E+ II

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-04-09)
    The training activity took place
    in Murska Sobota, Slovenia
    organised by Slovene National Agency
    6-10 November 2017

This profile was last modified on 2019-04-09

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